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.

In­sid­ers editor:

Gra­ham Er­bacher Gra­ham.Er­bacher@news.com.au

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