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The Gold Coast was proud to take the reins from Melbourne and host the Australian TV industry’s 60th annual – and the Gold Coast’s first ever – premiere awards night, the TV Logie Awards (Logies) on 1 July at the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre. The event was well attended by a veritable who’s who of the Australian entertainment industry. Red carpet star spotting featured the likes of the MAFS team, Ray Meagher (AKA Alf Stewart), Osher Ginsberg, Wilmer Valderrama, Kelly Rowland, Rove McManus, Dave Hughes, Karl Stefanovic, Lisa Wilkinson, Carrie Bickmore and many more small screen favourites. Host for the night was “proud” Gold Coast native, Sonya Kruger. Twenty Logie statuettes were awarded across a variety of TV categories to recipients with the most viewer votes; with the top award going to Family Feud front man, Grant Denyer. Much star-spotting was reported as celebrities flocked to Gold Coast after parties, enjoying the nightlife the Gold Coast is world famous for. The QLD Government secured hosting rights to the Logies as part of a four year deal and preparations are already underway for next year’s ceremony, hot on the tail of this year’s success!



Pete Murray

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Twin Towns Services Club has long been the premiere location of the southern Gold Coast/Tweed Heads region, spanning the border between QLD and NSW and unifying the two cities. Only 2km from St. Georges Holiday Suites and The Garland, the club is only a short drive or a scenic stroll away from your apartment. A veritable treasure of the south (or north, depending on which way you’re facing), Twin Towns continually attracts big ticket names for low ticket prices, appealing to a wide audience of young and mature punters alike. Most recently, Twin Towns was proud to welcome world class singer/songwriter and semi-local, Pete Murray, as he performed a flawless set of his biggest hits on 6 July, to a delighted crowd at capacity. Don’t worry if you missed this premiere event, the club’s upcoming line-up of big name events includes the Bay City Rollers, Herman’s Hermits, Sydney Comedy Festival Showcase, Samantha Jade, Boney M and Troy Cassar-Daley – there’s something for everyone! Why not make a night of it and grab dinner at one of the seven restaurants onsite and then grab a drink after the show at one of four available bars? For more information visit www.twintowns.com.au.




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It’s that time of year again – July, a time when your friendly neighbourhood streets descend into a blur of hiking boots whizzing past, as visions of oversized backpacks dance through your head. Neighbours doing lunges along five mile routes daily before breakfast; all the while, the rest of us drowsily hit the snooze button or look on, bewildered. Who are this army of backpack-toting ramblers and what is the meaning of this flurry of activity in the dead of winter? No, there isn’t an apocalypse afoot - no need to hop into that survivalist bunker with your baked beans just yet. These folk you’ve spotted in the wild are actually preparing for the trek of a lifetime – The Kokoda Challenge – a rite of passage that has its roots deeply ingrained in Australian history and our psyche. The Kokoda Track is actually one of the world’s toughest treks, spanning about 100km of unforgiving territory and linking the north and south of Papua New Guinea. Here lays the site of one of Australia’s most brutal, yet important WWII battles in 1942, which sadly resulted in over 1500 deaths. Today, many Australians make the gruelling and emotional trek to Kokoda to pay respect to our brave ancestors, face the same conditions they would have faced and to pause and reflect upon significant landmarks along the way. For those who are unable to make the trek to the original site, there are multiple Kokoda Challenge charity events held around Australia in the spirit of ‘courage, endurance, mateship and sacrifice’. For more information on how you can participate in or support next year’s event on the Gold Coast visit www.kokodachallengeevents.com. And next time you see your neighbour lunging around your street, resist the urge to chuckle and offer them a well-deserved coffee.



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For the first time ever, the Broadwater Parklands will host the iconic Gold Coast show on 31 August and 1 to 2 September 2018. Another first – this year will be a FREE event, so everyone can afford to enjoy a fun family day out! In its 112th year, the Show will continue to feature all-time favourites including an animal nursery, live music, competitions, rodeo, arts exhibition, horticulture & agriculture display, side show alley and (everyone’s favourite) show bags. Of course, no Gold Coast Show is complete without a line-up of exciting new attractions, which are soon to be announced. More information will soon be available at www.goldcoastshow.com.au. So stay tuned on how you can ‘bags’ your free tickets!



Not sure where to take dad for Father’s Day this year? Here’s a few ideas to help get you started…

Why not make a day of it and take a short drive to surfing legend, Mick Fanning’s new brewery, Balter in Currumbin for a sneaky local beer or two and some food truck favourites for lunch? Around the corner, you’ll also find the quirky, vintage muscle car/motorbike themed, Iron & Resin for a morning coffee and some manly brunch – all in atmosphere of an oversized man cave.

The Strand at Coolangatta is only a short drive or stroll away from your apartment, so dad will be spoilt for choice with a vast array of restaurants, action movies at Events Cinemas, Time Zone game time (for the kids at heart), Cooly Hotel for an afternoon beer and a selection of local sports bars nearby to catch his favourite match live.

Or simply give dad a few hours peace and let him go for an epic surf, while you prepare him a delicious picnic lunch. With some of the best surf breaks in the world - D-bah (Duranbah), Greenmount (Kirra Beach), Snapper (Kirra/Rainbow Bay – home of the Quicksilver Pro) and The Alley (Currumbin) – all only a short drive away from your apartment, surfer dads will enjoy the trip of a lifetime and you will score some major brownie points!

Father’s day is the perfect time to show dad you care. What better way to spoil him than with a weekend away? Book your accommodation at St. George’s Defence Holiday Suites or The Garland NOW to avoid disappointment.



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The Gold Coast winter this year has gone from one ‘extreme’ to the next – from extremely cold weather to being the perfect time to try that extreme activity you’ve always wanted to give a go – think whale watching, surfing or sky diving.

Whale watching might not sound that ‘hard core’, but (although extremely safe) think of the rush you’ll feel getting right up close and personal to the world’s largest marine animals as they put on a majestic show of strength just for you, only metres away from the security of your seat. Whales in Paradise offer half day cruises starting from only $69/per person including morning tea, departing several times daily from Cavill Avenue, Surfers Paradise. Best of all – they provide a 100% whale sighting guarantee! To make your booking, visit www.whalesinparadise.com.au or phone 07 5538 2111.

Or try Spirit of Gold Coast, with half day cruises starting from only $59/per person including morning tea, departing several times daily from Sea World Drive, Main Beach. Spirit are proud to be the only company to have spotted the elusive, yet iconic, white whale, Migaloo three seasons in a row! Visit www.spiritwhalewatching.com.au or phone 07 5572 7755 to book now.

If you really want to challenge yourself, why not ride that wave of adrenalin and give surfing a try with a lesson or two? Godfathers of the Ocean offer safe, 90 minute, small group or private lessons for all ages and ability levels. Godfathers have been owned and operated since 2001 by local surf legend, Michael ‘Munga’ Barry, who competed for 12 years on the Surfing World Champion Tour, boasting two WCT wins – so you’ll be learning from the best! Prices start from only $35/lesson including all equipment. Phone 0402 911 146 to make your booking.

For the penultimate extreme adventure, take the leap and give skydiving a try. As Van Halen once said, you’re on holiday, so “you might as well jump”! Apart from the sense of accomplishment you’ll feel upon landing safely, there is also simply no better view of the region’s coastline to be had. Adrenaline offers beach tandem skydiving at 12, 000 feet from only $375 per person. Pricing includes all necessary equipment and training from professional instructors. Visit www.adrenaline.com.au/gold-coast/skydiving for more information.




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Here’s one tour company that actually encourages its guests to act crabby! Catch a Crab provides unique boat tours along the Tweed River that include fish & pelican feeding, yabby pumping, fishing, seafood basket lunch at the Lakeside Café (available with lunch tours), tours of the Oyster Farm and (of course) crab catching (or ‘tapping’). Tours depart daily from 9.30am (morning tea tours), 1pm (lunch tours) and 2pm (afternoon tea tours), starting from 3 hours and costing from $40/child (3-14 years) and $70/adult. This is the perfect unique tour for the whole family - fishermen and seafood lovers alike – and is a great educational day out for the kids. So if you’re determined to have a completely crabby holiday, look no further. Visit www.catchacrab.com.au for more information.

St Georges Defence Holiday Suites is operated by Service Personnel Help Society Inc (SPAHS), a registered charity, St George's provides affordable holiday accommodation for current and former service personnel, their spouse and their dependent school age children from Australia and its alliesClick Here for Booking Rules

Since 1915, SPAHS has hosted thousands of eligible guests at its seafront facilities at Rainbow Bay, near Coolangatta on Queensland's famous Gold Coast. It is literally only metres from the renowned surfing mecca of Snapper Rocks and within easy reach of both Duranbah and Greenmount surf breaks.

So if your eligible guests and want a break away to rest and recuperate, book a short (5 night min) or longer stay away, call our reception on 07) 5536 1261 or email us today at info@stgeorges.net.au or click on this link to BOOK NOW


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