19 Fun-Filled Activities on the Gold Coast this October

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The Gold Coast is a place where the excitement never stops. As one of Australia’s best-loved holiday hotspots, the Gold Coast provides plenty of entertainment for everyone. Be it great food, fantastic shopping or toe-tapping live music, the Gold Coast is the place to be this October.

Beach Bash

  • When: October 4 & 5
  • Where: Roughton Park, Kirra Beach
  • Cost: Adults – $74, Child – $30, Concession – $69

Beach Bash is Australia’s sandiest obstacle challenge with the aim of promoting health, fitness and fun. Held at North Kirra, Beach Bash is an event for all the family and will see people of all ages competing over the four kilometre Adventure Course or six kilometre Challenge Course.

HSBC International Gold Coast Sevens

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  • When: October 11 & 12
  • Where: Cbus Super Stadium
  • Cost: $50 single day $90 two-day ticket

Two days of adrenaline-filled Rugby Sevens, featuring some of the world’s best athletes and Australia’s biggest fancy dress party. With 16 participating countries, fans will fly in from all over, guaranteeing a fantastic atmosphere as countries such as Fiji, England, Australia and New Zealand fight in the Olympic qualifier.

Tour De Valley

  • When: October 12
  • Where: Merv Craig Sporting Complex, Currumbin Waters
  • Cost: $50

The Tour De Valley is a cycling event that follows the proposed course for the 2018 Commonwealth Games. Riders of all abilities can take part and can choose to ride either 36 or 72 kilometres. It also includes an individual time trial event that caters for riders wanting to push themselves.

International Marine Expo

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  • When: October 17 – 19
  • Where: 50-84 Waterway Drive, Coomera
  • Cost: $8 for adults. Children under 15 free.

So much more than a boat show, the Gold Coast International Marine Expo showcases everything from kayaks to superyachts, fishing rods to jet skis. A huge range of exhibitors creates an incredible program of events and visitors can enjoy demonstrations and presentations from some of the best brands in the world.

Craft Extravaganza Christmas Fair

  • When: October 10
  • Where: 1 Knoll Rd, North Tamborine
  • Cost: Free Entry

Held in the craft-loving region of North Tamborine, 50 local and South East Queensland stalls will be set up to offer beautiful craft at incredible prices, just in time for Christmas. With a firm Christmas theme, you will find decorations, table runners, serviettes, placemats, Christmas cards, jewellery, pottery and more.

Tamborine Mountain Scarecrow Festival

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  • When: October 17-19
  • Where: Main Western Rd, North Tamborine
  • Cost: Free Entry

One of the more unusual events on the calendar, the Tamborine Mountain Scarecrow Festival offers prizes, live music, arts, crafts and more. Aimed to celebrate the lifestyle of the mountain, everyone and anyone is encouraged to make a scarecrow and display it on the ‘Spot the Scarecrow Trail’. Fun for all the family!

Kingfisher Realty Burleigh Swim Run

  • When: October 19
  • Where: Burleigh Heads
  • Cost: $40

A fun community fitness event open to everyone aged 6 – 60. 400 metres of swimming plus 3.84 kilometres of running.

Festival of Elegance

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  • When: October 15-19
  • Where: Various locations across Tweed, Scenic Rim, Redlands & the Sunshine Coast
  • Cost: Donation

Hot rods, yachts, local wines, great food, helicopters, classic cars and planes…it’s all here at the Festival of Elegance. With a slogan of ‘Water, Wheels, Wings’, this event is particularly for people interested in vehicles of any kind.

Mudgeeraba Music Muster

  • When: October 18 & 19
  • Where: Swan Lane, Mudgeeraba
  • Cost: Free Entry

A hand-clapping, foot-stomping muster that attracts more than 3,000 visitors. You can even win a trip for two to Nashville and Memphis.

V8 Supercars Gold Coast 600

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  • When: October 24-26
  • Where: Surfers Paradise Circuit
  • Cost: $101.95 adults. Children under 14 free.

Don’t miss the PIRTEK Enduro Cup final as the V8 Supercar Championship drivers battle through one of the world’s toughest street circuits.

Sunset and Sculptures

  • When: October 3
  • Where: Arts Centre Gold Coast
  • Cost: $20 members

Meet on the Lakeside Terrace at 4:45pm for a guided sunset walk.

Forest Weekend

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  • When: October 30-Nov 2
  • Where: Lamington National Park
  • Cost: $560 – includes 2 nights accommodation, meals and excursions

Learn from visiting experts as they guide you through the Lamington rainforest and discover the different makeup of trees and leaves within the forest. Make sure you register soon if you’d like to join this event.

Varsity Vibe Twilight Market

  • When: Throughout October
  • Where: Varsity College Senior Campus
  • Cost: Free

Every Friday, indulge in great music, gourmet food and quality stalls – the perfect way to indulge after a hard working week.

The Cat Empire

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  • When: October 12
  • Where: Rabbit and Cocoon
  • Cost: $56.10

Australia’s favourite festival band is set to blow away the Gold Coast with trumpets, trombones, baritone horns, guitars, drums and more.

Gold Coast Wellness Festival

  • When: October 11
  • Where: Undercover at Albert Waterways Community Centre
  • Cost: Free registration and entry

An annual event that concludes the festivities of Mental Health week.

Celtic Legends Tour 2014

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  • When: October 14
  • Where: The Arts Centre Gold Coast
  • Cost: $85 adult, $75 pensioner, $65 concession

Traditional Irish dancing performed by the Celtic Legends, creating an electric atmosphere that has captured the heart of audiences all over the world.

Buskers by the Creek

  • When: October 18-19
  • Where: Winders Park, Currumbin
  • Cost: Free entry

Making it’s debut on the festival circuit, Buskers by the Creek will include creative art stalls, international foods, jugglers, magicians, singers, mime artists and any busker willing.

High Tea on the High Seas

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  • When: Throughout October
  • Where: Searoad Ferries, Sorrento
  • Cost: $40

Every Sunday, experience high tea in the privacy of the Portsea Lounge on board Queenscliff Sorrento Ferry. Enjoy cakes, desserts, finger sandwiches, espresso, tea and sparkling wine while admiring the view.

Surfers Paradise Beachside Markets

  • When: Throughout October
  • Where: Surfers Paradise Esplanade
  • Cost: Free

Each Wednesday, Friday and Sunday night, treasure hunters, bargain spotters and after dinner strollers head to the Surfers Paradise Foreshore to explore more than 100 stalls.

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