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The ultimate Valentine’s Day with Hopo Ferries

By Blog, Home of the Arts (HOTA), Marina Mirage, Sea World, Southport 'Broadwater Parklands', Surfers Paradise

The Ultimate Valentine's Day With Hopo Ferries

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Hopo Ferries have got you and your sweetheart covered this Valentine’s Day.

Hopo Ferries are sharing the love with a 2-for-1 Hop On Hop Off Day Pass Special, meaning you can spend the day together on the Gold Coast waterways and visit five fab locations. Simply show this post on Sunday, February 14, to the Hopo Skipper to redeem this offer.

Surfers Paradise

White Rhino Valentine’s Day Sunday Sesh

Open from 11:30 am, White Rhino Bar + Eats offers $14.90 lunches and an extensive wine and cocktail menu, including six varieties of long island cocktail flavours. White Rhino’s modern decor makes it a great location to enjoy in a drink or two at their waterfall bar or dine against their picturesque garden wall, perfect for that Valentine’s Day Instagram pic!

Sunset picnic on the beach (free)

With picnic basket and rug in hand, treat your sweetheart to a romantic sunset picnic on the famous Surfers Paradise beach. Watch as the clouds change colour over the ocean in a dazzling array of colours.

HOTA, Home of the Arts

The Secret Life of a Love Song

Feel the love this Valentine’s Day at HOTA, Home of the Arts, sunset concert, The Secret Life of a Love Song. Featuring performances from The Brothers Calling with Wolfmother’s Ian Peres, Scott French, Alisha Todd, Geoff Green with special guests. Covering tracks by Bob Marley, Beyonce, INXS, Blondie, The Rolling Stones and more, this special Valentine’s Day concert will warm your heart and bring the joy of music live from HOTA’s Outdoor Stage.

Enhance your experience and treat your loved one to one of HOTA’s gourmet hampers ($50) including hand-selected cheeses, bread and antipasto delights with two glasses of your choice of red, white or sparkling wine. After more? Upgrade to their indulgence hamper ($75) to include fresh Australian prawns and delectable chocolate coated strawberries.

Bundall Farmers Market (Free)

Hold your lover’s hand as you weave through several local stalls and vendors at the Bundall Farmers Markets. Taste-test home-made treats, purchase fresh farm produce or surprise your special someone with freshly-picked flowers.

Broadwater Parklands

Kids DJ party in the park

Hit the dance floor for a Valentine’s Day DJ party at the Broadwater Parklands. Ideal for families, groove to favourites new and old, mixed by a professional DJ. Games and activities are also on offer, bringing fun for the whole family. It is located right near the big pillow.

Explore the Broadwater Parklands (Free)

For a more casual Valentine’s Day, take a stroll on the Broadwater Parklands. Pack a picnic basket and find the perfect spot on lush green grass to soak in the sunshine with your love.

Marina Mirage

High Tea

Spoil your sweetheart at Cafe Mirage’s Valentine’s Day High Tea at Marina Mirage. Including your choice of tea, coffee and a glass of sparkling wine on arrival, indulge on a selection of sweet and savoury treats. Choose from delicious mini eclairs filled with Chantilly cream, lemon meringue pie, scrumptious scones with jam and cream, mini savoury muffins, an assortment of tasty sandwiches and more.

Marina Mirage Jetty (Free)

The Marina Mirage jetty boasts incredible views of the stunning, multi-million dollar yachts. Wander the boardwalk and look in awe of the luxurious vessels or take in the sights from one of the many waterfront cafes and bars.

Sea World

Sea World Helicopters

Take your love to new heights this Valentine’s Day. Treat yourself and your loved one to the ultimate Valentine’s Day experience with Sea World Helicopters. Embark on a scenic flight exclusive for just the two of you over the stunning Gold Coast. Experience unforgettable views of the city’s towering-high rises and crystal blue coastlines. Enjoy a complimentary hamper pack including gourmet cheese, fresh bread, cold meats and a bottle of Sirromet bubbles.

Federation Walk (Free)

Take a stroll across the road and wander the Federation Walk. Immerse yourself on a 3.5km nature track, sheltered by natural canopies the sound of the ocean, enjoy a moment away from the outside world. At the end of your walk, take a rest at The Spit, one of the Gold Coast’s much-loved beaches.

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Top 10 ways to cool off on the Gold Coast

By Blog, Home of the Arts (HOTA), Marina Mirage, Sea World, Southport 'Broadwater Parklands', Surfers Paradise, Uncategorized

Top 10 ways to cool off on the Gold Coast

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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. Makea 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. Book now!

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The ultimate Gold Coast day out with Hopo Ferries

By Blog, Home of the Arts (HOTA), Marina Mirage, Sea World, Southport 'Broadwater Parklands', Surfers Paradise, Uncategorized

The ultimate Gold Coast day out with Hopo Ferries

Sightseeing

Take advantage of the beautiful weather this summer, skip the traffic and choose a day out with Hopo. Your skipper and crew are excited to have you aboard, offering informative commentary about the Gold Coast and slipping out secrets of the city. There is no better way to spend a full day on the Gold Coast than to travel by ferry to all the must-see destinations.

Surfers Paradise

No day out in the Gold Coast is complete without a visit to the famous Surfers Paradise. A hub of culture, food and famed golden beaches, there is always something going on. Unwind from the day and soak in a glorious sunset on Surfers Paradise Beach. The two-kilometre beach is the heart of the city and a must-do on anybody’s list. Satisfy your hunger at one of Surfers Paradise restaurants. Boasting a wide variety of cuisine, tempt yourself with the tastes of Italy at Salt Meats Cheese pizzeria or be mesmerised by Mexican delights at La Diosa Mexicana.

Home of the Arts, HOTA

Home of the Arts (HOTA) is the Gold Coast’s vibrant cultural precinct. It is home of live music, theatre, cinema, conversation and critical thinking, surrounded by leafy parklands and a tranquil lake perfect for cooling off in. A quiet escape from the hustle and bustle of the Gold Coast, enjoy a lake-side stroll, you may even discover the best well-hidden view of Surfers Paradise. Check out one of the many events hosted by HOTA. Their cinema screens the latest releases and familiar favourites. A passion for art and culture, watch live performances in their state of the art theatre or sit down and tap your toes to live music on their outdoor stage. Purchase all farm fresh produce and freshly baked goods at the Bundall Farmers Market every Sunday morning.

Marina Mirage

The height of luxury on the Gold Coast, Marina Mirage is  Queensland’s most iconic waterfront shopping, dining and leisure destination. A shopaholic’s dream, spoil yourself at high fashion and boutique stores such as Tommy Hilfiger, Witchery and Gant. Once shopping has worked up an appetite, it’s time for lunch. Marina Mirage is the Gold Coast’s premier destination for waterfront dining. An assortment of award-winning modern cafes and gourmet restaurants line the boardwalk, providing stunning views looking over the sparkling marina. Unwind as you sip on tasty cocktails at Glass Dining & Lounge Bar or catch up for an indulgent lunch at Sunset Waterfront Grill. On Saturday mornings, wander fresh produce and homemade treats at the Marina Mirage Farmers Market.

Broadwater Park Lands

The Broadwater Parklands is a much-loved destination with Gold Coast residents and tourists alike. The three-kilometre stretch of vibrant parklands is home to a wide range of activities including rock pools, playgrounds, barbeque and picnic areas and boardwalk. The Broadwater Parklands is a much-loved destination with Gold Coast residents and tourists alike. Ideal for families, summer catch-ups with friends or even a first date, the Broadwater Parklands seems to have it all. 

Sea World Australia

Bring out your inner explorer at Sea World, Australia’s #1 marine park showcases beautiful underwater life, thrilling rides and unforgettable shows. Visit the icey poles in Australia, saying hello to polar bears and playful penguins. Get up close and personal with seafaring creatures including rays, dolphins, and if you’re brave enough, sharks! Unleash your inner thrillseeker and tackle Sea World’s new Vortex Spin Coaster or brace the weather on their Storm Coaster. For the pleasure-seekers, immerse yourself in one of Sea World’s daily shows, from the action-packed Thunder Lake Stunt Show to the mesmerising Feature Dolphin Presentation.

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For the romantics: Dating with Hopo Gold Coast Ferry

By Home of the Arts (HOTA), Marina Mirage, Sea World, Southport 'Broadwater Parklands', Surfers Paradise

For the romantics: Dating with Hopo Gold Coast Ferry

So, you’ve finally worked up the courage to ask that special someone out, and they’ve said yes. Congratulations! Or maybe you’ve been dating someone for a while and are running out of ideas for exciting and memorable dates. Either way, this blog is for you. Connect with people, form closer bonds, date on your terms and, most importantly, make it fun with Hopo Gold Coast Ferry service. It is undeniable that dating can be super nerve-racking… So to ease your nerves, we have put together a list of unique and lovable date ideas utilising Hopo as your favourite Hop On Hop Off mode of transport.

The location you choose sets the tone for your date. Below are Hopo’s five destinations: Surfers Paradise, Broadwater Parklands, Marina Mirage, HOTA and Sea World. You may want to hop off at one or two of these locations for your date, or if it is going well, perhaps you could visit all five!

Surfers Paradise

Energetic, enthusiastic and exciting! Surfers Paradise offers an electric social scene with world-class nightlife venues, award-winning restaurants and free artistic and cultural community events. The Surfers Paradise Beachfront Markets, for example, operate every Wednesday, Friday and Sunday night between 3:00pm and 8:00pm. Stroll along the iconic foreshore with your special someone to discover some of Gold Coast’s most unique market stalls, all while taking in the ocean breeze. The foreshore is bustling throughout the day with walkers, cyclists, surfers and beachgoers all sharing the beachfront boulevard, creating an incredible atmosphere – one that is sure to impress your date! 

  • Take a romantic stroll on the white sands of Budds beach, with a smoothie or juice in hand. 
  • Invest in a surfing or stand-up paddleboarding lesson for you and your date. Have a laugh AND learn a new skill!
  • Enjoy a romantic buffet lunch or dinner cruise from the Surfers Paradise Pier with Sea World Cruises.
  • For the more traditional romantics, have dinner and drinks at The Island Gold Coast Rooftop and watch the city light up from above. 
  • Hunt down the perfect cup of coffee. This shouldn’t be too hard considering the Gold Coast’s thriving cafe scene.
  • For the adventurous, experience the thrill of freefall flight without the danger with iFly Gold Coast’s indoor skydive centre.

 

Broadwater Parklands

The Gold Coast’s world class Broadwater Parklands offers a range of diverse locations and venues designed for almost everything and anything, including romance. Find a shady spot under a tree for an intimate picnic, or take a stroll through the park while soaking in the sunshine or moonlight.

  • Attend a ‘Movies Under the Stars’ night and take advantage of the fantastic food truck options.
  • Engage in meaningful conversation over a coffee at Shak Expresso – an icecream and espresso bar offering freshly brewed, barista-made coffee using a unique blend of Piazza Doro beans.
  • Share a few laughs over some of the best locally caught seafood on the Gold Coast at The Fish Shak.

 

Marina Mirage

Situated at Main Beach, Marina Mirage offers boutique shopping and waterfront dining for you and your special someone to indulge. Overlooking the beautiful marina, you can treat your date to sunset cocktails or a deliciously decadent lunch or dinner. Marina Mirage hosts many award-winning, fine dining restaurants including Glass Dining & Lounge Bar, Ristorante Fellini, Sky Restaurant and King Crab Co.

  • Held every Saturday from 7:00am to 12:00pm, stroll the Marina Mirage weekly Gourmet Farmers Markets and purchase some farm fresh, organic and local produce. 
  • View and discuss some divine art pieces at Anthea Polson Art.
  • Pamper yourselves by getting a couples massage at Esteem Medi Spa.

 

HOTA, Home Of The Arts

HOTA, Home Of The Arts, hosts a number of free and ticketed events and workshops every day. From Party in the Park (a bi-monthly outdoor music festival) to Gold Coast’s Annual Film Festival, HOTA has an event for every occasion – and dates are no exception!

  • Forget Netflix and chill – watch a movie at one of HOTA’s cinemas. The movies shown at HOTA are often exclusive, meaning you probably won’t find them at your local cinema.
  • Tour an art exhibition and show off your art expertise (or have a laugh at your lack of it!). With a new and improved gallery scheduled to open in early 2021, there has never been a better time to expand your art knowledge.

 

Sea World

Sea World offers the perfect combination of fun, adventure and relaxation, guaranteed to charm your date. It is a marine mammal park, oceanarium and theme park promoting conservation through education and the rescue of sick, injured or orphaned wildlife. If your special someone happens to be an animal lover, then Sea World will be a great place for you to hop off Hopo!

  • Visit Australia’s #1 Marine Park and observe tropical fish, penguins, dolphins, seals and more. Bonus points if you do so holding hands!
  • Attend Sea World Carnivale in 2021 and enjoy an evening filled with internationally inspired dining and spectacular entertainment. Think fire twirlers, musicians, dancers and more!
  • Get up close and personal with the gentle giants of the ocean with Sea World Cruises’ whale watching tour. 
  • Surprise your date with a helicopter flight and admire Gold Coast’s breathtakingly beautiful city and waters in style.

 

Dates are an opportunity to meet someone new or ignite a spark between you and someone you already know. They are also an opportunity to have fun, share laughs, or at the very least, learn something new about yourself. Hopo allows you to be whisked around the waterways, turning transportation (something normally mundane) into something exciting and whimsical. Exploring the Gold Coast with your special someone has never been so convenient, scenic and awe-inspiring. Now that you have a potential itinerary mapped out, give your date a call!

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2020/08 – Destination overview: The vibrant Surfers Paradise

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Destination overview: The vibrant Surfers Paradise

Surfers Paradise

The Gold Coast is renowned for its patrolled beaches, elaborate system of inland canals and waterways and its adventurous theme parks. But if you’ve heard of the Gold Coast, chances are you’ve heard of Surfers Paradise. Surfers Paradise is a must-see destination if you are visiting the Gold Coast, with the ever-so vibrant Cavill Avenue and skyscraper skyline being just about anyone’s cup of tea! The modern foreshore is bustling throughout the day with walkers, cyclists and skateboarders all utilising this spectacular beachfront boulevard. Beachside shopping, dining, bars and clubs offer the complete holiday experience all in one compact destination package.

To eat and drink

Surfers Paradise is an international hub when it comes to culture and cuisine. The bright lights are what put the humble surf city on the worldwide tourist map, but there is much more to Surfers Paradise than highrises. In recent years, the area’s culinary scene has improved drastically, and now Surfers Paradise has a way of beckoning even the most zen travellers. Yamagen is a funky Japanese izakaya (informal Japanese snack bar) located inside QT Gold Coast Hotel, and has a reputation for being one of, if not the, best restaurant in the city. The Island Rooftop, the bar and restaurant of The Island Gold Coast (a newly renovated boutique hotel), is probably the most talked about venue on the Gold Coast. It is Italian-inspired and attracts just as many locals as it does tourists. It offers one of the best Sunday sessions around!

 

To visit

No Gold Coast holiday is complete without a beach day at the infamous beaches of Surfers Paradise. Swim and surf along the impressively expansive beach of golden sand, stretching two kilometres! It is patrolled by three lifeguard towers, helping to ensure the safety of swimmers and beachgoers. The beach itself is backed by the esplanade, lined with seating areas and barbecues with ocean views for those wanting to just take it all in. For the more adventurous, invest in a surfing or stand-up paddleboarding lesson. You are bound to not only have a few laughs, but to make memories you will cherish forever.

 

To do

In a city surrounded by water, you can expect to find many more water-related activities for you to partake in. The Surfers Paradise pier is a docking point for numerous boats and cruises, including Hopo’s Gold Coast Ferry Service. Conveniently positioned in the heart of the city, the pier is also a docking point for Sea World Cruises – you may want to take your special someone on a dinner cruise! Alternatively, there are providers offering private boat or jetski hire. And if you’ve had enough of the water, Timezone, Strike Bowling, iFLY, Holey Moley and King Tutts Putt-Putt are all amusing activities for you to do on land. A must-do is the SkyPoint daytime or twilight climb. Look it up – you won’t be disappointed.

 

Nightlife

Surfers Paradise is no stranger to late nights, live music and slick clubs. Whether you want to enjoy a casual cocktail with friends or cut shapes on the dance floor until 4am, Surfers Paradise has it all. It’s a place for you to have fun, let loose and potentially wake up in the morning with a few, minor regrets. But at least you are guaranteed to have a great story! A popular venue, especially among university students, is the Beer Garden situated on the busy Cavill Avenue. Enjoy a social beer and some live music here, and still be in bed by midnight. If you would rather be fist-pumping into the early hours of the morning, then Elsewhere may be the place for you. Elsewhere is one of those rare Gold Coast nightclubs where you can actually rub shoulders with locals. This little hotspot is a hub of disco balls, groovy electronic beats and a 70s style light-up dancefloor.

 

Shopping

There is no shortage of shops in Surfers Paradise. From local boutiques to mass-market fashion retailers, this seaside city is a shopaholic’s heaven. For a shopping centre, visit Paradise Centre on Cavill Avenue. Its stores include Ally, Cotton on Body, Novo Shoes, Typo, Universal Store and Souvenir Shoppers. If you are after smaller scale, local brands and designers, then perhaps the Surfers Paradise Beachfront Markets would be more your style. These twilight markets are located on the Esplanade at the end of Cavill Avenue and operate all year round, every Friday and Saturday from 4pm to 9pm. Enjoy the gentle ocean breeze as you stroll the foreshore, and discover over 100 market stalls from local artisans and creatives.

 

There is no doubt that Surfers Paradise has an appetite for attention. It is a lively, vibrant and sparkly international hub. But don’t let this deter you! Instead, allow yourself to get swept up in it – feel the energy that radiates from its centre. Surfers Paradise is constantly evolving and it is this consistency for updating itself that keeps millions of travellers coming back for more.

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