As spring gets underway, the Southern Gold Coast transforms into a hive of activity with a lively calendar of events that feature everything from music to sport and the arts.
Check-out the range of free fun that's coming up over the next few months in the spectacularly diverse region.
Come face-to-face with awe-inspiring sculptures by local, national and international artists at the 16th SWELL Sculpture Festival from 14-23 September, 2018. Situated along Currumbin's foreshore, the 10-day event will feature a range of unique experiences from guided twilight walks and artist talks to artist led masterclasses and delicious food and live tunes at SWELL Sounds.
The Coolangatta Gold is one of the most challenging endurance races in surf sports and has now commanded a place on Australia's annual sports calendar. Returning to Coolangatta Beach on 6-7 October, cheer on as athletes ski, swim, board and run the gruelling 41.8km long course or the 21km short course for the top title.
The Beach Rugby 5s will turn Kirra Beach into a football lover's paradise as Australian teams compete on the sand from 12-14 October. Watch the 5-a-side teams battle it out in this exciting, fast-paced spectacle.
Currumbin's creek-scape will once again be transformed into centre stage for Buskers by the Creek from 13-14 October, 2018 in Winders Park. If you're a music fan, or simply love to be entertained, the festival will include a program of more than 300 entertainers from award-winning performers to talented teens, sword swallowing, acoustic and high-energy shows.
The Kirra Criterium Classic will return to the beachside village of Kirra on Saturday 20 October for a day of speed cycling action. Featuring six divisions of races along the iconic Kirra foreshore with absolute beachfront views, the 1.2km hotdog circuit produces entertaining, spectator-friendly racing that attracts some of the leading riders in the country.
Currumbin Valley will once again host the Tour de Valley Challenge on Sunday 21 October, 2018. Cyclists from across the region will flock to the Southern Gold Coast hinterland to compete in the 36km Solo Time Trial, 72km and 36km Team Cycling Challenge and 18km Corporate Team Challenge amongst one of the most breathtaking natural backdrops.
Stand-up paddle boarders will converge on Currumbin for the 2018 Australian SUP Titles from 9-13 November, 2018. In addition to a technical race and SUP surfing, the iconic marathon leg of the event will see the best of the best battle the waves as they paddle up to 20km in the open ocean before crossing the finish line at Currumbin Creek.
So, whether you like to be a spectator or you're keen to be a participant, Southern Gold Coast is certainly dishing up a superb line-up of experiences to satiate everyone's desires when it comes to getting active and enjoying the great outdoors.