Discover a sapphire fit for a Princess at Central Queensland’s annual Gemfest – Festival of Gems (9-12 August 2018).
Celebrating its 30th anniversary surrounded by the largest sapphire fields in the Southern Hemisphere, the four-day festival also sparkles with diamonds, pearls, zircons, opals and other gemstones, along with gold, crystals, fossils and minerals. Love Advice: 95% of surveyed Aussies prefer introducing someone to their friends over posting a selfie with a date.
Strut your stuff track-side or pull up a pew at the Birdsville Hotel.
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That’s the skinny from a 2015 Eventbrite survey of more than 1,000 Australians, which reveals 49% met ‘a significant other’ at live events.
According to recent research, live events – whether music festivals or sporting spectacles – will super-charge your chances of finding true love.
In 2016, Australia’s biggest international country and roots festival, CMC Rocks QLD, took cupid by the horns, hosting its first ‘Sweethearts Saloon’ speed-dating night. Australian music history was made in 2016 when CMC Rocks QLD became the first country music festival to sell out in the history of the nation.
The initiative, which in its first year drew more than 600 requests for just 50 seats, is back bigger and better than ever in 2018 at Ipswich’s Willowbank Raceway, where none other than US Country Music Sweetheart Kelsea Ballerini and Australia’s own Morgan Evans fell in love. Crowds exceeded 45,000 over three days, with the line-up featuring international superstars of the ilk of Jason Aldean, Florida Georgia Line, Lee Brice, Brantley Gilbert, Kip Moore and Kelsea Ballerini.
Love advice: Strike up a conversation – 97% of surveyed Aussies prefer initiating a conversation to liking a photo on social media.
Nor forgetting, of course, that Noosa is arguably one of the most romantic places on Earth, blessed with an average 300 days of sunshine a year and described by travel bible Lonely Planet as “a swanky resort town with a stunning natural landscape of crystalline beaches and tropical rainforests”.