Family fun

7–18 January


Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary’s hugely popular school holiday program, Wild Adventures, returns for its third season. After two sell-out school holiday seasons, Wild Adventures is back for two weeks, running from 7 to 18 January. Activities exclusive to the Wild Adventures school holiday program include enrichment feeding, behind-the-scenes access and up-close-and-personal animal encounters. With five different action-packed days, there is even more to see and explore. Sessions run from 8.30am to 3.30pm daily.

For more details, including how to register, visit



Photo: Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary


Daily from January


Take a journey into the wonderful world of flight with Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary’s brand-new Wild Skies Free Flight Bird Show. Marvel at the majestic beauty of native and exotic birds as they free-fly across the audience. Set in the Sanctuary’s serene natural environment, Wild Skies opens in a brand-new purpose- built stadium on New Year’s Day. With more than 14 wildlife shows and presentations daily included in admission, book your tickets online now!

For more details visit



Photo: Brian Usher



11–12 January


Currumbin Beach

Round four of the Ocean6 Ironman Series will be coming to Currumbin Beach from 11–12 January. Taking place over six rounds, the Ocean6 series is designed to bring the action and excitement of surf sports into one competition. Athletes compete across six disciplines: board paddling, open ocean swimming, surf ski, taplin relay, beach flags, and the flagship Nutri-Grain IronMan and IronWoman professional competition.

Visit for more details.



Photo: Southern Gold Coast



16 January


Level Up, Coolangatta

The Southern Gold Coast’s new community arts space, Level Up, at The Strand Coolangatta is hosting a free Making Session during the school holidays. Held on Wednesday 16 January from 12pm to 3pm, the session is for ages 12 years and up. Blue Jean Sisters is a project created by artist Belinda Smith in response to the activities of social justice and ethical clothing brand Outland Denim. The aim is to raise awareness around the issue of modern slavery through collective empowerment, with a goal to install 2000 dolls using her ‘zero waste’ process. Participants can make a doll out of reused or recycled denim using Belinda’s pattern.

Visit for more details.


Photo: Nat McComas



3 March


Melanoma March returns to Coolangatta for the fifth year in 2019, starting at The Strand from 7am on Sunday 3 March. Part of the national event run by the Melanoma Institute Australia, Melanoma March Coolangatta is the only event for the Gold Coast and Tweed. Locals are encouraged to sign up as an individual or team or bring the whole family — little ones and furry friends can also complete the easy 4km course — to join the annual campaign to raise funds and awareness for a cure for melanoma. It’s an opportunity to inspire others, remember loved ones, and march for a cause.

Visit for more details.


Photo: Southern Gold Coast


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