SURFERS PAR­ADISE

The Gold Coast Bulletin - - NEWS -

VIS­I­TORS from Syd­ney, Lau­ren Hol­land, 23, and An­nKathrin Schei­der, 32, are at Surfers Par­adise in­sti­tu­tion the Av­enue – not for the first time this week.

It’s 11pm on Satur­day night and the venue, along with the rest of Or­chid Ave’s party strip, is bustling with pa­trons.

The Sydneysiders have been on the Gold Coast for a fort­night and it’s their fourth night bar-hop­ping in Surfers. Theie only prob­lem ... de­cid­ing where to try next.

“This is the night-life hub and it’s a good place to go out. I want to try Bed­room,” Miss Hol­land says.

“There is a lot of va­ri­ety. In Syd­ney you can walk a kilo­me­tre and find one club.

Here there are a lot of op­tions, no big lines like

Syd­ney and safety wise, it’s 100 per cent fine.”

Be­side them are Bond Univer­sity rugby play­ers Lach­lan Con­nors and Josh Flat­ley, both 18, who have just watched the Wal­la­bies ver­sus Ire­land at nearby Lands­downe Road Ir­ish Tav­ern be­fore re­lo­cat­ing.

Mr Con­nors says com­pared to the Bris­bane bar scene “it seems to be peo­ple of all ages whereas Bris­bane it’s just peo­ple in their 20s”.

Av­enue man­ager Shan­non Surch, a born-and-bred Gold Coaster, says he loves the precinct and af­ter years of con­struc­tion im­pacts with light rail plus the Soul and Hil­ton tow­ers, it is mak­ing a come­back.

“There are so many dif­fer­ent venues ca­ter­ing to so many dif­fer­ent peo­ple now,” he said.

Nearby, Cen­tral bar has a de­cent crowd, mostly lo­cal with a few vis­i­tors, and pro­mo­tions boss Sam Gostelow said for a cool time of year the precinct was busy.

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