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5 THINGS TO EX­PE­RI­ENCE ON THE PRE-GAMES

Sunday Herald Sun - Stellar - - Contents - edited by Han­nah James

The Gold Coast goes luxe.

GOLD COAST

Queens­land’s glitzi­est of precincts may have fi­nally shaken its rep­u­ta­tion for be­ing all show and no sub­stance. With just one year un­til the 2018 Com­mon­wealth Games (and an au­di­ence of 1.5 bil­lion to go with it), sport­ing are­nas aren’t the only venues to have had a facelift. Tow­er­ing new de­vel­op­ments that are more Man­hat­tan than Main Beach of­fer panoramic views over Surfers Par­adise, while fish and chips have given way to an ex­cit­ing fine-din­ing scene. With ma­jor projects in the area val­ued at $13 bil­lion, this for­mer coastal vil­lage is set for a goldmedal per­for­mance in tourism, even be­fore 2018. Jes­sica Prince–mon­tague

SEADUCTION serves up mod­ern Aus­tralian cui­sine from Miche­lin-trained ex­ec­u­tive chef James Fiske; seaduction.com.au.

The 77-level PEPPERS SOUL SURFERS PAR­ADISE of­fers a range of rooms from small apart­ments to a four-bed­room sub win­dows; soul­surferspar­adise.com.au.

See Queens­land’s most tal­ented artists per­form live opera at Música month at PALAZZO VERSACE GOLD COAST; palaz­zover­sace.com.au.

For a luxe take on wa­ter sports, head to the SOUTHPORT YACHT CLUB for a pri­vate sail­ing les­son; south­porty­acht­club. com.au.

Pack the credit card for PACIFIC FAIR, which added 120 new re­tail­ers as part of the cen­tre’s $670 mil­lion re­vamp;

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