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 400 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 Fu­sion 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, The Star Gold Coast’s Kiy­omi serves a mod­ern yet dis­tinctly Ja­panese menu, earn­ing it a pres­ti­gious Chef’s Hat at the 2016 and 2017 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.

For mouth-wa­ter­ing Ital­ian meals, lo­cals flock to Mario’s Ital­ian Restau­rant & Pizze­ria. En­joy de­li­cious seafood, steak, pasta and pizza right near the beach.

If you’re af­ter fresh sus­tain­able seafood, healthy break­fasts or a de­li­cious all day menu, head to Beach­side Pav­il­ion, a new haven for foodies and fun lovers.

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). ar­tand­craft.com.au

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 south­ern-most point. Down­load the My G: App or visit ride­theg.com.au

Photo: Tourism and Events Queens­land.

Broad­beach board­walk at sun­rise. Photo: Des­ti­na­tion Gold Coast.

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