Imagine waking up to a perfect sunrise, squishing your feet between soft sand as you take a cruisy morning stroll followed by coffee at a trendy little cafe somewhere along the coastline. Bliss! ...and this is just the start of your day! Fill the rest of your day with waterfalls, a surf, tanning, so much food, incredible views and we’re pretty sure we have just convinced you to make the Gold Coast your next vaycay destination!
(Pretty sure this photo has sealed the deal but read below there's even more!)
- Population: 600,000
- Best time to travel: All year pretty much feels like summer.
The Gold Coast is a city which sort of sits somewhere between a large village and miniature concrete/sand jungle. It is hard to think how you can cram a hinterland, high-rises, and a tonne of dreamy coastline into one place but the Gold Coast has it all and more creating endless adventures for you to explore. So whether you are here to spend a week and learn to surf or maybe you are about to get stuck enjoying the lifestyle and make it your new home here’s a taste to get you started...
Ok, so there is about 57 km (35 miles) of beachfront to choose from so you can't go too wrong here! These are some of the local favourites and why these patches of sand are slightly cooler than the others…
The best part about Burleigh...the fact that the shoreline, popular eateries and view of the entire northern coastline are all within a small walk from each other. You have a perfect amount of beach to lay back on, sunshine, surfer guys hitting waves, lifeguards, James St filled with tailored boutiques, all while maintaining the vibes of a small beachside town.
(How much does this make you want to jump in the ocean right now?)
Just a cruisy walk around from Burleigh and you will find yourself surrounded by the calm shores of Tallebudgera Creek. Water floaties are trending right now so bring your giant blow up swans & watermelons or hire a stand up paddle board to cruise along with and hopefully you will get to meet some of the friendly dolphins that like to play here too!
(Perfect spot for the swimmers that don't like getting tangled up in the waves)
Coolangatta holds some beachy, relaxed vibes and has amazing places to swim, frisbee, lunch, get merry and carry on until the evening. If you like a holiday novelty it is also the spot for finding yourself in two places at once across the Queensland and New South Wales state border and as a triple bonus gives you a shot back of the entire Gold Coast.
(Coolangatta - This place is hands down amazing!)
CAFFEINE HITS ☕️
This is your reward at the end of that long morning walk or because you need to calm that serious ongoing caffeine addiction! With amazing new coffee places popping up all over the place on the reg you can’t go too wrong but here is a GC caffeine starter kit for the newbies.
A slice of heaven lives in Broadbeach serving liquid gold and unforgettable treats and has even attracted big celebs like Orlando Bloom for a morning spot of coffee. Sitting close to the beach it is the perfect wind down space and so incredibly popular they made a twin coffee paradise a few suburbs down at Sparrow Eating House in Nobbys Beach so you get to try double the amazement!
(Photo courtesy of @elkespresso)
THE PADDOCK BAKERY
We’re recommending this place because we know this will be a highlight of your trip! What was once a bit of a run down house has been turned into one of the Gold Coast’s local treasures with its very own in-house bakery where you can watch the goodies on the menu being created. The Paddock Bakery is all about fresh, glorious food and sweets that perfectly match the brew you just ordered.
Caution: Photo below will make you hungry.
(Photo courtesy of @paddockbakery)
EVENING EATS 🍴
Yep, still talking about food but let’s be honest you are on holiday and can eat to your hearts content! Now for the evening foodies that want to pick something delicious to try that will make your tastebuds loose it.
JUSTIN LANE ROOFTOP
There is just something awesome about a rooftop where you can eat, drink and look at the sky. Way cooler than any place with ceilings that’s for sure and Justin Lane have nailed it by being the only one of its rooftop kind on the Gold Coast. Add some 'won’t ever forget how amazing that wood fired pizza perfection was' and an infused cocktail of magic you will leave wishing you could take this place with you.
(Judges score...one million out of ten. Yes, that is a real score. Photo courtesy of @justinlaneest)
THE GREENHOUSE FACTORY
A palace of greenery to enrich not only your tastebuds but every inch of your body. The Greenhouse Factory is absolutely on point when it comes to its wonderfully tasty, wholesome menu selection and its delightfully friendly team who are all about keeping a smile on your face! It is a perfect eating adventure for our vegan friends out there that want a deliciously whole meal and tasty cocktails to match!
(Gold Coast, Famous for fun and friggin' incredibly amazing food which just so happens to be cruelty free too! Photo courtesy of @greenhouse_factory)
FOR THE NIGHT OWLS 🍹
Looking to stay up wayyyyy past your bedtime? Please see below.
Sip cocktails 77 stories high at Skypoint Bar at Q1, watch the sunset at Cocoon Lounge Bar on the water, there's an Irish Bar down every street to sing loudly in, nightclubs, karaoke bars, Hard Rock Cafe and night markets on along the beach front. Whatever you are looking for it's here!
(Bright light perfection. Photo courtesy of @skypoint_au)
A suburb down from the twinkle of Surfers Paradise is Broadbeach. This is the spot to find mini music festivals and live gigs on the events calendar for the Gold Coast. Happy hour runs along Surf Parade with restaurants and cocktails at your pleasure and once you have popped into every bar you can find a place to twerk at the clubs skilfully hidden between the buildings. Last but not least is our very own Jupiters Casino with absolutely everything you could hope for in a great night out!
(Drinks are more fun when they are dressed up! Photo courtesy of @jupitersgc)
A perfect starting point for your night out is Nobby’s Beach. Every bar and restaurant has its own unique specialty like craft beers at Bine, Ouzo at Hellenika, chopsticks at Hachi, margaritas & tricks at Mexicali, live music at Little Beans and it also doubles as the perfect Sunday Session location for those that know how to back up from the evening before!
(Mexicali at Nobbys had us at tacos and mojitos and then just stole our hearts with talented fire breathing bar staff. This place is a definite must go spot. Photo courtesy of @mexicaligc)
GO FIND ADVENTURE 🏃
Activities perfect for sunshine which we happen to have a lot of!
Seriously, our beaches are out of control amazing! So it's understandable to have the urge to want to grab a board and catch some waves. Unfortunately this urge doesn’t really match the fact that most of us have no idea how to surf at all. Time to fix that! Get in touch with Get Wet Surf School and become one with the waves.
(You have to start somewhere! Photo Courtesy of @getwetsurf)
See the GC from a totally different angle exploring more of its natural beauties. Southern Cross Day Tours has the best wilderness professionals that can take you through waterfalls, caves, mountains, skywalks and even nocturnal adventures.
(Nature is incredible! Especially the Gold Coast Hinterland! Photo courtesy of @southerncross4wdtours)
Easily the best way to see every inch of the Gold Coast in a short few minutes is to simply jump out of a plane! You can go visit the lovely daredevils at Gold Coast Skydive who will give you the courage to take the leap from 14,000ft and land you safely on the soft beaches of Kirra. You'll be screaming WOO for the rest of the day.
(You won't get a better view anywhere else! Photo courtesy of @goldcoastskydive)