There is always such a variety of events running on the Gold Coast, from our extended whale watching seasons, to GOLD: The Abba Tribute, or our extensive range of local and farmers markets to the Gold Coast Multisport festival. Plus, you can’t forget the four big theme parks,  dining and entertainment precincts and our gorgeous beaches.

Gold Coast Whale Watching
Whale Watching on the Gold Coast
We are lucky enough to have one of the longest whale watching seasons here on the Gold Coast. From May to November, you can watch these spectacular creatures in the wild. There is nothing quite like being metres from them, watching them play and coming to check you out. You will capture photos (and can always purchase some from the day), create priceless memories and you might even see a variety of other wildlife such as dolphins, turtles and sharks on your day out.

Each trip is unique, so whether you’ve been before, or you’ve never experienced it, it’s a must do while staying on the Coast. We often have specials running so be sure to check out our website, or ask at reception before booking.

Gold Coast Multisport Festival
Gold coast multisport festival 1If you’ve visiting in August, be sure to check out the Gold Coast Multisport Festival held on the 29th and 30th. It includes a Supersprint Triathlon, a Kids Aquathon and a Twilight Fun Run – and is held in conjunction with Challenge Gold Coast.

Event numbers are expected to exceed 2,500, so whether you are a spectator or a competitor it’s sure to be a competitive and fun atmosphere. Come along and support your friends and athlethes, or challenge yourself to compete! All information and booking information will be live shortly at

 GOLD: The ABBA Tribute
For the ABBA fans, Happy Days Records and GOLD: The Ultimate ABBA Show present  Dancing The Ultimate ABBA Show present Dancing QueenQueen: The 40th Anniversary Tour, a brand new ABBA show.  It’s the 40th anniversary of ‘Dancing Queen’, which was released in 1976 and was listed as ‘one of the greatest songs of all time’ by Rolling Stone Magazine. The band features internationally recognised ABBA performers who are all about providing an authentic ABBA experience.

Showing Saturday the 4th of June, this is an event not to be missed, tickets will sell out – so book your tickets today.

Local  Gold Coast Markets
If you’re looking for something more relaxed to do while you’re on the Gold Coast, you can’t go past the selection of local markets. Four of the best are The Village Markets, Miami Marketta, Carrara Markets and the Beachfront Markets in Surfers Paradise.

The Beachfront Markets are held on the famous Surfers Paradise beach each Wednesday, Friday and Saturday night. With over 120 stalls, located right along the coast, live entertainment and a range of stallholders. It’s a wonderful evening activity, and you can also wander through Surfers – pick up an ice cream or have a nice dinner while in town.

Miami Marketta has earned quiet a reputation for it’s diversity of food and entertainment. These street food markets are on every Friday and Saturday with food from all over the world! You definitely won’t leave hungry. There is also live entertainment plus art, fashion and design displays, which vary each night. Be sure to check their website for times and specific events.

You can’t go past Carrara Markets either, open every Saturday and Sunday – there is truly something for everyone. Check our Luke’s Reptile Kingdom, play a round of putt putt, enjoy an all day breakfast, or go hunting through the vast array of stores.

Carrara Markets

The more creative types will love The Village Markets, they are on most Sundays – but be sure to check the site for the location as they move up and down the coast depending on the week.

Focused on art, fashion and creative endeavours, you’ll find refurbished furniture, handcrafted clothes and leather, jewellery, and handmade fashion. You can see the next event and where they will be here:

For your next Gold Coast stay, Sandcastles on the Broadwater is perfect, as it is located just 10 minutes from the centre of Surfers Paradise, 15 minutes from any of the Gold Coast’s major theme parks and 5 minutes from internationally renowned shopping outlets and supermarkets. The beautiful Gold Coast Hinterland is also within easy reach.

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.