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Explore More at the Sanctuary – Now Open!

Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary is a lush 27-hectare outdoor space that continues to play a vital role in connecting wildlife and nature with our community. The Sanctuary is dedicated to conservation programs to ensure that our precious wildlife remains in place for future generations to enjoy.

There’s so much more to explore now! Visitors can come to face-to-face with wildlife in exciting daily shows and hands-on encounters, ride the train, cuddle a koala, feed a kangaroo and visit Lost Valley, a forgotten world featuring exotic animals and lush rainforest. Kids can splash into Spring at Wild Island Adventure Splash Zone and the expansive Sanctuary grounds provide an open-air haven for humans and animals alike.

For opening hours and to pre-book tickets visit

Image courtesy of Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary


Gaia at HOTA – 1 – 14 October

HOTA will present the internationally renowned installation, Gaia, this October, the first time the artwork will be shown on Australia’s East Coast. Created by UK multidisciplinary artist Luke Jerram, Gaia measures seven metres in diameter and combines 120dpi detailed NASA imagery of the Earth’s surface with specially made surround sound composition by BAFTA award-winning composer Dan Jones.

Gaia is the personification of the Earth in Greek Mythology, and this significant artwork provides visitors the opportunity to view our planet as if they were astronauts looking on from outer space. The installation will be suspended from HOTA’s Outdoor Stage from 1 – 14 October. It will be accompanied by a program of events, to be announced, including classical music, contemporary dance, talks from thought-leaders, and more.

Further information can be found at

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Tugun Lights Up 2020 – 5 December

Celebrate the start of the Christmas season at Tugun Lights Up 2020 on Saturday 5 December from 4 pm to 8.30 pm (subject to COVID restrictions at the time). The Tugun Village community and businesses will come together for the annual street party in Tooloona Street, proudly supported by Division 14 Cr Gail O’Neill, Tugun Bendigo Community Bank and Tugun Progress Association. The event may look a little different this year, but the spirit of the event will be the same.

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Coolangatta Christmas Carols 2020 – 13 December

On Sunday 13 December, celebrate Christmas on the Southern Gold Coast at the Coolangatta Christmas Carols 2020 (subject to COVID restrictions at the time). During these unprecedented times, we are all looking to the joy, hope and wonder of the Christmas season. Be entertained by all your Christmas favourites at this free event proudly supported by Division 14 Cr Gail O’Neill. There’s no better place to celebrate Christmas in Australia than at Queen Elizabeth II Park, Coolangatta. Pre-event entertainment will commence from 4 pm with the main event to follow at 5.30 pm. The event will conclude at 8 pm with a spectacular fireworks finale.

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Coolangatta New Year’s Eve Fireworks 2020-21

Ring in the New Year on the Southern Gold Coast with two awe-inspiring Fireworks displays at Coolangatta Beach, proudly supported by Division 14 Cr Gail O’Neill. Everyone can enjoy the New Year celebrations with a family-friendly display to take place at 9 pm (EST), followed by the main presentation at midnight (EST).

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