PARADISE AT YOUR FRONT DOOR
Live like a local and dive into the beach and surfing culture that thrives in the heart of the Gold Coast.
White-tipped waves roll gently onto an expanse of golden beach while children play in the aquamarine shallows. It’s the Surfers Paradise view you dream about, and it’s there for the taking from the balcony right outside the smartly reborn rooms in Novotel Surfers Paradise.
This new 408-room addition to the AccorHotels group has received a multimillion-dollar makeover to kit the rooms with hi-tech comforts such as easy in-room Wi-Fi and bedside USB ports along with cleanly styled bathrooms.
The relaxed decor draws from the colours and textures of Surfers Paradise with beach-bleached wooden flooring and stylised surfboard motifs inviting you to head out and hit the water.
If you’ve always wanted to live like a Surfers’ local, this is the place to start. Not only are you just metres from the beach but you can dive into beach culture through Surfers Paradise Surf Life Saving Club which is just next door.
The hotel’s Sun and Sea Package in conjunction with Surfers Paradise Surf Life Saving Club will give your children a taste of life as a lifesaver and improve their sun safety and basic surf swimming skills, so your day at the beach is a safe one.
Club president, six-time Australian Ironman winner Trevor Hendy says the half-day nippers holiday program will teach kids where to find the safest place to swim, what to do if they are in trouble and how to catch waves safely.
Depending on their age they will also be schooled by ironmen and women on how to spot a surf rip.
“It is a chance for kids who may not normally have this opportunity to learn surf safety while on holidays,” Trevor says. When his schedule permits, Trevor will oversee and attend the school holiday program. “We want to give kids and their parents a beach experience and introduce them to the awesome surf lifesaving movement,” he says.
Parents need to be present on the beach, which presents a great opportunity to enjoy a Novotel breakfast basket while you watch.
The basket comes with a beach blanket and plenty of bruschetta, pastries and fruit. Post beach there’s always the hotel swimming pool for a quick refresh, a chance to work out in the up-to-date fitness centre or enjoy a game of tennis. Also visible from the hotel beachside balcony is the towering Q1 building. On level 75, 230m above the ground, the Skypoint Observation Deck provides 360degree Gold Coast views. Your eyes can wander from the endless stretch of golden sand beaches to the green hills of the Gold Coast Hinterland.
Newly refurbished, the relaunched SkyPoint bistro + bar offers a comfortable place to relax and take in the views over a drink and tapas. Visitors can start with breakfast, enjoy a leisurely lunch or kick on into the evening after watching a spectacular sunset.
For the adventurous, the 90minute SkyPoint Climb will push your boundaries with Australia’s highest external building climb. Just looking at the stairs which wind their way outside the comforting glass walls to a metal platform high above
would be enough altitude for many.
The 270-metre ascent is available during the day and for those who want an extra thrill, at night.
You can’t get more local than sitting back with an excellent cup of coffee at Paradox Coffee Roasters. Located in The 4217, Paradox is a homegrown favourite and their 15kg Brambati roaster roars into action six days a week.
You can watch the green beans take another step in their journey to your cup while the children have fun in the adjacent play area. It’s really all too easy.
Another bonus here is that their edible goodies are made in-house, including the warm-from-the-oven buttermilk scones that accompany the bronze-tiered high coffee experience. There’s a choice between a single origin or signature blend coffee or an espresso martini (damn the hour, just do the martini) to go with finger sandwiches, pecorino arancini, raspberry friands and other treats.
The Paradox Lab offers regular cupping classes where everyone from beginners to experienced cuppers can learn about flavour profiles, coffee grades and roast levels.
Much more than just the postcode for this beachside precinct, The 4217 takes its inspiration from New York’s Chelsea industrial market.
This formerly disused industrial building has become an incubator for small local businesses from a cold-pressed juice start-up to a digital advertising agency.
Complete your blowout with a visit to one of the sweetest places on earth, Tella Balls Dessert Bar in The 4217.
Dedicated to dessert, this is where you will find a brioche doughnut style ball that will seduce you with Nutella delights.
Still hungry? Local favourite Lord of Fries in Cavill Ave is a sizzling vegan success where you’ll find vegie burgers, onion rings and freshly cut potatoes that are expertly turned into crisp, but not too crunchy, chips.
Keeping it local, head over to HOTA on Bundall Rd, which is the new Home of the Arts on the Gold Coast. Here you’ll find a lively program with a $37.5 million outdoor stage surrounded by parkland and lake with a wide choice of free events.
You’ll need to be an early bird to check out the Bundall Farmers Market at HOTA on Sunday mornings as the day starts at 6am, and finishes by 11.30am. This is an opportunity to taste the fresh produce of the Gold Coast from nuts and seeds to freshly squeezed orange juice. Stock up on just caught seafood for an impromptu feast in the gardens.
Once you have swam at the beach, climbed the heights, sipped the coffee and eaten the produce you can consider your live like a local box firmly ticked.
THE WRITER WAS A GUEST OF NOVOTEL SURFERS PARADISE