5 THINGS TO EXPERIENCE ON THE PRE-GAMES
The Gold Coast goes luxe.
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;