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.
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).
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.