With this glorious sunshine stretching as far as our weather apps can see, it would be a crime to stay indoors this weekend. And while winter is the quieter time of the year here on the Gold Coast, we’re still spoilt with a ton of epic activities to spice up your life with.
Here are 12 awesome things to do on the Gold Coast this weekend.
Friday 30 July
Sip on nostalgic Aussie-themed cocktails at this iconic Burleigh Joint
Rosella’s is always worth a visit, but we’re particularly frothing to get there this weekend to sample their fresh new winter food menu. Their polished menu is still keeping it fun with the Rosella’s touch that we love, but you can expect more delicacies like smoked Port Lincoln sardines with rosella taramasalata and salmon roe and crumbed lamb cutlets with Diane sauce. Come wearing your stretchy pants.
Bop your head to a vinyl DJ set with a mulled wine in hand
The Dust Temple is running their final edition of their famous Winter Courtyard series this Friday, so if you haven’t been yet, now’s the time. With a resident DJ spinning records, as well as crackling fire pits, good vibes and delicious food, it’s the perfect low-key way to kick off the weekend. The winter menu consists of mouth-watering Middle Eastern grub, and the night wouldn’t be complete without wrapping your mitts around a cup of mulled wine.
Plunge Into Pure Bliss At Currumbin Valley’s Stunning New Outdoor Bathhouse
If the work week has left you feeling tense, or you simply want a mini break from the winter blues, The Bathhouse At Ground is where you’ll want to head this weekend. Set amongst lush rainforest, against the backdrop of a lovingly restored 100-year-old farmhouse, this health sanctuary breathes relaxation and we strongly recommend you pay it a visit.
Saturday 31 July
Cosy up and toast marshmallows by your own Personal fire pit
Robina Pavilion is truly delivering the winter goods with their cozy-as lakeside fire pit packages. The whole shebang comes complete with antipasti, cured meats and a cheese board, as well as marshmallows to roast over the fire, of course. All you need to do is make sure to book in advance and kick back with a wintry cocktail or a cold one in hand.
Immerse yourself in indigenous culture and learn about wild foods
Pushed back due to the COVID restrictions, this weekend you can celebrate all things indigenous Australian culture at the NAIDOC Wild Foods & Culture festival. Back for a second year with a bang, this free festival is now bigger, better and not to be missed. Sample traditional bush tucker, enjoy performances from talented indigenous artists, get crafty at one of the many art workshops - the options are endless!
Hop aboard this epic R’n’B superyacht party
Nothing says weekend on the Gold Coast quite like an epic yacht party out on the sparkling ocean. This luxury super yacht event is all about music, dancing, harbour views, chilled drinks and fun in the sun. Local DJ’s will ensure the party doesn’t stop with epic sets of all the best R’n’B and house tunes to shake your booty to.
Sunday 1 August
Spruce up your Insta feed with an adorable flower gelato cone
The mild winters here on the Gold Coast mean gelato season goes all year, which is why we’re pumped to try this new cute-as-a-button gelateria that has recently popped up in Sanctuary Cove. Rosé Gelateria is a treat to the eyes and the tastebuds, with a soft musk-pink space serving 24 gelato flavours and flaky pastries sent from the heavens. Make sure to try their specialty, the adorable flower-shaped gelatos that make for a cute snap.
Jump on this funky food tour bus and eat your way through all the best local grub
Foodies, listen up: there’s a new travel company offering curated crawls through all the best local food and drink spots, as well as cultural and outdoor experiences, right in our backyard. And if you thought it’s just like any other food tour, think again, 'cause Kiff & Culture tours are nothing like a traditional bus tour. There’s gourmet food, great wine and good vibes with banging tunes aboard a colourfully graffitied combi van with a tour guide who’s more like a fun new mate.
Stroll along these beachside markets
The famous beachside arts and crafts markets in Broadbeach are back this Sunday, and if you haven’t been yet, it’s truly a must-do Gold Coast experience. These iconic markets are great for people watching and browsing the numerous stalls bursting at the seams with unique finds. Buzzing with colour and atmosphere, there’s no better way to wrap up a weekend on the Gold Coast.
Devour this yummy croissant-waffle lovechild
The latest baked goods innovation to grace the Gold Coast food scene, the Croffle is precisely what we want to treat ourselves to with our morning flat whites this weekend. It’s our beloved morning croissant, chucked in a waffle plan with some mouth-watering toppings (think drizzled with chocolate or filled with tasty cheese and ham) and we couldn’t love it more. The good peeps at Croffee serve these yummy croissant 2.0’s alongside excellent coffee, so get to it.
Grab your binoculars and head whale watching
It’s peak whale season here along the Humpback Highway, and Gold Coasters are truly spoilt when it comes to the breathtaking natural display that is whale migration. According to local lore, the Point Danger headland at the state border is your best bet for spotting the glorious sea creatures thanks to the sweeping ocean views left and right. Make a day out of it by packing a picnic, or grab yummy freshly made snacks from the local legends at Little Mali down the street.
Learn to grow your own food at this massive garden and sustainability festival
Your time has come, green-thumbs-to-be! Always wanted to learn about urban or small space gardening, or how to grow your own food? Botanical Bazaar is an epic two-day bonanza on all things permaculture, native gardening, sustainable living and medicinal herbs. With community gardens, educational talks, workshops, live music and food, you’re bound to walk out feeling nourished and ready to take on your own greenery project.
Looking for more things to do? Hit up our list of 50 cheap (or free) things to do on the Gold Coast.
Image credit: The Bathhouse At Ground