With its constantly pleasant weather and year-round influx of travellers and wanderers, the Gold Coast hums with events and activities each month that are worth getting out and about for. Here, we’ve rounded up what’s happening in our favourite sun-kissed city through May and June.
COOLY CLASSIC OCEAN SWIM
Join some of Australia’s toughest swimmers, who congregate from all over the nation for the Gold Coast’s premier ocean swim, The Cooly Classic. The competition offers (very brave) punters a rare opportunity to conquer three of Australia’s most revered surf breaks – Snapper Rocks, Coolangatta and Kirra. If you’re a seasoned swimmer or aspiring triathlete, the 3.0km long course is a great opportunity to test yourself beyond the typical open water distances. Otherwise, head along as a spectator and cheer on our best Aussie swimmers as they triumph again the tide.
Where: Snapper Rock, Coolangatta
When: Sunday 13 May
MOTHER’S DAY AT COVE CAFÉ
Cove Café is dishing out the ultimate culinary experience this Mother’s Day with its iconic lunch buffet. For $89 each, diners will be opened up to an offering so indulgent they won’t know where to start. The Mother’s Day feast will include nourishing health-fuelled salads; live chef’s stations dishing up world cuisine; an oyster shucking hub where you’ll also select from Harvey Bay scallops, local prawns and sand crab; plus paella, Peking duck, yellowfin tuna tacos and more.
Where: Cove Cave, InterContinental Sanctuary Cove Resort
When: Sunday 13 May
BLUES ON BROADBEACH MUSIC FESTIVAL
There is nothing better than a carefree sunny day with the perfect playlist to match the mood. The annual Blues on Broadbeach is one of Australia’s largest free music festivals spanning four bluesy days and nights, with a unique, village-like atmosphere and relaxed ambience. The free event nurtures Australian talent as well as providing a stage for international acts. Headline acts for this year include The Robert Cray Band, The Screaming Jets, Backsliders and Ash Grunwald.
When: 17-20 May
SANCTUARY COVE INTERNATIONAL BOAT SHOW
The annual Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show (SCIBS) is back for another year of luxury boating and marine mania across four days of fun in one of the most glorious locations in the nation. Held from May 24 to 27 on the Gold Coast, SCIBS is the southern hemisphere’s premier boating festival and this year will celebrate its milestone 30th anniversary edition, which means there’s a plethora of activity planned for the punters.
When: 24-27 May
Where: Sanctuary Cove
AUTUMN TIME EATS
Every Sunday in May, the picturesque Foreshore Parklands in Varsity Lakes will come alive with fine food, live music and all round good times for Autumn Time Eats. There will be an array of tempting tastes on offer from a fleet of food trucks; or, guests are invited to bring picnic blankets and nibbles from home if that’s more their scene.
When: 6-27 May
Where: Foreshore Parklands, 79 Varsity Parade, Varsity Lakes
GOLD COAST FOOD AND WINE FESTIVAL
The annual Gold Coast Food and Wine Festival set to explore the evolution of the city’s culinary landscape this June. This year’s festival will shine a spotlight on the Gold Coast’s evolving food and wine industries, with more than 15,000 food and wine lovers are expected to gather at 30 events across the Gold Coast. Highlighting the Gold Coast as a big-hit food destination, expect masterclasses from the best local chefs, street food, restaurants, precincts, wineries, breweries and distilleries to kick off the start of winter.
When: 31 May – 3 June
Where: various locations on the Gold Coast