EAT | DRINK | STAY |EXPERIENCE
While the Gold Coast has its fair share of high school grads gone wild, it’s impossible to go past the 52km of white sands, no-filter needed sunsets, warm waters & endless summer vibe.
There’s plenty of suburbs which shed the kitschy stereotype for blissful beach-y days, surfing, kayaking, hiking, eating and adventure. Palm Beach, Burleigh Heads and Broad Beach are the place to be for family & friends looking to escape the ordinary.
Learn to surf with the pros on the epic breaks of Coolangatta. For land lovers, enjoy beautiful walking trails wind their way around Greenmount Hill to Rainbow Bay – and up the hill to Point Danger, where you can stand with one foot in each state, as you spy the whales swim by. If you get sick of washing off the sand, the hinterland offers a lush subtropical rainforest for hiking and wildlife.
Looking for the world’s best wave? This might just be it! Located in Coolangatta, Kirra is home to a long line of surfing legends.
Are you game for a surf lesson? One that is particularly good for all age groups – mums, dads kids combined – is Currumbin Alley. Enjoy a surf on these learner friendly waves
A surfing hotspot surrounded by trendy local cafes. The Burleigh Heads break is perfect for all skill levels, with a more friendly break out the front of Burleigh Pavilion.
Another place to find your feet is Greenmount. Enjoy the gentle long rides & incredible crystal blue ocean water.
One of the most consistent places to catch a wave. Snapper Rocks hosts the annual Corona Open Gold Coast competition (formerly the Quiksilver Pro).
The beach that really does have it all. While the white sand beaches & calm ocean waters attract the lazy-day beach goers, Tallebudgera Creek is also the perfect spot for fishing.
A safe swimming beach for the little ones along with some pretty cool rock pools. There’s also jet-skis for hire & great post-beach cafés.
CURRUMBIN ROCK POOLS
A bit more of a drive (approx. 20min), but well worth the trip! Take a dip in the fresh water rock pools & soak up the incredible surrounds.
EAT & DRINK
Offering a one-of-a-kind dining experience, with a market style concept. Enjoy the best of five kitchens serving up American, Italian, Mexican, Asian and Greek, (bookings essential on weekends).
1128 gold coast highway, Palm Beach, QLD, Australia 4221
Enjoy the best modern asian food full of flavour, delicious cocktails & atmosphere. The soundtrack is fun, the lights are dim & the vibes are always high!
1848 Gold Coast Hwy, Burleigh Heads QLD 4220
This casual pizzeria has transformed an abandoned arcade into a trendy roof-top bar, offering sweeping views over Burleigh Point.
1708 – 1710 Gold Coast Highway
Burleigh Heads QLD, 4220
ALLY CHOW – Nobby Beach
A perfect experience for couples or larger groups, offering a taste of South east Asian inspired cuisine and incredible crafted cocktails.
Shop c/2215 Gold Coast Hwy, Nobby Beach QLD 4218
HIDEAWAY KITCHEN AND BAR
Hideaway Kitchen and Bar offers an awesome menu specialising in Asian cuisine and signature cocktails. If your looking to dine inside you’ll enjoy the trendy design celebrating some impressive graffiti art, or outside in the lush and colourful garden.
2657 Gold Coast Highway, BROADBEACH
PINK MONKEY BAR & GRILL
Experience unique dining at Burleigh’s hottest venue showcasing a state of the art wood fire pizza & incredible rooftop bar overlooking the stunning Burleigh beach in an alfresco setting.
1712 Gold Coast Hwy, Burleigh Heads QLD 4220
Enjoy Japanese dumplings, tasty side dishes & fresh craft beer at Harajuku Gyoza. It’s perfect for friends & family with great service & delicious food.
2/26 Victoria Ave, Broadbeach QLD 4218
LABART – Burleigh Heads
A new Australian Restaurant in the heart of Burleigh Heads. Labart was recently awarded the best regional restaurant in Queensland by The Courier Mail, emerging onto the scene with an incredible menu and delicious food.
8 West Street, Burleigh Heads, QLD 4220
Yamagen goes down as one of the Gold Coast’s most eclectic restaurants. Enjoy the traditional Japanese cuisine, brought to life by the setting of neon lights and electric Tokyo atmosphere. Taste their smoking signature kushiyaki, sushi and delicate market-fresh sashimi.
7 Staghorn Ave, Surfers Paradise QLD 4217
Hidden behind a white timber door, is Etsu Izakaya. Enjoy their modern Japanese style dining, designed to share with family & friends.
2440 Gold Coast Hwy, Mermaid Beach QLD 4218
ADVENTURE & EXPERIENCE
CURRUMBIN FARMERS MARKET
Staying for the weekend? There’s one thing to tick off the list. The Palm Beach Farmers Market is perhaps one of the most popular Gold Coast markets. There’s up to 80 stallholders offering incredible fresh food every Saturday morning – don’t forget to stop at Mio’s for Buckwheat Crepes, putting a nutritional spin on a delicious snack.
CURRUMBIN HIGH SCHOOL, Thrower Dr, Palm Beach QLD 4223
Feeling adventurous?Take a trip to Australia’s largest TreeTop Adventure Park with more than 120 TreeTop activities including 10 zip-lines! There’s something for everyone with four courses designed to cater for all experience levels and ages.
28 Tomewin St, Currumbin QLD 4223
SKY POINT CLIMB
Don’t forget to take on the challenge at SkyPoint Climb – one of Australia’s highest building walks, reaching 270 metres in the air! Enjoy the best unobstructed views & if your looking for the view without the climb, visit SkyPoint’s observation deck.
Level 77, q1 building/9 Hamilton Ave, Surfers Paradise QLD 4217
GREENHOUSE THE BOATHOUSE – Burleigh Heads
Rest, relax & rejuvenate in style. This is the perfect place to unwind, with a massage, organic facial, eucalyptus steam room, red cedar hot rock sauna, and magnesium plunge pool and sun deck. Hidden from street view, they can be a challenge to find your first time visiting. Make your way by heading down the end of the driveway, behind Vally Hair Co Saloon and JFK Restaurant.
7/37 Tallebudgera Creek Road, Burleigh Heads QLD 4220
TALLEBUDGERA CREEK KAYAK Tallebudger
Stay active with an awesome family activity. There’s plenty of spots for kayaking and water-filled activities on the Gold Coast, and Smoothwaters Kayak is one of them! Hire and Stand Up Paddle Board and enjoy the beautiful surrounds of Tallebudgera Creek, with views of Burleigh Heads as you paddle towards the rivers mouth.
58 Tallebudgera Creek Rd, Tallebudgera QLD 4228
CURRUMBIN ALLEY SURF SCHOOL
Are you game for a surf lesson? There’s almost too many options to choose from, with a selection of surf schools along the coastline. One that is particularly good for all age groups – mums, dads kids combined – is Currumbin Alley Surf School. Enjoy a surf on these learner friendly waves
Duringan St &, Pacific Parade, Currumbin QLD 4223
KIRRA BREAK TO SNAPPER ROCKS
Ready to stretch those legs? Take a scenic coastal walk starting at Kelly Slater’s favourite break, Kirra. Continue along Greenmount Beach and beyond, where you will see the world-famous point break, Snapper Rocks. Simply take a seat & watch Australia’s best surfers catch a wave daily.
LAMINGTON NATIONAL PARK WATERFALLS
It’s waterfalls galore in the hinterland. If you’re wanting an unforgettable experience, visit Elabana Falls at Lamington National Park. What’s best about Elabana Falls is that you get four for the price of 1! Enjoy the 4 hour walk along the Box Forest, which leads you past Boxlog Falls, Darragumai Falls and Nugurin Falls are found along circuit. You’ll also have a chance to swim in the Picnic Rock waterhole.
GLOW WORM CAVES
Ever wondered what it looks like when 1,000 glow worms light up? Take a trip to the Tamborine Mountain Glow Worm Caves for a unique experience.
Cnr Long and Hartley Road
104 – 144 Hartley Road
North Tamborine QLD 4272
WITCHES FALLS WINERY
Witches Falls winery & cellar door offers an incredible selection of wines and food to match! Enjoy their handcrafted wines in the beautiful Gold Coast Hinterland.
79 Main Western Rd, Tamborine Mountain QLD 4272
Take a walk through local hinterland shops offering everything from locally-made gifts, clothing, weekend markets and fabulous antiques. If you’re shopping for the perfect gift for someone, the Gallery Walk offers plenty of options!