If you’re aching to escape from the daily grind, you can’t go past the Gold Coast this December. Featuring some of the world’s best beaches, and a huge array of awesome activities, the sun-soaked tourist mecca offers a slice of paradise for your summer escape. Even better, the Gold Coast stretches beyond its postcard-perfect beaches – venture into the Gold Coast Hinterland for stunning views and a fascinating look at ancient remnant rainforest. And I haven’t even touched on the region’s booming number of top-notch restaurants, cafes, trendy bars and excellent shopping venues. ocean skyscrapers gold coast cities beaches Really, the Gold Coast has got it all – and with a decidedly laid back atmosphere. The top-rated Sandcastles on the Broadwater Apartments, located on the beautiful Broadwater, offers easy access to all the Gold Coast has to offer. Whether you’re booking your annual family holiday, organising a romantic escape or envisioning your next surf safari, you’ll find it hard to scope out a comfier homebase. Christmas Shopping at Harbour Town If you do decide to stay locally (smart idea!) you’ll probably want to check out the Christmas deals at Harbour Town at Biggera Waters. Not far from Sandcastles, the shopping centre features a huge array of factory direct outlets and specialty stores, as well as your expected shopping centre staples, the sizeable outdoor locale is always a popular destination for price-conscious locals, and tourists alike. Harbour Town Whether it’s half-price shoes and clothing, the coolest new gadgets, or something special for your partner, there’s always a great selection of stuff to browse through at Harbour Town. As a bonus, if you want to stop for a spot of lunch while shopping, there’s heaps of great restaurants serving a huge array of dishes. You’re bound to find something tasty to tuck into. Thankfully, the centre’s intelligent open design really cuts down on the Christmas shopping claustrophobia – it eases crowds and provides a great place to bag a bargain in the busiest time of the year for Gold Coast retailers. Harbour Town’s located a short drive from Sandcastles on the Broadwater and it’s easily accessible by public transport. The Green Behind the Gold Also close by, Labrador is the Gold Coast Hinterland offer popular tourist destinations such as Purling Brook Falls, Best of All Lookout, Glow Worm Tours, the Natural Bridge and much more. Natural Arch CHRISTMAS is fast approaching so now is the season to be jolly. If you’re staying at Sandcastles in December, make sure you don’t miss a visit to see Santa and sing a few carols, it’s really something that is memorable family entertainment.

  1. Runaway Bay Carols by CandlelightChristmas Carols with Santa When: Saturday December 5, 5pm to 8pm. Where: Kevin Bycroft Field, Lae Drive, Runaway Bay (adjacent to the Runaway Bay Library)

Free family entertainment presented. Bring your family and friends, sit back and enjoy live Christmas Carols with Gold Coast School Choirs, a visit from Santa and a fireworks spectacular at 8.30pm.

  1. Mayor’s Christmas Carols When: Saturday December 13, 4.30pm to 8.30pm. Where: Broadwater Parklands, Marine Parade, Southport

Along with Luke Kennedy (runner up on ‘The Voice 2013’), there will be local artists including David De Vito, The Lions Den, Candice Skjonnemand, The Full Stops and Bob La Castra, just to name a few. Event kicks off at 4.30pm with pre-show entertainment featuring roving Christmas characters and free Christmas art and craft workshops. The main show starts at 5pm with a spectacular fireworks display to finish off the evening, plus the arrival of Santa.Christmas Carols                 3.  Southport Yacht Club Carols When: Saturday December 20, 4.30pm to 8.30pm. Where: 1 Macarthur Parade, Main Beach QLD 4217 Head along to the Southport Yacht Club on the 20th December. Santa will be arriving at the “Southport Yacht Club” all the way from the North Pole at 5.30pm at the Carols on the Broadwater. Glow sticks available to purchase from the Southport Yacht Club reception. Face Painting for the Kids. Waterfront Restaurant open from 5.30pm. It’s a great event for the kids, and the night always features excellent local talent. Keep an eye on the Visit Gold Coast website for more information on the carols, alternatively, have a chat to Sandcastles on the Broadwater friendly staff for further details. The coast also boasts a wide range of scuba diving, surfing, wakeboarding, jet-skiing and other water sports. Combine the region’s pristine beaches, top-rated dining and leisure venues and our relaxed, laid-back atmosphere and you won’t find a more appealing holiday location. For more information about short stays at Sandcastles on the Broadwater, or accommodation(07) 5537 0000 or email info@sandcastles.com.au for enquiries, or to book.