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The Best Gold Coast Events This Winter!

Looking for more of an excuse to visit the Gold Coast? The events lined up this winter have never looked more exciting.

Some include Cooly Rocks On, BLEACH Festival and this year’s Gold Coast Show, and these – plus some of the others listed below – are 100% FREE to attend.

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 is your time machine 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 over 900 classic cars, Indian motorcycles and lots more. The best thing? It’s free to attend.

Australian Open Bowls Gold Coast

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

When: July 3 – July 4

Where: Broadwater Parklands – Burleigh Heads

Ran during 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.

Kokoda Challenge Gold Coast

When: July 17 – July 18

Where: Firth Park Mudgeeraba

Gold Coast Kokoda Challenge is the 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 Miss Out – Save with Our Burleigh Heads Apartments

Relax on Burleigh Heads Beach just moments away from all the above events with our Burleigh Heads accommodation.

Here at Burleigh Surf Apartments, our fully self contained Burleigh Beach accommodation is ideal for soaking in everything the Gold Coast has to offer!

We offer 1, 2 and 3 bedroom beachfront Burleigh Heads apartments, each boasting direct beach access, stunning ocean views and Standard/Superior options to suit any budget.

Our superb onsite facilities also include two pools, spa, sauna, gym, full-size tennis court, games room, secure parking and more.

Be ready for winter – simply book directly with Burleigh Surf to save. 

Find everything you need to know about our Burleigh Heads Beach accommodation at Burleigh Surf Burleigh Heads Apartments.


238 The Esplanade Burleigh Heads
Gold Coast 4220 Australia

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Make the most of a well-deserved, long stay with us at Burleigh Beach!

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+ Two swimming pools
+ Indoor heated spa
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+ Full-size tennis court