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A glamorous guide to the 2020 Magic Millions Carnival

You probably know the Gold Coast for its stunning beaches, chilled-out surf lifestyle and luscious hinterland. What you may not know is that every January, the Gold Coast transforms into a world of glitz and glam, hosting the most prestigious horse racing carnival in Queensland, The Star Gold Coast Magic Millions Carnival.

The list of previous carnival attendees reads like a who’s-who of Australian and international celebrities, royalty and stars. And that’s just the horses.

If you’re ready to steal the show and turn heads at the next Magic Millions Carnival, we’ve pulled together a guide that even Zara Tindall would love.

Where to stay

The Star Grand at the Star Gold Coast

Situated in the heart of Broadbeach, The Star Grand has been a part of the Gold Coast for more than 30 years and is the perfect base for the Carnival.

If you’re looking to really up the anti, the 5-star, multi-award winning The Darling located within the Star precinct will not disappoint.

Besides heading out for the races, you may never want to leave the hotel, with stunning dining options including the one chef-hatted Kiyomi and their signature restaurant Nineteen at the Star serving simple yet elegant flavours such as breaded john dory with lemon and tartare.

Where to get that summer glow

Q1 Day Spa

Revitalise your skin at the Q1 Day Spa. Opt for a simple facial or go all out and experience their tailored Mala Mayi of the Never Never Spa Journey. Be massaged and cleansed, wrapped in warm Mapi mud, and then relax and enjoy rain therapy under the Vichy shower.

Where to get your frock on

Pacific fair Shopping Centre, Broadbeach

Photo by @Keykodesign

Gold Coast shopping is synonymous with Pacific Fair.

Offering an expansive collection of luxury, iconic global brands and leading Australian retailers across 400 stores you are nearly guaranteed to find the perfect outfit and a quick post-shopping snack.

Salt Living, Coolangatta

For a stylish take on Gold Coast beach culture, head to Salt Living. Blending clothing, homewares and accessories, this lifestyle store offers labels like Byron Bay’s St Agni, Sancia and Zulu & Zephyr.

The shop also gives you a great excuse to visit Coolangatta – be sure to head around to Greenmount Beach for a very relaxing day acquainting yourself with the sand and sea.

Other things to do while you’re here

Best beaches Gold Coast

It would be a crime to not visit the beach at least once, and with more than 70km of shimmering coastline you’re guaranteed to find the perfect spot to leave your footprints.

From the protected waters of Tallebudgera Creek to the surfing hotspot of Kirra or the dog-friendly beach at the Spit the options are nearly endless. Be sure to check out our local’s guide to the best GC beaches.

To help fill out the rest of your itinerary check out our complete guide to the Gold Coast.

Delicious Dining

Rick Shores Gold Coast

With an array of breweries, cafes, fine dining and street food, the Gold Coast has become the place where you can dust the sand off your feet and enjoy an alfresco dining experience.

Try the Collective in Palm Beach if you’re indecisive. With five working kitchens, your taste buds can travel the world while you’re sitting on their rooftop terrace enjoying a glass of Pinot. If you want to taste art, head to the Cardamom Pod in Southport and try the colourful (and delicious) unicorn rice paper rolls, complete with a rainbow salad and a side of almond and lemongrass sauce.

Looking for something else? How about restaurants with views as good as the food, rooftop bars and 13 of the best restaurants on the Coast.

What to look forward to at the Magic Millions Carnival

Pacific Fair Magic Millions Polo

Bring your chairs or a picnic rug and enjoy all the polo action in Doug Jennings Park on the 5 January 2020. Tickets to the Pacific Fair Magic Millions Polo start from $35pp and if you’re bringing the kids, there are family-friendly activities throughout the match.

The Star Gold Coast Magic Millions Barrier Draw 2020 

Magic Millions Carnival Gold Coast January 2015

Photo by Trackside Photography via Magic Millions Facebook

A highlight of the carnival is watching majestic horses gallop along the shoreline of Surfers Paradise. The Barrier Draw kicks off at 6am on 7 January, so get in early and enjoy a delicious breakfast as you watch the sunrise over the Gold Coast.

At 8am, the horses and their champion jockeys will steal the show along the beach, followed by the official barrie draw.

The Star Gold Coast Magic Millions Raceday 2020

When the big day arrives, it’ll be your time to shine at the Fashions on the Field competition. Flaunt your frock as you mingle with horse racing’s elite, punters and celebrities. This $10 million raceday will include the $2 million Magic Millions 2YO Classic and the $2 million Gold Coast Magic Millions 3YO Guineas it is a race day not to miss.