Cooly Rocks On awarded top honour at Queensland Tourism Awards

antique cars parked by the beach

As planning begins to take shape for the 2023 festival, we’re already heading into the new year with a jump in our step!

The prestigious Queensland Tourism Awards was held recently on the Gold Coast, and we’re beyond thrilled to have been awarded GOLD in the Major Festivals and Events category. 

The Queensland Tourism Awards recognises outstanding achievements of the state’s tourism industry. This award will also automatically nominate Cooly Rocks On in the Qantas Australian Tourism Awards, helping us take our festival to new heights!

Proudly produced by Major Events Gold Coast, Cooly Rocks On is a staple festival for the Gold Coast and our team works tirelessly to bring the best of the best motors, music and fashion of yesteryear to the streets of Coolangatta annually.

couple dancing in the street

“We love this festival, and the team work really hard to ensure we produce an event that is authentic to the era it celebrates, and also something the local community continues to be proud of, and get involved with, every year, ” said Major Events Gold Coast Director of Festivals and Events Mark Duckworth, who accepted the award last night.

“This award is recognition that we have been able to create a unique festival experience for the tens of thousands of visitors that come from right around Australia and overseas to participate in and enjoy, and we couldn’t be happier.”

Returning next year from 7-11 June 2023, Cooly Rocks On has grown to be one of Australia’s biggest showcases of classic cars with more than 900 cars displayed in 2022. It also features a lineup of the best rockabilly, swing, rock ‘n’ roll and tribute artists, with Indonesian Rockabilly band The Hydrant among the standouts of this year’s festival.

Not to mention there’s also the Pin-up Pageant and the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest, one of only 10 worldwide acknowledged by Elvis Presley Enterprises.

elvis tribute artist performing on stage

Major Events Gold Coast CEO Jan McCormick said she was thrilled Cooly Rocks On had taken out the top award. “Cooly Rocks On is just one of those really unique festivals that people fall in love with, you can’t help but have a good time in the winter sunshine at this festival, it’s infectious,” said Ms McCormick. “I am so proud of our entire team, who work tirelessly each year to deliver not just Cooly Rocks On but three other fantastic music festivals: Blues on Broadbeach, SPRINGTIME and Groundwater Country Music Festival.

2022 queensland tourism awards winners certificate

As the countdown slowly begins for 7-11 June 2023, keep an eye out for many exciting announcements to come for Cooly Rocks On 2023! Subscribe below to receive our newsletter or follow Cooly Rocks On on Facebook or Instagram to stay in the loop!

Major Events Gold Coast would like to thank the City of Gold Coast and the Cooly Rocks On 2022 Sponsor Family – Tourism and Events Queensland, Indian Motorcycle, Celebrity Ink ™ Coolangatta and The Strand.

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