The Gold Coast looks skywards to secure major international event

In a huge coup for the Gold Coast, Major Events Gold Coast (MEGC) with the support of the Queensland Government through Tourism and Events Queensland, has secured one of the world’s biggest and most spectacular airshows.

Renowned for its heart-pumping aerobic displays, awe-inspiring aviation feats, huge crowds and dazzling party atmosphere, Pacific Airshow is the biggest event of its kind in the US.

The inaugural sister event – Pacific Airshow Gold Coast – will launch over Surfers Paradise beach in August 2023.

It marks the start of a five-year partnership that will see this globally popular event take off on the Gold Coast every year until at least 2027, injecting a significant boost into the local economy.

Major Events Gold Coast CEO Jan McCormick said securing a major international event of this calibre was a game changer for the Gold Coast.

MEGC CEO Jan McCormick:

MEGC was created in July 2020 to build a portfolio of major world-class events and attracting the Pacific Airshow is everything we have been working towards. The Gold Coast, and indeed Australia, has never seen an airshow of this scale before.

The event helps cement our city’s reputation as a world-class events destination with capacity to host the biggest events and shows on the planet.

Forget what you think you know about airshows – Pacific Airshow Gold Coast will completely redefine the experience, with an amazing family-focused entertainment and lifestyle festival over three days.

Pacific Airshow Gold Coast

Pacific Airshow is the brainchild of leading US events company Code Four which is planning to transform the sky over iconic Surfers Paradise into Australia’s biggest stage, with high-flying performances by elite military aviators and the best civilian performers from around the world.

Code Four CEO Kevin Elliott:

We looked around the globe to find the best venue to recreate the Pacific Airshow experience and we couldn't go past the Gold Coast. The destination is ideal with its long coastline, great climate, world-class hospitality and accommodation.

Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate said the Pacific Airshow will put the city on the map as a global player on the events stage.

Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate:

This is the kind of event people will travel far and wide to experience, attracting not just aviation enthusiasts and families from across Queensland and Australia, but international visitors as well.

Today’s exciting announcement follows more than two years of negotiation and meticulous planning, all while navigating a global pandemic and multiple time zones.

Pacific Airshow Gold Coast is supported by Major Events Gold Coast and the Queensland Government via Tourism and Events Queensland and will feature on the It’s Live! In Queensland events calendar.

Watch the Pacific Airshow Gold Coast video to see what everyone’s talking about.

Pacific Airshow Gold Coast will soar across our skies in August 2023. Look out for more details landing soon on the Pacific Airshow website.

The Gold Coast – the home of surfing this May

The eyes of the world will be on the Gold Coast’s iconic waves this May as some of the world’s best, and up and coming, surfers search for the ultimate ride.

With not one but two huge surfing events and a new festival celebrating the best of our surf films and photography, the Gold Coast will be transformed into the home of surfing throughout the month of May.

Kicking off with the 2022 Gold Coast Open on Saturday 30 April, this three-day event brings together the best Australian and international surfers to compete for crucial World Surf League qualifying series points at the iconic Burleigh surf break. The birds eye view from the hill makes this the perfect spectators’ event and alongside the surfing, you can enjoy markets, music, cinema sessions, and, for those up early enough, sunrise mindfulness and meditation.

From Saturday 7 May the surfing action heads to the southern end of the coast to the world-famous right-hand sandy point break, Snapper Rocks. The Boost Mobile Gold Coast Pro presented by Rip Curl launches the 2022 WSL Challenger Series and is a competition not to miss. Here you’ll see some of the world’s top surfers go head to head in some of the world’s best waves. Thousands of spectators are expected to line the beach at Snapper, and from surrounding viewing areas, to enjoy this surfing spectacle. The event will be live streamed around the world ensuring all eyes are on the Gold Coast for this nine-days of exciting competition.  

In between the waves, the inaugural Flotsam Festival (1-8 May) will provide visitors to the Gold Coast with the ultimate surf culture experience. Held at various indoor and outdoor locations across the southern Gold Coast, Flotsam will showcase the best of surf film and photography with a series of short film premieres, workshops, in-depth discussions with film makers and photographers and exhibitions.

Major Events Gold Coast CEO Jan McCormick:

We’re always happy to support new events like the Flotsam Festival, that not only celebrate Australia’s talented filmmakers and photographers, but also bring new visitors to the city to enjoy the festival and our beautiful surfing mecca.

Flotsam Festival

If you’re a surfer, surf enthusiast or just someone who loves a good time, May is a month you don’t want to miss on the Gold Coast!