Cooktown Cemetery

Cooktown, Cook Area

The Cooktown cemetery has been in continuous use since the town was established in October 1873. The cemetery was proclaimed in 1875 with trustees representing each of the denominations in Cooktown; Church of England, Roman Catholic, Presbyterian, Hebrew and Wesleyan Methodist. Despite the large Chinese population there, no Chinese representative was appointed.

The entrance gate faces the road to the Palmer River, where gold discoveries led to Cooktown becoming a port. An internal road leads from the gate and forks in the middle of the reserve. The track to the west terminates at a Chinese Shrine with a low concrete altar. Nestled amongst the trees in the north-west of the cemetery is a brick well, evidence of the Chinese market gardeners who once worked there.

The rest of the site is divided into denominations by the unsealed paths. Significant graves within the site include that of Mary Watson who died of thirst escaping Lizard Island, 90 kilometres to the north-east; mariner Albert Ross Hovell, son of the explorer William Hovell, known for his involvement in 'blackbirding', or procuring Islanders to work as labourers; and Mother Mary De Sales Meagher, founder of the Sisters of Mercy Convent in Cooktown.

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Based Comedy at the Cecil Hotel

Southport, Gold Coast Area
Free Entry
Weekly from 12 December 2017
Free entry! Join them at 7.30pm every Tuesday night as some of the best stand up comedians from around the country take to the stage to entertain you. Hosted by Based Comedy with some of the best amateur and professional comedians in Australia.

Christmas Markets GC

Southport, Gold Coast Area
Free Entry
15 – 17 December 2017
Take a stroll under twinkling fairy lights at the Christmas Markets GC for a relaxed shopping experience. Find unique gifts and handcrafted items for your loved ones from over 100 stalls and indulge in some gourmet Christmas treats from one of their specialty food trucks.

Based Comedy at Oxenford Tavern

Oxenford, Gold Coast Area
Free Entry
Weekly from 15 December 2017
Every Friday night at Oxenford Tavern, Based Comedy is bringing the very best comedians from around Australia and around the world to entertain you - all for free! Shows start at 7:30pm with top headliners and hilarious support acts!

NightQuarter

Helensvale, Gold Coast Area
From AU$3 - 3
Weekly from 15 – 16 December 2017
A festival every weekend. NightQuarter, located on the Gold Coast, is an eclectic night market transforming what once was an empty block opposite the Helensvale train station. Enter beneath the shipping container archway and be transported to another world of market stalls, street food, live music and shipping container boutiques.

River City Aces Live at NightQuarter

Helensvale, Gold Coast Area
From AU$3 - 3
16 December 2017
River City Aces is an exciting eight piece band, focussed on performing music from the 1940’s in the style of Jump Blues, Rhythm and Blues, and Swing. Don’t miss them when they take the stage for their Christmas celebrations this December!

NightQuarter Christmas Carols

Helensvale, Gold Coast Area
From AU$3 - 3
16 December 2017
Dreaming of cronuts for Christmas? Merry makers of all ages are invited to NightQuarter’s Christmas Carols on the 16th of December! The Paddock will come alive with carols, and don’t miss dancing with Rudolph and singing with Santa!

Christmas Chill at Links

Hope Island, Gold Coast Area
Free Entry
17 December 2017
They invite you, your family and friends to 'chill out' at Links Hope Island for a very special Christmas Carols Event. Relax on the clubhouse lawns and take in the beautiful sunset enjoying Carols by Candlelight performances from crooner Rhydian Lewis, Coomera Anglican College Vocal Group, Elly Hart and Gas Grooves who will be bringing the funk.

Shannons Rod and Custom Show

Jacobs Well, Gold Coast Area
From AU$5 - 15
17 December 2017
Shannons Rod and Custom Show will feature premier, state of the art hot rods, classics, customs and street machines. Shannons Insurance has become the Naming Right sponsor of this show from 2017. This hot rod show is now in it's tenth year and has developed into the best one day show of it’s type with high-end elite cars competing for bespoke trophies and large prize money in the order of AUD10,000 for 2017.

Electrik Lemonade Live at NightQuarter

Helensvale, Gold Coast Area
Free Entry
22 December 2017
Electrik Lemonade is a band of funklords that play a repertoire of original funk, blues, hip hop, soul and dance music that could only be fathered by the likes of Captain Planet. Each member brings their own slice of Earth, Fire, Wind, Water and Lovin’ in the live show, culminating in a whirlwind of explosive energy that comes with a tidal warning as the crowd uncontrollably burst into a wave of dance and good vibes.

New Years Eve at SYC

Main Beach, Gold Coast Area
From AU$99.00 - 99.00
31 December 2017 – 1 January 2018
Bring in the New Year with their famous seafood buffet and sparkling views of the Broadwater. You can book a table in their upstairs Compass room, with entertainment provided by the Hip Replacements, or in the downstairs Waterfront Restaurant where Street Cafe will groove the night away.
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