Opera On The Beach

Opera On The Beach to Return in 2019

We were so lucky to have Opera Australia on the Gold Coast performing Verdi’s Aida over 6 amazing nights in September 2017.  Opera Australia are planning to perform either Carmen or Madam Butterfly in 2019 making this a biennial event.

Throughout the week Coolangatta beach was transformed into an Egyptian wonderland of colour and spectacle, right on the water’s edge. The mezzo-soprano Sian Pendry was amongst the huge cast of stars from Opera Australia performing Verdi’s iconic work, alongside an orchestra of 50 musicians and over 50 chorus singers.

Here are some more eye-popping details on the lavish production:

  • Two camels participated (non-singing roles we understand)
  • 1km of lighting decorated the site
  • Two, 7.6m polystyrene Pharoahs dominated the stage
  • Over 150 fireworks were launched during the production each night
  • Three pop-up bars were available for attendees, featuring northern African and Middle Eastern flavours to complement the Egyptian theme

What better place to have world class musical events than the Gold Coast? And what a perfect opportunity to incorporate some culture during your holiday.

Broadbeach Country Music Festival in July

Broadbeach Country Music Festival takes place on the last weekend in July each year.

The festival is free and a classic mix of country identities and newcomers.  Based on the beach this 3 day event attracted more than 35,000 people last year. If you like country music then Broadbeach will be full of boot scootin fellow enthusiasts.

July is school holidays and there are so many events for children it caters for all interests.  These include art, sailing, music and sport workshops or why not have your kids do an aerial and circus workshop for the holidays! Guided walks are always on offer too and the Burleigh Headland walk and talk goes for 2 .5 hours and is a great way to learn more about the region with some good company.

Gold Coast Car Shows

Gold Coast Car Shows in August

Right on our back doorstep at the Mudgeeraba showgrounds we have the Rockabilly Retro Car Show;  50s and 60s themed. There will also be live entertainment, dancing and Monster trucks with Fireworks.  So if your visit is around mid-August then it’s a must to call in.

This is usually followed the next day by the annual Gold Coast Car Show.  Absolutely everything on 4 wheels will be there and with 78 trophies up for grabs it will be huge.