Things To Do

Stay Toasty | Things To Do On The Gold Coast This Winter

By Brooke Darling
28th Jun 2018

things to do on the gold coast winter

While we shouldn’t admit to cheating on summer, we actually adore this time of year. The days are clearer, the crowds are smaller and you can leave the house looking your best and without fear of turning into a sweaty puddle come mid afternoon. 

Here are 50 things to do on the Gold Coast this winter, that will most certainly distract you from missing summer.

  1. Live your best life when ticking off these incredible destination restaurants every Gold Coast foodie should visit at least once. 
  2. Instead of beach hopping try cafe hopping, starting with these stellar newbies: Milkman’s Daughter, Daymaker Espresso, GGs Eatery or baked treats from Mr Buttergoods.
  3. Dust off the cobwebs and rally the troops for a night out at the Coast’s most ridic new attraction. Top Golf at Movieworld is multiple levels of golf with cutting edge interactive technology—and cocktails! 
  4. Mark your diary with these fun things to do on the Gold Coast this winter. From a concert you can take your dog to at HOTA, an all-you-can-eat mussel festival at Miami Marketta and a pussy lovin’ Cat Carnival at Carrara. 
  5. Transport yourself to some place exotic, with the always-summer vibes at Coolangatta fave, Baskk Kirra Point or Mermaid Beach’s Poke Poke.
  6. Warm up with a steamy pot of herbal tea (with lemon, mint and ginger plucked fresh from the garden) at Currumbin Valley Harvest, open every weekend.  
  7. Experience one of the coolest things to do on the Gold Coast this winter—a cocktail degustation delivered by local bartending legend Adam Bastow of Iku Yakitori & Whisky Bar. Yes, we said cocktail degustation, people! 
  8. If ‘love animals, don’t eat them’ is your mantra, this winter you’ll find your kindred spirits gathered at Miami’s new vegan marketplace, The LC. Vegan ramen, come at us!
  9. Winter is an opportune time to get snuggly and listen to live local musos in an intimate setting. Sofar Sounds is a top secret monthly music offering and is our top pick among the best things to do on the Gold Coast this winter.
  10. Try this sure-fire method to pull yourself out of singledom this winter, with these Gold Coast only pick up lines
  11. Prepare to sip warming tea from your very own handmade mug, when you book a class with the Coast’s best ceramics workshops
  12. Use this downtime productively and up your interior styling game. Starting with the Coast’s best indoor plants shops and homewares stores. Sorry not sorry, credit card.  
  13. Need a new winter wardrobe with zero budget? Make like Macklemore and pop some tags at the Gold Coast’s best op shops
  14. Treat that chapped winter skin with a steam, massage and repeat at Cabarita’s fab new addition, Halcyon Spa. After something closer to home? We can’t go past The Bathhouse by Greenhouse
  15. Cosy up in a wine bar with European noms that’ll make your soul sing. Our current crush? Tasca in Coolangatta and Lupo in Mermaid Beach
  16. If it’s this bloody cold out, you might as well pretend! Slap on a pair of skates and use every ounce of energy to look graceful while ice skating at Gold Coast Iceland, Bundall.  
  17. Trying to fill the void usually spent sunning yourself at the beach in the warmer months? With a ridic number of new openings in 2018, why not eat somewhere different? Right now we’re loving on Nineteen at The Star (hello, date night!) and Bar Hellenika
  18. Summer bodies are made in winter, or something like that. Which is why you need to check out the Gold Coast’s best yoga and Pilates studios while the days are short and the mornings are chilly. 
  19. Make like the rest of the southern Gold Coast on a Saturday morning and visit the Palm Beach Currumbin or Burleigh Heads Farmer’s Markets; then gather up armfuls of seasonal veggies to make a killer winter soup. 
  20. Guaranteed to make you sweat, you’ll be thankful it’s not 30+ degrees when you tackle these epic nature hikes around the Gold Coast
  21. Invest some time and money into bettering yourself this winter. We recommend a creative session at The Craft Parlour or any one of these sip and paint art classes
  22. Work your way through all the best wintery ramen soups on the Gold Coast. 
  23. Shoot the shit with the bar flies at Gold Coast’s most characterful old school pubs
  24. One of the best things to do on the Gold Coast this winter? Whisk your lover away on a weekend adventure with these romantic cabins and cottages that are totes worth the drive north. 
  25. Take advantage of Scoot’s cheap flights departing Coolangatta for Athens (via Singapore) with a European mid-summer escapade to the magical Greek Islands. Who needs plane food and luggage anyway? 
  26. Layer up that winter coat when you hit all the best burger joints on the Gold Coast. We won’t judge.  
  27. Try your luck whale watching on the jaw-dropping Kirra to Point Danger walk. 
  28. Grab your gang, don your beanies and cheer on our boys at a Gold Coast Suns home game.  
  29. Or, swap out the beers and make some ridiculously smooth espresso martinis or mulled wine. Mmmm. 
  30. Pack your overnight bag and head to the hills for a Gold Coast Hinterland staycation; checking out these spots while you’re there. It’s one of our favourite things to do on the Gold Coast each winter. 
  31. Or jump in the car and make tracks for this ridic new glamping set up—including, wait for it, an onsite bar! Now you’re talking our language. 
  32. Don’t deny your cravings for a fair dinkum wintery escape. Book a direct flight from Coolangatta Airport and plan your trip with our guide to the ski slopes of New Zealand. Happy snow sliding! 
  33. Add some layers for warmth with winter’s ultimate breakfast comfort food, waffles. We’ve rounded up the Coast’s best waffles here
  34. Up your Insta game with sunflowers selfies at the one and only, Farm & Co. 
  35. Settle in for a night of whisky tasting at The Loose Moose or, if you’re on the southern end, Eddie’s Grub House or The Scottish Prince. Or, any of these sweet whisky-swilling bars will do. 
  36. Ditch the cold with a sweat sesh at your local hot yoga studio. Perfect for those mornings when it’s simply too bone-chilling to drag yourself outside for a run. One of the best things to do on the Gold Coast in winter? You betcha! 
  37. Escape the house when the sun is out, with these top bars for drinks in the sunshine.  
  38. Sunrise in winter is at the very civilised hour of about 6:30am. Therefore all of us who can’t face a 4:30am sunrise in summer have a MUCH better chance of catching it in winter! Mt Warning sunrise hike, anyone? 
  39. Grab a swag of blankets, your cuddliest buddies, a phone with some fab playlists, cheese, crackers and take away hot chocolate (plus a hipflask of Baileys, if you will) and set up a cosy picnic with your friends. Out of the wind, this winter sunshine is freakin’ glorious. Any of these awesome picnic spots will do just fine.
  40. Kid yourself that you’re on the beaches of Vietnam with a culinary trip to Jimmy Wah’s or whisk away to Thailand with help from Tugun’s Sticky Rice
  41. Make your way through this list of the Gold Coast’s best cheap eats and save all your dollies for summer.  
  42. Dinner date for one? Test your skillz in the kitchen with our easy-as-pie pumpkin soup recipe followed by a warming chocolate mug cake. Yummo!    
  43. Settle in for the night at the Gold Coast’s cosiest small bars—Lockwood and Nightjar in Burleigh or The Scottish Prince in Palm Beach.  
  44. Make like the masses and book a Bali trip. Can we suggest hitting all these places while you’re there? 
  45. Insta spam on all those sunny winter days and make all of your non-Gold Coast friends jealous. #blessed #goldcoastwinter
  46. Wrap up nice and warm then brave the elements when you stroll along the Gold Coast’s prettiest walks
  47. Igloo bars are again thing this winter; grab your swanky (faux) fur coat and road trip up to Brisvegas. 
  48. Winter is the time to scrub up on your cooking skills. Check out the impressive selection of half-day classes at Icon Cookery School or pizza and pasta making at Salt Meats Cheese
  49. Who said mastering latte art was just for the professionals? First Fruits Speciality Coffee hosts regular barista basics and latte art courses at their cafe and roastry in Labrador. On the southern end? Try Blackboard’s barista academy in Burleigh. Mmmm coffee.  
  50. Organise a bar crawl! Starting with all the best Gold Coast bars that every local should have sunk a few drinks at. That should keep you busy until the weather warms up. 

On the hunt for more things to do on the Gold Coast this winter? We reckon it’s probably time you knocked off this bucket list of Gold Coast’s best cafes

Image credit: Brooke Darling for The Urban List 

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