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Major Gold Coast Events Coming This Winter!

Looking for more reasons to visit the Gold Coast? Look no further, as winter is packed with unmissable upcoming events that have already got us feeling the excitement.

Cooly Rocks On, BLEACH Festival and this year’s Gold Coast Show – these are just a few, with most being 100% FREE to attend.

Get your calendar at the ready – the following Gold Coast winter events all intend to go ahead (dates already set) COVID Safe under QLD Health regulations.

Cooly Rocks On 2021

When: June 9 – June 13

Where: Coolangatta

Right around the corner, Cooly Rocks On Festival 2021 is your real-life throwback to the glorious 50s, 60s and 70s: a 5-day festival celebrating rockabilly, swing and everything vintage and retro for baby boomers and modern-day old souls.

The nostalgia-packed program includes live bands on stage, retro pageants, twist and jive dance-offs, vintage markets, a beachside display of over 900 classic cars, Indian motorcycles and lots more. The best thing? It’s free to attend.

Gold Coast Australian Open Bowls 2021

When: June 12 – June 25

Where: Host Gold Coast Bowls Clubs

Top Gold Coast bowls clubs up and down the coastline will once again host the Australian Open Bowls – Australia’s biggest and richest lawn bowls competition. 

The main format will feature Singles, Pairs and Fours in knockout rounds held daily, boasting an overall prize purse of $275,000. Bowls players and bowls fans alike won’t want to miss this thrilling two-week championship.

Gold Coast Marathon 2021 – Update: EVENT CANCELLED

When: July 3 – July 4

Where: Broadwater Parklands – Burleigh Heads

Ran during a lockdown? It’s time to test your newfound stamina at this year’s Gold Coast Marathon, offering a range of distances from Junior Dash Runs and 5km Fun Runs to the Half Marathon and 42km Village Roadshow Gold Coast Marathon.

The flat Gold Coast offers perfect running conditions – plus a backdrop of the region’s most stunning beaches. Cheer on or register by June to take part. 

Kirra Longboard Klassic 2021

When: July 10 – July 11

Where: Kirra Beach

Back for its highly anticipated second event, Kirra Longboard Klassic is a free longboard showcase on iconic Kirra Beach for both longboarders and longboarding fans.

It’s just for fun (no competition involved) and this year it’s been extended to two whole days. Hop on your longboard and join in or kick back and spectate the action from the beachside.

Gold Coast Kokoda Challenge

When: July 17 – July 18

Where: Firth Park Mudgeeraba

Kokoda Challenge Gold Coast is an event for long-distance hikers looking to test their limits. Inspired by the famous Papua New Guinea Kokoda Track, this cross country trek is as iconic as it is challenging, signifying mateship (group participation encouraged) as well as endurance.

The main trail measures 96km with a completion time of 39 hours. If it’s your first time, there are also 48km and 17km trails – all held over one weekend.

BLEACH Festival Gold Coast

When: August 12 – August 22

Where: Burleigh Heads Beach

Here’s another free beachside festival to get excited for – BLEACH is back and already gearing up for another 11-day program featuring live music, dance, theatre, circus, live performance art, workshops, special guest talks and more.

BLEACH Festival, held annually, celebrates and showcases heritage, expression and budding regional performers, offering both free and ticketed performances for all ages and tastes.

Gold Coast Show 2021

When: August 27 – August 29

Where: Southport Broadwater Parklands

Want to experience what the Gold Coast is all about? Then don’t miss Gold Coast Show 2021: a three-day celebration of performance, agriculture, food, local businesses and lots more.

The program includes live entertainment, kids rides, local food, market stalls, animal enclosures, dog shows, equestrian shows, hands-on activities and even an explosive fireworks display. It’s free, and this year it celebrates 114 years.

Don’t Want to Miss Out? Stay in Burleigh Heads

Burleigh Heads offers a prime central location for enjoying all the above events, where we offer fully self-contained Burleigh Heads accommodation with breath-taking ocean views.

Here at 2nd Avenue Burleigh Heads, make your home near beautiful Burleigh Beach with a choice of 1, 2, 3 and 4 bedroom Gold Coast accommodation apartments – modern, spacious and complete with everything needed to relax.

These come in a range of Low Level, Executive, Premier and Penthouse holiday apartments (ideal for any budget), with exclusive access to onsite facilities that include two swimming pools, two spas, steam room sauna, full-size tennis court and more.

Guest parking and WiFi is free.

You can save now by just booking directly. Take a minute to find more information at 2nd Avenue Burleigh Heads.


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Gold Coast 4220 Australia
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