See & do
A day of art and play at HOTA the Gold Coast’s Cultural Precinct
Celece Rizza | May 13, 2021
Set amongst 17 hectares of pristine parklands, HOTA, Home of the Arts is a tropical gem to entertain the young and the young at heart. You can easily see the new HOTA Gallery on your drive into the precinct – bright, colourful and fun – this is your welcome for the day to come.
Check out our tips for a top day at the HOTA precinct.
Go for a swim in the lake
Take a dip in the pristine HOTA lake while taking in the Surfers Paradise skyline. It’s perfect for kids, offering a safe calm-water enclosure with plenty of sandy beach to play. It’s the perfect place for little ones to cool off after playing on the nearby gated playground.
Walk, scooter or bike-ride around the parklands
Wander the scenic pathways surrounding the lake, outdoor stage and HOTA Gallery. Or up the ante with the 677-metre running loop, complete with free outdoor exercise equipment. Be sure to keep your eyes peeled for curious and mesmerising sculptures as you weave around the lush tropical gardens of Evandale Park.
Climb the hidden adventure trail
Have you spied the sandstone steps hidden behind the outdoor stage? Trust us, it’s one stairway you will want to climb. Once at the top, you’ll be able to take in the amazing view of the HOTA precinct, along with the winding waterways of the Nerang River and the Surfers Paradise skyline shining bright.
Take a stroll over the HOTA Green Bridge to Chevron Island
The HOTA Green Bridge artfully connects the Cultural Precinct to the funky retail and restaurant hub of Chevron Island. Stroll the local boutiques, stop for coffee or head over for a delicious dinner pre or post show. The 130-metre pedestrian and cycle bridge also offers an Instagram-worthy photo opportunity with sparkling skyline views over the Nerang River.
HOTA Farmer’s Markets
Mmmmm, we smell coffee! Start your day with a fresh brew and a croissant while listening to live music by local musicians. Held every Sunday in the carpark of HOTA, the popular Farmers Markets cater for the clean eaters right through to those wanting to eat pizza for breakfast – hey, no judgement here!
Sightsee the waterways aboard the HOPO
Jump aboard the HOPO, the Gold Coast’s ferry service. The HOPO terminal is located next to the Green Bridge, offering ferry rides from HOTA to Surfers Paradise (Appel Park), Marina Mirage, Broadwater Parklands and Seaworld with ferries leaving every hour. With so much to see and a fully licenced bar, the HOPO is a great adventure for any age.
Once you’ve had your fun enjoying the parklands and need to wind down, have a stroll through the new six-storey HOTA Gallery. The eye-catching landmark is now home to the city’s impressive $32 million art collection which has been accumulating since 1968, in addition to acclaimed international art exhibitions and a children’s gallery.
Prepare to be amazed by a range of national and international stage shows at the grand HOTA theatre. Catch a range of performances by some of the best Australian and international performers from ballet, Opera, musicals, cabaret, comedy and children’s shows.
Open daily and late on Friday and Saturday nights, you can grab a bite to eat before seeing a show. Offering share plates, mains and kid’s meals. There are also lots of dessert options to treat yourself on your day out.
Grab the popcorn and kick-back at one of HOTA’s two arthouse movie cinemas. Enjoy foreign films, independent movies, documentaries, blockbusters and keep a look out for some of the film festivals that are showcased each year.
The Exhibitionist Bar
The Exhibitionist Bar, located at the top of the HOTA Gallery is the Gold Coast’s newest rooftop venue. Offering sweeping views of the coast, take in the cultural precinct below, the winding waterways, Surfers Paradise skyline and the hinterland to the west, these views are sure to amaze! And with cocktail in hand, it’s happy days.
Feeling a little fancy but don’t want to dress to the nines, then the Palette is your place. Offering fresh local ingredients, degustation menus influenced by the major exhibitions and a fully curated wine list. Be ready to tantalise your taste buds.
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