Saturday, December 31, 2011
Our Gold Coast beaches are world-class with kilometer’s of golden sand and fantastic swimming and surfing opportunities. But if your planning on spending some beach time on your next Gold Coast holiday it’s important to be aware of some water safety basics. (beach safety tips provided by the Gold Coast city council website)
Swim alone or surf at beaches not patrolled by Lifeguards or Lifesavers
Bathe outside the red and yellow flags that mark safe swimming areas
Bathe directly after a meal or under the influence of alcohol
Bathe when the beach is closed. (Observe the sign "Danger- Reserve closed to bathing" and the red flag)
Bathe when there are no safety flags
Panic if caught in a current or undertow, but raise one arm straight up and float until help arrives
Struggle if seized with a cramp, but raise one arm for help, float and keep the affected part of the body still
Go out far when a yellow flag is flying- it means the surf is dangerous
Bathe if unsure of safe conditions, but seek advice of the nearest Lifeguard
Struggle against a rip or current, but swim diagonally across it.
Swim between the red & yellow flag on patrolled beaches
Read the Flags and Safety Signs and understand what they mean before entering the water.
And, don’t forget to ‘Slip-Slop-Slap’ and drink plenty of water on those hot summer days!
Enjoy our beautiful beaches! Happy New Year everyone!
Wednesday, December 28, 2011
Sand Sculpting and Summer Surf Safety – try to say that fast five times!
If you can you’re pretty clever … almost as clever as Australia’s best sand sculptors who will be molding and shaping the sand on the Surfers Paradise foreshore on Saturday the 11th of February 2012 from 9:00am.
Come along and be amazed at the works, which will be built up over several days and displayed on the foreshore for a further week.
If you’ve ever tried to build a sandcastle with the kids at the beach, you’ll appreciate the talent and effort that goes into these oversized sand creations that’ll be on display.
With the recent beach closures and ocean conditions we thought it would also be a good time to remind everyone to play it safe this summer. Later in the week, we’ll post some beach safety tips. But for now – remember to swim between the flags - and have a great week everyone.
Friday, December 23, 2011
The staff and management at The Regent Apartments would like to wish you all a wonderful Christmas and a happy and safe New Year.
Tuesday, December 20, 2011
The sights and sounds of Surfers Paradise are a feast for the senses, and your taste buds definitely don’t need to miss out on the action while in town.
With over 150 dining options to choose from, Surfers Paradise has the largest range of restaurants on the Gold Coast. From fine dining to fast food, all tastes and budgets are catered for.
Eat your way around the globe with Indian, Greek, French, Italian, Japanese, Mexican, Thai and much more - without even leaving the Surfers Paradise precinct!
Those with kids in tow, might enjoy heading to the local surf club for an always popular chicken schnitzel or steak sandwich, and for breakfast a trip to the ‘hot air balloon themed’ Pancakes in Paradise is always a treat.
The iconic Hard Rock Café will have your toes tapping to the loud rock music, while you tuck into hearty American style food like Hickory-Smoked Chicken Wings, Twisted Mac & Cheese or a Legendary Burger.
Watch the chefs in full swing on the first Saturday of every month when the ‘Chefs of Surfers Paradise’ put on a free cooking demonstration on the foreshore at the end of Cavill Avenue.
The annual ‘A La Carte in the Park’ is a festival not to be missed, with a free live jazz concert. Local producers and restaurateurs set up booths selling their delicious fare, which you can pair with a local wine from the licensed beverage tent.
Visit surfersparadise.com for event details.
Friday, December 16, 2011
Got ink? You just need to take a look around to see the popularity of tattoos in our society.
Tattooing has been practiced for centuries in many countries around the globe. Since the 1990’s, tattoos have become a mainstream part of global and Western fashion. This year Mattel even made a controversial move releasing a tattoo Barbie!
From January 13th to 15th 2012. You can catch the SURF n’ ink tattoo convention at the Gold Coast Convention Centre.
SURF n’ ink is a celebration of tattoo artistry, set amidst a backdrop of surf, sun and fun at one of the world’s best-loved holiday destinations, the Gold Coast.
Artists from all over the world will join Aussie ‘partners in ink’ for this popular annual event on the international tattoo convention calendar.
Over three days, see some of the best tattoo artists in the world at work. To see the artists in action and also see first-hand some of the different trends and styles from around the world.
SURF n’ Ink’s colourful, action-packed program includes tattoo competitions, seminars, piercing, body painting, art fusion, pro-wrestling, Jujitsu, Muay Thai, photo and art displays, live music and the Queensland heat of Miss Ink Australia.
Whether you have a tattoo, class yourself as a walking work of art, or just enjoy art and surf culture you won’t want to miss this one.
Tuesday, December 13, 2011
January 8th is Elvis Presley’s birthday, and to celebrate Surfers Paradise will become a sensory swirl of jumpsuits, black leather, blue suede shoes and some of the 20th century’s finest rock’n’roll.
The Elvis action will be on the beach and foreshore, in the heart of Surfers and includes the invitation-only Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Competition, the ‘world series’ for Elvis tribute artists. Offstage, the handpicked finalists will also play sideshows at venues throughout Surfers Paradise. At Elvis’s Birthday Bash ‘The King’ will be in the buildings! This is a free event. Check surfersparadise.com closer to event for timetable.
Thursday, December 08, 2011
These holidays, Dreamworld welcomes a host of beloved characters including Shrek, Puss in Boots, Po from Kung Fu Panda, Madagascar Penguins Rico, Skipper, Kowalski and Private and many of their pals.
Join Shrek as he learns how humans celebrate the holiday season in the 20-minute Holiday Shrektacular Show, featuring song, dance and a host of characters on the specially designed Main Street stage.
The show is included in the price of the entry ticket and guests can catch one of two shows throughout the day while having their photo taken with their favourite characters.
The 20 minute show will play twice daily at Main Street. Make it a Summer to Remember with extended hours, new rides, your favourite slides and incredible creatures.
Tuesday, December 06, 2011
2012: Year of the Dragon
The Gold Coast presents the 2012 Chinese New Year Festival. The celebrations will be held over two days at various venues, showcasing over 20 performances, arts and craft stalls, lion dances, dragon dances and lots of fire crackers!
Add the following dates to your diary now: Tuesday 24th January and Wednesday 25th January, 2012. Victoria Ave Mall, Broadbeach. Bring the family! This is a free event.
For more information head to: www.goldcoastchinesenewyear.com.au
Sunday, December 04, 2011
In November, Australian Outback Spectacular ‘Heroes of the Light Horse’ closed its doors for the final time to make way for an exciting new show - launching December 6, 2011!
The third chapter in the Australian Outback Spectacular story will be titled ‘Spirit of the Horse’ and will celebrate the courageous spirit of the Australian horse and honor the legend that is Phar Lap.
Australian Outback Spectacular first opened in 2006, with the second show ‘Heroes of the Light Horse’ launching in September 2009 and proving a huge success. Australian Outback Spectacular has entertained millions of visitors from all over the world.