[27 May 2018] What is better than a visit to Australia’s Gold Coast in winter? For me? A music festival, unexpectedly coinciding with the visit. A blues festival to boot.
We booked in at our hotel on Friday afternoon and to our delight was told that we’re well in time for the annual iconic Blues on Broadbeach Music Festival. I had no idea!
Now in its 17th year and sporting no less than 17 stages, the festival draws huge names such as The Robert Cray Band, Screaming Jets and Ash Grunwald, and best of all, each and every venue is free of charge and non-ticketed. I was looking forward to exploring the Gold Coast, including its beautiful beaches and rain forest hinterland, enjoying the warm Pacific water and ignoring diet restrictions. I got so much more – four days filled with music. Strolling through the precinct, soaking up excellent live music together with 170 000 happy festival goers, all having a fabulous time, yet adhering to the “no drinking in public” Liquor Act. It’s amazing what a difference it makes when there are no inebriated people falling around and spoiling your experience. There is lots of booze available (Aussies love their beer and wine – I am yet to see a brandy-and-coke drinker), but all drinking is restricted to licensed restaurants.
My only problem was that there was all of a sudden so little time for “other” sightseeing! I did (only just) manage to visit Springbrook Mountain and Natural Bridge, Surfers Paradise, Burleigh Heads and Currumbin and packed in a 6 km hike along Federation Walk on The Spit.
Rather go to the Sunshine Coast, we were advised beforehand. That will be done somewhere in the future but as for this trip, thank you Gold Coast, we had a terrific time.