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.
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, The Star Gold Coast’s Kiyomi serves a modern yet distinctly Japanese menu, earning it a prestigious Chef’s Hat at the 2016, 2017 and 2018 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.
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
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
Broadbeach precinct. Photo: Destination Gold Coast.