From the calming coastline to the lush hinterland, we really do have the best of everything on the Gold Coast. And now, more than ever, we can truly appreciate where we live.
With coronavirus restrictions easing in Queensland this weekend—including the ability to enjoy a picnic in a public space with household members—we're gearing up to get outdoors and explore our beautiful region.
So, pack the car (you're allowed to drive a maximum of 50km from home), load up the hamper with local produce and whatever you do, don't forget the rug—here are six of the best picnic spots on the Gold Coast.
Let’s not play maverick just for the sake of it: Burleigh Hill is the best picnic spot on the Gold Coast. Unless you hate crowds and looking for a place to park, in which case it could be the worst. But for most of us, the sweeping views from Burleigh Beach up to the big smoke and the “always Sunday” mood make it well worth it.
The Panorama in Tallai should be a monthly drive for any Gold Coast local. Just 25 minutes drive west from Broadbeach, this millionaire’s row gives an unmatchable outlook over our incredible coastlands, reminding us to “embody gratitude” every now and again. As a picnic spot, this may not have a nearby coffee shop or a BBQ and shade area, but the rustic romance of it is 10 out of 10.
Unbeknown to most, the Gold Coast Art’s Centre, HOTA, in Bundall has a little sand-fringed lake and parklands area resting between the main building and the Broadwater, dedicated to all things multicultural and peaceful. Aptly named the Outdoor Meditation Peace Pavilion, it is a hallmark picnic area for many reasons, but mainly its ducks. It also homes outdoor yoga classes, a running track, exercise equipment, and resting areas inscribed with uplifting mantras.
Currumbin Rock Pools
Rock pools, fresh mountain air and no WiFi, the Currumbin Rock Pools have been putting smiles on summer faces since before we could Facebook about it. For the less organised picnic goer, detour past a local cafe and pick up an assortment of wholesome slices, bakes, salads, and treats.
Nestled in the Broadwater behind the Gold Coast Seaway, Wavebreak Island is an absolute must do. It might appear as a shrubby wasteland to some, but it is home to many a great weekend adventure and boating holiday for countless others. Sit back, enjoy you picnic and marvel in the views.
Hinze Dam is an easy option for an out of town escape next weekend. If you’re not shy of working up a sweat before smashing those dips and deli cheeses beckoning from the esky, stride out on the dam wall and appreciate where your seemingly bottomless supply of safe tap water is sourced—a 3.6-kilometre round trip if you don’t wimp out half way.
Image credit: Brooke Darling for The Urban List