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Top 10 Best Ways To Cool Off On The Gold Coast

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Top 10 Best Ways To Cool Off On The Gold Coast

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Top 10 Places To Cool Down In The Gold Coast

The Gold Coast is famous for its golden beaches, relaxed lifestyle, and endless sunshine. When the summer sun gets too hot to handle, catch a Hopo Ferry to one of these five iconic locations and beat the heat.

Surfers Paradise

1. Surf’s Up!

You could choose no better place in Australia to learn to surf than Surfers Paradise. One of Australia’s most iconic beaches, this famous beach boasts ideal conditions for beginners and experienced surfers alike.

2. Gain Your Sea Legs

View the Gold Coast’s iconic landmarks from a totally new perspective. The Gold Coast waterways are home to an abundant variety of water-based activities departing Surfers Paradise. Enjoy a cruise on shimmering waters with Sea World Cruises, including lunch and dinner sittings, journey to Surfers on a Hopo Ferry or even satisfy the thrillseeker within on a jetski or adrenaline-filled jet boating experience.

3. Dip Your Toes

Surfing not quite your thing? Don’t worry, Surfers Paradise is perfect for a relaxing dip. Cool off in the waves and take in the stunning views of the city. Visit in the late afternoon to witness a beautiful, colourful sky as the sun begins to set.

Broadwater Parklands

4. Rockin’ Rock Pools

The Broadwater Parklands rockpools are the ultimate splash pad for kids. They will love exploring the nooks and crannies of the pools. Watch them smile in anticipation as a large bucket slowly fills with water to drench the target below. During opening hours, lifeguards patrol the rockpools to keep your little ones safe.

5. Olympic Ready

The Gold Coast Aquatic Centre is a world-class swimming centre, boasting six swimming pools including a children’s splash zone and two Olympic sized pools. Swim for leisure or practice your freestyle, there is enough room for it all!

6. Make A Splash

We haven’t forgotten the big kids! The GC Aqua Park is one of Australia’s largest inflatable water parks and it sure doesn’t disappoint. Fifty-minutes of non-stop action, test your agility on this aquatic obstacle course. Suitable for kids from 5 years of age, it’s the perfect place for the whole family to cool off.

HOTA, Home Of The Arts

7. Cool Down And Culture Up

The hub of culture on the Gold Coast, HOTA, Home of the Arts, boasts more than theatres and galleries. Take a dip in The Evandale Lake, a beautiful man-made lagoon based in the middle of the HOTA parklands. Check out their state of the art facilities and brand new art gallery due to open in April 2021.

Marina Mirage

8. The Height Of Luxury

Luxury stores, delicious food, and air conditioning? You can’t pass up Marina Mirage for a glamorous cool down. Shop to your heart’s content at an abundance of high-class brands. Eat until you’re satisfied at indulgent, fine-dining restaurants and cafes. Wander the jetty and soak in the stunning views of the jetty, admiring a bounty of impressive yachts and boats.

Did you know that the sails on the roof of Marina Mirage are not only an iconic part of the Gold Coast Skyline but serve as purposefully built natural ventilation?

Sea World

9. Become A Pirate For A Day

One of Sea World’s newest attractions, The Reef at Castaway Bay is one of Australia’s largest interactive aquatic zones. Keep cool in the shade whilst the kids splash about. Watch as they blast water cannons at each other and dodge surprise water spouts.

10. The Local’s Secret

Cool off at the locals favourite spot, The Spit. The very most northern tip of the Gold Coast’s iconic stretch of beach, The Spit is a well-loved resident treasure. Take a stroll down the iconic pier that looks out to the Gold Coast Seaway before you jump in and cool down in the surf.

Slap on the sunscreen and cool off at five iconic Gold Coast destinations. Skip the traffic and hop on and hop off with Hopo Ferries. Fares begin as low as $3. Tickets can be purchased online or onboard. 

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SCOOP! Festival

By Home of the Arts (HOTA), Uncategorized

SCOOP! Festival

Home of the Arts (HOTA)

Summer in the Gold Coast is alive and kicking, but it’s about to get even better. SCOOP!, an epic lineup of entertainment is coming to HOTA, Home of the Arts, this January. Over three days and two nights, be dazzled by live performances, irresistible eats, hands-on activities, and boozy adults-only nights. Spy mermaids splashing in the lake, be captivated by spectacular circus acts, lounge in the beer garden and so much more. Enjoy everything you love about summer in one sweet weekend.

Begin your sweet summer SCOOP! Weekend stress-free. Avoid traffic stress and hop on board a Hopo ferry direct to HOTA. Departing from stops at Surfers Paradise, Southport ‘Broadwater Parklands’, Marina Mirage, or Sea World, start your day cruising down the shimmering Gold Coast waterways. Single fare tickets start at the low cost of $4, making it the best way to see the city and attend the hottest event in town.

Arriving at HOTA, you’ll feel like you’re living in “The Greatest Showman”. Watch Company 2 string up a tight-rope and defy gravity as they teeter across the water. Be amazed by the acrobatic delights of Circa. Bring your sunscreen and togs for a splash in the HOTA lake with the water-loving Flipside Circus. If you’ve ever dreamt of meeting a mermaid, keep your eyes peeled in the water for a surprise visit from the captivating synchronised swim troupe The Mermaids.

After zany and outrageous performances, contemplate joining the circus as you indulge your senses. It isn’t summer without cooling off with delicious ice cream, and SCOOP! will not disappoint. Wander through the Ice Cream Alley, licking through 30 delicious dessert stalls ranging from traditional gelato makers La Macelleria Gelateria to the irresistible gourmet delights of Ungermann Brothers. For the vegan and dairy-free, satisfy your sweet tooth at Coco Whip.

Wash down your sugar rush with a chilled beverage as you soak up the sunshine in the spacious beer garden. Sip your way through local craft beers and relax to an array of musical flavours from the likes of Afro-pop, Acid Jazz, Samba Rock, and other surprises. Don’t forget to finish your day atop the giant Ferris wheel to get the best view of the city that the Gold Coast has to offer.

As the sun sets across the Surfers Paradise skyline, it’s the adults’ turn to play. Watch as HOTA transforms into the adults-only CLUB SCOOP!, a thrilling wonderland where the naughty side of circus and cocktails collide. Boasting an evening of live performances from drag glam squad Thicc Crew and jaw-dropping acts from the high octane Voodoo Revue sideshow. Wander through the food stalls or make your way to the dance floor for electrifying DJ sets from Zambabem, The Yams, Hot Coffee, Volcanic Lovers, In the Flowers, and DJ Black Amex.

Start 2021 in the best possible way and treat yourself to the Ultimate Ice Cream Experience. Pamper yourself and be seated at a lovingly-themed long table in a prime location as you are taken care of by your dedicated wait staff. Enjoy a 5-course chef’s selection of ice cream, paired with boozy beverages in a culinary delight.

SCOOP! is the summer pick me up you’ve been waiting for. Indulge your senses and enjoy a sweet weekend at HOTA, all served with a dollop of sunshine. 

For more information about SCOOP! visit https://hota.com.au/scoop/

For more information about the ferry service, including timetabling and fares visit https://hopo.com.au/

For assistance with Journey Planning visit https://jp.translink.com.au/plan-your…/journey-planner

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