There is always so much to do on the Gold Coast and with events such as the Gold Coast Airport Marathon, the weekly Night Quarter Markets, and inaugural events like the Gold Coast Speech Festival it’s no wonder the coast is such a popular holiday destination. Plus you always have the stunning local beaches to explore, which are still beautiful even in winter – with a few brave souls going for a splash. And when you’re looking for the adrenaline rush you are never far from the local theme parks.

The Gold Coast Airport Marathon attracts over 43,000 visitors from outside the coast

The Gold Coast Airport Marathonwith 27,000+ participants in a range of races. So whether you are competing, or looking to support loved ones the Broadwater is the perfect place to stay as it’s right in the heart of both the start and finish lines! The course which stretches across the Gold Coast is known for being one of the fastest and flattest in the world. For those of you competing each finisher receives a commemorative medal, shirt and certificate.

Photo: Gold Coast Airport Marathon Website

While competing or cheering from the sidelines you may also have the opportunity to meet running legends Rob de Castella, Steve Moneghetti, Lee Troop, Pat Carroll or Benita Willis as they will be around all weekend. The races are held on the 1st-2nd of July and range from a Juniors Race and a 5km race all the way to the full marathon at 37kms that will take you from the Broadwater all the way to Burleigh. For more information or to enter the race simply head over to their site here:

If you’re looking for something to do on a Friday or Saturday night, you can’t go past the Night Night Quarter markets held in HelensvaleQuarter markets held in Helensvale. Starting at 4pm and going till 10pm you’ll be able to enjoy a range of market stalls, street food, shipping container boutiques and live music. There are over 120 stallholders and there is always something new to capture your senses and interest.

Whether you want to enjoy some Spanish tapas, join in on the Freakshake craze, rummage through vintage clothes and boutique labels or try a charcoal burger you are in for a night to remember. And if you have a sweet tooth you’re in for a treat with several dessert stores offering everything from crepes, to ice cream sliders and handcrafted popsicles.

Mark Hunter - keynote speakerWhy not try something different and witness the very first Gold Coast Speech Festival. This event has been designed to inspire and showcase the incredible talent the coast has to offer. There has always been power in speech; Martin Luther King, Theodore Roosevelt and Winston Churchil are just a couple of notable examples of people whose speeches have changed history.

Some of the speakers that will be gracing the stage include:

Mark Hunter: Mark is one of the keynote speakers in 2009 he beat 30,000 competitors to claim the Toastmasters Title.

Gavin Topp: For the boxing fans Gavin will also be speaking. After his renowned boxing career ended he created a program to help men transform their health and fitness through boxing, regardless of their current fitness levels.

Jason Ganis: The 2015 Young Entrepreneur Winner

While you’re visiting the coast be sure to enjoy the local beaches, there are so many to explore, dine at Marina Mirage for a luxury experience or just go for a walk around the Broadwater Parklands.

For more information on short stays or accommodation for your annual holiday or business trip at Sandcastles on the Broadwater, check out our website, or call (07) 5537 0000 for bookings.