Everything you need to know about where to eat, drink and play on the GC
Known for its pristine beaches, the Gold Coast is no doubt a beautiful place, making it an ideal destination for tourists. What many don’t realise however is that the Gold Coast has much, much more to offer than just a simple beach holiday.
In particular, the lead up to the 2018 Commonwealth Games has seen the Gold Coast experience grow, with new facilities, restaurants and experiences bringing their business to the host city. With so much to do, it’s impossible to cram it all into a single getaway! To help you get the full Gold Coast experience, we’ve put together a round-up of the best things to see, eat and do.
Stay: Peppers Broadbeach
Peppers Broadbeach is modern, elegant and perfectly situated, with Oracle Boulevard located just below, offering you restaurants, coffee, cafes and retail shopping literally at your doorstep.
Enjoy beautiful sweeping views of the Gold Coast by heading out onto one of the three balconies, or treat yourself to a nice long soak in the full-size tub after a day of exploring the city. With friendly and accommodating staff, wine and chocolates waiting to greet you, free wifi, cable TV, modern, cosy rooms (complete with dreamy king-size beds) and state of the art appliances, a stay at Peppers Broadbeach will provide you you need.
t: 1300 737 444 /a: 21 Elizabeth Ave Broadbeach, QLD 4218
Eat: Cafe D’bar
Located right on the border of NSW & QLD, Cafe D’bar is a favourite amongst locals. Situated across the street from the beach, it’s the perfect spot to grab lunch after enjoying a morning in the surf or lazing on the sand.
The atmosphere is always lively, with friendly staff going out of their way to accommodate you. Sitting amongst the other patrons, you really get a feel for what the people of the Gold Coast are all about. With conversation free flowing, there’s always an abundance of families and friends getting together to enjoy the delicious menu Cafe D’Bar has to offer.
t: (07) 5599 2031 /a: 275 Boundary St, Coolangatta QLD 4225
Eat: Hideaway Kitchen & Bar
A street feast like no other, Hideaway Kitchen & Bar is one of the newer additions to the Gold Coast but already one of the most popular and it’s not hard to see why! The best spot in the house is definitely outside where you’ll be seated at tables located directly underneath a collection of umbrellas and fairy lights.
The menu is exploding with mouth-watering dishes just waiting for you to try. Your best bet to avoid food envy is to order one of the two street feast options, which will see you served with a selection of the best dishes they have to offer, customised specifically to suit your table’s tastes.
Hideaway Kitchen & Bar
t: (07) 5679 0369 / a: 2657 Gold Coast Highway, Broadbeach
Eat: Northcliffe Surf Club
Located directly opposite Northcliffe beach, the Surf Club is the perfect spot to duck in and have breakfast after an early morning dip in the ocean. Seated in the upstairs bistro, enjoy the relaxed, friendly atmosphere while continuing to soak in the beautiful views in true local style.
Northcliffe Surf Club
t: (07) 5539 8091 / a: 51 Garfield Terrace Surfers Paradise QLD 4217
Eat: The Fish Lab
Located in the brand new ‘The Kitchens’ precinct at Robina Town Centre, The Fish Lab is a restaurant that would have no troubles fitting smoothly into the trendy, innovative dining areas we see predominantly in Sydney and Melbourne. Owner William Wu opened The Fish Lab in the hopes of bringing that same dining experience to the people of the Gold Coast .
With a passion for local, fresh seafood and a commitment to culture, William has curated a perfect selection of dishes that taste as good as they look.
The Fish Lab
t: (07) 5562 5735 / a: Shop 4329, The Kitchens Robina Town Centre, QLD 4226
See: Seaworld Helicopters Joy Flight
Experience the Gold Coast in an entirely new way with a scenic joy flight and tour with the team from Seaworld. Get a bird’s eye view of the entire Gold Coast, including the kms of gorgeous beaches it has to offer, the picturesque Surfers Paradise Skyline and more.
t: (07) 5588 2224 / a: Seaworld Drive, Main Beach Gold Coast, QLD 4217
See: Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary
Australia has some of the most diverse and beautiful varieties of wildlife the world has to offer. A trip to Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary allows you to safely get up close and personal with our native wildlife, whilst making a positive impact on their lives, with all ticket fees going directly back into helping the sanctuary support and protect the animals.
Activities include Lorikeet Feeding, Bird Shows, Crocodile Feeding, getting a photo taken with the Koalas and even hand feeding the Kangaroos. Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary is an eye opening experience that the entire family will enjoy.
Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary
t: (07) 5534 1266 / a: 28 Tomewin St Currumbin, QLD 4223
Do: Holoverse Entertainment Centre
Located in Southport, Holoverse is the world’s first Holographic Entertainment Centre. Perfect for the whole family, Holoverse has a number of different journeys to choose from, with each putting you on the path to a mystical & magical journey.
Equipped with headphones, goggles and a tool belt, you’ll be set up in your individual room where you’ll be able to walk through and interact with the environment whilst being tasked with missions to complete. Visit new worlds, explore ancient civilisations, fight robots and even turn into a dragon to battle your friends in the sky!
t: (07) 5661 3010 / a: 59 Nerang St Southport QLD 4215
Do: KDV Sport
Fancy a spot of golf (both the normal and putt-putt variety) or a round of tennis? KDV Sport is a modern, state of the art sporting complex that offers a variety of activities that the whole family can participate in.
You can stay active and have buckets of fun with an 18 round mini-golf course, a driving range, plenty of tennis courts (including the European padel tennis), a swimming pool, children’s playground and BBQ facilities.
t: (07) 5596 0404 / a: Corner of Chisholm & Nerang-Broadbeach Road Carrara QLD 4211
By Cassie Jacobs
Cassie experienced the Gold Coast Famil, courtesy of Tourism & Events Queensland.