Beau­ti­ful Broad­beach

Where Brisbane - - Contents - BY JANE HODGES

SURFSIDE SO­PHIS­TI­CA­TION BEST

sums up Broad­beach, nes­tled be­tween Surfers Par­adise and Mer­maid Beach. Dot­ted with high-rise apart­ments and ho­tels, it’s the spot where lo­cals choose to eat, play and shop. Its golden surf beaches are pop­u­lar with surfers and sun seek­ers, but there’s plenty to do in this laid-back lo­cale.

WHERE TO SHOP

Shop­pers love Broad­beach, and with good rea­son. You’ll find more than 250 stores (with many fash­ion la­bels) at Pa­cific Fair and great bou­tiques in the Oa­sis Shop­ping Cen­tre on Broad­beach Mall. Darjé, at the Oa­sis Shop­ping Cen­tre, is home to unique jew­ellery de­signs made us­ing Diamond Fu­sions and nat­u­ral di­a­monds set in 9ct or 18ct gold. Their col­lec­tion is de­signed and hand­crafted in Aus­tralia by mas­ter jew­eller Robert Hain.

For more re­sort fash­ion, home­wares and cool cafés where you can catch your breath be­tween pur­chases, head to Surf Pa­rade and the ‘it’ precinct, Or­a­cle Boule­vard. On Or­a­cle slam down a ly­chee and co­conut granita and a choc banana pizza at Max Bren­ner Choco­late Bar or linger over great cof­fee and lunch at hole-in-the wall, No Name Lane.

DIN­ING OUT

There are so many places to eat, from re­laxed beach­side cafés to up­scale fine din­ers. Kur­rawa Surf Club has some of the best surf views and qual­ity din­ing you’ll find on the coast but keep in mind it’s where the lo­cals eat—es­pe­cially fam­i­lies, so it’s of­ten busy es­pe­cially around sun­set—get there early to score a ta­ble by the win­dow.

Just a stone’s throw from cen­tral Broad­beach, Jupiters Ho­tel and Casino’s Kiy­omi serves a mod­ern, yet dis­tinctly Ja­panese menu earn­ing it a pres­ti­gious Chef’s Hat at the 2015 Bris­bane Times Good Food Guide Awards. There are many other din­ing and en­ter­tain­ment op­tions there too!

Chef Sam Moore will take you on a sen­sory din­ing jour­ney at Sof­i­tel Gold Coast’s Room81. Strap your­self in!

Caught ‘N Cooked is a low-key fish and chip café—be warned Fri­day nights you can wait 30 min­utes for your or­der, so be pre­pared—try the Greek cala­mari and the tem­pura whit­ing fillets… del­ish!

Yel­lowfin are fa­mous for their gen­er­ous seafood plat­ters. Book an out­side ta­ble to en­joy the sea breeze.

THINGS TO DO

There’s so much to see and do at Broad­beach. Swim in the surf, walk and re­lax on beau­ti­ful Kur­rawa Beach. Take a ball and a pic­nic or use the free bar­be­cues at beach­side Prat­ten Park.

Why not play some barefoot bowls at Broad­beach Bowls Club for just $7 per per­son—avail­able Sun­days and other non-com­pe­ti­tion days. broad­beach­bowlsclub.com

You can hire a surf­board or take a pri­vate or small group surf les­son (max­i­mum six stu­dents) with Broad­beach Surf School. broad­beach­surf­school.com.au

Make like the Foo Fight­ers who hired moun­tain bikes from Beach Bikes. Bike de­liv­ery to your ho­tel and sup­ply of a helmet, com­bi­na­tion lock, bas­ket, and a lo­cal bike rid­ing guide is all part of the ser­vice. bike­hire­gold­coast.com.au

Go for a kayak along Broad­beach’s canals as the sun goes down with Kayak the Gold Coast. Ad­mire some of the Gold Coast’s most pres­ti­gious wa­ter­front real es­tate, the glis­ten­ing cityscape across the water and lush park­lands. kayak­the­gold­coast.com.au

Pick up a hand­made sou­venir and some de­li­cious lo­cal food at Broad­beach Art & Craft Mar­kets, held on the beach­front in Kur­rawa Park (first and third Sun­days of the month, 8am–2pm).

GET­TING AROUND

Travel around the area via the G:link, the Gold Coast’s easy-to-use light rail net­work. It runs fre­quently be­tween the north­ern Gold Coast Univer­sity Hospi­tal sta­tion via Southport, Main Beach and Surfers Par­adise to Broad­beach near Pa­cific Fair Shop­ping Cen­tre at its south­ern­most point. Visit ride­theg.com.au or down­load the My G App.

HOME TO SOME OF the Gold Coast’s most fa­mous surf­ing spots, re­laxed Coolan­gatta is lined with white sand beaches flanked by tall Nor­folk pines.

It was named after the schooner Coolan­gatta, wrecked there in 1846, and is the most south­ern sub­urb of City of Gold Coast shar­ing the bor­der with New South Wales.

For some of the Gold Coast’s best surf­ing con­di­tions, head to Kirra Beach, Snap­per Rocks or Rain­bow Bay, but you might also want to try throw­ing in a line to catch snap­per, bream or tai­lor. There’s also plenty of whale watch­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties from the heights of Point Dan­ger.

All that sand ac­tiv­ity will work up an ap­petite. You won’t have to leave the water views to en­joy a feed if you claim a spot on the huge beach­front bal­cony of the Coolan­gatta Surf Club. It’s a great spot for whale and dol­phin watch­ing and also per­fect for a week­end break­fast. The restau­rant fea­tures lo­cal pro­duce with a range of steaks, seafood and sal­ads. Fin­ish your meal with au­then­tic Ital­ian gelato and en­joy their free Wi-fi. The club was awarded Best Din­ing in Queens­land at the Clubs Queens­land Awards for Ex­cel­lence 2016.

At the trop­i­cally-styled Xenia Grill you’ll dis­cover de­li­cious, fresh Greek food cre­ated us­ing a com­bi­na­tion of tra­di­tional cook­ing meth­ods and fam­ily recipes. Choose from share plates filled with fried sar­dines or char-grilled oc­to­pus and baby cala­mari, all in­fused with the flavours of Greece. Pick up an or­ganic The Daily Ride cof­fee roasted in nearby By­ron Bay and you’ll have plenty of en­ergy to en­joy one of Xenia’s oc­ca­sional Zorba the Greek dance ses­sions.

For an Ital­ian Trat­to­ria ex­pe­ri­ence, try Brad Nas­cone’s Delizioso @ the Strand. Along with favourites from his Bris­bane restau­rant at Bulimba, Delizioso at Coolan­gatta pumps out a large range of Ital­ian stan­dards along with new and in­no­va­tive dishes us­ing a stone hearth pizza oven. The ex­ten­sive pizza menu is com­ple­mented by a wide se­lec­tion of risotto and pasta, but you can also tuck in to Dar­ling Downs wagyu and porchetta served with truf­fle mashed potato, ap­ple puree and gor­gonzola cream.

Po­si­tioned on al­most a block of beach­front land with sweep­ing views over Coolan­gatta Beach, The Strand

of­fers one-stop din­ing with a range of dif­fer­ent cuisines, price ranges and din­ing styles. There’s Asian, Mex­i­can, Ital­ian and ta­pas-style restau­rants, cool bars and some of Aus­tralia’s most sought-after dessert op­tions in­clud­ing Nick Palumbo’s first Gelato Messina ice-cream­ery in Queens­land and choco­latier Max Bren­ner.

The glass-lou­vered fa­cade of The Strand’s restau­rant zone runs the length of the build­ing, max­imis­ing the beach­front views. Look out for Gold Coast chef Daniel Ridge­way’s Bin 72 eatery, Black Sheep Espresso Baa’s lamb salad, Grif­fith Street Larder’s hand cut chips and crumbed zuc­chini slid­ers and Pas­sion­tree Vel­vet’s mac­arons and cake.

When you are fin­ished din­ing and re­lax­ing you’ll want to make the most of the glo­ri­ous stretch of beach that has etched Coolan­gatta into the hearts of many. If you want to make sure that your body is beach ready, Es­teem Medi Spa have a team of spe­cial­ist laser tech­ni­cians, highly qual­i­fied reg­is­tered nurses and skin spe­cial­ists to help you on your way. More than a day spa, Es­teem Medi Spa of­fers a blend of med­i­cal ap­proaches to com­mon is­sues.

Now you’ve fallen in love with Coolan­gatta, see it in all its glory from the air. You’ll be mes­merised by the coastal beauty re­vealed by an Aussie Air scenic he­li­copter flight. As you fly over the beaches you may even sight mi­grat­ing whales or pods of dol­phins en­joy­ing their marine world. Aussie Air takes tours all around the Gold Coast from Cur­rumbin Val­ley right up to North Strad­broke Is­land.

There’s so much to like at Coolan­gatta, it’s sure to steal its way into your heart as a re­turn des­ti­na­tion.

Panoramic views from Kur­rawa Surf Club.

Oa­sis Shop­ping Cen­tre, the Heart of Broad­beach.

Yel­lowfin.

Surfers at Coolan­gatta. Photo: Tourism and Events Queens­land.

Coolan­gatta to Rain­bow Bay walk. Photo: Tourism and Events Queens­land.

View from Mantra Coolan­gatta. Photo: Mantra.

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