Queensland News

  • Written by Emily Comer


In this latest destination update, read about the new Broadbeach Boardwalk Events Space located on the beachfront at the northern end of Kurrawa Surf Club; Ashmore Palms Holiday Village has entered the TripAdvisor's hall of fame and Nobby Beach Holiday Village has completed a major refurbishment; This, plus plenty more to see and do in the destination as listed below:

NEW DEVELOPMENTS

  • World-First Award for Southport Yacht Club's Recently Introduced "Waterscape by Superior"
  • Jupiters to Undergo One of Australia's Most Extensive Hotel Refurbishments
  • New Events Space for Broadbeach
  • ABC Kids World to Open at Dreamworld
  • Ashmore Palms Holiday Village Named as TripAdvisor 2015 Hall of Fame Winner
  • Nobby Beach Holiday Village Complete Major Refurbishment
  • A Sweet Experience with Dreamworld Events

WHAT'S ON

  • Broadbeach Country Music Festival (19 June – 21 June, 2015)
  • Gold Coast Airport Marathon (4 July – 5 July, 2015)
  • Kokoda Challenge (18 July – 19 July, 2015)

NEW DEVELOPMENTS

World-First Award for Southport Yacht Club's Recently Introduced "Waterscape by Superior"
In a world first, Southport Yacht Club's recently opened Waterscape pontoon bar and function facility has been declared a category winner in the prestigious Good Design Australia awards, which were announced in Sydney. The unique modular concept, designed by Alexander Lotersztain and created by Gold Coast company, Superior, beat the best local and international designs to be declared a winner of the “Sports and Lifestyle” category in the highly sought-after awards. The Good Design Australia awards are recognised in Australia, and internationally, as one of the longest standing and most coveted forms of recognition in the world. After “Waterscape by Superior” was released to the Australian market a few months ago, then to the world at the recent Monaco Boat Show, Southport Yacht Club became the first organisation in the world to place an order. Since being installed and moored just off the clubhouse at Main Beach, the 10-metre square Waterscape bar has proven to be a highly popular facility for members, and a valuable asset for the staging of special functions. Access to the pontoon is gained via a specially designed and constructed walkway extending out from the club's lawn.
www.southportyachtclub.com.au

Jupiters to Undergo One of Australia's Most Extensive Hotel Refurbishments
One of Australia's most extensive hotel room refurbishments will soon be underway at Jupiters Hotel & Casino, as Echo Entertainment Group moves ahead with the next stage of the property's $345 million transformation. The project to revitalise the property's almost 600 rooms, together with some initial work already completed around the pool and hotel façade, will cost around $75m – making it one of the most comprehensive and highest value hotel refurbishments ever undertaken in Australia. The first completed stage of the refurbished hotel rooms are expected to open at the end of October 2015, with the entire project scheduled for completion by the end of 2016. Internationally renowned architects Steelman Partners are behind the styling of the rooms, which are designed to create a sophisticated and modern feel that will complement the Gold Coast's relaxed beachside lifestyle. This vision is being delivered on the Gold Coast by ML Design, a highly respected south east Queensland architectural practice. The rooms will also include state-of-the-art lighting and technology, iPad connectivity and smart televisions, while offering guests the very best in terms of luxury finishes, including marble and stone sourced from Italy and Turkey, rain-head showers and luxurious new bedding.
www.jupitersgoldcoast.com.au

New Events Space for Broadbeach
A permanent outdoor events space that would service visitors and the community will be constructed at Broadbeach. The Broadbeach Boardwalk Events Space will be located on the beachfront at the northern end of Kurrawa Surf Club and provide a premium venue for outdoor dining, public events, live entertainment and Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games™ related events. Designed to hold heavy temporary structures and equipped with lighting, power and water, the 20 by 20 metre deck will be capable of holding 500 people. Mayor Tom Tate said the event space was one of the key deliverables of the City's Destination Tourism Management Plan (DTMP). “We conducted extensive research with relevant industry stakeholders that revealed there was a significant need for this kind of product,” he said. “The Gold Coast is competing globally for the conference and incentive market and organisers are seeking, unique money-can't-buy experiences to offer their clients.”
www.goldcoast.qld.gov.au

ABC Kids World to Open at Dreamworld
Australia's favourite characters have come to life in this interactive and colourful world of fun, rides and games. Featuring Giggle and Hoot, The Wiggles, Play School and Bananas in Pyjamas, ABC Kids World is the only one of its kind giving kids and carers a whole world of happiness. There are people with games and stories to tell. Inspired by Australia's longest running pre-school series ABC Kids World features a number of immersive experiences where the children can indulge their imagination as they explore the new ABC Kids World play areas.
www.dreamworld.com.au

Ashmore Palms Holiday Village Named as TripAdvisor 2015 Hall of Fame Winner
Ashmore Palms Holiday Village has been recognised as a TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence Hall of Fame winner. The Certificate of Excellence award celebrates excellence in hospitality and is given only to establishments that consistently achieve great traveller reviews on TripAdvisor. The 'Hall of Fame' was created to honour those businesses that have earned a Certificate of Excellence for five consecutive years. Ashmore Palms is a family owned and operated holiday village set on almost 15 acres of lush, tropical gardens in the suburb of Ashmore. "Winning the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence for five consecutive years is a remarkable feat. TripAdvisor is pleased to induct five-time award winners into the 'Hall of Fame',” said Marc Charron President, TripAdvisor for Business. “By putting a spotlight on businesses that are focused on consistently delivering great service to customers, TripAdvisor not only helps drive an improvement to hospitality standards around the world, it also gives businesses both large and small the ability to shine and stand out from the competition.”
www.AshmorePalmsGoldCoast.com.au

Nobby Beach Holiday Village Complete Major Refurbishment
Nobby Beach Holiday Village centrally located on the Gold Coast, has recently completed a major refurbishment project transforming the holiday village into a family holiday destination providing fun for all the family year round. The 2 year project has concluded with the installation of a heated mega 35m waterslide and new heated pools for year round family fun. A new state of the art camp kitchen with stone bench tops, gas cookers, BBQ's, instant hot water boiler, glass fridge and seating for 30 was also added to the facilities. New deluxe Tropical and Seabreeze villas have been installed each with a beautiful deck and private BBQ. Centrally located on the Gold Coast Highway at Miami the car is not needed. The Nobby Beach entertainment precinct is across the road, with the bus at your doorstep you can go anywhere on the Gold Coast and the beach is a short 500m stroll away.
www.nobbybeachholidayvillage.com.au

WHAT'S ON

Broadbeach Country Music Festival (19 June – 21 June, 2015)
Saddle up and get set for the Broadbeach Country Music Festival. The best bit is you don't need a ticket; the Broadbeach Country Music Festival is completely free. Featuring local, Australian and International country acts. So get your Stetson out, and dust off those old cowboy boots for three days and nights of incredible, boot scootin' entertainment across outdoor stages and throughout venues in Broadbeach.
www.broadbeachcountry.com

Gold Coast Airport Marathon (4 July – 5 July, 2015)
This IAAF Road Race Gold Label event features a marathon, half marathon, 10km run, 5.7km challenge and junior dash races for the kids over 4km and 2km. More than 25,000 people from around the world are set to participate in 2015 and lap up the magnificent running climate, as well as the flat, fast and beautiful course that runs alongside the Pacific Ocean.
www.goldcoastmarathon.com.au

Kokoda Challenge (18 July – 19 July, 2015)
The Kokoda Challenge is hailed as Australia's toughest endurance event. Participants trek a 96km course that leads along fire trails, crosses 12 creeks and summits 5,000m of vertical elevation. The goal is to finish as a complete team of four in honour of the spirit forged on the Kokoda Track in 1942: mateship, endurance, courage and sacrifice.

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