With mild sunny days and chilly evenings, we are slowly getting back into the flow of things on the Gold Coast. It’s a tedious task trying to decide whether you should buy that gin-scented sanitiser, or just a bottle of gin to get ready for the weekend.
Here are some of our top picks for things to do on the Gold Coast this weekend, including an awesome new restaurant to hit, a bottomless margarita lunch and where you can find all the fun that comes with Christmas in July.
Saturday 4 July
Drive In And Watch 10 Things I Hate About You
If the thought of 10 Things I Hate About You brings up a serious case of nostalgia, you’re not alone. This coming of age film is hitting the big screen at the Yatala Drive-In this weekend, so get ready to soak in all the goodness that is a young Heath Ledger. Swoon.
Sunday 5 July
Indulge In A Bottomless Margarita Lunch
So many margaritas to be downed, so little time. The crew at Nobby Beach’s Mr. are launching an epic Sunday special this weekend, and trust us when we say, you want in! Over two hours (seatings available from 12pm to 2pm and 2.30pm to 4.30pm) you’ll sip on as many margs as you can handle while feasting on a delicious lunch spread, including the likes of bug rolls, prawn fried rice and fried chicken—drool. Find out more here, then call 07 5572 5572 to book your table.
Stroll The Village Markets
Muse over local designers, shoulder sway to live musicians and dig your teeth into some delicious street food at The Village Markets. We can almost guarantee you’ll be walking away with an empty wallet with the likes of ceramics, homewares, bohemian linen threads and accessories, all-natural beauty products and so much more. On a budget? You’ll pick up a bargain at the adjoining rack sales where local fashionistas sell off their pre-loved wares.
Book A Table At This New Neon-Soaked Asian Restaurant
Round up your foodie mates and prepare to be blown away, because your favourite crew from Justin Lane have just thrown open the doors to an incredible, neon-lit Asian eatery and it’s the hottest thing we’ve seen in a long, long time. A vibrant celebration of South-East Asian cuisine, the menu is overflowing with dishes that are Thai-inspired and somewhat more traditional than you’d probably expect. While you’ll find the classics, there’s also a bunch of off-the-beaten-track Thai meals you’ve probably never heard of. Find out all about Miss Mee, then book your table stat.
Plan a Budget Stay At This New Boutique Hostel In Byron
With the announcement that QLD borders are opening up, there’s never been a better time to book a trip to our fave Northern NSW town of Byron Bay. Timed perfectly with the restrictions easing, a brand new boutique hostel has just thrown open its doors and it’s far from average. The Surf House is set in the heart of town and is decked out with old-school surf memorabilia and the town’s first rooftop bar. Rooms range from queens with ensuites and private balconies to twin-share and dorm-style options.
Warm Your Cockles By The Fire Celebrating Christmas In July
We always get just a little bit jealous of our friends in the northern hemisphere when, come Christmas, they all cosy up by the fire—plus they can hide all that Xmas pud under festive jumpers. Now you can join in the fun with Darcy Arms Irish Pub celebrating Christmas in July all month long. For $50 per person you can tuck into a three-course Xmas dinner with all the trimmings. We’re talking Yorkshire pudding, turkey and ham off the bone with Christmas tunes and a crackling fire in the background.
Make Your Own Gin At This New Distillery
Make then drink your very own bespoke gin, thanks to the legends at the Gold Coast’s newest distillery, Wildflower Gin, and their epic masterclasses. Held over two gintastic hours, this make-your-own session will see you running through the history of gin, Wildflower’s process and then finally whipping up a totally unique blend to take home. Classes start at $160 and run on Saturdays, so book your spot here.
Sink A Beer At The Gold Coast’s New Brewery
The Gold Coast’s beer scene just went up a whole other level with the long-anticipated opening of the James Squire Brewhouse, The Lucky Squire, earlier this week. Set over two levels with space to seat over 450 guzzling beer-drinkers at any one time (post COVID-19, of course), this is the spot to rally your mates together this weekend, for an afternoon session spent sipping on fresh and exclusive craft beers made on-site in the microbrewery. Open every day from 10am to 3am, if you’re chasing good beer, great food and fun times, a visit here has got to be one of the best things to do on the Gold Coast right now.
Jump On The Road In A Cool QLD Campervan
Road trips are the all the rage right now, but what if you could take your accommodation with you? Perfect for loading up with your favourite road tripping partner and travelling anywhere your wanderlusting heart takes you, Little Camper Co.’s campervans are like teeny tiny cabins you can take with you. Complete with a fully-functional kitchen—including sink, fresh water, pots and pans—and a self-sustainable solar power system, if a night in the middle of nowhere under the stars is right up your alley, consider your accommodation and transport, sorted! Prices start at just $79 per night, so book your van here and get planning your road trip from the Gold Coast.
Pedal Your Way Through The Gold Coast’s Best Bike Rides
Tackle the months you've just spent hibernating with some good, old-fashioned fun in the great outdoors. Whether you’re a coastal cruiser, a seasoned city slicker, a lycra fanatic or a hipster with a fixie, we have a bike trail for you. So, hop on your favourite two wheels and start pedalling through some of the Gold Coast's best bike rides.
Pitch A Tent At The Gold Coast's Best Camping Spots
When you have a backyard as stunning as we do, it would be a crime not to take advantage of its wonder and natural beauty. And with Queensland’s restrictions on overnight stays easing, this weekend could see you pitching a tent and breaking your travel drought. Browse through the best camping spots on the Gold Coast, then hit up this essential camping gear hit list to make sure you’re well equipped.
Take A Day Trip To The Scenic Rim
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 the Scenic Rim. This thriving rural paradise is pretty much on our doorstep.
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 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?
Planning your first trip across the border? Put this new Mexican joint on your to-do list.
Image credit: Kaitlin Maree Photography for Urban List