As the Gold Coast’s premier party destination, The Island Gold Coast will host the most colourful, vibrant and entertaining Melbourne Cup event this year – and the theme is ‘where colour reigns supreme’.
The Island’s General Manager Scott Iliff said that guests will be swept up in the colour and excitement of Melbourne Cup racing – one of the most anticipated social calendar events – and the party atmosphere.
“From the race-day fashions to the immersive entertainment and premium food and drinks, Melbourne Cup at The Island will be a party unlike any other,” explains Scott.
“It will also be one of the first events in our new Glasshouse – a 400-metre square marquee-style space that can host up to 650 guests.”
“The space has been designed to make the most of the Gold Coast’s beautiful weather with a 12-metre-long alfresco bar, huge deck and extra high ceilings – and this Melbourne Cup it’s going to be party central!”
“Or guests can choose to party in the open-air on The Island’s Rooftop which will have an energetic and dynamic race-day vibe.”
The Island Gold Coast is close to public transport and parking, making it easy for partygoers and hotel guests.
Tickets will sell fast so reserve yours now here.
This week at The Island…..
There is always something fun to do at The Island, believe that! This week we have some exciting new acts added to our weekend, but let’s start with what’s on during the week…
Calling all mumma’s and ladies who lunch! Did you know we have FREE parking and a kids area which will keep the little ones amused for hours. While the kids are having the time of their lives, you can put your feet up and relax, basking in the sun on our pool deck. Check out our wonderful lunch specials available from 11 am – 3pm.
Thursday night, head upto The Rooftop and be swept away by the soothing sound of Tonic, our live jazz band. Sip on some gin from our wonderful gin menu, all while star gazing and fingers crossed we still have that beautiful full moon. Thursday night, starting at 6.30 pm, be there or be square!
Hello FRIDAY! Most people’s favourite day of the week, enjoy your Friday after work drinks in our bistro bar. Watch the afternoon fly by while looking out over Surfers Paradise Boulevard. When it’s time to crank up your Friday, head up to The Rooftop, we have DJ’s on rotation from 5pm.
Saturday is a full on day here at The Island and we have it all. Breakfast, lunch, dinner and all night entertainment. However you want your Saturday to be you can create it here at The Island.
Sunday and The Rooftop go together like Pina & Colada, it’s a given. This Sunday we have Black Rabbit George kicking off our Sunday sessions from 1 pm, followed by a live sax player and Dj’s spinning tunes all night long. The fun does stop at midnight but that’s ok most of us have work in the morning.
Surfers Paradise. Whether you’re a born and bred on the Gold Coast or not, most of you would be familiar with The Islander – that pastel-pink hotel that catches your eye as you head along Surfers Paradise Boulevard. Well, after more than 12 months of works, the lid has been lifted on the iconic site to reveal what will now be known as The Island. We had a peek inside the boutique hotel’s new-look restaurant, bar and rooftop – and it’s pretty darn impressive.
The Island now cuts a stylish and distinctive figure on the corner of Beach Road and Surfers Paradise Boulevard, with the newly opened restaurant and bar already creating a vibrant buzz from the heart of Surfers Paradise. The Island’s transformation marks the first Gold Coast venue for renowned hospitality operators The Katarzyna Group, which is behind a swag of popular Brisbane venues like Cloudland, Press Club and The Family (due reopen as EI8HT in June). Whilst the Surfers Paradise hotel has always been (and will remain) an icon, the added element of a refined restaurant and bar offering has taken the destination to a whole new level.The Island’s striking fit-out sees the street-level restaurant and bar space wrap around to seamlessly open up onto the precinct’s main drag – it’s one of those places where long lunches can easily lead into afternoon cocktails … and merge into dinner and few drops of wine. The Island’s main restaurant serves breakfast seven days per week from 7:00 am, before stepping into a vibrant Italian-style lunch and dinner menu.
The Island kitchen offers smaller shares plates from charcuterie boards to polenta-herb crusted sardines with cress, red onion and shaved fennel, which leads into an impressive line-up of land-based dishes. There’s top-end dry-aged steaks and a hearty 1.2kg shoulder of biodynamic lamb with duck-fat potatoes, alongside a refined selection of seafood dishes like the confit of king ora salmon with braised fennel, broccolini, barley and farro. You’ll find a modern spin on Italian favourites, from the braised-duck gnocchi to a simple and traditional salami, chilli and basil pizza rosso. Whilst the restaurant and bar is the perfect place for an afternoon or evening tipple (just quietly, this is also an exceptional people-watching spot), head upstairs to The Island’s rooftop bar for some next-level drinkables and a little bit of cocktail-inspired fun in the sun.