Music in the Park – Gold Coast Regional Botanic Gardens – The Goldies event – Broadbeach Country Music Festival

While we might have welcomed winter here on the gorgeous Gold Coast, you really wouldn’t know it. A far cry from miserable Melbourne mornings, or free-falling Tasmanian temperatures, the southern end of sunny Queensland remains the perfect spot for an afternoon stroll on the beach, a spot of shopping or even a brisk swim.Beautiful Surfers Paradise

A stay at The Grand Apartments in Labrador presents the perfect central hub for your mid-year Gold Coast retreat, and the balmy winter weather certainly isn’t the city’s only offering

It will become the epicentre of some eclectic country twang for the Broadbeach Country Music Festival on June 19 to 21, while the city’s local musicians will come out to play for Music in the park at Gold Coast Botanic Gardens on June 21.

The Goldies

The Goldies – 10 days of senior-focused celebrations this June

If you’re aged over 50, the Goldies event (known as Schoolies for those aged 50-plus) also presents a huge variety of options, such as a golf tournament, bowls tournament, film festival and a variety of interesting educational seminars. Goldies will be held at various locations around the city from June 16 to 23. The Goldies event promises 10 days of senior-focused celebrations this June, although organisation continues as this blog was published. Keep an eye on the Goldies website or Facebook page for the latest update on the exciting and unique festival. Aimed at showcasing the Gold Coast as the ultimate seniors’ holiday destination, you can expect big things.

Of course, this is in addition to a slew of attractions for young and old, such as the region’s award-winning theme parks, including Dreamworld, Sea World and Movie World. Or, perhaps a relaxed meal at one of the cities diverse culinary offerings is more your style.

But if acts such as The McClymonts, Beccy Cole, James Blundell and the Wolfe Brothers sound appealing to you, you’ll find a lot to like about the Broadbeach Country Music Festival. The free event will be held at various locations around Broadbeach, including Broadbeach Mall, The Envy Hotel and the Surf Parade Stage. The event received a ‘thumbs up’ from hordes of attending locals and holidaymakers last year, so expect another impressive showing from 2015’s comprehensive lineup.

Blues, roots, jazz and acoustic  festival

Broadbeach Country Music Festival – Great blues, roots, jazz and acoustic event

If blues, roots, jazz and acoustic are more your groove, Music in the park, a regular event on the Gold Coast, showcases local talent in a free format. Presented in many of the Gold Coast’s popular parks, the June 21 showing at Gold Coast Regional Botanic Gardens, from 12pm to 4pm, will be particularly worthwhile. Centred among a beautiful backdrop, visitors can expect performances by David De Vito, Bella Paton and Bob La Castra.

Coffee, plant and craft sales and more will also be available on the day.

For more information about short stays at The Grand, or accommodation for your annual holiday or business trip, call (07) 5552 6000, or email

(Photo credit: Broadbeach crowd photo/Broadbeach Tourism)