With Summer just around the corner, Soul Boardwalk have partnered with the amazing crew at World Gym Surfers Paradise to offer the residents of the Gold Coast FREE, that's right you heard us FREE fitness classes right on the beachfront of The Esplanade in the heart of Surfers Paradise.

Each week, commencing SOON from 6.30am, a Personal Trainer from World Gym Surfers Paradise will be taking over our precinct to get you looking fit and fab in time for Summer.



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To celebrate partnering with Scouts QLD,
Ripley’s is hosting a Scout Weekend!

Scouting is the biggest and most successful youth organisation in Australia. Approximately 15,000 boys, girls and adults in Queensland from various cultural or religious backgrounds and with varying abilities, participate in all aspects of Scouting.

Scouts are in every part of our community.

The Scout Movement is comprised of sections developed around the age of the young people,



SCOUTS //  AGE 11-14



For more information on Scouts Qld check out HERE

$10.00 Admission on Scout Weekend - 7th / 8th of October Only!

Book in or show up on the day in Scout Uniform on Saturday the 7th or Sunday the 8th of October and pay only $10.00.

Accompanying family also get in for $10.00. Valid for scouts, scouting groups and accompanying family only.


For Bookings  CALL: 0755 920 040 OR EMAIL:

Otherwise just rock up on the day in uniform and you will also receive this amazing one off price! Valid in store only.



Bacchus Marsh Dance Studio is a dance school that prides itself on providing high quality dance training in an environment that offers the perfect combination of structure and fun.

Their key aims are to assist all individuals in developing confidence, harnessing creativity, enhancing fitness and creating friendships that will last a lifetime.

Tomorrow night Wednesday 4 October from 5.30pm, the young dancers from Bacchus Marsh Dance Studio will be putting on a 30 minute dance performance at Soul Boardwalk in front of The Esplanade as part of their tour.

Bring the family and enjoy the show. Afterwards, take a stroll along the Surfers Paradise Beachfront Markets, and dine at one of Soul Boardwalk's many amazing eateries.




The Rumours are True!!!

Learn to Skydive is now doing jumps into Murwillumbah. Never before have you been able to learn to skydive so close to a city, with Learn to Skydive currently doing the ground school in Surfers Paradise then taking off from the Gold Coast International Airport at Coolangatta.

If you’ve been thinking about doing your skydiving course, come and jump with Learn to Skydive into arguably the most scenic student drop zone in Australia! With views of Surfers Paradise, Mount Warning and Byron Bay along with a landing area the size of a racecourse, you’d be mad not to come and join the fly squad!

Skydiving attracts so many different people from many different walks of life. The community spans worldwide and once you start skydiving on a regular basis your whole lifestyle will transform.

Have a look at their website for full course details and pricing information.

Learn to Skydive currently have 2 available spots for a course commencing Monday 7th August with a last minute discount of $100. The course will run for 4 days and includes a full day of ground school, access to their online student portal, half an hour of wind tunnel and 6 jumps with an instructor.

Other courses commencing on:

  • August 22nd
  • September 9th
  • September 16th (course runs over 2 consecutive weekends)
  • October 2nd

Autumn/Winter Fashion on the Gold Coast

Monochrome or Colour - Gold Coast Autumn/Winter Fashion

There is no place like Surfers Paradise. A much needed coffee in the morning at one of the local cafes, a quick surf then zipping over to the stores to do some shopping. It’s no wonder it is a favourite travel destination for tourists and social hub for locals.

But as winter gets closer, it’s time to hang up the boardies and hone in on the autumn, winter trends. Soul Boardwalk is home to international brands such as Seafolly, Hype DC and Roxy to name a few. Surprise; surprise all Soul Boardwalk retail stores link together for what Surfers Paradise is known for, easy beach to bar fashion.

This season’s focus is on monochrome sellers, vibrant pieces as well as comfortable fashion. Autumn can be challenging to work with at times and too often the balance of style and comfort is lost.

Pounding Autumn with vibrant colours and patterns experimenting with stripes, floral colours light blue with a pop of red and pink bringing a refreshed image to the season trend, common wear and trending from Seafolly are tropical off shoulder dresses, women’s one piece swimsuits and finally floral kaftan’s. These all capture an appealing and outstanding image for the Autumn season.

Monochrome always in and trending all year round most effective when paired with two colours or one, black, white or neutral. The black and white fashion duo has the powerful effect to conquer sophistication, simpleness and elegance. Dressing for monochrome solace can be simple as blending white leggings to a dark or white bomber jacket now seen at Roxy. Match off adidas originals in hues white, black or haven and adorn with a chic black or white bag to break the outfit’s intense hues.

From solace and travel simple additionally a-la-mode looks, looking at Seafolly’s range that composts of light blue playsuits for during the day wear coordinating with walk-about canvas shoes to suit the traveller.

With endless opportunities catching up on retail therapy won’t be an issue this season with store trading hours flexible to fit day and night workers. To experience a truly unique beachside shopping head to for more info and trading hours.


By Chanelle Williams

Introducing Glynis Nunn-Cearns, Olympic and Commonwealth Games gold medallist

Champion athlete Glynis Nunn-Cearns boasts a swag of sporting achievements and accolades

The 1984 Los Angeles Olympics heptathlon gold medal winner and dual Commonwealth Games medallist (gold, heptathlon, Brisbane 1982 and bronze, 100m hurdles, Edinburgh 1986), is a GC2018 board member, a boss, a coach, a mum of two and still runs for fun.

The 56-year- old is the only former elite athlete on the 12-member board of directors chaired by former Queensland Premier Peter Beattie and entrusted with delivering what they hope will be the greatest-ever Commonwealth Games.

It is not as if Glynis needed something to do. Her day job is heading up the Gold Coast Academy of Sport and Hall of Fame.

She also is executive director of the Australian Track and Field Coaches Association, coaches her own athletics squad (which includes several young stars considered strong chances of GC2018 selection) and still competes when she can find the spare time (she set an age division record over the sprint hurdles at last week’s Pan Pacific Masters Games on the Gold Coast).

The Toowoomba-born Glynis has lived on the Gold Coast for more than 20 years and recently purchased a 13-acre farm at leafy Mount Tamborine in the lush Gold Coast Hinterland.

“While I am extremely busy, I’m doing stuff I love,” Glynis says.

In the countdown to the 2018 Games, Glynis is determined the next generation of Australian athletics champions get every chance to deliver on their potential.

“I really want to try and do something for the kids in sport and offer them something, offer them the experiences I have gone through that will make them better,” she says.

Glynis, who retired from top-level competition in 1990, says the diversity of the Gold Coast and its Hinterland is what will make a memorable experience for Games athletes and visitors in 2018.

“You go from the beach and high-rises of Surfers Paradise to country areas just half an hour away where you’ve got sugar cane and cattle and horses in the paddocks,” Glynis says.

“It’s diverse and that’s something we haven’t seen a lot in many previous Games.”

Glynis is proud of what the Gold Coast has achieved already – it is home to scores of champions across dozens of different sports – and can’t wait to show the 2018 Games host city, the amazing Gold Coast, to more than 6000 competitors from 70 nations, hundreds of thousands of visitors and volunteers and millions watching the event on TV worldwide.

“There’s an element of excitement when you come to the Gold Coast,” Glynis says. “Australians have a reputation for being very welcoming and warm. All those nice warm fuzzy feelings will come out with the Games and that will be fantastic.”

Content provided by Tourism and Events Queensland



Let’s be honest, at some point in our lives we have all tried really hard to be “that morning person”, however if you find yourself setting a dozen alarms and still waking up late, then you, my friend, are a victim of snooze and lose.

It is time for an intervention and here we give you our seven tips into tricking yourself to enjoy the good ole early mornings... Or at least be up on time.

Chase the Sunrise

Can you recall the number of sunrises you have seen in your entire life? Not too many, are there?  Why don't you try waking up with the sun? Set that alarm (or three), grab your favourite swimwear from Sunburn and hit the beach. Nothing is more relaxing than breathing the fresh air and listening to the waves.

Exercise, Exercise, Exercise!

We are fairly certain that exercise is good for you, or that is what is what we are constantly told. A great way to trick yourself into exercising is to buy workout clothes. What we wear has an impact on how we think and what we do, and a good workout outfit can make us feel like you are coming right out of a fitness commercial. Also, how good is the post workout glow?


If waking up to your bed smelling like roses doesn’t make you smile (how could it not?!), using essential oils in your shower/bath, diffuser or just applying it topically with a carrier oil is a great alternative. Basil, peppermint, rosemary and lemon wakes you up and helps you focus as well as providing healing properties. Whereas, geranium, lavender, ylang ylang and rose oil helps you relax and rejuvenate.


Depresso is the feeling you get when you have run out of coffee. Make the best use of your coffee machine or grab a café style luxurious coffee from ESPL Coffee Brewers to give you that morning push. Coffee not only wakes you up but also lowers the risk of heart disease, diabetes, depression and Alzheimer’s. It's a Win - Win situation.


As the saying goes "Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a pauper". We understand how hard pressed for time everyone is in the morning so preparation is the key. Prep your oats in a mason jar the night before to save time, or make a delicious smoothie in the morning to go. If you are in the mood to pamper yourself, check out Surfers Paradise Beach Café for a scrumptious and a healthy breakfast.


Whether you like jamming to some pop, rock, old school jazz or simply just your favourite radio station, listening to music or the sound you like boosts the level of dopamine. Sure shot way of turning that morning frown upside down.


In our desperate attempt to be more organised and efficient, pick out your outfits the night before! This lets our brain be prepared for the next day. Your mornings are easy, you wake up ready and most importantly, you will always look good.

If your attempt at being a morning person assists you in cutting down on your beauty sleep in any way, head on down to  Fresh Hair And Body to get you looking like a million bucks.

By Akshaya Aiyer

packing tips for travelling light


12 Tips To Packing Light

Rule number one, packing light is a process not a goal. Everyone aspires to pack light. Some travellers are successful but if you’re anything like me the moment that suitcase opens you’re fighting the urge to pack everything and the kitchen sink. I’m getting better all the time at packing… Better, but still far from the ultimate travel minimalist I aspire to be. But when I get it right… It feels amazing. Organized, streamlined, liberated!

So when I heard about the globetrotting National Geographic writer who travelled the world for six weeks with NO LUGGAGE I almost died. He wore a multi-pocketed vest to carry everything he needed, including T-shirts and a folding keyboard for his iPhone!

Now no bags at all may be a tad extreme so here are some tips to packing light to help you get by with just a carry on.

1. One Is All You Need

Try to avoid checking a bag – get creative with your carry on! Taking a smaller bag can provide incentive to pack less. (This doesn’t mean make it squish! We’re packing light not small remember)

2. Double Up!

Every item you pack should have multiple uses or looks, or don’t bring it.

3. Something Loved

Most importantly, only pack things you actually do wear – and know will work.

4. Neutral Is Your New Favourite Colour

Neutral colours help with the versatility factor; colour and print works best in swimwear and accessories.

5. Hand Wash Only

Try and pack things that don’t need to be washed, or can easily be rinsed in a hotel sink.

6. Don’t Forget The Shopping!

Pack versatile pieces, which you can seamlessly mix with new purchases ;)

7. Bottle It Up

If like me the thought of using hotel provided liquids fills you with dread don’t bother packing full sized bottles. Fill mini travel bottles with your own beauty products.

8. Keep It Simple

Try for less with the makeup, it all adds up. All you really need is a little foundation and some mascara.

9. Drop The Act

Unless you’re a world renowned travel photographer / insta famous travel blogger there’s no need to pack a camera anymore. Just use your phone for photos.

10. Wear It

Layer it up on the plane so you don't have to carry it all in your bag.

11. Divide And Conquer

Using dividers help to organise everything so you know exactly what you have and where to find it.

12. Don't Worry

Don't pack for worst case scenario. Unless you're travelling to the middle of nowhere there's always shops for emergency supplies.


There you have it, 12 tips to packing light. Happy Travels!