Beach Safety



With Spring already here and Summer on the way it's a great time to remind ourselves of the importance of Beach safety.

Our Gold Coast beaches are world-class with kilometer’s of golden sand and fantastic swimming and surfing opportunities. But if your planning on spending some beach time on your next Gold Coast holiday it’s important to be aware of some water safety advice. (beach safety tips provided by the Gold Coast city council website)

NEVER Swim alone or surf at beaches not patrolled by Lifeguards or Lifesavers
NEVER Swim outside the red and yellow flags that mark safe swimming areas
NEVER Swim directly after a meal or under the influence of alcohol
NEVER Swim when the beach is closed. (Observe the sign "Danger- Reserve closed to bathing" and the red flag)
NEVER Swim when there are no safety flags
NEVER Panic if caught in a current or undertow, but raise one arm straight up and float until help arrives
NEVER Struggle if you have a cramp, but raise one arm for help, float and keep the affected part of the body still
NEVER Go out far when a yellow flag is flying- it means the surf is dangerous
NEVER Swim if unsure of safe conditions, but seek advice of the nearest Lifeguard
NEVER Struggle against a rip or current, but swim diagonally across it.

ALWAYS Swim between the red & yellow flag on patrolled beaches
ALWAYS Read the Flags and Safety Signs and understand what they mean before entering the water.

And, don’t forget to ‘Slip-Slop-Slap’ and drink plenty of water on those hot summer days!

Enjoy our beautiful beaches!

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Gold Coast to become 8th World Surfing Reserve



In very exciting news; The Gold Coast is set to become the 8th World Surfing Reserve (WSR). It's expected the Gold Coast will become formally dedicated in 2016.

From the House of Commons, London, UK, the announcement was made during the four day Global Wave Conference, which was attended by leading International surf & environmental academic’s including former three times World Champion Tom Curren. 

“This year we received three extraordinarily high quality applications from Gold Coast, Australia, Guarda do Embáo, Brazil and Noosa, Australia.” said Save The Waves Coalition’s Executive Director, Nik Strong- Cvetich. “Each applicant was highly unique, however the Gold Coast’s combination of perfect point breaks and world champions was a deciding factor in winning the approval for 2016.” 

World Surfing Reserves, is a program of Save The Waves, which proactively identifies, designates and preserves outstanding waves, surf zones and surrounding environments around the world. 

Our city will join the seven other WSR’s including Malibu, California; Ericeira, Portugal; Manly Beach, Australia; Santa Cruz, California; Huanchaco, Peru; Bahia Todos Santos, Baja California, Mexico and Punta de Lobos, Chile. 

For all the information please visit Gold Coast World Surfing Reserve.

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Information source Gold Coast World Surfing Reserve website. 

Beachfront Gold Coast accommodation



Looking for beachfront accommodation on the Gold Coast? San Simeon offers absolute beachfront accommodation in Tugun on the Gold Coast. No roads or streets to cross, just wander out of the building and onto the golden sands of Tugun Beach! 

Spend your days swimming, surfing, playing or getting some sun on the beach, or splashing in our beachfront pool! We also have a wide range of other great facilities for you to enjoy including spa, full size tennis court, roof top sauna and spa reserved for adults, beachside BBQ area, tour desk, Free Wi-Fi (limits apply), and free undercover parking.

Our location is also just a short stroll to Tugun village where you will find a selection of international restaurants, cafes, bakeries, liquor stores and supermarkets. We are also easily accessible to major attractions such as Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, Tropical Fruit World and the major Gold Coast theme parks such as Sea World, Dreamworld and Movieworld.

At San Simeon Absolute Beachfront Apartments we offer a range of apartment style accommodation including 1 or 2 bedrooms. Fully self-contained and spacious for your comfort and convenience. 

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SUP Gold Coast



Like traditional surfing itself, Stand Up Paddle surfing (otherwise known as 'SUP') has it's origins in the waters of Hawaii. Pioneered way back in the 1940’s when the Hawaiian Beach Boys used to paddle out to the surf-breaks standing up to avoid getting their camera gear wet, when taking photos of tourists. From there SUP matured into it's own style of surfing in the 1960’s, and today SUP has made a strong comeback globally amongst surfers and non-surfers alike.

SUP is popular as it's a sport accessible to all, as improved designs have allowed boards to come down a lot in weight while improving manoeuvrability on waves.

While a big part of the sport is catching waves (often waves that on a regular surfboard or longboard wouldn't be rideable) SUP is also a great experience in flat water as a fun and exciting way to cruise around enjoying the water and natural environment. As you are far higher off the water than a surfboard or surfski, visibility is much greater both above and below the water. 

SUP is an excellent crossover sport that not only provides more time on the water but also provides an isometric workout that strengthens core muscle groups, improves balance and generally improves fitness. It is also surprisingly easy with people of all ages taking up the activity.

Nearby Tallebudgera Creek and Currumbin Creek are excellent locations to learn or practise in flat water and beautiful surrounds!

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Palm Beach Food & Farmers' Markets



Palm Beach Farmers' Markets is one of the most popular markets on the Gold Coast.

Stalls carry a great range of fruit and vegetables, gourmet deli goods, speciality foods, cakes and pastries, breads, meat and seafood, pork pies, sausages, fish and seafood, coffee and herbal teas, gluten free goods, organic juices, soy candles, hand made skin creams - and more.

Head to Palm Beach Farmers' Markets for a fresh on-site breakfast, or to stock up on goodies for your stay at San Simeon Absolute Beachfront Apartments! All apartments are fully self-contained with well equipped kitchens for your convenience.  Book Gold Coast accommodation staying with us at San Simeon today. Click here!

Palm Beach Farmers MarketsEvery Saturday 6am to 11:30am. Rain, hail or shine!

Palm Beach Currumbin State High School
Thrower Drive, Palm Beach QLD

Southern Gold Coast Beach Walks and Lookouts



The Southern Gold Coast provides ample opportunities for long relaxed beach walks and scenic lookout points.

"Golden Four" Beaches Walk
Walk along the beach from Kirra Point, north past Bilinga and Tugun, to Currumbin Rock. This is a 12km round trip, but it can be shortened to suit.

Currumbin Rock & Currumbin Alley
A truly spectacular section of the Gold Coast, here you can enjoy walks or just admire the scenery;
Views to the West, along the beautiful Currumbin Creek estuary and wetlands & up into the Currumbin Valley
To the North, the entire length of the coast
To the South, Elephant Rock and down to Kirra & Coolangatta.

Elephant Rock, Currumbin Beach
Elephant Rock is located nearby the Currumbin Beach Vikings Surf Lifesaving Club.
The views to the South are of Coolangatta, Rainbow Bay & Snapper Rocks.
To the North; Currumbin Rock, Burleigh Heads, Surfers Paradise and South Stradbroke Island.
To the West, looks back over the villages of Currumbin & Tugun.

Captain Cook Memorial
Point Danger - Coolangatta

This Memorial is one of the most visited sights on coastal Queensland. It is Queensland mainland's most easterly point.
Views to the North over Snapper Rocks and Rainbow Bay and all the way up to Surfers Paradise and South Stradbroke Island.
Views to the South-East, Tweed River entrance to the Pacific Ocean and D'Bah, past to Fingal Lighthouse.

San Simeon Absolute Beachfront Apartments provide the perfect location for a beachside holiday and base to explore the Gold Coast.

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Tugun's first wine bar: HIDDEN



Late last month the first wine bar to open in Tugun was unveiled. Hidden, is a restaurant and wine bar that is tucked away behind Groove Cafe in Tugun Village.

The latest venture from owner James Park 'the singing Barista' is open Thursday to Saturday nights from 5:30pm until 11pm.

Hidden serves craft beers on tap, boasts an extensive wine menu, chef-prepared tapas plates and features local musicians.

This is the first nightspot to open in Tugun Village, so why not stop in and check it out! 

For more information visit the Hidden Groove website.

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Gold Coast Design Collective Markets



The Gold Coast Design Collective Markets have a new location, in nearby Currumbin. The markets will make their debut in their new venue on September 19, at Gecko House, Duringan Street, Currumbin.  They will then be held on the third Saturday of each month.

The Gold Coast Design Collective Markets are also the first afternoon market on the Coast - so you can enjoy your weekend sleep in! The markets operate from 11am until 5pm. Market-goers can enjoy a relaxed Saturday afternoon wandering around the stalls with good food, coffee, freshly pressed juices and a huge variety of goods on offer. Shop for fashion, homewares, accessories, bespoke furniture, ceramics, handmade soaps, plants, fresh flowers and more.

The Gold Coast Design Collective Markets

When: Third Saturday of each month (commencing Sat 19th Sept, 2015)

Where: Gecko House, Duringan Street, Currumbin

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image & information source: More Gold Coast

ABC Kids World



A new attraction has opened at Dreamworld that is sure to provide hours of smiles and fun to younger visitors and their carers; ABC KIDS World!

Enter this new interactive and colourful world of fun, rides and games, where you'll find all your ABC Kids favourites such as The Wiggles, Play School, Bananas in Pyjamas and Giggle and Hoot.

Bananas in Pyjamas

Pre-schoolers will love making their way through the Bananas in Pyjamas Fun Maze, as well as meeting the famous residents of Cuddlestown, B1 and B2!

Giggle and Hoot

Enjoy the adventure of the Giggle and Hoot Pirate Ship, try the new Hop and Hoot ride.

Jimmy Giggle will only appear at Dreamworld for special events and is not part of ABC KIDS WORLD attraction.

Play School

Come inside, it's PLAY SCHOOL! There are people with games, and stories to tell... Inspired by Australia's iconic children's television series, ABC KIDS WORLD features a Play School Art Room where children can get lost in their imagination and creativity on the latest Play School ipad apps.

The Wiggles

The whole family can all ride The Big Red Car, Dorothy’s Teacup ride and The Big Red Boat, with special guest appearances by Dorothy the Dinosaur, Henry the Octopus, Wags the Dog and Captain Feathersword.

For more information visit ABC KIDS WORLD Dreamworld. Ask our reception about theme parks and other things to do on the Gold Coast, or visit this link

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Blinky Bill at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary



The classic and beloved Australian book character; Blinky Bill, is now part of a live show at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary. 

The story: 

The residents of Green Patch are preparing for the Big Party to celebrate the arrival of Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary’s newest addition, the V.I.A. (Very Important Animal). However not everyone in Green Patch is excited about this new addition and on it’s arrival to Green Patch Station, the Currumbin Express train is ambushed by the sneaky, shifty, scheming Cat, who steals the wildlife crate containing the V.I.A.  Fortunately, Blinky Bill and his best mate Nutsy arrive on the scene and the real adventure begins. Wildlife to the Rescue sings and dances it way through the quest of saving the missing V.I.A., in an exciting, action packed show for the entire family.

Blinky Bill is currently featuring two shows and making two appearances daily. For more information visit Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary.

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