All eyes will face the skies at the Gold Coast International Festival of Kites

Gold Coast skies will be transformed into a spectacle of colour and flight this weekend for the inaugural Gold Coast International Festival of Kites.

Thousands are expected to hit the beach for the colourful event which is happening at Surfers Paradise, Broadbeach and Kirra on both the 26 and 27 September.

Renowned kite flyers from Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia, Germany and Canada will showcase their incredible skills as each location hosts mass coordinated displays throughout the festival.


Gold Coast City Mayor Tom Tate said the Festival is a vibrant event that has already attracted international attention.

“Kite-flying is a timeless celebration of youth and wonder and we invite local families and visitors to come along to see spring’s most colourful spectacle, while enjoying a beautiful day out on one of our stunning beaches,” he said.

Massive handmade creations will fill the skies across the three locations with a 30m octopus, 15m cuttlefish and two bouncing dice taking centre stage at Surfers Paradise; a 30m whale, 30m winged dragon and 20m dolphin a highlight at Broadbeach; and 50 ladybirds at Kirra, sure to delight visitors of all ages.

In other highlights, the Phoenix Kite Collective is certain to inspire awe with its team of eight 4-line revolution stunt kites, flying in formation at Surfers Paradise on Saturday morning, around midday at Broadbeach, and in the afternoon at Kirra, for 30-40 mins at each site.

The team will repeat their thrilling display on Sunday, this time starting at Kirra in the morning, then Broadbeach at noon, and Surfers Paradise to round out the afternoon.

Gold Coast International Festival of Kites will be held at Surfers Paradise beach towards Q1, Broadbeach near Kurrawa Surf Club and at the southern end of Kirra Beach.

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