Ten things you don’t want to miss at SCOOP!

28 Dec 2020

Ten things you don’t want to miss at SCOOP!

We’re starting the new year with a bang with an awesome ice cream and circus festival around our beautiful lake. SCOOP! brings together some of Australia’s best circus companies, live music and a line up of tempting ice cream and sweet treat food trucks.

Join us to celebrate the very best things about summer. In no particular order, here are 7 things you won’t want to miss at Scoop!

1              THE WIRED MOON AND THE ICE CREAM FLOOR by Company 2

Perched on bicycles, precariously balancing on a tightrope strung over the lake, playful characters will charm you with acrobatic feats and mesmerizing live music.

2              THE SPACE COWBOY

World record-holding sideshow, street, and freak show performer Space Cowboy will be making things a little more dangerous during SCOOP’s evening sessions. Experience sword-swallowing surprises and other bizarre and unforgettable acts in his solo show, or catch The Space Cowboy and his friends during the evening Voodoo Revue.

3              SUMMER PLAY FACTOR (SPF) by Flipside Circus

Brisbane’s award-winning youth circus company premieres a new show that combines amazing circus skills and infectious energy, celebrating all the great Australian summer traditions that we know and love. Hurling water pistols, pool noodles, ice cream juggling routines, inflatables and sharks – it’s a colourful summer smoothie of circus fun.

4              THE WHEEL OF OZ

Standing at 26 metres, the Wheel of Oz Ferris Wheel will give you access to spectacular views of the Surfers Paradise skyline, day or night. Rides are $8 per person.

5              THE SECRET INGREDIENT by Hoopla Clique 

A perfectionist chef selects ingredients whilst the kitchenhand battles a clever little mouse as he struggles to keep the kitchen “squeaky” clean. A circus-comedy for all ages starring slapstick clowns destined to wreak havoc as they invoke a souffle of uproarious laughter.


Why should kids have all the fun? This five-course sweet and savoury ice cream inspired degustation, served at your own private table, pairs delectable sweet treats with a selection of boozy drinks.

7              COLLIDER by Circa

One of the best contemporary circus companies in the world, Circa presents a new site-specific performance on the lake, inspired by the intensity and movement of the Hadron Collider.

8              ICE CREAM ALLEY

With multiple ice cream vendors selling their wares, you’ll be overrun with your choice of decadent desserts and sweet treats, including lactose free and vegan friendly options.

9              GOLD COAST MERMAIDS

Swim alongside mermaids throughout the day, and keep an eye out for their magical synchronised swimming performances. Not a flash mob, but a splash mob!

10              SPLASH PLAY

It’s a summer staple and we couldn’t call SCOOP! a summer festival without the chance for you to swim in the lake at HOTA. So pop your togs on, bring your floaties, and go for a quick dip before indulging in a bite to eat.


SCOOP! is on 14-17 January, book your tickets now for the perfect family day out. But be quick, it’s selling fast.