I’m not sure whether it was March madness or not, but this past month has been a free & easy March on the Gold Coast. There have been heaps of free events, (or close to free) from one end of the Coast to the other, from Sanctuary Cove in the north to Coolangatta in the south. These events have comprised of expos, shows, concerts, sporting events, markets and festivals.
Unless you look at community, local council or local event websites you possibly wouldn’t be aware of some of the great free events that are on offer in your town or city. I tend to stumble across events that are advertised on Facebook at times and sometimes also see a sign or notice during my walks around the Gold Coast.
During March I attended three expos or shows on the Gold Coast that aligned with my interests.
Cost: $8 (for seniors) or $10 adult
Venue: Metricon Stadium, Carrara.
With over 30 different caravan manufacturers displaying their ranges, 9 motorhome displays and a variety of campers from rooftop tents to camper trailers to slide on campers, there was plenty to see at the Gold Coast Caravan & Camping Expo. But be warned it will give you a serious case of caravan envy!
As we are seasoned caravanners and campers we enjoyed browsing all the latest products available and comparing features. We noticed that the majority of new caravans are jam-packed with features with some boasting full size fridges, air conditioning, large screen TVs, washing machines, full ensuites, solar panels, queen size beds and leather upholstery. Some of the caravans are so large that they are like a small luxury unit on wheels! For the caravan or camping enthusiast it is definitely worthwhile checking out a caravan & camping expo that are normally held twice a year in most cities.
Venue: Gold Coast Convention & Exhibition Centre, Broadbeach
With stalls from all types of travel companies such as: Cruiselines, Travel Agents, Airlines, Tourism Authorities, Travel Tours and Self-Drive Holidays. There is sure to be a holiday that will suit everybody at a Travel Expo.
The idea of Travel Expos is to gather together all of these travel companies under the one roof where you can collate information on different types of holidays by gathering brochures, attending travel presentations or by speaking directly to travel companies and booking agents. If you’re pretty much decided on where you want to travel to next there are some great savings and bargain holidays on offer at the Travel Expo.
Cost: $25 (or $20 pre-purchased)
Venue: The Marina Village, Sanctuary Cove
Although this event is a little more costly than the others, it is a must-see for boating enthusiasts. On display each year are thousands of boating brands, products and services – on the marina, in the pavilions and through The Marine Village, as well as a range of the latest in power, sail, multihulls, super yachts, trailerable boats for fishing and family fun, ski boats, tenders, jet skies and inflatables. There is also a myriad of lifestyle products that complement the boating way of life.
Another great event for family and friends of the furry variety was the Paws & Pizzazz Pet Expo that was also held at Sanctuary Cove on the last Sunday in March.
Venues: Kirra & Coolangatta Parklands
These series of sunset concerts were conducted by the Gold Coast City Council during the months of February and March in the parklands along the beachfront in Kirra and Coolangatta.
This family friendly event were the perfect opportunity for everyone to come along with family and friends, eat delicious cuisine from gourmet food vendors, enjoy the free face painting and jumping castle for the kids and dance along to a wide array of live musical entertainment.
Venue: Burleigh Heads State School
These funky and trendy markets are on every alternate Sunday morning on the oval at Burleigh Heads State School. What I love about these markets are that they feature young trendy designers who hand make fashionable clothing, jewellery, leather bags and house wares. The eclectic mix of fashion, tasty food trucks and live music entertainment makes it an enjoyable Sunday morning out.
Venue: Burleigh Heads Parklands on the beachfront
The beachfront markets have been here for years and take place the last Sunday of the month. I love these markets for their variety. You can buy almost anything from fresh fruits and veggies, honey, baked goods, natural skin products, clothing, accessories, plants, gifts and there are even a couple of food vans. It is definitely worth a Sunday stroll, if not for the markets, but for the location along Burleigh Heads beachfront.
Venue: Snapper Rocks, Coolangatta
We got our surfing fix at the recent Quiksilver & Roxy Pro at Snapper Rocks in Coolangatta, where we watched the top 36 men and top 18 women in the world take on the towering waves at this top-notch surfing spot. This annual event is always a heart-stopping spectacle and is easily viewed from the beach or from one of the grandstand seats in the event arena. It usually takes place in March every year and has many other corresponding events happening in the area so that it takes on a festival-type atmosphere.
Being avid “Surf Clubbies” we love to watch the best men and women lifesaver competitors in each state, do battle in the surf and compete in all types of surf events at “The Aussies”or Australian Surf Lifesaving Titles. This week long event of “man against surf” was held in late March at North Kirra beach. Events included: surf ski, paddle board, swim, ironman & women, surf boats, beach sprints and surf rescue.
Keeping yourself and your family entertained can be as free and easy as this past month of March on the Gold Coast! It’s just a matter of taking a closer look at what there is to see and do in your locality. There is normally plenty happening around my part of the world.
This post is part of the Lovin’ Life Linky with a Lovin’ Life Team of the “ageing positively” kind who are as keen as I am to promote the Lovin’ Life mindset. The Lovin’ Life Team includes:
Kathy was a 50 something year old when she started up this blog 4 years ago, but has since turned over another decade and is now 60. She is married with two adult children and lives on the Gold Coast in Queensland. She enjoys living life to the fullest and loves to keep fit and active by maintaining a healthy diet and exercising regularly. Some of her interests include reading, movies, travelling, cooking and blogging! Kathy works part-time as a freelance writer but her real passion is travelling and photographing brilliant destinations both within Australia and overseas and writing about it.
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merry christmas 2017