Beach, beers, barbies and sun rays—yep, pretty much the Gold Coast culture in a nutshell.
It’s fair to say us Coasters don’t need to be reminded that all year ‘round is a good time to get amongst these perks, but with summer creepin’ up, why not kick it up a notch and book an epic Gold Coast beach pad? Sure, the GC is dotted with glitzy hotels, antiqued motels, and uncombed backpackers resorts but instead, we suggest you impress your out-of-towner pals with a sensational holiday rental. Economical? Tick. Chances of a memorable stay-cay? 100 per cent. An affinity of pats on the back from your pals after you book one of these beach pads? Absolutely.
Here’s our pick of fab Gold Coast beach pads (or slightly further afield) that you’ll want to book for summer.
Hamptons Beachfront | Main Beach
Chuck out those car keys (but not really, just leave them somewhere safe, okay?), because you won’t be needin’ those jangly things around here. This beauty sits on Main Beach and is all about la la la la luxury. Spread over three floors with an absolute beachfront posi, a massive entertaining kitchen, and wine cellar, it might cost you a mint, but if you fill every bed it’ll totes be worth it!
Breakfast nearby: Providore Marina Mirage, Main Beach
BUJERUM APARTMENTS | BURLEIGH HEADS
We’ve all lusted over these dreamy two and three-bedroom self-contained apartments, on the way home from a Burleigh Hill picnicking session. Commanding prime real estate and with salty sea breezes from the front deck, Bujerum’s apartments are contemporarily styled and will have you dreaming that you never need to leave.
Breakfast nearby: Canteen Kitchen, Burleigh
The Bungalow | Byron Bay
One room, one bedder, hello romance; that’s right ladies, direct your man’s attention to this gem when you’re hinting of your next romantic stay-cay. Just south of the border, The Bungalow is nested in a lush tropical wonderland, with a national park and the Pacific Ocean right at your doorstep. This is one of those never-wanna-leave places, so best to go with zero itinerary, phones off and soak up the R&R. And just up the road is the world famous Kings Beach, clothes optional! YOLO.
Breakfast nearby: Harvest, Newry Bar
Hamptons on the GC | Palm Beach
Racking up five-star reviews from every single guest, we’re not one bit surprised that this elegantly chic beachfront haven is one of the most booked out beach pads on the Coast. With polished floorboards throughout, modern Hamptons-style furnishings (Kim K eat your heart out), this mammoth oozes the definition of Gold-Coast-beach-front holiday pad right here. With undisturbed ocean views over the spacious, secluded backyard, it’s the perfect canvas for sundowners, singlets, and
a late-arvo summer cricket game.
Breakfast nearby: AVVIA Cafe, Palm Beach
Waterfront Lodge | Couran Cove
Fancy an island getaway, without the long-haul flight? Well, technically you can, right here on the Gold Coast at our favourite zip-across-the-water destination, South Straddie Island. This gorgeous private lodge set inside the Ramada Couran Cove is an ideal spot for a coupla’ couples to dash away to. With tennis, mini golf and pedals on offer, there’s no shortage of activities to do at Couran Cove, just make sure you’re back at your waterfront deck by sunset, deal?
Breakfast: BYOB (bring your own barbie supplies!)
Absolute Beachfront | Mermaid Beach
The name don’t lie; this family beach-shack is legit smack-bang on the beach, and is one of the more expensive getaways on our list—for good reason, too. Private beachfront views, four huge bedrooms, a second rumpus room to keep the kids at bay, and just a few strides from the Mermaid Beach Surf Club. All boxes ticked! Bring a second fam along to take up every bed and keep the price down!
Breakfast nearby: Cafe on Hedges, Mermaid Beach
Kintamaya On The Beach | Byron Bay
Alrighty, pack the family wagon, tykes and pooch in tow, ‘cause we have found your ultimate summer beach pad getaway. You ready? Coastal-tropic sanctuary, it does exist. Cue, Kintamaya. Surrounded by peaceful, dewy greenery, you’ll feel a million miles from the often-bustling Byron Bay, because the furthest you’ll be trekking is to the sandy beach, just a short dash through the backyard. This hidden gem features an eco-modern fit out, alfresco dining, a media room, and a jaw dropping breakfast bar you’ll totes want to re-create at home. #instaworthy
Breakfast nearby: Suffolk Bakery, Byron Bay
OCEANFRONT LUXURY | SUNSHINE COAST
Gah! You’ve got to at least look at this baby. Even if you can’t afford to book it, just imagine the epic thrown-together dinner party you could have around that dining table, followed by a late-night dip in that pool, of course! We don’t even know where to start with this Sunshine Coast beach house—it’s got it all! Ocean views, gorgeous interior, massive decks… it’s lotto winnings material right there.
Breakfast nearby: Fomo, Sunshine Beach
Bliss With A View | Broadbeach Waters
If rooftop entertaining and a million dolla’ Surfers Paradise skyline view tickles your fancy, then you’ve found the one, my friend! Can beach pads still be beach pads, without being right on the beach? On this occasion, hell yes. Who wants salty wine glasses and sandy bed sheets anyways? Set on the waterfront canals on the oh-so-affluent Monaco Street, Bliss With A View is a seriously high-end, ultra-chic villa. With polished concrete floors, sky-high ceilings, and magazine-spec styling, this brand spanka’ has NYC style written all over it. With six epic king-sized bedrooms sleeping 14 peeps, you won’t have a hard time convincing your mates to fill the beds. Psst, rumour has it a few A-grade celebs have also cooped up in this pad!
Breakfast nearby: Coffee Sisters, Broadbeach Waters
Beach House | Currumbin
Summer hols were made for beach hangs, frozen margaritas and quality time with your best pals. Booking this Currumbin beachfront pad will get you many kudos from your mates, but you’d wanna get in quick. With literal beachfront location, panoramic sunrise views and hell, even a lap pool, this place will be the hottest place going ‘round this summer, and you’ll be kicking yourself if you miss out. Now this ain’t no bargain-basement deal, but FYI, if you split the bill between 10 of your buddies, this mansion works out cheaper than a dingy motel. Say waaaaat?!
Breakfast nearby: The Salt Mill, Currumbin
Luxury Beach House | Palm Beach
This ultra-modern beach shack looks like it’s literally been plucked from The Block finale, with some top-notch styling. An entertainer’s delight with a Sonos sound system throughout, huge outdoor dining area with a barbie, outdoor dining table and a looooong bench for all those extra guest to chill. Ahem, whilst you may not wanna leave your new hang, don’t forget the beach is a mere 30-second stroll. The good blokes that built this joint even offer you their Subaru five-seater for an extra $80 bucks a day, now that’s customer service!
Breakfast nearby: Barefoot Barista, Palm Beach
Don’t need all the space and just want some full-service accomm? We got you with Gold Coast coolest hotel, QT Gold Coast.
Photo Credit: Airbnb