OPEN HOUSE: Take a peek behind closed doors with the fifth annual Gold Coast Open House on Saturday, October 19, including the 1934 Southport Bathing Pavilion and the late Keith Williams' 1980s mansion.
OPEN HOUSE: Take a peek behind closed doors with the fifth annual Gold Coast Open House on Saturday, October 19, including the 1934 Southport Bathing Pavilion and the late Keith Williams' 1980s mansion. OPEN HOUSE

What's on: Gold Coast


DEMENTIA Australia has a Living with Dementia program on this week, from Tuesday, October 8 -Thursday, October 10. It provides an overview of dementia and how to proceed after a diagnosis including coping with change, relationships and communication, planning for the future and staying healthy. It's for people living with dementia and their family carers and family members.

Phone National Dementia Helpline on 1800 100 500 or email helplin


THIS Gold Coast Council Active and Healthy ageing wellness retreat from 12-3pm on Friday, October 11 at Labrador Community Hub promises to teach you how to effectively look after your mind, body and soul well into your later years and ensure that you put "more life back into your life". This three-hour retreat offers simple and actionable tips to implement straight away, including beating stress, the basics of nutrition and the top three key actions to make your movement matter. Afternoon tea will be provided.

It's free, but please register - phone 1300 465 326 or go to


OCTOBER 12 and 13 is the time to see some of our top surf sports men and women in one of the most challenging endurance races. The ultimate challenge is a 41.8km course or there is the 21km short course which sees these athletes ski, swim, board and run their way to the finish line. Last year 800 people competed across the weekend.

Go to


HERE'S an event with a difference - the Gold Coast's own storytelling night! Local wordsmiths weave their tales among a soundscape of live sound designed by Cold Ghost, aka Fletch Babb, at HOTA. A jazz-trained flautist, Fletch plays a mix of alt-folk, rock and psychedelia. Completely deaf in one ear due to childhood mumps, Fletch has created a feast for the senses in stereo by manipulating his own mono experience. It's on Friday, October 18.

Phone 07 5588 4000 or go to


NORMANS and Saxon knights set out to conquer each other on the battlefield in Wongawallan, representing the Battle of Hastings in 1066. See what it would have been like in the days of old - older even than us! It's free, with warm-up fights 3-5pm on Saturday, October 19 and the official battle 12-3pm on Sunday, October 20. There's also a murder mystery medieval dinner ($85) on the Saturday at the Fox and Hounds pub, Elevation Dr, Wongawallan.

Phone 07 5665 7582.


CURRUMBIN Creek will once again be filled with musicians, mimes and acrobats for Buskers by the Creek from October 18-20. There is non-stop entertainment over 14 stages across the weekend. It's all at Winders Park from 10am-6pm on Saturday, October 19, with over 300 performers set to entertain. Other highlights include a sword-swallowing world record attempt, samba dances, Afro-Brazilian drum rhythms, comedy and contortion.

Go to buskersbythe


THE southern Gold Coast goes cycle crazy again for the Tour de Valley weekend. It starts with the Kirra Criterium Classic along the iconic Kirra foreshore on Saturday, October 19. Sunday will feature a Solo Time Trial and a Team Challenge over 72km, 36km and 18km as well as a Corporate Challenge in the Currumbin Valley.


GEORGE Michael: Listen To Your Heart is a journey through his life story and hit songs, hosted and led by John Foreman with a 30-piece orchestra and an ensemble cast of Australian singing stars. The show is coming to The Star Casino on Saturday, October 19. It features four-time Logie award-winner Hugh Sheridan, Rob Mills, Prinnie Stevens and RnB and rock singer Andrew De Silva. Tickets are from $89 at Ticketek.


THE fifth annual Gold Coast Open House opens the doors on Saturday, October 19 to a host of interesting and architecturally significant buildings and locations. The public is invited to take a free look behind the scenes at places they may have only glimpsed from the street, including homes, churches, schools, universities, museums, art galleries, TV and radio stations, public utilities and workplaces that reflect our city's unique architecture and urban design.

Some guided tours are available. Find out where, go to


HEAD to Jacobs Well on Sunday, October 20 for the Shannons-Harrigans Rod and Custom Show. It will feature premier hot rods, classics, customs and street machines for the 12th year running. There will be up to 400 vehicles on show along the beautiful Calypso Bay marina waterfront. There will be trade stands, rock 'n roll music, garagenalia, food and drink and entertainment for the kids. Take Exit 49 from the M1.

Phone Katrina on 0417 631 092.


THE first draft is never the last, but reviewing your work with a critical eye can be challenging. At this writers' workshop on Monday, October 21, learn how to proof-read, copy-edit, and structurally review a text, and start to develop the self-assessment tools necessary to enhance your craft. It's $35 per person at HOTA, facilitated by Inside Voice.

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