Oh the joys of being a kid when a gold coin meant so much.
Whether it was heads and tails with your friends at school, enough to buy a snack from the tuck shop or a $1 mixture of lollies, coin rugby competitions at lunch time, or to bribe your younger siblings in return for folding your washing.
Nowadays it doesn’t resemble such joys, except for when you can scramble enough change to pay for parking on James Street. We’re helping you out with 21 things to do on the Gold Coast when you only have a jingle in your pocket, or just want to save for that trip to Mexico, your first house, pay off student loans, yadda yadda… #LIFE
1. Get $1 worth of treats at The Source in Miami or the BRAND NEW Southport store; just don’t get over-excited by the endless possibilities and over-fill your paper bag.
2. Grab a crew, blanket, and picnic basket, then park up for the evening listening to Burleigh Bongos, every Sunday from 5pm. You could even donate your $1 to the talented humans!
3. Go for a swim at any or all of the beaches on the coast—they are some of the best in the world— and it will cost you nada.
4. Wander along the esplanade from Broadbeach to Burleigh and utilise the plethora of free gym equipment along the way. Also completely free.
5. Try and decide which game to put your last pennies into at Timezone. The basketball one is by far the best. #justsayin’
6. Better yet, embrace your post-high school self and shoot hoops at Miami High—keyhole anyone?
7. Go on a Tinder date and check out Macca’s loose change menu. You’ll be surprised at what you can get for a few gold coins. What you likely won’t get is a second date…
8. Or keep an eye on Nobbys Arc’s Facebook as they often do $1 slices of pizzaaaaaa. Take your Tinder date there instead—a much better vibe and better chance of a call back.
9. Stretch and unwind at the Australian School of Meditation and Yoga’s free Asana Classes at Nerang, Southport, Mermaid, and Robina.
10. Peruse through The Village Markets on the 1st and 3rd Sunday of every month at Burleigh and the 2nd Sunday at Paradise Point. Hit the vintage rack sale for a gold coin bargain, or if you go shortly before close, you may be able to pick up some fresh flowers for pittance.
11. Find a friend who also has $1 and go halves in a $2 steak on Sundays at Waxy’s Irish Bar in Surfers Paradise. Who knows, a lovely Irish lad or lass may treat you to a pint of Guinness.
12. Try something new: Tai Chi is free every Monday and Wednesday at 8:30am in Justin Park, Burleigh Heads.
13. $1 oysters at Burgster. Happy Hour. Every Friday between 3—6pm (unless sold out prior… peeps have been known to oyster binge). You’re gonna want to rustle up some extra coin so you can wash those oysters down with an epic burger, but whatever you do… get there!
14. If oysters aren’t your thing, then surely dumplings are? One of Mermaid’s newest additions, Après Surf offer $1 dumplings on Thursdays from 4pm. Nom Nom.
15. Pick up a bargain at the Stocklands Car Boot Sale on the 2nd Sunday of every month, you’re bound to find treasure for your small change. Bring your game face and get ready to barter.
16. Be old school and visit a library, borrow a book, nestle up under a tree, and switch off from the world for the afternoon.
17. Pretend you are going to buy an ice cream and taste test nearly every flavour at Gelato Messina in Coolangatta, then quickly exit the building.
18. Visit a fruit shop and buy a delicious ripe-looking banana, or any piece of fruit that takes your fancy… ‘cause nature’s energy.
19. Stop into your local servo for an 80-cent coffee or tea… Or if you’re a coffee snob and wouldn’t dare get one from a petrol station, then Arabesque Bazaar in Surfers offer $1 coffees every weekday between 12—5pm.
20. Place a bet at your favourite surf club or slip it in the pokies. It’s ok to gamble when you have limited funds. #nothingtolose
21. For $1, rent a car for an hour from Dollar Rent Depot and squeeze in as much Gold Coast sightseeing as you can muster, or drive a stretch limousine for a whole minute for $1—that’s bucket list ticking right there.
Do you know of any awesome things to do on the Gold Coast for $1 or less? Tell us in the comments.
Photo Credit: Brooke Darling for Metropolist