Hop on down to Soul Boardwalk, Surfers Paradise this Easter long weekend for fun for the whole family. Have your chance to meet our special Soul Easter helpers and get your copy of "The Vibe" Magazine for free, along with some yummy Easter eggs and free family instant photos.

PLUS you can get this FREE DOWNLOAD of our Easter artwork to colour in and share

Friday 14 April - Sunday 16 April 2017
11am - 1pm
2pm - 4pm
5pm - 6pm
Monday 17 April 2017
11am - 2pm

This Easter long weekend, Surfers Paradise will once again transform into carnival of laughter and entertainment with the return of the Australian Street Entertainment Championships.

See both amateur and professional performers take to pitches across Surfers Paradise, all vying for the crowd's attention. You can even join in the fun and vote for your favourite amateur act in the People's Choice Award.

The full performer schedule will be announced soon via http://www.surfersparadise.com/whats-on/free-events/australian-street-entertainment-championships so stay tuned!

DOWNLOAD Your version of our Easter artwork to colour in and share


Want X Jewellery


Want X Jewellery Launch Party

By Lucinda Bassam

Fashion forward, on trend and exceptionally unique – those are the words to best describe the debut jewellery collection by Want X Jewellery in collaboration with Rosanna Arkle. Released on the 7 th of April, the collaboration was debuted to high profile attendees at the collection launch to acclaim.

Attended by Rosanna, local Instagram stars such as Stevie Alger and DJ Mollie Rose as well as one of Australia’s most celebrated and successful rappers by the name of 360 - the launch was a huge success with many left wondering what’s next for the Want X brand.

The brainchild of Gold Coast’s own Libby and Andrew Want, Want X Jewellery was created to fill a gap in the current young adult jewellery market. The idea was to collaborate with notable Australian personalities and celebrities to create a high quality yet affordable collection that would appeal to young Australians while bringing attention to important charitable organisations through the form of donations from sales. The chosen charity for this collaboration is that of Bowel Cancer Australia due to Libby and Andrew losing close friend, Jodi Harrison, to the disease just nine months after diagnosis.

The first collection was designed with Rosanna Arkle, Gold Coast’s own Instagram sensation with over three million followers worldwide. It incorporates on trend elements such as Rose Gold pieces and diamond accents. With collection names such as ‘Luscious Peach’ and ‘Amore’, Want X and Rosanna Arkle’s collaboration is cheeky, luxurious and a much needed addition to the young adult jewellery market.

So what’s next for the Want X Jewellery line? Currently there are plans in place to release a men’s jewellery line with another Australian

celebrity in November. One can only wonder as to who it is. My guess? A certain rapper who flew in to attend the launch…

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Want X Website: https://www.wantx.com.au
Want X Instagram: @wantxjewellery
Want X Facebook is: https://www.facebook.com/wantxjewellery/

Vapiano Australia


The Art Of Vapiano Australia

Another restaurant featured in the latest issue of The Vibe is Vapiano Australia. Experience the art of Vapiano further with this short video put together by our team. Watch the delicious innovation that is Vapiano in action.


Vapiano has earned its reputation here on the Gold Coast, fast becoming one of the most bustling dining establishments in Surfers Paradise. Founded by Will Cooke, Vapiano Australia takes Italian dining to the next level. With traditional Italian recipes and only the best and freshest Australian produce, Vapiano creates Little Italy on the Coast. And with their innovative serving style you don’t even have to split the bill. When you come into Vapiano you’ll be given a chip card to charge all your food and drink to when you order from the bar or from the individual fresh pizza, pasta or salad stations and then you just pay at the end!

Read more about the raging success of Vapiano Australia and the all the other dining destinations at Soul Boardwalk here.


Nights In Paradise

Saturday the 18th of February, Set to the backdrop of the gorgeous Surfers Paradise beach, Soul Boardwalk held it’s first ever Nights In Paradise fashion parade in conjunction with Surfers Paradise’s annual Sand Safari Festival. The iconic Cavill Mall was lit up and transformed into a fashion runway. Tourists and locals alike gathered in numbers to experience this complimentary two-part fashion show featuring an array of live entertainment and music from Gold Coast DJ Emma Lancaster and Gold Coast based Dance group from Chase Creations.

For the main Nights In Paradise event, a variety of male and female Models graced the runways, showcasing some of the latest collections from Soul Boardwalk and selected Surfers Paradise retailers in order to present the latest summer trends and take us from beach to bar.

Brands featured:

Roxy Ripcurl Surf Dive n Ski Seafolly Sunburn Quiksilver Destination 4217 Sixty Four


This years Sand Safari Festival, including the Nights In Paradise event, has been attributed to a massive influx of foot traffic over this summer period with an increase of 15% compared to past years, almost 3000 more people per day, and it’s no wonder with events like these!

Photo Credit: David Alexander @ Vogue Images


The Vibe Issue 1 launched last month, here is a little behind the scenes action from the creative team that put together the magazine and fashion editorial, Summer Sensation.

At the beginning of Summer, against the backdrop of beautiful Surfers Paradise beach and the Soul Boardwalk building, the Gold Coast based team produced Summer Sensation, the fashion editorial featuring global brands including Roxy, Seafolly, Footlocker and Surf Dive n Ski to feature various casual beach to bar looks.

Check out the video below for all the action and a few extra images not featured in the magazine...

For full credits you can check out the magazine at Soul Boardwalk retailers, selected tourist hot spots and online

Credits: The Rebel Collective


From the 10th- 26th February, Surfers Paradise’s annual Sand Safari Festival will feature exciting activities throughout the precinct such as mermaid book readings, sand sculpting championships, inflatable art and more! Visit www.surfersparadise.com for more details, we can’t wait to see you there!

Visit Soul Boardwalk from 3-26th February and snap a picture with our sand sculpture "Daisy the Dugong" for your chance to win a $3,500 voucher to spend with us! Visit www.surfersparadise.com for more details, we can’t wait to see you soon!  #SandSafari #IHeartSoulBoardwalk



So you consider yourself a bit of a globetrotter and adventurer? Well, check out below some key travel words to add to your vocabulary.. What kind of traveller are you?


wayfarer is someone who travels, especially on foot. The term entered English in the mid-1400s as a combination of waymeaning "a path or course leading from one place to another," and fare, a verb meaning "to go; travel." Ray-Ban borrowed this poetic-sounding word as the name for their classic model of sunglasses, which took the 1980s by storm thanks in part to Tom Cruise, who famously sported them in the iconic 1980s film Risky Business, and Canadian crooner Corey Hart who invited a generation to consider the merits of sporting shades post-nightfall with his hit single "Sunglasses at Night."


As an adjective, cosmopolitan means "at home all over the world," and as a noun, "a citizen of the world." It can be traced to the philosopher and mathematician Pythagoras, who first applied the Greek term kosmos to the order of the universe or world. The Stoics of ancient Greece developed an ideology of cosmopolitanism that broke from assumptions of Greek superiority, emphasizing instead a shared morality among all people. Surprising as it may be, the Stoics are not responsible for the pink cocktail that gained notoriety during the run of Sex and the City; this potable sense of cosmopolitan arose a couple millennia later in the mid-1980s.

[noun soh-jurn]

Sometimes a weekend getaway can satisfy one's wanderlust, but other times a longer stay or sojourn is in order. This word can function as a noun or a verb, with senses of "a temporary stay" and "to stay for a time in a place; live temporarily," respectively. It can be traced to the Latin word subdiurnare, which translates roughly as "to spend the day."


Today’s definition of traipse emphasizes an easygoing manner of travel: "to walk or go aimlessly or idly or without finding or reaching one's goal." But over the course its lifetime, traipse has emphasized elements of untidiness, as in the following definition from Oxford English Dictionary: "to walk with the dress trailing or bedraggled." An association with gender also shows up in the related word trape, a now-obsolete verb meaning "to walk or run about in an ideal or slatternly manner"; slattern is a pejorative term for a slovenly, untidy woman or girl.


In addition to describing a theatrical basketball player who calls Harlem home, the word globetrottercan refer to a person who travels regularly or frequently to countries all over the world. A trot is a gait of horses that's in between a walk and a run. By the mid-1500s, the word trotter was being used to refer to a person who moves about briskly and constantly. Globetrotter emerged in English three centuries later, in the late 1800s, as technologies were evolving on land and on sea that facilitated travel of a more frequent and widespread variety.


This term means "to travel or journey, especially to walk on foot." It can be traced to the Latin peregrinari meaning "to travel abroad." By the time peregrinate entered English in the late 1500s, English speakers were already using its adjectival cousin for a migratory bird renowned for its speed, the peregrine falcon.

[gal-uh-vant, gal-uh-vant]

If you prefer epicurean adventures over pilgrimages, gallivant may be your travel term of choice. This word means "to wander about, seeking pleasure or diversion." Etymologists posit that the term could be a humorous variation of the verb gallant. Both of these verbs carry senses involving flirtation, which adds an element of intrigue to any vacation.

Wanderlust is a concept that underpins many of the other terms on this list. It is defined as "a strong, innate desire to rove or travel about," a desire that compels wayfarers, cosmopolitans, and globetrotters to sojourn, traipse and gallivant to sights unseen all over the world. As Vladimir Nabokov alluded to in his first novel Mary, wanderlust often takes hold in the months leading up to summer: “Nostalgia in reverse, the longing for yet another strange land, grew especially strong in spring.”
Courtesy of dictionary.com


Have you ever wondered about the origin of classic summer food names? We take a look at the most popular Aussie Classic Summer Foods... I bet some of the origins will surprise you!


The exact origin of the hamburger may never be known with any certainty. Most historians believe that it was invented by a cook who placed a Hamburg steak between two slices of bread in a small town in Texas USA. Others credit the founder of White Castle for developing the "Hamburger Sandwich." The word hamburger owes its origins to the German city of Hamburg. Historians believe that around the same time sausage makers were refining their meat products, cooks in Hamburg served up a cooked version of steak tartare. Hamburgers typical ingredients include bread, vegetables, and ground meat.

Hot dog
[hot dawg]

The name hot dog was created when German immigrants who moved to the United States began selling variations of sausages, some of which were thin and long, like the dachshund dog. Merchants with a morbid sense of humor started calling these dachshund sausages. Over time, the phrase shortened to hot dog and the name stuck. In 1871, Charles Feltman, a German baker opened up the first Coney Island hot dog stand selling 3,684 dachshund sausages in a milk roll during his first year in business.

[kech-uhp, kach-]

The common condiment made of tomatoes and vinegar got its name from a very different sauce made in China. The word ketchup comes from the Malay word kichap, a brine of fish. American sailors added tomatoes to create the sauce we enjoy today,  what we Aussies call Tomato Sauce or Dead Source (slang)

Ketchup, or catsup or ketsup, is a table sauce. Traditionally, recipes featured ketchups made from egg whites, mushrooms, oysters, mussels, walnuts, or other foods, but in modern times the unmodified term usually refers to tomato ketchup.


Mayonnaise is said to be the invention (mutation of bayonnaise) of the French chef of the Duke de Richelieu in 1756. While the Duke was defeating the British at Port Mahon (Spain), his chef was creating a victory feast that included a sauce made of cream and eggs.


Coleslaw has often mistakenly been called cold slaw since the late 1800s. The word cole comes from the Dutch word for cabbage, kool. The word slaw is a shortened form of salade. Traditionally made with shredded cabbage and carrots mixed with mayonnaise, sour cream, onion, sugar, vinegar, mustard, celery salt, salt, and pepper. An Aussie summer favourite in every household!


No one is really sure where the term barbecue originated. The conventional wisdom is that the Spanish, upon landing in the Caribbean, used the wordbarbacoa to refer to the natives' method of slow-cooking meat over a wooden platform. Another story is the word barbecue originated in a Native American language spoken in what is today Haiti. The Arawakan word barbakoa meant "framework of sticks." The contemporary meaning of "grill for cooking over an open fire" arose in the 1930s.


The word chili comes from a Native American word. In this case the Central American language Nahuatl gave us the word xilli for pepper which became chilli in English. The nation of Chile derives its name from a completely independent source. The chili pepper is the fruit of plants from the genus Capsicum, members of the nightshade family.  In Australia, Britain, India, Ireland, New Zealand, Pakistan, South Africa and in other Asian countries, it is usually known simply as chilli.The substances that give chili peppers their intensity when eaten or used topically are capsaicin and several related chemicals, collectively called capsaicinoids.

As a bonus Chilli contains up to seven times the vitamin C level of an orange and has a range of health benefits, including fighting sinus congestion, aiding digestion and helping to relieve migraines and muscle, joint and nerve pain. It's also a good source of vitamins A and E, beta-carotene, folic acid and potassium.


Cola is a brown carbonated soft drink, derived from the kola nut tree, (native to tropical Western Africa) and non-cocaine derivatives from coca leaves and flavored with vanilla and other ingredients. Colas became popular worldwide after pharmacist John Pemberton invented Coca-Cola in 1886. So both Pepsi-Cola and Coca-Cola took their names from their main ingredients.

Now that you've had a bit of a history lesson if you're looking for some Summer classics, head on down to Soul Boardwalk and celebrate your taste buds.
Courtesy of Dictionary.com

Christmas tree drawn in sand


With Christmas just around the corner, it is definitely the time of the year that burns a hole in many of our wallets. However, it doesn’t have to be!

With today’s savvy technology,  the increasing levels of supply and demand in retail outlets as well as the long history of Christmas mayhem experiences, there are many strategies, tips and rules on how to shop smart and save large this year!

Here are our top four tips to get you through this Christmas season:

  1. Lists are one of the most crucial elements for smart shopping this Christmas. Knowing exactly who you are buying for and creating a calculated system of designating money per gift or person and writing it all down in a list that you can carry everywhere is a great way to keep your spending in check. The best way to stop over buying and over spending is to document it all and keep a log.
  2. Using pre-paid credit cards or gift cards is another strategic way to keep the budget in check. Purchasing gift cards from one of the numerous retailers underneath Soul will be that helping hand with your spending- once the money runs out, you’re done shopping!
  3. Slowly plan your shopping trips and take small steps in doing so. Don’t wait until last minute to frantically finish all your shopping on Christmas eve- you’re bound to over spend, over buy and not feel patient enough to wait until that item goes on sale!
  4. Think strategically about your shopping and prioritize your spendings. For example, family comes first on the list, then close friends and other relatives, then last but not least there’s neighbours and work colleagues. Put those sections into budgets of what is comfortable for you. If that budget already seems tight this year- group gifts are a great idea like tickets to a show or exhibition or a group dinner discount voucher. If some friends, family members of colleagues like the same things a lot of retailers also have two for one deals as well which could help you save!

Soul Boardwalk is a great spot to slowly start planning and collecting the perfect gifts this Christmas. With retailers like Roxy, Sunburn, Quiksilver, Footlocker, Surf Dive n Ski and Rip Curl that have an assortment of clothing and surf items suiting all ages and categories and they always have great sales, deals and realistic prices for every family member. Gift and dining vouchers are available at most of the dining venues under the Soul Boardwalk too ranging from meal deals, discount promotions, gift cards and drink vouchers. For group entertainment gifts, Ripley’s believe it or not is the perfect option for a group of friends or work colleagues.

Madison 1mm Long Sleeve Boyleg Spring Wetsuit RRP $229.99 RIP CURL
Search GPS Surf Watch RRP $499.99 RIP CURL

Christmas shouldn’t be stressful, especially on the Gold Coast! Whether you’re holidaying or simply enjoying the place you call home, the Soul Boardwalk is the perfect place to get your Christmas shopping done and with these tips you will even have time and money left over to hit the beach and enjoy what it has to offer yourself- Merry Christmas!

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Surfers Paradise Italian. Vapiano Restaurant is Gold Coast’s dining spot for fresh mouthwatering pizza, pasta and all things delicious. Italian food. What Australian doesn't love the taste of true Authentic home made pasta? From spaghetti to gnocchi, Vapiano's Restaurant is the number.

The art of house-made pasta held in the Cavill Avenue, Surfers Paradise kitchen is truly mesmerizing. Every shell and penne, either wholegrain or regular, is sure to have you coming back for more. Made fresh daily from 3pm, this 5-hour long physically draining process has been perfected by Surfers Paradise Vapiano's professional pasta maker, George with the help of Master Pasta Trainer, Mitch.

If you ask him what the magic ingredient is for making the perfect pasta, with a big smile he replies 'Love'. "Love is the key ingredient and it starts with enjoying what you do,” Mitch explains. "Start with a bottle of wine, have everything ready to go. Preparation is very key to making a good quick meal, but most of all, have fun!" Sounds good to us!

As soon as you enter the beach front restaurant you can instantly feel the uplifting and inviting vibes that Vapiano's has to offer. The energetic and vibrant staff allows you to create your own dish with a variety of fresh produce to choose from that they then cook right in front of your eyes.

This unique dining experience sets it apart from others by not only the incredible quality of food, but also the pure authentic experience. With fresh herbs on the table to pick from, a broad selection of smooth pairing wines and deck seating to enjoy the glistening sun, this restaurant is a slice of Italy in Surfers Paradise.

When heading to Vapiano's, be sure to order their famous signature dish, the Bolognese with chili. This flavorsome meal full of local produce defines what this modern authentic Italian restaurant is all about and will leave you craving more.

For years this Euro - chic dining experience located in the Soul Boardwalk building right on the foreshore of one of the most beautiful beaches in the world, has been the perfect place to kick back and watch the bronzed and beautiful beachgoers go by while nibbling a pizza or sipping a cocktail. So what are you waiting for? Cin cin!

To check out the delicious menu visit www.vapianos.com.au