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.

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - Escape - - DESTINATION | QUEENSLAND - KERRY HEANEY

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

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