Cooly Rocks On awarded top honour at Queensland Tourism Awards

Australia’s favourite nostalgia festival Cooly Rocks On has been awarded Gold in the Major Festivals and Events category at the prestigious Queensland Tourism Awards on the Gold Coast in front of industry leaders and peers.

Held this year at the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre, the Queensland Tourism Awards (QTA) recognise the outstanding achievements of the state’s tourism industry, including individuals, businesses, and events.

Proudly produced by Major Events Gold Coast, Cooly Rocks On is one of the largest and most authentic nostalgia festivals in Australia celebrating the motors, music, and lifestyle of yesteryear. In 2022, more than 136,000 visitors enjoyed the five-day festival held in the iconic beachside destination of Coolangatta.

We love this festival, and the team work really hard to ensure we produce an event that is authentic to the era it celebrates, and also something the local community continues to be proud of, and get involved with, every year, ” said Major Events Gold Coast Director of Festivals and Events Mark Duckworth, who accepted the award last night.

This award is recognition that we have been able to create a unique festival experience for the tens of thousands of visitors that come from right around Australia and overseas to participate in and enjoy, and we couldn’t be happier.”

The annual festival has grown to be one of Australia’s biggest showcases of classic cars with more than 900 cars displayed in 2022. It also features a lineup of the best rockabilly, swing, rock ‘n’ roll and tribute artists, with Indonesian Rockabilly band The Hydrant among the standouts of this year’s festival.

Among the other festival highlights is the Pin-up Pageant and the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest, one of only 10 worldwide acknowledged by Elvis Presley Enterprises.

Major Events Gold Coast CEO Jan McCormick said she was thrilled Cooly Rocks On had taken out the top award.

Cooly Rocks On is just one of those really unique festivals that people fall in love with, you can’t help but have a good time in the winter sunshine at this festival, it’s infectious,” said Ms McCormick. “I am so proud of our entire team, who work tirelessly each year to deliver not just Cooly Rocks On but three other fantastic music festivals: Blues on Broadbeach, SPRINGTIME and Groundwater Country Music Festival.”

Major Events Gold Coast would like to thank the City of Gold Coast and our Cooly Rocks On 2022 Sponsor Family – Tourism and Events Queensland, Indian Motorcycle, Celebrity Ink™ Coolangatta and The Strand.

The QTA win means Cooly Rocks On will automatically be entered into the running to win an award at the Qantas Australian Tourism Awards in March 2023.

The 12th Cooly Rocks On will be held from 7 – 11 June 2023.

Cooly Rocks On is supported by the Queensland Government, via Tourism and Events Queensland, and is a feature on the It’s Live! in Queensland events calendar.

Australia’s best bowlers celebrated at awards held in the ‘Home of Bowls’

Bowl’s most outstanding performers of 2021 and 2022, and the sport’s greatest achievers, have been recognised at the Bowls Australia Hall of Fame and Annual Awards Night held overnight on the Gold Coast.

The red carpet was rolled out at Crowne Plaza Surfers Paradise, as the best national and international bowlers were celebrated, including Male and Female Bowler of the Year, International Male and Female Bowler of the Year, Bowler with a Disability of the Year and Club of the Year among many others.

Among the guests in attendance were a number of Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games medallists.

Major Events Gold Coast (MEGC) was proud to support the Female Bowler of the Year award, awarded to Kelsey Cottrell from Queensland. Fellow Queenslander Nick Cahill took out Male Bowler of the Year, while yet another Queensland bowler, Lynsey Clarke, won International Female Bowler of the Year. NSW bowler Aaron Wilson was awarded International Male Bowler of the Year.

Major Events Gold Coast CEO Jan McCormick said MEGC was proud to be able to continue to support Bowls Australia events on the Gold Coast.

“The Gold Coast has well and truly become the home of bowls with a long list of prestigious national bowls events being hosted in the city, including the Australian Open and the World Bowls Championships in 2023,” said Ms McCormick.

“These fantastic events bring thousands of competitors, their families and spectators to our city which in turn delivers a huge boost to our local economy.”

Along with the individual award winners, the Awards also celebrated the achievements of five bowlers who were inducted into the Hall of Fame.

Three more bowlers were elevated to Hall of Fame Legend – Karen Murphy AM, Stephen Glasson OAM and Robert Parrella OAM. The Australian bowlers each have long and decorated careers, between them winning multiple Commonwealth Games gold medals and World Bowls Championships.

Bowls Australia’s CEO Neil Dalrymple said Gold Coast was the perfect backdrop to the sport’s night of nights.

“The Gold Coast is a heartland for the sport of bowls and was an ideal setting to showcase the achievements of both the sport’s grassroots and high-performance elite at the Hall of Fame and Awards Night, where many Queenslander’s contributions were recognised.”

The Hall of Fame and Awards Night is part of the 2022 National Festival of Bowls underway on the Gold Coast until 14 October.

The Nationals brings together six of the sport’s most coveted national events across two weeks of exciting bowls action with more national titles set to be bestowed across the 15-day period than at other time in the sport’s history.

“The Nationals highlights why our city is now recognised as one of the best destinations for major sport, across the globe,’’ said Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate.

“Hosting this tournament is a major coup for our city and is the first time six national titles will be on the line at the one event.

“Our current global ranking for Bets Sports Cities is No 26 and I’m confident that major tournaments like this, followed by the World Bowls Championships in 2023, will further boost our stakes as a place to compete, and enjoy, sport.”

Today the bowls action rolls on with the Australian Championships underway at Broadbeach Bowls Club until Friday 14 October.