Just when you thought the Gold Coast couldn't get any more relaxed you arrive over the hill and into Tugun. This southern Gold Coast suburb is so laid-back that locals fondly call her Tugz (pronounced choog-s) while ancient Aborigines referred to Tugun as a place of "breaking waves".

Certainly, it boasts one of the biggest and some say best beaches on the Gold Coast and on a good day, you may bag a breaker or two, but the real charm of Tugun lays in its homey streets, café culture and fish and chip shops.

That's not to say there aren't luxury oceanfront apartments - there's plenty of those - plus affordable holiday units. For this is the Gold Coast without the glitz or the vinegar. It's simply a salty suburb for strolling and sunbaking, hanging out at the surf club and mixing with the locals. Just don't be surprised if by the end of a stay here, you too, will be calling her Tugz.

Golden Four Drive
Tugun, Gold Coast Area
Queensland
Australia

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Roma Picnic Races

Roma, Maranoa Area
From AU$25 - 25
16 – 17 March 2018
Roma Picnic Races is the most elegant meeting in the Roma Races calendar. An old fashioned black tie country ball open the racing weekend on Friday night. A five race program sees most of the region's finest horseflesh turn up to have a gallop before the busy Autumn carnivals begin in April.

Roma's Easter in the Country Festival

Roma, Maranoa Area
Free Entry
29 March 2018
Roma's Easter in the Country festival is a five-day celebration of all things country. Now entering its fortieth year, it is widely recognised as one of southwest Queensland's premier Easter events, and brilliantly showcases the history and lifestyle of regional Queensland.

XXXX Gold Easter Races Roma

Roma, Maranoa Area
Free Entry
31 March 2018
Part of the Easter in the Country celebrations, a country racing event to fit into the varied markets/drag races/rodeo/parades mix in Roma over the Easter long weekend. In honour of the Easter in the country event, entry is free for the afternoon with a complimentary egg, if you're lucky.

Rugby Race Day

Roma, Maranoa Area
From AU$7.00 - 7.00
23 June 2018
Where too much sport is never enough on a crisp winter's afternoon in the country, rugby, then racing, then more rugby. Old boys, young boys and some just right fellas take to the field inside the racetrack and between the races (no horses are harmed in staging this event) to showcase western rugby prowess and have a punt in the bookies ring during half time.

The Royal on 99 Roma Cup

Roma, Maranoa Area
From AU$35 - 150
16 – 18 November 2018
The Roma Cup is western Queensland's largest and most glamorous race meeting. Attracting around 8,000 punters from around the state, accommodating them on site at Swag Central or in motels around town, the race meeting and the weekend festivities make it the best weekend that can be had in the bush.
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