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Rock out Next Month at Cooly Rocks On!

Hold onto your drinks as you rock the night away at the Cooly Rocks On Festival happening from 9 June 2021 to 13 June 2021.

Rocking away at 9am to 11.30pm all through Wednesday 9 June 2021 to Sunday 13 June 2021, the Cooly Rocks On festival is hitting Marine Parade at Coolangatta.

Taking you back to a time where Rock ‘n’ still ruled, immerse yourself in the explosive nostalgia of the 50s, 60s, and 70s. It’s not often that you get the chance to catch a glimpse into the history of classic, vintage cars, quirky and outstanding outfits, followed by heartfelt live entertainment.

Cooly Rocks On is the largest Rock ‘n’ Roll festival that gives tribute to legendary rockstar, Elvis Presley, with the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest, authorised by Elvis Presley Enterprises. The event also showcases music of The King, with jaw dropping performances, vintage displays, and a ton of good vibes and memories from the golden era.

Who’s Playing?

For live entertainment, the lineup is exciting, with widely acclaimed artists who have made their name in rock ‘n’ roll music.

Featuring the Pacific Belles, who have been dubbed as “Australia’s very own Andrew’s Sisters”, this trio gained their inspiration from the 1940s. Journey back in time and relive favourite classic hits together with Betty, Dot, and Mabel as they don on some vintage pizzazz.

Watch Pat Capocci on stage, a man who has made his name in Australia as being one of the most respected Rockabilly and Roots musicians. A unique swing of jazz, country and blues entwined with a western twist will have your hips swinging along the tunes.

Another group you won’t want to miss is the Memphis Suns. Known for playing 50s tunes influenced by the King of Rock, Chuck Berry, Bill Haley, and Glen Glenn, to name a few, the sounds of the era are captured through using the same techniques and instruments of the times. Promising a blast to the past, the Memphis Suns will bedazzle you with a live performance.

There will be many more artists and musicians to follow in suit, with the absolute guarantee of rocking entertainment that will last throughout the entire festival. After all, there wouldn’t be a Cooly Rocks On if there wasn’t any music!

The King Rocks on

The epic fun of Elvis tribute artists begins at Cooly Rocks On. Admire the commitment and uncanny similarities of Elvis lookalikes, and watch the world class artists take to the stage. Shake, rattle and roll to the best as you embrace the best of the best.

This event is sanctioned by Elvis Presley Enterprises, which can only mean one thing – it’s going to be nothing short of amazing!

Admire some Classic Rides

One of the best things of the rock ‘n’ roll era are the rides. Car enthusiasts will get the chance to admire the iconic Shannons Show ‘N’ Shine featuring over 600 classic, vintage cars lined up against the picturesque beach backdrop.

Bike riders will adore the Indian Motorcycle Meet-Up where IMRG members organise rides and events throughout the weekend, showcasing sexy Indian Motorcycles.

There’s also going to be a new addition to Cooly Rocks On, with Kustomville introducing some Kustom Kulture showcasing lowbrow art, hot rods, custom vehicles, and so much more.

Needless to say, everyone who has a fascination or appreciation for good looking cars will love this event.

Miss Rockabilly

Given how a King will be crowned, it only is natural to find a Queen to follow in suit. The Miss Rockabilly Pageant hits all the thrills for all things rockabilly, as you watch eight finalists compete for the crown. Competition is fierce, with categories including day wear, evening wear, and express the uniqueness of you, seeing the spotlight shine on each contestant as they hit the stage.

The event takes place from 7pm to 9pm on Thursday 10 June 2021 at the Coolangatta Hotel. Once a winner is crowned, live music featuring Pete Cullen and the Hurt will entertain the crowd as they mingle with the Miss Rockabilly finalists. The food is great, drinks are fantastic, and the atmosphere is better at the Cooly Hotel this upcoming 2021 Cooly Rocks On festival.

So if you’re looking for something to do at the Gold Coast in June, be sure to make a stop by at the 2021 Cooly Rocks On festival. A great event for friends, families, and rock and car enthusiasts, giving you the opportunity to indulge in a retro atmosphere that transcends into classics.

Tons of vendors will have their stalls selling magnificent items that fit into the vibe of nostalgia and retro. Food will also be plenty, so be sure to bring some cash to not miss your chance to explore the best of 2021 Cooly Rocks On.

Banner image credit: My GC

3 Must-Do Outdoor Adventures on the Gold Coast

One of the most magnificent places to be, the Gold Coast is filled with thrilling outdoor adventures that simply should not be missed. Here are our top picks.

If you’re a thrill seeker who’s looking for something to keep you busy in the Gold Coast outdoors, you’ve come to the right place.

We’ve handpicked a selection of our top 3 must-do outdoor activities when you’re on the Gold Coast, as revealed by locals.

Blues on Broadbeach

Happening this 20 May to 23 May 2021, the Blues on Broadbeach Music Festival is known for being one of the biggest free music events throughout Australia.

Yes, you read that right, it’s completely free.

But don’t assume that just because it’s free, that there can’t be any quality musicians or artists in the lineup. You will be gladly blown away with the quality and spectacular stage performances that have proven year on year what a good blues festival is all about.

Coming from humble beginnings as far back as 19 years ago, Blues on Broadbeach has hit international fame. It’s one of Queensland’s most highlighted events every year, with the location of the event already being a hotspot for premier nightly entertainment.

There are 20 performance areas set up on the Broadbeach beachfront, as well as those scattered throughout the streets. Spoil yourself with amazing food crafted and pair it nicely with local brew at the bars and restaurants in the area. After all, good food, great drinks, and even better music, guarantee the perfect night.

Springbrook National Park

Springbrook National Park is an Australian heritage site in its own right. With evidence of trees that date back to when Australia was still connected to Antarctica, the significance of this park is unbelievable.

Making up a quarter of the Gondwana Rainforest, as listed as a world heritage site, the Springbrook National Park stretches inland from Gold Coast down south to the border of New South Wales.

The park is filled with ancient beauty, featuring a kaleidoscope of waterfalls and brooks that meander throughout the rainforest. Admire the walls of the caves, and see if you can spot a glowworm.

Explore the flora and identify some of the most ancient vegetation in Australia, with some roots dating back as far as over 100 million years ago – well beyond the dinosaur era.

Adventure to the Twin Falls Circuit and chase some waterfalls. The circuit takes around 2 hours with a 4 kilometre return. Take a dip in one of the cool rock pools as you gaze above at the towering splashes of the twin waterfalls.

The Theme Parks

The Gold Coast is Australia’s theme park capital. So why not get the most from this opportunity and find the adrenaline junkie within you.

From roller coasters that bend and drop from enormous heights to exhilarating shows that do not fail to entertain, there’s always something for everyone in one of the most popular theme parks around the world.

Dreamworld is great for younger families, with a ton of kid-friendly rides, including the Wiggles and Shrek themed ones. It’s also the only theme park here that has its very own animal corroboree and tiger island, featuring tiger stunts and playtime. The park also has a train that will take you around in style. Not to mention, there are massive developments up ahead, and Dreamworld is bound for some big changes that will have you experiencing the best of the best in no time.

For more movie action, head to Movie World, where the latest rides will blow your mind. With the new DC Rivals Hypercoaster, followed by other thrilling rides such as Arkham Asylum, Green Lantern, Superman Escape, Scooby Doo Spooky Coaster and the Doomsday Destroyer. This is where you want to bring older kids who have a thrill for some adrenaline rush.

If you find yourself more in tune with marine life, head to Sea World instead. State of the art enclosures offering close encounters with some of the most curious creatures, embrace in the cool air of a polar bear, huddle next to the glass of a flock of penguins, watch as the sharks and stingrays swim around their domain, and keep your eye out for some jellyfish stingers. There are also many rides, exhibits and attractions to keep you busy should you wish to do more than just watch fish or animals. Jump on the monorail to get around the park quickly while getting some vantage views of the whole set up.

Drinks at the Cooly Beer Garden

Sometimes you just need a moment to unwind, and what better way to do so than to grab a cold one at a local beer garden?

If you aren’t the outdoorsy type, or simply just need a good place to hang out at, drop by the Coolangatta Hotel’s Beer Garden for a night you won’t forget. Offering full table service, you get the chance to explore a wide variety of pub classics, or explore the wonders of international drinks instead.

Promising an epic ambiance that resonates the very best of what a beer garden should be, the feel and vibe of the Cooly Beer Garden will set the evening in just the right mood. Sip a cold one, enjoy the alfresco overlooking the Coolangatta Beach, and take this chance to mingle with the locals.

The bar opens from 9am to late, 7 days a week. For groups of 10 or more, be sure to make a booking to avoid disappointment by calling (07) 5589 6888.

Banner image credit: ABC

Your Guide to ANZAC Day on the Gold Coast

With ANZAC Day 2020 being a quiet one, don’t miss out on the big celebrations happening on the Gold Coast for ANZAC Day 2021. ANZAC Day 2020 was certainly a quiet one given the social distancing restrictions as a result of the pandemic. With restrictions easing up this ANZAC Day 2021, don’t miss out on […]

With ANZAC Day 2020 being a quiet one, don’t miss out on the big celebrations happening on the Gold Coast for ANZAC Day 2021.

ANZAC Day 2020 was certainly a quiet one given the social distancing restrictions as a result of the pandemic. With restrictions easing up this ANZAC Day 2021, don’t miss out on your chance to celebrate Anzac Day on the Gold Coast this year.

Here is our list of the most popular Gold Coast 2021 ANZAC Day events you’ll want to tick off your bucket list this year.

Currumbin RSL 

Thanks to the minimised restrictions, resulting from the current COVID-19 environment, ANZAC Day 2021 at the Currumbin RSL is happening with a stronghold effort to stretch out the celebrations over a whole week.

Historically, up to 20,000 people attend the ANZAC Day Dawn Service at Elephant Rock. However, as certain social distancing restrictions are still in place, the Currumbin RSL is unable to support the crowd levels, as planning for safety, presentation and infrastructure will take too long to prepare.

The week long celebrations will allow for the dispersion of crowds, allowing just as many people to attend the 2021 ANZAC Day events but over different occasions. Dawn Service and the mid-morning service is still set to take place at the Currumbin RSL cenotaph among the following activities:

  • Poppy Installations and Lighting of Bridges and Buildings happening on Saturday 17 April 2021. A large red poppy symbolising remembrance and a white poppy symbolising peace will be installed at Elephant Rock, followed by a purple poppy installation taking place at the Animal Heroes Memorial at Dune Cafe in Palm Beach Parklands. Thrower’s Bridge in Currumbin will be installed with red lighting symbolising Lest We Forget. The Currumbin RSL will also be lit red.
  • The Currumbin RSL Women’s Auxiliary, along with community members and representative local schools, will be knitting poppies for ANZAC Day. Members of the public are encouraged to get involved and can do so by heading to www.currumbinrsl.com.au/anzac-day/
  • 19 April to 23 April 2021, the week leading up to the long weekend, will have Currumbin RSL opened up to schools for students and staff to view the memorabilia, cenotaph and to meet honourable veterans.
  • Sunday 18 April 2021 will see RSL host a new event called the ‘Walk of Remembrance’ for veterans who have lost their lives as a result of suicide. Commencing at Kirra and finishing at the Currumbin RSL, the walk intends to highlight the plight of veterans and bring attention to the importance of mental health and the necessary support networks. 
  • Thursday 22 April 2021 will see Currumbin RSL host the Greater Southern Gold Coast Chamber of Commerce breakfast, which will also feature Veteran Business and Employment.
  • Sunday ANZAC Day 25 April 2021 will see the relocation of Dawn Service to the Currumbin RSL cenotaph. The Burial at Sea is to proceed as normal at Elephant Rock with the assistance of the Currumbin Beach Vikings Surf Club.

Attendance priority will be given to Currumbin RSL members and veterans. A broadcast or live stream of the Dawn Service will be made available for the general public.

Keep an eye on the Currumbin RSL ANZAC Day Facebook page for further updates regarding operations and events for ANZAC Day 2021 celebrations.

Anzac Day Races at the Beaudesert Race Club

If you’re feeling up for a drive on Anzac Day, head to the Beaudesert Race Club which is just over an hour northwest of the Gold Coast.

Featuring a local traditional event that witnessed maxed-out bookings and plenty of Anzac Day spirit, the ANZAC Day races guarantee excitement and fun that will have you sitting at the edge of your seats.

Watch as the horses race, as the people celebrate in commemoration and remembrance for the diggers who sacrificed for the people to enjoy days like this.

Gates open at 11am and the bars open at 1pm, with free sausage sizzle being served until 1pm. Gate admission is $10 per person, with free admission for kids, pensioners, servicemen and women, and veterans. 

The ANZAC Day Races event officially ends at 6pm. 

Watch the Gold Coast Titans play against the South Sydney Rabbitohs 

Happening on Friday 23 April 2021, the Friday before Anzac Day on Sunday, the Gold Coast Titans go head to head against the South Sydney Rabbitohs at the Cbus Super Stadium in Robina. 

A great way to kick start your ANZAC Day long weekend, make the effort to witness a spectacular event take place as the Titans clash against the South Sydney Rabbitohs for the first time in three years on Gold Coast soil.

Titans fans will not want to miss this as Jai Arrow is set to play his first game against his old club, putting question whether the new brigade of Titan forwards led by David Fifita, Moeaki Fotuaika, Kevin Proctor, and Tino Fa’asuamaleaui can repel the fearsome pack of Rabbitohs.

Get your seats early to lock in your chance to be ringside as the Titans work hard to hold their ground against one of Sydney’s most renowned clubs.

Celebrate ANZAC Day at the Cooly Hotel

Don’t miss out on quality local ANZAC Day celebrations at the Cooly Hotel. 

Kickstarting the long weekend with a bang, soloist Stephen Green takes to the stage on ANZAC Day Eve Saturday 24 April 2021 from 5pm. Once his musical notes come to an end, it’s time to dance your night away as the Disco Disciples take over from 9.30pm to late. 

On ANZAC Day Sunday 25 April 2021, a full schedule of live entertainment awaits you at the Cooly Hotel. Indulge in a specially curated dining experience of a Barker’s Creek pork cutlet special served with creamy mash potato, green beans, and balsamic onion gravy with a schooner of Iron Jack for only $25. When it comes to entertainment, the music begins at 2pm with Mikey Edwards, followed by the Fat Albert Band from 6.30pm onward. 

Secure a booking by calling the venue at (07) 5589 6888.

Must-do Activities for Mother’s Day

Don’t miss out this Mother’s Day and discover the must-do activities on the Gold Coast this year! Through all the crazy this past year has given us, there is a strong sense of understanding that family has increasingly become more important during the harsh times of the pandemic. From the hardships of raising you with […]

Don’t miss out this Mother’s Day and discover the must-do activities on the Gold Coast this year!

Through all the crazy this past year has given us, there is a strong sense of understanding that family has increasingly become more important during the harsh times of the pandemic.

From the hardships of raising you with unconditional love to the compromises she has made for you to succeed better, celebrating Mother’s Day on 9 May goes a long way. Share your love and appreciation with Mum this year on Mother’s Day, and let her know just how much she means to you. 

Here are our must-do activities you shouldn’t miss out on this Mother’s Day on the Gold Coast.

Set up for Breakfast 

Treat Mum this year by making her feel special first thing in the morning. Prepare a wonderful breakfast in bed that is simple to whip up, looks good and tastes even better.

Here are some quick easy Mother’s Day breakfast recipes you could prep for Mum this year.

1. One pan breakfast potatoes

If mum loves potatoes as much as we do, she will surely adore these to kickstart her day. All you need are 3 russet potatoes cut into bite-size pieces, 1 red bell pepper diced, 1 small white onion diced, 1 tablespoon of dried rosemary, 1 tablespoon of garlic minced, 1 teaspoon of paprika, 1 teaspoon of salt, and 1 teaspoon of pepper.

Preheat the oven to 220 degrees Celsius. Dice the potato, onion, and red bell pepper and place it onto a baking sheet. Drizzle with some olive oil and add all seasonings together while mixing until evenly coated. Bake for 30 minutes and serve with Mum’s favourite sides such as eggs and bacon.

2. Oven baked bacon

If you aren’t a great cook or don’t want to go through too much effort, you’ll be happy to know that you don’t have to slave over the stove to cook up some yummy bacon for Mother’s Day breakfast. Just bung them in the oven instead.

Preheat the oven to 220 degrees Celsius. Line a baking tray with baking paper and lay the bacon slices onto it. Bake for 18 to 20 minutes depending on how crispy Mum likes it. 

If you’re cooking the bacon together with the one pan breakfast potatoes, put them in when the timer has only 18 to 20 minutes left to go so that everything finishes up at the same time.

3. The fluffiest scrambled eggs

You’ll need 4 large eggs, 1 tablespoon of full cream milk or water, shredded or crumbed cheese (optional but yummy), salt and pepper to taste, nonstick cooking oil such as olive oil.

Place a skillet on a low medium to medium stove to warm up. Meanwhile, prep your eggs by breaking them into a bowl with a tablespoon of full cream milk or water (depending on preference or dietary requirements), some salt and pepper to taste (usually around 1/8th of a teaspoon of salt and a pinch of pepper).

Whisk the eggs briskly got around 30 to 60 seconds, ensuring the eggs fully break up and mix well.

Lightly grease the hot skillet with a thin layer of oil and pour the eggs into the skillet. Use a wooden or silicone spatula to pull the cooked outer edges of the egg inward to the centre. Sprinkle the cheese now, if you intend to use some in your recipe, so that it will melt and mix into the eggs.

Continually pull the cooked outer edges inward to the centre, allowing the runny eggs to flood the outer edges. Eventually, there won’t be any runny eggs left, and this is when you should break up the scramble to ensure runny bits are cooked. Ensure that any part of the scramble doesn’t sit on the skillet for too long as it will overcook quickly. Turn the heat off when the eggs are 90% cook as the remaining heat will continue cooking the rest of the eggs to perfection.

Serve up and enjoy!

Indulge in a Picnic

Prepare a glamorous picnic for Mum this Mother’s Day by grabbing ideas from glamping. From decorations to set on your picnic rug (think flowers, rustic leaves, acorns, pine cones, and so on) to setting up ambiance lighting by hanging battery operated string lights over a branch of a shade tree, the opportunities are endless.

Head to Coolangatta Beach for a picturesque view of the ocean and pristine white sands, but don’t forget to bring sunscreen to protect yourselves from the heat. If Mum prefers flowers instead, go for a drive to the Botanical Gardens and have a picnic there instead.

A good picnic comes with a great spread, so tinker on ideas of what you can bring to the picnic that is both loved by mum and durable for the day. For example, avoid soft cheeses that can go bad quickly with heat, unless you have a place to store them efficiently in a cooler. Fruit platters, cold cuts, crackers, cheeses, chips, ready made sandwiches, homemade baked goods, lots of cold water and ice in an esky, and a bottle of Mum’s favourite drink ought to do the trick.

Don’t miss out on bringing a picnic rug to sit on, napkins for cleaning, wet wipes just in case, and a playlist of Mum’s favourite tunes along with a Bluetooth speaker to add icing to the cake. Oh, and maybe some cake too! 

Head to the Cooly Hotel

An event you simply mustn’t miss on Mother’s Day, the Cooly Hotel certainly knows how to roll out the red carpet and pamper Mum on her special day.

Stunning beach views followed by decadent dining at the Crave Restaurant, you could indulge in the full a la carte menu, or go the extra mile with a specially curated Mother’s Day meal of stuffed chicken supreme, served on a bed of citrus butter risotto, paired beautifully with a complimentary glass of Redbank Emily Sparkling for only $20.

The fun doesn’t stop there, with Mums who order the Mother’s Day special standing the chance to win a hamper giveaway with a free entry. 

The Cooly Hotel certainly hasn’t forgotten how mums love dessert, which is why a special showcase sweet has been curated for the occasion. Say hello to the Tim Tam Bailey’s cheesecake, guaranteed to hit your Mum’s sweet spot and make her day complete.

Come along for dinner and enjoy the dance floor with groovy 70’s tunes to dance the night away.

Tables are limited, so don’t miss out on booking yours for Mother’s Day this 9 May 2021 from 11am for lunch or dinner time at the Cooly Hotel

Call (07) 5589 6888 to make a booking now.

Top 5 Places to Get Your Pizza Fix for International Pizza Day

Ah, Pizza Day. The one day of the year where you have all the excuses in the world to get your pizza eating game on

Ah, Pizza Day. The one day of the year where you have all the excuses in the world to get your pizza eating game on. Yep – you heard correctly! That’s a whole 24 hours to celebrate and indulge in mouth watering pizzas that will have your belly feeling satisfied and full to the brim.

Bearing humble beginnings that date back to 10th century in Naples, Italy, pizza was once a poor man’s dish. The simplicity of ingredients that put together a dough base, a tomato base (although not always the case), and whatever toppings were available at the time topped with some cheese to seal the deal, quickly became one of the most loved dishes of today.

In fact, pizza no longer is associated as a poor man’s dish, with an astonishing truth of the most expensive pizza, which can be found in Italy, setting your bank account back by $12,000 US dollars! Of course, you’d expect caviar, lobster and Remy Martin as part of your meal.

The modern day pizza has significantly transformed into a culinary art when compared to its origins. And with the quality of fresh produce, chef skills and a lot of creative experience, pizzas have become a whole new dish with the potential of being healthy in moderation.

It doesn’t matter if you prefer a simple take on pizza without too many toppings, the traditional ranges of pepperoni, tropical, margherita, or even the intriguing new combinations such as seafood, meat lovers, and other exotic flavours. There’s always a pizza for everyone.

Given that there aren’t many foods better than biting into a perfectly cooked and flavourful pizza, we’ve taken the liberty to scout the best pizzas in the Gold Coast to indulge into this Pizza Day, happening on 9 February 2021.

1. Coolangatta Hotel 

Promising mouth watering pizzas that will have you ordering seconds, treat yourself to a quality pizza at the Cooly Hotel this coming Pizza Day.

Featuring the best of the best, pizzas are made on an 11 inch base with homemade Napoli sauce on top. The range includes El Pollo for the chicken lover who enjoys a good roast chicken with pumpkin, spinach, Spanish onion topped with mozzarella, the Hot & Spicy for those who love a fire starter in their meal, which includes pepperoni, mushrooms, olives, Spanish onion, a secret chilli sauce and mozzarella on top. 

If you’re feeling meaty this Pizza Day, don’t hold back and indulge in an All the Meats pizza that includes classic pepperoni, decadent bacon bits, heavenly pulled pork, smoked ham, caramelised onion, a rich bbq sauce topped with mozzarella.

And don’t forget the vegetarians who are looking to enjoy Pizza Day too! Have at the Garden Vegetable pizza which boasts pumpkin, mushroom, spinach, cherry tomatoes and mozzarella on top.

The Cooly Hotel has a kids menu that includes ham and pineapple pizza to make sure the kids feel included on Pizza Day too! 

An extensive menu of drinks, wine, spirits and fresh, cold beer on tap, your Pizza Day on the Gold Coast is set at the Cooly Hotel

2. Little Cooly Pizza Pasta Bar

A place dedicated to Italian food, you can expect the quality to be good. Being close to the beach with a view that looks out to it, Little Cooly Pizza Pasta Bar is a busy place that doesn’t take any bookings. The pizza menu boasts an authentic hand stretched pizza dough using local produce. 11 inch bases packed full of fresh topping combinations, it’s worth a try especially if you’re curious to explore odd combinations. This pizza establishment makes some creative pizzas that may seem odd to many such as the Snapper Rocks pizza that incorporates Tweed River prawns, cashews, avocado and mango. Alternatively, you could try their Queenslander pizza which signifies the most popular flavours of the state such as pork, feta, pineapple, and charred corn.

3. Earth ‘n’ Sea

Claimed to be a healthy take on pizzas, the doughs at the Earth ‘n’ Sea are made from a unique blend of wholemeal flour with a recipe dating back to 1976.

You’ll find your classic fare such as the El Supremo (a.k.a. your Supreme pizza), the Super Supreme pizza that has everything on the El Supremo plus pepperoni and pineapple, the Troppo which is a classic tropical Hawaiian pizza with ham and pineapple, the Prawneroni which is a seafood twist of prawns, pepperoni, onion, feta and garlic, the Garlic and Herb Classic pizza with tons of mozzarella, the BBQ Chicken pizza with mushroom and bacon, and many more varieties on the menu.

4. Francie’s Pizzeria

If you’re looking for vegan pizzas, Francie’s Pizzeria will wow you with its range. Vegan meatballs followed by fresh vegetables as toppings, and you have yourself a yummy vegan pizza. Tap beer is also served. 

Francie’s Pizzeria is on the pricey side and consistency of the service and quality is arguable based on recent reviews, however, you won’t know unless you try.

5. Coolangatta Pizzeria 

Classic pizzas with popular ones such as Pepperoni, Meatlovers, Supreme, BBQ Chicken topped with Australian mozzarella await you here at the Coolangatta Pizzeria.

For new specials, check out the Meatball pizza with house cooked beef meatballs on tomato base and garnished with Parmesan and basil, or explore the house favourite Peri Peri with house cooked chicken, roasted capsicum, caramelised onions, shallots on a tomato base garnished with house made peri peri sauce.

There are also many more quirky flavours such as Aztec, Souvlaki Lamb, Morrocon Lamb, Dijon Mustard Lamb, a good range of Prawn pizzas, and more.

Now that you know the 5 top pizza joints in the Gold Coast, you’ll be plenty prepared for a great pizza feast come Pizza Day 2021!

Don’t Miss These Upcoming Gigs at Cooly Hotel

Find out who's playing at the Cooly Hotel early 2021. Featuring local and international artists, including tribute gigs to legends like Van Halen.

Embrace the music this 2021 with award winning local and international artists playing at the Coolangatta Hotel.


Here are 5 upcoming gigs at the Cooly Hotel you do not want to miss.


1. The Beautiful Girls


The Beautiful Girls are playing on Friday 26 March 2021 at the Coolangatta Hotel.

An Australian rock group showcasing a vibrant range of styles, touching in folk, reggae and pop, you’ll find that roots music lies in the heart of The Beautiful Girls’ group’s sound. The draw of the beat combines heavy bass rhythms and elements of soul, jazz, dub, hip hop, and a bunch of lightning bolts. 

Led by frontman Mat McHugh as the voice and lead guitarist, The Beautiful Girls features Mitch Connelly on the drums, Clay MacDonald on the bass, xylophone and recorder.

An unconventional name that was born from the desire to fight against stereotypes, The Beautiful Girls have seen worldwide success on tour promoting their studio debut “Learn Yourself”, released in September 2003, in the United States, Canada and Japan. 

The move toward a more dance oriented and hip hop influence came upon the release of their EP “Weight of the World”, which saw a tour of Australia. This led to a second studio album “We’re Already Gone”, which reached No.19 on the ARIA Albums Chart.

After disbanding in 2007, the band came back together in 2010 and released their 4th studio album “Spooks”, which reached No.1 on the Australian Independent Chart, No.7 on the Billboard Reggae Albums Chart, and No.18 on the ARIA Albums Chart.

So if you’re into creative rock music that touches upon different sounds and influences, grab your tickets at Oztix before they’re gone. 

2. John Floreani

Listen to John Floreani on 29 January 2021 at the Coolangatta Hotel.

If you are moved by songs that tell a story, there is no better storyteller through music than John Floreani. A hard life that hasn’t always been prideful, John Floreani talks intensely about his unsettled past experiences in his music. From bad decisions and bad relationships to stories of abuse and addiction, explore the intricate life of a musician through his very own punk rock music.

Featuring The American Dream, the third and breakthrough album from John’s New South Wales band Trophy Eyes, you will hear immortal lines of shockingly honest truths within.

John has also been working on a solo side project called Little Brother, which touches on different genres and themes away from punk rock, the likes of EDM and backwater country music.

Grab your tickets for John Floreani at Oztix today.


3. Devilskin


Devilskin on 21 February 2021 at the Coolangatta Hotel.

An alternative metal band from across the pond in Hamilton, New Zealand, Devilskin plays music that will lift your spirits high and make you want to rock into the night.

With music that is dynamic, organic and real, the depth and passion that comes out of every note played and every word sung will hit you to your core. The compelling and irresistible sound finishes with the stunning explosiveness that you could only dream of in a live performance.

Featuring Jennie Skulander on lead vocals with a voice that will allure the stage, the transitions from whispers to roars that rip with power, melody, and captivating sincerity. Nail is on Lead Guitar brings on the experience from winning the NZ Battle of the Bands and the World Battle of the Bands in 2004, followed by several national tours, single releases, EPs, videos and an album. Paul Martin is on bass guitar bringing to the table a powerful and aggressive propulsive force that syncs seamlessly with his son, Nic Martin who is on drums. Nic is an accomplished drummer, who was the youngest artist to ever play the BDO at the age of 13 back in 2009. With a fiercely unique style that exhilarates and energises, the showmanship is captivating.

Altogether, the Devilskin bandmates offer a gig that you do not want to miss at the Coolangatta Hotel. Book your tickets now at Oztix.

4. Icons & Legends (A Tribute to Eddie Van Halen)


A true legendary icon that holds high esteem, respect and a legacy worth recognising, Eddie Van Halen was a guitarist who shaped generations with a unique exploration into the world of guitar skills.

In tribute to Eddie Van Halen, who passed away on 6 October 2020, the Frankies World Famous House Band from Sydney’s rock institution – Frankies Pizza, will be showcasing a Van Halen show featuring the genius of his work. 

The band comprises of Joel McDonald (one of Australia’s most in demand guitarists), Bobby Poulton (from Wolfmother), Jordan McDonald (from The Art, Mi-Sex), and guest vocalists including Simon Hill, Frank Lakoudis and Spencer Jones.

Promising a show filled with pure intensity that will energise the crowd, this world class performance in tribute to the legend is worthy of making Eddie Van Halen proud.

Guest guitarists will also make the line up to pay homage to Eddie Van Halen. It is an understatement to say that fans can expect the performance to be filled with guitar hysterics, classic Van Halen hits, and album cuts that were hardly ever played live.

An absolute must for any guitar, rock, or Van Halen fan. Book your tickets now on Oztix to watch this epic tribute at the Coolangatta Hotel. A true celebration of real rock ‘n’ roll.

5. Choirboys

Watch Choirboys play on 29 May 2021 at the Coolangatta Hotel.

An Australian hard rock, pub rock band from Sydney, the history of the Choirboys is a fascinating one that dates back to 1979. The vibes take on a fun filling excitement that has rocked crowds as early as the 80s and 90s.

The band’s original front man, Mark Gable on the vocals and guitar along with Ian Hulme on bass and vocals, still lead the show with the addition of Paul Wheeler, one of Australia’s greatest rock drummers.

The atmosphere on stage is energetic and charismatic followed by the ability to wow the crowd through familiar chart topping hits such as “Boys will be Boys”, “Run to Paradise”, “Never Gonna Die” and “Struggletown”. You’ll also get the chance to listen to their new tracks from “Evolver”.

A definite must for those looking to walk down memory lane and have a great time with music that you can sing along to. Be sure to book tickets at Oztix to watch the Choirboys at the Coolangatta Hotel on 29 May 2021.

Where to Party on the Gold Coast this Australia Day

Every 26th January, Australians from all backgrounds gather together in celebration of the things we love and appreciate about Australia.

Every 26th January, Australians from all backgrounds gather together in celebration of the things we love and appreciate about Australia. From the land and sense of fair go to the lifestyle and democracy, and the enjoyment of freedom and people. 

Australia Day is about celebrating the ever growing contributions made by each and every Australian in efforts to make the nation greater than yesterday. 

Tune in to discover how to party like a true Australian on the Gold Coast this 2021 Australia Day.

The beach life

There are only a few things that distinctively sets Australians apart from others – our love for the beach life. We have plenty of amazing beaches in the Gold Coast to show for it.

And what better way to celebrate Australia Day the Aussie way? When it comes to living the life down under, we’re all about taking it easy and enjoying the beach life.

So for Australia Day this year, make it a point to head to one (or some) of the best beaches on the Gold Coast.

Surfers Paradise is a classic touristy beach that is nestled along the busiest stretch of the Gold Coast. A great set up for swimming with safety nets and lifeguards on watch, the beach offers plenty of fun for everyone. Check out the free beach volleyball nets, or explore the long stretch of soft white sands. Given how close the beach is to cafes and shopping hot spots, you’ll find plenty to do around here on Australia Day. The main downfall to heading to Surfers on Aussie Day is the big crowd you might have to bustle through.

If you’re looking for something more local with great beach vibes, head to Coolangatta beach at the southern end of the Gold Coast. Promising stunning landscapes and scenery that will be the envy of Instagram, the view here is astonishing. Families with small children or those looking for a gentle surf can head to Greenmount beach, which makes part of Coolangatta beach, as it is sheltered in a safe area.

Don’t forget to stash up on plenty of snacks and drinks when hanging out at the beach. A great local bottle shop is Cooly Liquor, which has three stores located across the Tweed region. They stock everything you need to have a great time at the beach, and you’ll find a wide range of local and imported beer, wine and spirits at the right price. For store details and opening times visit this page

BBQ at the beach 

Don’t miss out on a good old fashion barbecue when you’re at Coolangatta beach. Follow the coastal walk from Coolangatta to Rainbow Bay where you’ll find a secluded barbecue and picnic spot that is perfectly positioned to watch the sunset of Surfers Paradise. 

Again, you’ll want to make sure you bring along plenty of snacks and drinks for this Australia Day celebration, so be sure to pop into the Cooly Liquor Bottle Shop for an Aussie touch.  

Kirra Hill Lookout

The slight effort to get to the top of the hill is worth it when you’re overlooking the views all the way from Surfers Paradise to Coolangatta. The 360 panoramic views of the Gold Coast skyline is magnificent, making this a hot spot, especially during sunset. The view isn’t obscured by trees or forestry, making it a great set up for photography.

Make Australia Day special this year and enjoy the best views of Australia on the Gold Coast at Kirra Hill Lookout. You’ll also find barbecue and picnic facilities available, albeit high in demand, so you’ll want to be there early to grab a spot. 

Australia Day at the Coolangatta Hotel

Make the most of Aussie life by watching the waves of Coolangatta Beach roll in as you sit back, relax, and enjoy an ice cold beer listening to quality live entertainment.

The Cooly Hotel kickstarts a remarkable Australia Day celebration on Tuesday 26 January where free live entertainment starts at 3.30pm and 8pm, featuring Mark Sheila and The Fat Albert Band respectively. 

Grab a taste of exclusive Australia Day cocktails, or enjoy the fresh, crisp beers on tap and extensive range of wines and spirits. The local crowd is fantastic, the live music is great, the food is brilliant, the customer service is exceptional and the ambience is magnificent. 

With free entry for all, an Australia Day celebration at the Coolangatta Hotel is a must this 2021. Bookings are recommended as the place fills up quicker than selling hot cakes!

Call (07) 5589 6888 to reserve a table.

COVID-19 UPDATE: Changes to Check Ins at Pubs and Clubs

From Wednesday 23 December 2020, venues including pubs, clubs, restaurants and cafes must now move to digital record keeping of patron contact details. Paper-based record keeping will no longer be accepted by QLD health authorities. This is a Queensland Government directive for our industry and compliance is mandatory. Upon entering our venue, we ask that […]

From Wednesday 23 December 2020, venues including pubs, clubs, restaurants and cafes must now move to digital record keeping of patron contact details. Paper-based record keeping will no longer be accepted by QLD health authorities. This is a Queensland Government directive for our industry and compliance is mandatory.

Upon entering our venue, we ask that you check in via the QR code provided. This can be done in two ways:

1. Scanning the QR code provided on signage at each entrance.

2. Patrons without a compatible smartphone device seek assistance from a staff member who will manually enter your details via iPad in venue.

There will also be the option of scanning a QR code upon exiting, to better help authorities in their contact tracing efforts.

We kindly ask for your assistance and patience as we continue to navigate through these changes to ensure the safety of everyone who enters our venue, and in the instance that someone refuses to provide their details for contact tracing, our Management are required to refuse entry to the venue.

As always, we will be reinforcing measures such as physical distancing, and following all regulations and guidance provided by health authorities to ensure that our business is COVID Safe.

For our full Stage 6 Venue Update please visit this page.

Tips for a Successful Festive Season

Christmas is just around the corner and there is much preparation and planning to be done for a successful festive season. If you happen to be in the Gold Coast this Christmas season, you’ll definitely want to know about these Christmas events for the whole family. Christmas is just around the corner and there is […]

Christmas is just around the corner and there is much preparation and planning to be done for a successful festive season.

If you happen to be in the Gold Coast this Christmas season, you’ll definitely want to know about these Christmas events for the whole family.

Christmas is just around the corner and there is much preparation and planning to be done for a successful festive season.

If you happen to be in the Gold Coast this Christmas season, you’ll definitely want to know about these Christmas events for the whole family.

Christmas Carols

Given these unprecedented times, the 9th annual Mayor’s Christmas Carols, presented by Mercedes Benz in the Gold Coast, will be taking a new turn into the virtual world this 2020. 

This family friendly event will be free and available for live streaming on the City of Gold Coast’s website, their Facebook page and on 102.9 Hot Tomato at 6pm on Saturday 5th December. 

Find out more information about this event here

White Christmas at Movie World

A traditional event for many families on the Gold Coast, Movie World’s White Christmas is back this December 2020.

It’s an experience not to be forgotten with enchanting streets that are lit up and extravagantly decorated, followed by captivating displays depicting the best of Christmas spirit. White Christmas at Movie World is exactly what every child needs to lift their Christmas spirit given these hard times of Covid-19. 

The night is filled with live performances where the whole family has the opportunity to meet Christmas Fairies and even await the magical arrival of Santa. Prices are to be purchased separately to Movie World tickets. 

A Cooly Christmas

Live entertainment, a tonne of fun and a whole lot of local Christmas spirit, the Coolangatta Hotel is the place to be for good Christmas times.

With the beach just down the road, you can have a fun-filled family time by the beach before heading indoors for a magnificent feast coupled with live music. There’s a kids playground to keep the little ones busy while you sit back, relax and enjoy the festivities. 

There’s no better place to enjoy Christmas on the Gold Coast than to do it like the locals do – chilled out and easy at a heartwarming environment. After all, it’s this time of year where you’d love to be surrounded by lovely people who make you feel warm and welcomed!

From pool nights every day starting at 9am to late, musical bingo every Thursday night, Wednesday Trivia nights from 7pm and the Furphy Pool Competition every Tuesday from 7pm, there’s a lot to keep you and the family busy this festive season. 

For more Christmas themed events, be on the lookout for more events leading up to Christmas at the Coolangatta Hotel.

Celebrate a traditional Christmas at home

Instead of going all out with outdoor Christmas activities and events, why not have a traditional Christmas at home with your loved ones? 

Sometimes having a quiet, peaceful Christmas is exactly what the family needs. A simple Christmas lunch or dinner coupled with excellent beverages that pair well with the food is all you need to satisfy the hungry bellies. Follow the feast with some family board games and your efforts will bring everyone closer together this festive season.

Plus, everyone gets to sit around the Christmas tree and open up presents together in the comfort of home. Christmas indoors is a great way to save on spending too much this season, while making the most of family time. Don’t forget to set the scene with some light background festive tunes with a speaker. 

For a good range of great drinks to pair with your Christmas meal, head to the Cooly Liquor Bottleshop for some great Christmas deals on beers, wines, spirits and liquors. You’ll be glad to know that the Cooly Liquor Bottleshop also serves as a great place to pick up last minute gifts and party supplies should you forget something for your Christmas event.

If your loved ones adore a sense of adrenaline or simply just need a different scene this festive season, why not treat them this year to a Christmas in the clouds? 

The Skypoint observation deck is 230 metres above ground atop the Q1 building in Surfers Paradise. With a decadent dinner buffet that includes carvery stations and traditional festive desserts, the event is topped further with a 4 hour gold drinks package.

Offering 360 degree panoramic views of the Gold Coast and its pristine shoreline, you will be spoiled with one of the best views for Christmas. 

Christmas in the Clouds at Skypoint takes place on Friday 4 December with table reservations of 8 guests at $1,440 or 10 guests at $1,600 as a minimum due to Covid restrictions. 

Christmas Carols

Given these unprecedented times, the 9th annual Mayor’s Christmas Carols, presented by Mercedes Benz in the Gold Coast, will be taking a new turn into the virtual world this 2020. 

This family friendly event will be free and available for live streaming on the City of Gold Coast’s website, their Facebook page and on 102.9 Hot Tomato at 6pm on Saturday 5th December. 

Find out more information about this event here. 

White Christmas at Movie World

A traditional event for many families on the Gold Coast, Movie World’s White Christmas is back this December 2020.

It’s an experience not to be forgotten with enchanting streets that are lit up and extravagantly decorated, followed by captivating displays depicting the best of Christmas spirit. White Christmas at Movie World is exactly what every child needs to lift their Christmas spirit given these hard times of Covid-19. 

The night is filled with live performances where the whole family has the opportunity to meet Christmas Fairies and even await the magical arrival of Santa. Prices are to be purchased separately to Movie World tickets. 

Christmas in the Clouds at Skypoint 

If your loved ones adore a sense of adrenaline or simply just need a different scene this festive season, why not treat them this year to a Christmas in the clouds? 

The Skypoint observation deck is 230 metres above ground atop the Q1 building in Surfers Paradise. With a decadent dinner buffet that includes carvery stations and traditional festive desserts, the event is topped further with a 4 hour gold drinks package.

Offering 360 degree panoramic views of the Gold Coast and its pristine shoreline, you will be spoiled with one of the best views for Christmas. 

Christmas in the Clouds at Skypoint takes place on Friday 4 December with table reservations of 8 guests at $1,440 or 10 guests at $1,600 as a minimum due to Covid restrictions. 

Celebrate a traditional Christmas at home

Instead of going all out with outdoor Christmas activities and events, why not have a traditional Christmas at home with your loved ones? 

Sometimes having a quiet, peaceful Christmas is exactly what the family needs. A simple Christmas lunch or dinner coupled with excellent beverages that pair well with the food is all you need to satisfy the hungry bellies. Follow the feast with some family board games and your efforts will bring everyone closer together this festive season.

Plus, everyone gets to sit around the Christmas tree and open up presents together in the comfort of home. Christmas indoors is a great way to save on spending too much this season, while making the most of family time. Don’t forget to set the scene with some light background festive tunes with a speaker. 

For a good range of great drinks to pair with your Christmas meal, head to the Cooly Liquor Bottleshop for some great Christmas deals on beers, wines, spirits and liquors. You’ll be glad to know that the Cooly Liquor Bottleshop also serves as a great place to pick up last minute gifts and party supplies should you forget something for your Christmas event.

The Hottest NYE Events to Attend on the Gold Coast

If there’s one place that knows how to party in Queensland, the award would most likely go to the Gold Coast. And this means that the Gold Coast is exactly where you want to be this New Year’s Eve. With fireworks displays scattered along the waterfronts from Coolangatta all the way North to the Spit, […]

If there’s one place that knows how to party in Queensland, the award would most likely go to the Gold Coast. And this means that the Gold Coast is exactly where you want to be this New Year’s Eve.

With fireworks displays scattered along the waterfronts from Coolangatta all the way North to the Spit, these light shows amount to only one of the spectacular highlights of the city when celebrating your New Year’s Eve. The massive range of pubs, clubs and restaurants will be filled with NYE events to keep you entertained. 

Luckily, we’ve done all the homework for you. Here are the hottest NYE events you won’t want to miss in the Gold Coast.


NYE at the The Cooly Hotel

Set yourself up for an amazing night to end 2020 the right way at the Cooly Hotel. With an amazing crowd that will make you feel right at home, count the seconds down with delicious snacks and fresh beers on tap. The location is ideal with the perfect way to end 2020 day on the beach and simply walking over to the Cooly Hotel to count down into the new year. 

The New Year Eve’s celebrations at the Cooly Hotel is a full venue party that offers an epic lineup of live entertainment by the hottest artists around. Guaranteeing entertainment that starts at 5pm in the Main Bar, the stage welcomes soloist Steve Blaik followed by Disco Disciples at 9.30pm with funky nostalgic 70s tunes. From 9pm, the Bandroom will host Division 4 who are prepared to bring in the New Year from 9pm to past midnight.

Tickets are limited and with how quickly they have sold out in past NYE events, you’ll need to hurry to avoid missing out. Purchase tickets now via this link. To find out more, call the Coolangatta Hotel on (07) 5589 6888.
If dining out on New Year’s Eve is more your style, Cooly Hotel will also be hosting a three course set menu for $99 per person. The menu will feature delicious bites accompannied by a three hour beverage package!

The best part about celebrating your New Year’s Eve in a Hotel is being able to check in and not worry about finding your way home after the celebrations are over!  


Tropical Paradise NYE Party at Marriott

The Marriott Hotel is at the tail end of Surfers Paradise away from the busy, hectic streets. Offering a tropical paradise themed party, you can play dress up and chill out the end of your 2020 days at the Marriott. With live DJ entertainment and a 3 hour cocktail package that includes canapés and beverages, your New Year’s Eve night is set. Accommodation is also available at the venue, albeit a bit pricey. 
 

Gold Coast NYE Dinner at Sheraton Oyster Bar & Grill

If you’re aching to have some seafood on your way out of 2020, spending your New Year’s Eve having dinner at the Sheraton Oyster Bar & Grill may be great. Packages cover food only with multi course meals in place. 


NYE at Palazzo Versace

Happening on Main Beach, Palazzo Versace offers delicious cuisine at Vanitas and II Barocco and world class entertainment. 


Free Events

If you’re watching your spending at the moment then never fear because there is something for you too! With free fireworks displays planned in multiple areas of the Gold Coast, you can ring in the New Year with a bang!
If you are going, make sure you are well prepared especially if you are going along with the family. First things first, make sure you pack a bag of snacks and water because it’s a long night. Our second pro tip is to arrive nice and early so that you can secure a great vantage point. We always recommend packing a picnic rug so you can mark out your area and avoid other NYE revelers taking over your space.
Surfers Paradise

Surfers Paradise Beach – fireworks at 8pm and midnight with DJs and entertainment.
Broadbeach
Kurrawa Park in front of Surf Life Saving Club – fireworks at 8pm and midnight. Entertainment at Broadbeach Mall Stage from 8.30pm.


Coolangatta
Queen Elizabeth Park, Marine Parade – fireworks at 9pm and midnight.