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Ditch the Rat Race And Chase The Soul Pace On A Gold Coast Mid-Week Escape

By Isabella Jeffrey
12th Feb 2024

Sure, having all that annual leave banked ‘just in case’ is wise—but if you’re like us, we’re already daydreaming about our next mini-escape between morning meetings. 

Treat yourself to more Monday-to-Friday fun this year and cash in that annual leave for a "Sneeky Mid-Weeky" up the Gold Coast. The upside to a mid-week adventure? You can ditch the hustle and bustle of crowded attractions for a leisurely week of cruising through the city at your own rhythm. 

From indulgent massages to hot air balloon tours, we have your itinerary set for every occasion with help from Destination Gold Coast

Set Your Status To Working From Hot Air Balloon 

Whether you’re an adrenaline junkie or prefer laid-back cruising, the perfect way to see the Gold Coast is from new heights. Get hearts racing at Arro Jet’s high-octane jet boating, or ease into the afternoon with a sunset cruise exploring Surfers Paradise.

Make the most of your mid-week and explore the Gold Coast from above with a hot air balloon package—and experience the hinterlands and beaches all in one trip.  

Circle Back To The Beach

Three people in the ocean.

Got a birthday on the horizon? This year swap the usual office cake in the kitchen for a sunrise dip along some of the East Coast's finest slabs of sand. The perfect way to bring in another lap around the sun, take a celebratory swim at Burleigh Beach.  

Enjoy a wander along the cafe-filled streets, or try dolphin spotting between dives at Currumbin Creek. Better yet, hire a boat or paddle board and make your way over to South Stradbroke Island for a private slice of the island—a perfect birthday treat.  

Schedule Some 1:1 Time With Your Partner

We’ve all been there—as the year picks up our relationships can accidentally end up on the back burner. For that next anniversary don’t wait until the weekend, reignite those sparks with a few days of TLC at the Gold Coast’s relaxing retreats.

Indulge in a packed schedule of soaks, scrubs and massages at Ground in Currumbin, or get a quick sweat on and reap the rewards of a decked-out sauna and bathhouse at Native State in Coolangatta. Keep the loved-up vibes flowing and end the day with a reservation at Little Truffle Dining Room & Bar, and enjoy an intimate setting and knock-your-socks-off fine dining. 

Clock Off For An Adventure

Person looking out to view.

With picturesque hikes around the hinterlands and coast, escape the city and the crowds with a mid-week adventure exploring the Gold Coast. Spend a day among the mountains around O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat with tracks for every level of adventurer. Once you've worn your wanderlust out, take in uninterupted hinterland views from your Binna Burra Lodge cabins.

Pack your togs and swap the hinterlands for Cougal Cascades with an easy circuit and a refreshing reward at the end. Post-adventure make sure to stop by Franc Jr Famous Pizzeria for a slice (or two) of original-style pizzas loaded with fresh toppings.   

Reignite your weekdays and start planning your "Sneeky Mid-Weeky'" to the Gold Coast here

Editor’s note: This article is sponsored by Destination Gold Coast and proudly endorsed by The Urban List. To find out more about who we work with and why read our editorial policy here.

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