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Fill Your Weekend With 12 Awesome Things To Do On The Gold Coast

By Claire Plush
21st May 2020

A scenic drone shot of a Gold Coast headland.

The world is currently having a tough time. While we’re all more than happy to do our part and self-isolate for the greater good, there is no getting around the fact that staying home every day has become a teensy bit boring.
Luckily for us, the Queensland restrictions have started easing with the latest announcement making way for dine-in meals at our fave restaurants to fire back up, as well as pamper sessions at local beauty salons. 

So to mix things up a little and take some time out of your regular bingeing schedule to focus on these awesome things to do on the Gold Coast this weekend. 

All Weekend

Dine At Your Favourite Restaurants

This weekend was always bound to be a biggie with some of the Gold Coast’s best restaurants re-opening their doors to 10 people at any one time. Book a table, if you haven’t already, and you’ll pretty much have the entire restaurant to yourself. It’ll be intimate, there’ll be no dishes for you to wash up at the end and you’ll be supporting the businesses who need it, while filling your belly with all of the good stuff, of course. To help you out, we’ve created a list the Gold Coast restaurants re-opening for dine-in meals. Plus, this beachfront bar is now allowing you to book out their whole space for you and your mates. 

Hit Up Miami Marketta’s Drive-Thru Market

Get ready to binge on all your favourite street food this weekend, because Miami Marketta is back in action. Open to the public this Friday and Saturday night (5pm to 8pm), it’ll be a little different to what you’re used to but the nosh will be deliciously the same. Instead of wandering through stalls and lining up on your feet, Miami Marketta have created a smaller street food market that you’ll actually be able to drive through. Pass under the neon-lit sign to the friendly faces of stallholders who will take your order. Then, you’ll get to hang in your car, pumping the tunes until they bring out the food and booze straight to your window. We could get used to this! 

Take A Drive And Explore Currumbin Valley

If the travel itch is getting too much to handle after months spent around home, gather your people, fill up the tank and buckle up for an idyllic day trip to Currumbin Valley. There’s rock pools, nature walks, vintage shops and beers ready for you, so what are you waiting for? 

Get Your Nails Back In Shape At Your Favourite Beauty Salon

That’s right! As of this weekend, beauty salons are allowed to re-open under the easing of Queensland’s coronavirus restrictions. With a cluster of the best nail salons on the Gold Coast now taking bookings, this is a time to give them a call for a buff, shape and polish. 

Lock In A Winter Getaway To A Cosy Cabin

Whisking yourself away to the mountains and neighbouring valleys is about the closest thing you’ll find to winter on the Gold Coast. And with restrictions slowly lifting, now is the time to start planning a local winter getaway. To help, we've rounded up a list of the best cosy cabins on the Gold Coast. Get read for crispy mornings, the crackle of a fireplace, babbling streams and getting snuggly under the covers. Sounds blissful, right?

Create Your Own Wellness Retreat At Home 

Your favourite spa or wellness retreat might be closed, but with the help of a top wellness retreat creator, you can make a sanctuary out of your home. Take time out of your weekend to move your body, eat intuitively and meditate, with our guide to creating the ultimate wellness retreat in your lounge room.

Crack Codes In A Virtual Escape Room

With all the fun of traditional escape rooms (the clues, the secrets and the impending sense of doom), virtual escape rooms are a perfect quarantine activity. Get hungry for the real thing by browsing through some of the best virtual escape rooms that will take your mind off your own imprisonment. 

Lay Down A Picnic Rug

When you’ve been cooped up inside for what feels like forever, a picnic at a scenic Gold Coast location sounds ridiculously idyllic. Pack a rug and your fave basket with all of the cheese and crackers, and work your way through this hit list. 

Get Crafty With The isoKIT

Even if you’re not usually much of a potter, we’re willing to bet you’ve at least thought about it since lockdown hit. Considering you’ve got nothing but time, why not try your hand at making a pot for your plant babies? Introducing the isoKIT, a DIY pot making kit that can be delivered to your door. And best of all, if you do screw it up, nobody will know. Pick your kit out here and buy a three-pack or six-pack today—use the code URBANLIST for free delivery.

Sip On Takeaway Cocktails From Your Favourite Bars

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again, but we’ll never get tired of the innovation that’s popped up since covid-19 struck our shores. And one concept that we’ll be eternally grateful for is takeaway cocktails on the Gold Coast. From negronis and margaritas to signature concoctions you won’t find anywhere else, we suggest making the most of the new five-person visitor rule and slinging out the drinks to your guests. 

Head To The Drive-In Cinema

Catching a new movie is a hard thing to do these days, but the experience is back thanks to Yatala Drive-In, giving you retro vibes as you watch old flicks from your ride. You can take all the blankets and snacks you need to watch movies like The Invisible Man and Mamma Mia in supreme car comfort. Check out their website for what’s showing, and enjoy a socially distant flick the old fashioned way.

Saturday 23 May

Hit A (Virtual) Bad Sweater Party

May is already showing off its cold side, and there’s no better way to embrace the winter months than with an horrific sweater, shown off amongst other horrific sweaters. Co-hosted by Hot Dub Time Machine, this bad sweater party involves more than just awful threads, we’re talking sweet tunes and good company (albeit poorly dressed), live streamed from 7pm. Find out more here.

Want to make plans for the weekend but not sure about the current restrictions? We simplify it here. 

Image credit: Manny Moreno

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