In a world full of high smashed avocado prices, dabbing, and Donald Trump, everyone should know how to relax, unwind and enjoy the fabulous things in life.
We’ve gathered 10 sweet ways to chill the F out on the Gold Coast, because we think you deserve it!
Make Things At The Craft Parlour
Get crafty, creative and cheerful with the gals at The Craft Parlour, where boredom comes to die. The bright, beautiful and recently expanded studio in Palm Beach nurtures and encourages all things creative, whether that be brushing up on your artistic flair with macramé, pottery, and sewing, or showing off your Picasso-like skills with hand lettering and screen printing. The workshops cater for all types of events, such as baby showers, hen’s dos, mumma and cub club, or just your causal crafternoon. Check out the timetable here.
Live It Up At Halcyon House
Take one old surf motel and mix it with one part Greek Island pool chic, add a bit of Cali cool and Hampton high end, and serve over a relaxed Cabarita beachfront. There you have it, one of the trendiest boutique hotels in Australia, Halcyon House; goes well with sunshine and a delicious restaurant run by one Queensland’s hottest young chefs. Take a day trip (mid-week vacay if you’re feeling cheeky) and sit poolside—fringed by palm trees and lined with navy and white sun beds, transporting you instantly to the Mediterranean. If this doesn’t help you chill the f out, frankly, probably nothing will.
Do High Tea at Cha Tea Providores
Reinventing the traditional high tea experience is Cha Tea in Surfers Paradise, with a calm and welcoming atmosphere. At only $35 per head, the chef-designed menu offers a “Fusion” stand including scones with fresh cream and homemade mixed berry jam, a selection of hand-made sweet and savoury items as well as choice of tea and coffee. Is your mouth watering yet?
Run To The Hills And Gwinganna Lifestyle Retreat
Gwinganna, a soul soothing and inspirational experience, is considered the Rolls Royce of health retreats, situated on a mountaintop in the Gold Coast hinterland. Choosing to check in will provide you with professionals across all fields, combining organic living, spa, movement and relaxation activities. Shut off from the outside world in the minimal tech environment as you focus on wellness and learn how to be resilient in this hectic life. Sounds blissful, right?
Chill The F Out At Currumbin Inlet
Tranquillity, beauty and peaceful vibes await you at Currumbin Inlet. Paddle boarders and kayakers take your mark, as this is the perfect spot to spend a day splashing around in the crystal clear waterway that leads to the Currumbin beachfront. Pack an umbrella and a picnic and make it an ideal brownie points-earning date spot (thank us later)!
Eat For The Soul On A Burleigh Twilight Food And Wine Tour
Four hours of eclectic venues and unique food and drinks without having to worry about table reservations, arguments over the menu, or lines to get in? YES, PLEASE. Beautiful by day and spectacular by night, Burleigh Heads lends itself nicely to a tour of some of the yummiest restaurants, cafes and bars on offer. Go on, book with Gold Coast Food And Wine Tours and sink your teeth in to it (literally).
Get High (Naturally) At Freedom Float
Ever wondered what heaven on earth is like? Say hello to Freedom Float where deep relaxation is the name of the game. Float weightlessly in a specially designed lightproof and soundproof pod, filled with a salt solution to rejuvenate and repair your bod. Experience bliss by blocking out the external world for one hour, and all of the white noise that comes with this crazy life.
Salty Sea Breezes And Yoga at BSKT
Coffee, yoga and beach views all in the same place? Boo-ya! BSKT runs a kick-ass yoga program held upstairs from their kick-ass cafe. Enjoy a zen-filled morning while looking over Nobby Beach and taking in the magical sunrise, and then head down to the cafe for a coffee to kick start your day. Mondayitis, who?
Rainforest Adventures On A Binna Burra Day Trip
If you are into dope Instagram opportunities, clearing your head and appreciating the little things, take a day trip to Binna Burra. Lamington National Park (no it’s not edible, soz) offers a range of walking tracks through rugged mountain scenery, breathtaking lookouts, waterfalls, ferns and gullies, ‘cause #nature. If you really want to disconnect, stay a night at the heritage-listed Binna Burra Lodge to escape reality for a little while. You’ll depart with a solid reminder how bloody lucky we are to call this our backyard.
Always-Sunday Feels At Finders Keepers
For a vibing Sunday sesh head to Finders Keepers on James Street every weekend at 12pm. Laid back vibes, live music and great food is sure to lift your mood upon realising after Sunday, comes Monday. Alternatively, drown your sorrows in this James Street bar’s famous cocktails that are sure to make your Sunday interesting and head sore on Monday morning. Or anyone of these sweet local spots for a Sunday session should do the trick.
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