QUEENSLAND GOLD COAST
EAT: When you walk in the door and the barista is making your order you know you’re on to a good thing. There is no better way to start my day than a run along the beach, a quick swim and coffee at Dust Temple in Currumbin. This spot is a feast of art and architecture and serves the best coffee on the coast. For delicious organic, plant-based food head to Greenhouse Factory at Miami, where the chickpea chips are superb and the burrito is a personal favourite. They also do a spectacular muddy mojito if you’re in the mood to celebrate; dusttemple.com.au; greenhousefactory.com.au.
STAY: QT Gold Coast knows how to do service and style. If you stay there for no other reason than to spend time at SpaQ, it’ll be worth it. A street back from Surfers Paradise Beach, the 297-room hotel also features a cafe filled with natural light and guestrooms decked out in quirky QT style with surfer motifs; qthotelsandresorts.com.
SHOP: One of the things the Gold Coast is known for, besides beaches and world-class surf, is luxury shopping. Pacific Fair is somewhere to explore for days; for an array of organic health products, Flannerys at Robina Town Centre offers everything you could be seeking including toiletries and a great selection of treats and coffee; flannerys.com.au.
INDULGE: My dream experience is a visit to Gwinganna Lifestyle Retreat, set in the mountains and forests of Tallebudgera Valley. Book a glorious Rockupuncture treatment or a Hawaiian massage; relax and let the pressures of life melt away; gwinganna.com.
DRINK: Balter Brewery in Currumbin is a perfect place for a casual drink; the design is classy and food trucks frequent the location offering a bite with your beer. For cocktails with a view, head for Rick Shores at Burleigh. After a day on the beach and a walk through Burleigh Headland, this is the just-right stop; casting an eye over the drinks selection is a delight; balter.com.au; rickshores.com.au.
ESCAPE: Head to the hinterland for a great day. Springbrook National Park offers myriad walking and hiking trails, with the stroll to Purling Brook Falls a must. For those who are less interested in walking but want to see the view, there are hot-air balloon rides at sunrise with breathtaking light and views; npsr.qld.gov.au.
Alison Hill is a psychologist, chief executive at Pragmatic Thinking and author of Stand Out: A Real World Guide to Get Clear, Find Purpose and Become the Boss of Busy (Wiley, 2016). More: alisonhill.com.au.
Graham Erbacher Graham.Erbacher@news.com.au