AusPet to stamp its paw on the Gold Coast

Gold Coasters will be able to pat, cuddle and look at an array of cute creatures when the AusPet Expo hits the Gold Coast in October.

The premier public pet expo for lovers of pets of any kind will take over the Gold Coast Convention & Exhibition Centre from October 19 – 21, and is part of the prestigious annual conference and trade show for the Australian Pet and Aquatics Industry.

Not only will visitors be able to get up close with traditional pets like dogs and cats over the weekend, there will also be fish, reptiles, guinea pigs, chickens, pigs and more to enjoy.


The expo will feature an extensive entertainment lineup including information sessions, grooming competitions, reptile introductions, pet first aid classes, celebrity appearances and attendees can even learn how to set up the perfect fish tank.

There will also be opportunities over the weekend for locals to adopt a new family member.

Pet Industry Association of Australia CEO, Mark Fraser, said he is excited to be bringing the premier pet trade show and expo to the Gold Coast and for the first time.

“We are thrilled we can bring a huge program of shows, demonstrations and activities that is sure to delight the whole community,” he said.

“Being able to pat, touch and learn about our animal friends will be a huge drawcard. We are thrilled to be giving visitors the opportunity to meet experts in their fields and learn more about life with pets, no matter their shape, size or species,” said Mark.

The expo is also not just for human-kind to attend, with attendees are encouraged to bring their four-legged family members along for a $2 donation which will be given to ‘The Sanctuary Women’s Refuge’.

More information and tickets are now available online at

Carla is a full time journalist, presenter and announcer for 102.9 Hot Tomato and, joining the team towards the end of 2011. When she is isn’t busy presenting all of myGC’s videos, bringing you the latest news or chatting live on air, Carla will often be found scoping out the hottest local events. Carla holds a Bachelor of Journalism degree from Bond University, where she graduated with number of First in Class and Dean’s List of Academic Excellence awards. Carla is also a well-regarded MC, singer and actor. Some of her credits include hosting the Australia’s Next Top Model Queensland Auditions for Foxtel, guest starring on Toybox for Channel Seven, and performing as Mrs Banks in The Arts Centre Gold Coast’s production of Mary Poppins.

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