Torres Strait Islands

At the very tip of Cape York where the South Pacific Ocean and the Arafura Sea mix their currents are the 274 islands of the Torres Strait, including Thursday and Horn Islands. This unique tropical region is home to the indigenous Torres Strait Islanders whose culture is rich in the arts and whose lifestyle has evolved from the sea and its abundance of wildlife.

This unique tropical location is a melting pot of Melanesian and Indigenous Australian cultures boasting about 20 different communities and offering visitors a rich cultural experience. Step back in time to discover a diverse history spanning World War Two and the pearling industry, vibrant headdresses and colourful dance, ancient carving and modern printmaking, plus a welcoming people who live in paradise.

Thursday Island is the administrative centre of the Torres Strait with modern accommodation, tours and the award-winning Gab Titui Cultural Centre which takes visitors on a journey from the past to the present and into the future showing Torres Strait Islander culture through artefacts, artwork, song, dance and stories.

Virtually untouched, the Torres Strait islands and surrounding Great Barrier Reef are home to some of the world's most stunning blue waters as well as an abundance of marine life including dugongs, dolphins, giant marlin and sea turtles.

With beautiful beaches, awesome fishing and rich indigenous culture, visit the far corner of nature's theme park in the Torres Strait to experience one of Australia's most beautiful, natural hidden gems. Time slows down in the Torres Strait so you, too, can enjoy the peaceful existence of island life.

Thursday Island can be accessed via boat from Bamaga on the mainland and nearby Horn Island where the Torres Strait's airport is located. There are landing strips on some of the smaller islands which can be reached by boat or light aircraft.

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Sand Safari Arts Festival

Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast Area
Free Entry
9 – 25 February 2018
There is no better way to spend February than at the Sand Safari Arts Festival at one of Australia's most iconic beaches, Surfers Paradise. Over 17 days, the sands and streets of Surfers Paradise will come alive in a celebration of sand, sea and sport inspired art.

Our Land People Stories - Gold Coast

Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast Area
From AU$21 - 48
23 February 2018
HOTA presents Our Land People Stories by Bangarra Dance Theatre. Bangarra brings you three personal and profound dance works, showcasing the infinite stories of Australia’s cultural heritage. The stunning paintings of Yirrkala artist Nyapanyapa Yunupingu are brought to life in Nyapanyapa, Wiradjuri family and kinship is explored in Miyagan, and the two sides of Sydney’s Governor Macquarie are uncovered in Macq.

Surfers Paradise Beachfront Markets

Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast Area
Free Entry
Weekly from 23 February 2018
The iconic Beachfront Markets have been adorning the foreshore of the popular tourist precinct of Surfers Paradise since 1995, catering year-round to holiday-makers and locals alike. Each Wednesday, Friday and Sunday evening, from 4pm to 9pm, thousands of visitors make their way to the Surfers Paradise Beachfront Markets to enjoy some relaxed retail therapy by the world-famous beach.

Karaoke at The Avenue

Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast Area
Free Entry
Weekly from 26 February 2018
The Avenue hosts the Gold Coast most popular Karaoke show every Monday night from 8.30pm. Featuring the amazing Karin from Red Hot Entertainment. Come and join the fun, where everyone becomes a star.

Avenue Comedy Night Every Wednesday Night

Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast Area
Free Entry
Weekly from 28 February 2018
Every Wednesday night, The Avenue welcomes local and international comedians to the stage for a hilarious night of entertainment. With free entry, electric atmosphere, talented guests and a delicious menu, make Wednesday night at The Avenue your new weekly ritual.

Benny D Williams Live at The Avenue

Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast Area
Free Entry
4 March 2018
The Avenue is proud to host the most entertaining performer you will ever see on your travels. Floating gently to you from the Coast of Gold, Benny D Williams brings his "junkyard soul" sounds to our ears.

Australian Surfing Awards

Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast Area
6 March 2018
The Australian Surfing Awards incorporating the Hall of Fame were first convened in 1985 by the Australian Surfriders Association (now Surfing Australia) to preserve the history of Australian surfing and honour its great achievers.

Concert For The Planet

Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast Area
Free Entry
24 March 2018
In celebration of Earth Hour, HOTA presents an evening of discovery and symphonic experience, transforming the parkland into a classical music soundscape. The Gold Coast Philharmonic Orchestra, extended to include over 100 local musicians, will perform Holst’s The Planets with conductor Lachlan Snow.

Amy Shark

Broadbeach, Gold Coast Area
Free Entry
4 April 2018
After touring North America, headlining festivals across Australia and landing at #2 in triple j's 2016 Hottest 100, Amy Shark hits the Queensland Music Stage. Gold Coast born and bred, Amy is a contemplative and soulfully brooding singer-songwriter who shot to the top of radio playlists with her single 'Adore'.

Yothu Yindi and The Treaty Project

Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast Area
Free Entry
4 April 2018
Yothu Yindi and The Treaty Project kicks off Festival 2018. Featuring original members of ARIA Hall of Fame inductees Yothu Yindi with special guests, the night will serve up classic hits and brand new material all with an electronic twist.
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