Gold Coast Events Guide

The Gold Coast events scene is well established with the wonderful weather, excellent range of facilities, huge choice of accommodation options and stunning beachside location attracting plenty of event planners and visitors alike. Every interest is catered for with events held for art, music, dance, cuisine and culture however it's the major sporting events that really dominate on the Gold Coast.

Gold Coast Schoolies: A rite of passage for all school leavers from across the country, thousands of graduating students flock to the Gold Coast to celebrate the end of their school years through an action-packed week of organised parties and events. More info schoolies.com

Turf Club Racing Carnivals: Set on the outskirts of Surfers Paradise, the Turf Club hosts approximately 60 race meets annually including the glitz and the glamour of the Magic Millions Carnival in January.

ANZ Ladies Masters Golf Tournament: Each year in February, the Royal Pines Resort attracts some of the biggest names in golfing for one of the country's premier golfing events, the Ladies Masters.

Australian Surf Life Saving Championships: One of the events that beats at the heart of the Gold Coast, the Championships attracts 7,500 plus entrants from around the world to compete in Australia's biggest Surf Lifesaving event.

Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show: Asia-Pacific's largest on-water boat show, the Sanctuary Cove International displays plenty of drool-worthy examples of ocean vessels from all around the world with the opportunity to step aboard and dream or even purchase.

Cooly Rocks On Festival at Coolangatta: An authentic tribute to the nostalgia of yesteryear paying homage to 50s rock and roll, Cooly is one of Australia's biggest retro festivals. Held annually in June, the festival features a stellar line up of bands, performers, the shiny chrome of retro cars, dance workshops and more.

Gold Coast Airport Marathon: Dubbed the best marathon event in Australia, every July sees thousands of people sprint, jog or walk their way through one of the world's most scenic marathons. Beginning at the Broadwater, the marathon follows the beach all the way to Surfers Paradise and out to Miami before returning back to the Broadwater.

Gold Coast 600: Motor racing at its high octane best, the annual Gold Coast 600 is held in Surfers Paradise each October. Offering four days and four nights of some of the biggest and best V8 Supercar racing, start your engines for a party just as big and as noisy as the cars themselves.