Weekend Guide

Your Weekend Guide for Hard Island Australia 2018

Alright, so you’ve bought your tickets, you’ve organised your party crew and have been blown away by this years Australian Hard Island lineup announcement. So … what next? Lucky for you, we’ve prepared our annual Weekend Guide to help you plan, prepare and lock-in all the essentials needed to ensure you have an unforgettable weekend. Follow our guide to maximise the insanity, minimise the drama and make the most of the 3 day - 3 night bender alongside your favourite DJ’s. Speaking of which, did we mention there are over 20 international artists from 7 different countries performing at this Hard Island Australia edition? Expect the unexpected as we bring you the very best from across the globe.

Taking place from 2nd - 4th of November in the sunny Gold Coast, we are promising a weekend full of music, celebration and freedom.


Friday (2nd November) is when it all starts. Whether you come by land or air, and although you can check into your hotels at any time after 2PM, we recommend you arrive sooner rather than later, to allow some additional time to soak up some rays at Surfers Paradise.

Upon arrival to Surfers Paradise you can visit us at our official check-in point at “Circle on Cavil” to exchange your ticket voucher or hard copy ticket for a festival wristband. It will be open from 10AM till late in the evening. If you’ve booked one of our splendid Weekend Packages, our official accommodation will be ready and waiting just for you. This means you can go straight to your hotel to check-in and chill before picking up your bracelet from the same “Circle On Cavil” pickup point.


Saturday (3rd of November) is the day you’ve been waiting for.  Hoping you have had several hours of recovery from the night before we recommend a hearty breakfast before heading out to party. Keep in mind, you cannot BYO food and drinks to McLaren's Landing - there will however be an abundant selection of food and drinks available at the venue.

From your hotel, you’ll head to Mariners Cove Marina (near the Hotel Palazzo Versace) where you’ll find the Boat Transfers departure point. Our first Boat Transfers will depart at 10AM and will be whisking people over to McLaren’s Landing in few rides, with a one way boat ride taking approximately 50 minutes. We recommend you board as early as possible to avoid missing any of your favourite acts as international headliners will start already at noon. Reminder - the return Boat Transfer is not included in your Festival Ticket so please purchase it in advance.

The McLaren’s Landing programme will begin at 11AM until the evening, with nonstop hardstyle & hardcore in a divine tropical setting. While the programme on South Stradbroke Island ends in the late evening, the night will be far from over…

From 6PM onward the boat transfers will ferry us back to Surfers Paradise, where we’ll continue the rampage in Melbas and Havana clubs, partying until doors close in the early hours. If you are planning to go out to the clubs don’t wait to board the very last Boat Transfer - allow yourself ample time to stop over in your hotel to refresh yourself after a full day of madness.


Sunday (4th November) you’ll awake with a sense of fulfillment, tired legs from dancing, and a mind full of memories. Again we recommend powering up with a nutritious breakfast to give you the endurance to keep raving. Say what? Oh yes! If you are up to the challenge you can party at McLarens Landing for another full day at our epic HI LIFE event ft. Darude, Frontliner, LNY TNZ, Rave Radio, SCNDL and Sunset Bros. If you would rather a different adventure we are also offering you to join our iconic Hard Island Cruise - which is without a doubt the most dedicated Hard Dance Boat Party in Australia raving history.

Whichever you choose for your last day, we have an insane party for you to round up our weekend of raging in Gold Coast. Just like the Hard Island Cruise boat party, it will be yet another concept we’re bringing from Croatia to the Land Down under, and everybody knows it well as the TULUM Closing Party. With a secret line-up of artists and crazy b2b performances on two floor at Shooters club announced on the day of the party you can expect the unexpected!

Whether you choose to extend your getaway on the Gold Coast to the max and party till the end or head back home to reality just a bit too soon, we can promise it will be a weekend to remember.


Don't have a festival ticket yet? You will need to get in quick - Super Early Bird and Early Bird phases are SOLD OUT.  Get your ticket now when they are still available!

Keep an eye on our website and Facebook page for further information about detailed weekend schedule and festival program. We highly recommend you sign up for our newsletter to be kept up-to-date on all things Hard Island

More detailed instructions about the check-in, boat transfers, parties etc. will be available in our ‘All you need to know’ coming in the start of October

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