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I am a marketing and communications consultant and writer. I live on the Gold Coast and I love travelling, exploring new places, music, films, culture, shopping, art, theatre, food, sport and more ... Check out my website or follow on twitter @WENGoldCoast

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My WeekendNotes - 195
When my parents were coming over for a visit from England, they had said they wanted to go in a river cruise. So I start... [more]
Previously located at the Gold Coast Turf Club in Bundall, this excellent Gold Coast farmers market has now permanently ... [more]
I really loved Bangalow Market, it is jam packed with exciting and unique stalls, live music, food and drink and enterta... [more]
The first 2016 date of the Chinatown Street Markets has been announced as Saturday 5 March and I for one am really glad ... [more]
I have lived on the Gold Coast for almost 3 years, but only recently went to visit Springbrook National Park - I don't k... [more]
Mount Cotton Retreat was such a lovely place to stay - the rooms and cabins, the welcoming staff, the stunning tranquil ... [more]
What can you get for $2 in this day and age? Probably not much, I hear you say. Well you may be surprised to know that y... [more]
If you have a toddler, then you will be familiar with ABC Kids and its many characters. Soon you will be able to see som... [more]
It's referred to as the best kept secret on the Gold Coast, but people need to know about it, so I would use hidden gem ... [more]
There have been a number of food places opening on Chevron Island recently, but they have closed just as quickly only a ... [more]
If you enjoy great quality Italian food and love a good bargain, then I highly recommend heading to Costa D'oro in Surfe... [more]
Well of course most will know it as the postcode for Surfers Paradise and the surrounding area, however soon The 4217 wi... [more]
There is something just really special about this place, but you cannot quite put your finger on it. Tribeca NYC opened ... [more]
George's Paragon Seafood Restaurant at Sanctuary Cove is known as one of the best dining experiences on the Gold Coast -... [more]
If you feel more at home in Middle Earth or the Thunderdome and simply love everything to do with the world of heroic de... [more]
09/01/2015 - 08/03/2015
I try to get to the Gallery of Modern Art and the Queensland Art Gallery at least once every few months. I love art and ... [more]
06/09/2014 - 20/09/2015
If you are looking for a child-friendly picnic spot by the sea then Currumbin Alley really cannot be beat - it is a pict... [more]
If you are on a diet or someone on a health kick, then I would not read any further, as this place is the temptation to ... [more]
There are so many cafés on the Gold Coast, you can pretty much find one on most main streets, no matter where you are on... [more]
My 10-month old daughter is a ball of energy and just into everything, so I am always on the look out for different, edu... [more]
The Gold Coast already has so many fun things to do, so if you haven't managed to visit the new Gold Coast Aquatic Centr... [more]
I have just come back from a one night stay at Hotel Urban Brisbane and I have to say I was massively impressed - I beli... [more]
My daughter has just turned nine months old and she is into absolutely everything, it's an incredible phase of wonder an... [more]
If you are unaware of Max Brenner then well shame on you, for it is luxury chocolatey awesomeness at its best. Located t... [more]
It seems like you blink, and a new eatery has opened in Surfers Paradise - a result of the upcoming 2018 Commonwealth Ga... [more]
Fancy swimming in the same pool where over 100 medals were won at the London 2012 Olympics? Then I would highly reco... [more]
The start of the weightloss journey, is always a tough one and you need to draw on some serious motivation and persevera... [more]
You know the feeling when you order a takeaway meal, whatever style, and you get all excited (or is that just me) and th... [more]
What used to be the Rowing Club Tavern in Bundall has recently had a huge makeover to become One 50 Public House, a grea... [more]
After having a baby in December, the time had come (unfortunately) to get back on the exercise bandwagon. Having lost 12... [more]
At the opposite end to Lime Cafe (the green one) on Chevron Island is another awesome corner cafe restaurant called Cafe... [more]
The Gold Coast offers a huge variety of amazing, and often free, events throughout the year, and 2014 offers more than e... [more]
22/05/2014 - 25/05/2014
With my dad visiting from the UK I wanted to take him somewhere a little special, that had bags of character and would s... [more]
Another excellent restaurant opened in the Soul Complex in Surfers Paradise, located on The Esplanade. Hurricane's ... [more]
I have often felt the Gold Coast was slightly lacking in great places to eat and drink that were overlooking the beach. ... [more]
I found out in April I was pregnant, it wasn't planned but being in a good, although new, relationship, we decided the w... [more]
Every time I plan to write this article I get so caught up in eating and drinking, I forget to take any pictures or ... [more]
I recently visited Recreate Yourself Salon and was very impressed with what I experienced. Usually I don't really enjoy ... [more]
With the weather getting a little cooler, we need to start looking for things to do that don't involve the beach and out... [more]
If I lived in a perfect world, I would do this every day - it was that lovely. An awesome way to start the day, to end t... [more]
If you are looking to have a trip to Brisbane soon and want to stay in an affordable, apartment-style art deco accommoda... [more]
If you are anything like me, then getting some quiet, peaceful "me" time, with a clear mind seems like a far off distant... [more]
If you are look for something different to do this year that will get you fit and healthy, make you feel good and also r... [more]
06/07/2013 - 07/07/2013
Providore is a gorgeous new cafe, deli and restaurant located in the stunning Marina Mirage, on the Gold Coast. I... [more]
I had been to no name lane a few times early last year - but after seeing that they had made the Most Popular Cafes of 2... [more]
If you're looking for an escape from the hustle and bustle and bright lights of Surfers Paradise and Broadbeach, then yo... [more]
Arrrgghhh. Dating is so hard, but also so awesome - all the excitement, thoughts, butterflies, doubts and questions cons... [more]
Another day, another new restaurant and bar to try - it's a tough life. This time on my list was The Cuban at Oracle Bou... [more]
There had been a sign up in Broadbeach saying "new exciting restaurant coming soon" for what feels like an eternity, yet... [more]
I realise by writing this article - about a chocolate doughnut cafe opening recently in Surfers Paradise - I may be resp... [more]
Having lived close to Broadbeach for the last year I have rarely gone down Albert Avenue, sticking mostly to the mall an... [more]
I am a total believer in trying new places and experience so when I saw that this exhibition was on in Brisbane, the onl... [more]
08/12/2012 - 14/04/2013
I recently came across some awesome and funny New Year's Eve quotes and it got me thinking that instead of the usual bor... [more]
Oh to be young again. I loved this, it was so cute and so much fun, if your kids love exploring, digging, bugs and dino... [more]
23/11/2012 - 14/04/2013
This is a great hotel if you are looking for a place to stay in the Brisbane CBD, as it's located right on the Queen Str... [more]
With the end of 2013 fast approaching (how quick has this year flown by?) what better way to see in 2014 with an awesome... [more]
The Waterloo Comedy Club is the brainchild of Chris Underwood, thought up after watching his stand up mates suffer and s... [more]
An absolute must to get you in the Christmas spirit - I always try to get here just before Christmas as it has the best ... [more]
15/11/2012 - 22/12/2012
I really loved this book - a charming, funny and inspiring tale on how to change your life for the better and become all... [more]
It is strange where life can sometimes lead you - my usual lunch place was closed so I ventured a little further than us... [more]
There is nothing better than enjoying drinks or a meal whilst overlooking the beach. I have always felt that the Gold Co... [more]
So I am about to go on a long haul flight back to the UK from Australia - a whopping 27 hours of travelling! Eek. ... [more]
On my lunch break from work I headed as usual to my local cafe to get some lunch, imagine my shock when I found it was c... [more]
Yay, a brand new restaurant in Robina. Since Oi Fish closed down a number of months ago, I had been very keen to find ou... [more]
I have been on the Gold Coast for one year and in that time I have attended some awesome events, the majority of which a... [more]
01/01/2013 - 31/12/2013
A year ago today I arrived in Australia with one thing on my mind. I was going to change my life for the better. This, I... [more]
The Event Series at Bond University is absolutely worth keeping track of for anyone that loves fun events, and more impo... [more]
This place was such a gem of a find. I have travelled quite a bit around Australia recently and due to money restrictio... [more]
The Pineapple Hotel in Kangaroo Point is a little slice of Brisbane history and a must if you are visiting Queensland. ... [more]
There are malls-a-plenty in the Gold Coast – you have Australia Fair in Southport, Pacific Fair in Broadbeach, Stockland... [more]
I recently visited Kirra Beach and found it to be such a calm alternative from many other Gold Coast beaches – it just h... [more]
If usually on the weekend, you go out to the local BBQ space, or the nearest green space for a picnic, or you head to yo... [more]
I recently wrote an article about free things to do on the Gold Coast where I briefly mentioned the City Art Gallery at ... [more]
You are not short on choice for coffee places on the Gold Coast, but this has to be one of my favourites, because it is ... [more]
Recently I played my first ever round of golf, and what an incredible place to start. Boomerang Farm Golf Course is the ... [more]
The elusive "happy", that is what we are all striving for, right? It means different things to everyone and can be foun... [more]
It's great when, in this day and age, you can get something or experience something for free. It doesn't happen often, ... [more]
This is certainly the most beautiful place I have visit on the Gold Coast since arriving in November 2011, and consideri... [more]
One of the surprise highlights of my recent travels all over Australia was when I visited Perth, in particular Fremantle... [more]
This is probably the coolest place I have ever stayed. I struck gold when I found this place. I was looking for somewhe... [more]
Set along Oracle Boulevard (between Gold Coast Highway and Old Burleigh Road), this free cute market allows you to enjoy... [more]
I wanted to try this restaurant the minute I set foot in Broadbeach and saw the big bull outside. After looking at the ... [more]
The Crazy Cat Cafe located in Surfers Paradise is just purrfect - although only if you like cats, of course if you are ... [more]
It's that time of year again. New Year's Eve holds quite a lot of pressure - it's the one night a year where you are pra... [more]
The Gold Coast offers such a variety of free events and festivals - almost every weekend there is something new for ever... [more]
I have walked past the wheel of Brisbane countless times, but have never really wanted to go on it till a recent trip to... [more]
Come join Rebuild Hope Nepal and HIIT Australia on Sunday 12 June at 7am for an action packed morning of fun, fitness an... [more]
The Lifeline Gold Coast $2 Clothing Sale is back at the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre, Broadbeach on Satur... [more]
16/04/2016 - 17/04/2016
Another year, another set of awesome events to add to your calendar for 2016. The Gold Coast has a plethora of entertain... [more]
If you are looking for a free family event that can transform you back to a time of hot rods and burlesque, then the Rod... [more]
The Medieval Power Symbols & Splendour Exhibition has loads of extravagant and stunning pieces to see and learn about, b... [more]
11/12/2015 - 10/04/2016
We are rocketing towards the end of 2015, which means it's New Year's Eve fireworks time again. As usual the Gol... [more]
The Lifeline Gold Coast $2 Clothing Sale is back at the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre, Broadbeach on Satur... [more]
28/11/2015 - 29/11/2015
The smile on my daughters face at this class was simply priceless - a picture of utter joy and freedom. The move... [more]
Do you love movies? Do you love ice cream? Do you love live music? Then you are in luck as Ben & Jerry's open air... [more]
15/10/2015 - 08/11/2015
I think I arrived a little late to this party, as BSKT Cafe has been open and incredibly popular for quite some time, ho... [more]
Regardless of whether you are a die-hard obsessive fan of Elvis or like me, just really like him and admire his music, t... [more]
01/01/2015 - 10/01/2016
If you have a toddler, then it is very possible you have heard of The Wiggles. It is also very possible that your toddle... [more]
Who would have thought you could have a day at the beach and funfair, but not leave East London. Well, that's exactly wh... [more]
19/08/2015 - 31/08/2015
If you and your family love animals and especially pets, then this is the perfect free event to visit as it has loads of... [more]
26/09/2015 - 27/09/2015
All the major celebrities come to Surfers Paradise, last year it was Peppa Pig, this year The Minions from Despicable Me... [more]
19/09/2015 - 25/09/2015
I would imagine most people have been to Pacific Fair, and I think it's fair to say most people would agree it desperate... [more]
When you become a mum, your whole life changes and things will never be the same again. It can take a while to adjust, a... [more]
I have been to a number if these places and I think it's always a success when entertaining children. There is something... [more]
I recently travelled to England from Australia totalling a whopping 24 hours travel time. I did it none stop and on my o... [more]
Cavill Lane is a newly developed food precinct which connects Orchid Avenue and Surfers Paradise Boulevard, located in c... [more]
Hudson and Co is a new burger and beer bar that has opened in Surfers Paradise, in the newly developed Cavill Lane preci... [more]
Street Food seems to be all the rage nowadays, and whilst I do still love a good sit down restaurant experience, I have ... [more]
We just had a lovely family weekend away in the Sunshine Coast. We had been to Mooloolaba before and wanted to head back... [more]
I have often found that, on a rainy day on the Gold Coast, apart from the mall, there is fairly little to do with toddle... [more]
If you are desperate to reduce screen time with your kids and get them back to natures playground, then Sparky Do-Dahs N... [more]
If you are looking for a bundle of fun this Easter, without having to pay a thing, then Easterfest at Sanctuary Cove may... [more]
05/04/2015 - 12/04/2015
I don't think I have ever lived anywhere in the world that has as many free events throughout the year. The Gold Coast s... [more]
03/04/2015 - 18/04/2015
Now I don't usually start on the wine at 10am, but as the saying goes "it's five o'clock somewhere", and this was a spec... [more]
What could be more Gold Coast than a collection of surfing related paintings and photography - Cutback: Surfing Through ... [more]
14/02/2015 - 22/03/2015
You always get a sense of luxury at George's Paragon Seafood Restaurant at the exclusive Sanctuary Cove resort. ... [more]
I recently took my daughter on a trip to Sydney, and was struck by how difficult it is to find many places or activities... [more]
Another excellent exhibition is now on at the Gold Coast Arts Centre - Misanthropology: The World Art of Adam Rish. Try ... [more]
30/01/2015 - 15/03/2015
We all love a clean car right? But it seems to be one of those jobs that is always put off and just never gets done. So... [more]
If you are looking for a calming break from the busy festive season, the sweltering heat or the hustle and bustle of th... [more]
06/12/2014 - 08/02/2015
There are loads of places to grab a great breakfast on the Gold Coast, with many cafés and restaurants in a bidding war ... [more]
With Christmas almost upon us, and the gift buying well and truly underway, it got me thinking about what is more import... [more]
It's that whizz, bang, whoosh, crackle and sparkle time of year again - that would be New Years Eve Firework season to y... [more]
Now you may be thinking this is some sort of ill fitting bra condition, but I am hear to tell you that Brazouka is in fa... [more]
04/12/2014 - 18/01/2015
If you have never visited Tedder Avenue at Main Beach, then you are certainly missing out - It is a beautiful tree-lined... [more]
Looking for some pampering on a rare night away from my young family, I booked a treatment package at Elysium in Burleig... [more]
Head down to the new Guzman Y Gomez store for their famous FREE Burrito Day, celebrating the opening of their new store ... [more]
I had been here once before for breakfast about a year ago, but on returning to Coolangatta recently, apart from its loc... [more]
I think we can all agree that Australia is a pretty expensive place to live, and the Gold Coast is no exception. Often I... [more]
Every time I have driven past this place on the Gold Coast highway, I always remember that I want to go there and try it... [more]
Bavarian On Tedder is a real favourite of mine on the Gold Coast - I have visited a number of times, in the day, on the ... [more]
If you are looking for somewhere to stay on the Gold Coast that offers all you could wish for in a luxury spa break, but... [more]
I have just returned from the Swell Sculptures Festival, which is in full flow with only a few days left. In its 12th ye... [more]
12/09/2014 - 21/09/2014
Looking for something to entertain the kids this September School Holidays? And, don't want to pay a thing? Then head do... [more]
20/09/2014 - 26/09/2014
Most of us at some point have been to an Italian restaurant, so they are all pretty much your standard pasta, pizza and ... [more]
It's hard to save money - often we know we should but don't know where to start. Having just had a baby, I have to rethi... [more]
It's that time of year where we have the best intentions to make a new year resolution and stick to it, proclaiming this... [more]
I have had many a different New Years Eves over the years ranging from dinner parties, club nights out, bar nights out, ... [more]
It's the most wonderful time of the year - and whilst I personally feel it should still be around June, Christmas is mos... [more]
I am neither a veggie or a vegan but I wanted to try this place as soon as I saw it. Firstly I always love tryin... [more]
You cannot say that the Gold Coast doesn't offer a diverse range if free fun for all the family whether young or older. ... [more]
21/09/2013 - 22/09/2013
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