Harvest Buffet The Star Gold Coast

Take a look inside The Star’s stunning new buffet restaurant!

The wait is finally over!

The Gold Coast’s much-loved buffet experience at The Star Gold Coast is back and better than ever.

Harvest Buffet, which was formerly known as the iconic Food Fantasy, officially opened its door to the public today, following extensive renovations and upgrades over the past six months.

The overhaul has seen a complete redesign and expansion of the restaurant, with the long-awaited launch unveiling one of the largest buffet offerings in South East Queensland.

The renovation has brought the Gold Coast restaurant in line with its sister venue at The Star Sydney by adopting similar branding and design styles.

Harvest Buffet The Star Gold Coast Venue

Harvest Buffet | PHOTO: Supplied by The Star Gold Coast

Managing Director Queensland Geoff Hogg has assured guests that the new venue will still feature the same much-loved character and classics of Food Fantasy, while also adding extra life, colour and flavour to the buffet.

“Food Fantasy forged an unwavering reputation for being the city’s favourite buffet,” Mr Hogg said.

“Harvest Buffet has increased its capacity by more than 100 to approximately 500 seats and with the construction of a new state-of-the-art kitchen and entrance, this single project has seen the creation of more than 50 jobs.”

Harvest Buffet The Star Gold Coast Interior

Harvest Buffet | PHOTO: Supplied by The Star Gold Coast

The new buffet boasts a carvery station, Chinese BBQ and Asian stations, an impressive seafood selection, and a house-made pizza and pasta offering.

Harvest Buffet The Star Gold Coast-Food

Harvest Buffet Seafood Station | PHOTO: Supplied by The Star Gold Coast

There’s plenty for the sweet tooths as well, with a decadent dessert display featuring a two-metre tall chocolate fountain.

Harvest Buffet The Star Gold Coast Chocolate Fountain

Harvest Buffet Chocolate Fountain | PHOTO: Supplied by The Star Gold Coast

The revitalised space also boasts an open bar, a feature wine wall, the addition of a 60-seat alfresco dining terrace and a 44-seat luxe private dining room to allow for something a little more private.

General Manager Food & Beverage Richard Gush says Harvest Buffet is a feast for the senses celebrating Australia’s finest seasonal produce.

“The incredible skill of our Chefs and their passion for food should never be kept hidden,” Mr Gush said.

“That’s why we have introduced a strong element of chef-guest interaction with the installation of live kitchen stations throughout the restaurant.”

“We are incredibly excited that the wait is finally over, and we can return this buffet back to the people!”

Harvest Buffet is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner seven days a week.

North Stradbroke Island continues to burn after 16 days

FIREFIGHTERS remain on scene of a bushfire which continues to burn on North Stradbroke Island.

The blaze was sparked by lightning on November 28 as a series of severe storms swept through the area.

The Department Fire and Emergency Services says the fire continues to burn within containment lines and is not threatening properties at this time.

Firefighters are still working to extinguish the fire and are being assisted by water-bombing aircraft.

As a result, smoke may continue to affect North Stradbroke Island, Southern Moreton Bay Islands, and the southern areas of the Redlands coast.

Residents, especially the elderly and those with respiratory illnesses, should stay alert and take precautions.

The fire is currently at advice level, with locals and visitors on the island urged to keep up to date and decide what actions they will take if the situation changes.

If you believe you or your property is under threat, call Triple Zero 000 immediately.

Stay up-to-date by visiting the Rural Fire Service (RFS) website at ruralfire.qld.gov.au/map.

For bushfire preparation tips, visit ruralfire.qld.gov.au/BushFire_Safety.

For information on road closures, call 13 19 40 or visit qldtraffic.qld.gov.au.


Gold Coast-Springbrook Road to re-open after almost 20-months

Christmas has come early for Springbrook residents, with Gold Coast-Springbrook Road set to reopen this Monday – almost 20-months after it was ripped apart by Cyclone Debbie.

Queensland Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey announced the much-anticipated news today.

“I’d like to thank the local community for their patience and resilience as we know the landslips were devastating for the area and have caused significant disruption to people’s daily lives,” Mr Bailey said.

The 7.5 kilometre stretch of road was closed in April last year following substantial rainfall after Cyclone Debbie.

Major reconstruction works have been ongoing at 53 landslip sites ever since, with the road officially set to re-open to motorists at 6am on Monday 17 December.

‘‘This milestone is welcome news for residents whose lives have been impacted by this road’s closure,’’ Assistant Minister for Home Affairs Senator Linda Reynolds, who has responsibility for Commonwealth disaster assistance said.

‘‘The re-opening provides locals and tourists with a gateway to arguably some of Queensland’s most beautiful corners.”

Minister Bailey said minor works would still continue along Pine Creek Road under stop/go traffic control.

In addition to the works still being carried out on Pine Creek Road, some road closures may still be required at night along Gold Coast-Springbrook Road.

Minister Bailey said residents will be notified of closures via stakeholder notifications and qldtraffic.qld.gov.au.

Shaun the Sheep

WATCH: Shaun the Sheep and his flock have arrived at Paradise Country

Shaun the Sheep has embarked on an Australian adventure to Paradise Country in time for Christmas!

The theme park has opened a number of new attractions to celebrate the beloved character and his friends arriving down under, including an interactive water play zone, playground, stage show, tractor ride and interactive movie making cinema.

Paradise Country General Manager, Shane Phillips said Shaun the Sheep is a wonderful fit for the park.

“Shaun the Sheep is such an iconic and well-known character with families and we are excited to welcome him and his flock to Paradise Country and look forward to our guests enjoying these amazing new attractions,” he said.

“A highlight of this new attraction is the live Shearing Shed Stage Show where Shaun and his flock embark on an exciting adventure the whole family can enjoy while meeting new Australian friends, Kora the Koala and Konal the cockatoo.

“The attraction is a full farm adventure with the Shaun the Sheep Tractor ride taking guests on a scenic tour of the park and encompassing the various Shaun the Sheep attractions and activities on offer including the The Pig’s Playground, interactive movie making cinema and more.”

For more information on Shaun the Sheep at Paradise Country, visit: paradisecountry.com.au/

Nurse Anna Parker

Anna Parker wins 1029 Hot Tomato Gold Coast Nursing Award for September 2018

A paediatric nurse has won the 1029 Hot Tomato Gold Coast Nursing Award for September.

Anna Parker has been a nurse for 8 years and currently works at the Gold Coast University Hospital.

She told myGC she was completely shocked to take home the award.

“It’s so nice to be recognised, but this award really needs to go to the entire team. I am so lucky to get to work with so many fantastic nurses on the ward,” she said.

“I absolutely love my job and don’t even think of it as work. I am so honoured to help look after kids, and make a difference in their lives. I treat them exactly how I would treat my own children.

“I try to take a family-centred approach and put myself in their parents shoes too.”

Along with a certificate, Anna wins $250 and is now a finalist in the Annual Awards where she could be awarded the annual winner’s cash prize of $5,000.