Thursday 24 April 2008




GCBazaar on the Gold Coast, 1-30 June, 2008

Gold Coast, 24 April: Australia's favourite holiday playground, the Gold Coast, is the idyllic destination for a winter escape. Gold Coast in June not only enjoys enviable weather and less crowds, but is also the time to celebrate fashion, food and fun with the region's signature month-long festival – GCBazaar.

Hosting more than 30 major events over 30 days, GCBazaar offers a diverse range of activities and entertainment in one stunning, warm and inviting location.  Whether you fancy blues on the beach, decadent dining or the thrill of a day at the races, there is something on the GCBazaar calendar for everyone.

Local golden girl and world surfing champion, Stephanie Gilmore, says Sydneysiders and Melburnians should escape the bleak winter weather of the southern regions and head to the bright and cheerful Gold Coast.

"My friends call me Happy and that's because I make the most of every opportunity to experience all that life has to give and I urge others to get out and do the same, take a short break on the Gold Coast this winter and recharge the batteries for the year ahead," she says. 

The Gold Coast has made it easy for visitors by putting its best experiences on offer to help the southern states overcome the dark and drizzly days of June. Awesome surf, great events and special offers, the Gold Coast will be the place to be.

GCBazaar, the month-long festival featuring more than 60 free and ticketed events, presents a great opportunity for Australians and their families to take in a burst of sunshine before the long winter ahead, especially as June includes the last long weekend for four months - the Queen's Birthday.

Local restaurants, hotels and other attractions will be offering special promotions to fun-loving and sophisticated travellers. 

Gilmore says she would love nothing more than to spend winter at home enjoying the winter swell and variety of different GCBazaar activities happening throughout the region.

Whether you're a seasoned fashion devotee, a connoisseur of fine cuisine or a sports enthusiast, GCBazaar is guaranteed to keep you well dressed, well fed and entertained.   So there's no excuse for suffering this June, visit or call 1300 309 440 for more information.


From high-end couture to eclectic markets the Gold Coast has something for every fashionista.

For a night of high-octane fashion, live music, great cuisine and ultra-glam vehicles, join the Audi Passion for Fashion Cocktail Party (20 June, $70pp) at Spendelove Bistro and Bar, or for a relaxed celebrity-guided shopping tour, Surfers Paradise Girls Day Out (June 21, free) is giving shoppers the chance to discover Surfers Paradise's hidden boutiques, complete with free pampering sessions.

For the spectacular festival finale, indulge in the classic trappings of elegance… Champagne, Chocolate and Couture (29 June, $70pp). Bluefire Churrascaria Grill & Bar has teamed with international elite modelling agency – Sass and Bentley to present an evening of style and sophistication. Surround yourself with French champagne and the stunning hand-selected collection of couture from Australia's finest fashion houses.



If it's good food you love, GCBazaar is the perfect place to treat your taste buds.  The multicultural flavour of the Gold Coast presents the opportunity to sample exceptional food and wine from all around the world. 


Don't miss A La Carte in the Park (15 June, free entry) where restaurants and wineries from across the Gold Coast showcase their gastronomic delights with samples for patrons to enjoy as they bask in the glorious Gold Coast sun.


GCBazaar takes on a French accent when Absynthe chef Meyjitte Boughenout presents Jewels on a Plate (6 and 20 June, $55pp includes 2-courses and a complimentary glass of wine). This sophisticated luncheon is designed to complement exquisite jewellery created by international award-winning designer Ann Middleton.



It doesn't get much better than the Gold Coast when it comes to fun in the sun.  Throughout June, golden beaches and scenic hinterland form the backdrop for the ultimate Australian playground.


The entire family will marvel at the spectacular fireworks and display during Cracker Night, celebrating Queensland Week (7 June, free). Cheer on Titans as they take on last year's NRL premiers Melbourne Storm (date TBA, various ticket prices), or fossick through Broadbeach Markets (Sundays, free entry) and admire local art exhibitions (various dates and entry fees) – the list seems endless.  Locals and visitors alike will be spoilt for choice as they join in the celebrations.


For more information and to plan your adventurous, indulgent or simply relaxing travel itinerary visit: or call 1300 309 440.


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