Home to some of the world’s best beaches, renowned restaurants, a plethora of picturesque watering holes and ‘Gram-worthy accommodation, it’s no wonder the Gold Coast has become a revered destination all over the world.
So to help celebrate all that is great about this sun-soaked coastal destination, we’ve teamed up with the experts at Hotels.com to uncover all the reasons why the Gold Coast should be next on your holiday hit list.
Spanning over 57 kilometres, it’s safe to say the world (or coast) is your oyster when it comes to selecting accommodation. From the quiet and cosy coastal vibes of Currumbin, all the way to the lively and electric atmosphere of Broadbeach, there’s plenty of epic places to station yourself at on an escape to the Gold Coast.
On Main Beach, you can’t go past the iconic Sheraton Grand Mirage Resort, set on a private beach, complete with unparalleled views, stunning suites and a pool of epic proportions that sports a swim-up bar, it doesn’t get more luxurious than this. If you’re looking to suss out Surfers Paradise, Peppers Soul is located in the hub of all the action and provides the ultimate retreat after a busy day exploring the city. Soaring over 77 levels, you can expect uninterrupted views of the ocean from every level, a vibey Beach Club restaurant to sip delicious cocktails as well as an outdoor and indoor pool, sauna, steam room, spa and gym. Heaven.
Broadbeach lovers, look no further than The Star Grand at The Star. This slice of heaven is the perfect combination of relaxation and holiday fun with 13 mouthwatering restaurants and bars to choose from and an atmospheric pool scene that pumps lively beats all afternoon long. Those looking to reset and refresh should make a beeline for the Hinterland’s Pethers Rainforest Retreat in Mount Tamborine. Surrounded by tranquil rainforest, this adults-only retreat is as relaxing as it is romantic, with all treehouse rooms complete with rainforest views and a two-person spa.
Tuck Into The Gold Coast’s Finest
The options are endless when it comes to dining on the coast. Whether you’re after relaxed or refined, casual or classy, there’s pretty much anything to satisfy anyone. Burleigh boasts some of the Coast’s best with unbeatable views and iconic Bug Rolls at Rick Shores, mouth-wateringly fresh seafood at The Fish House, electric atmosphere and delicious pizzas at Justin Lane and mind-blowing Modern Cantonese cuisine at Mr Hizola’s, just to name a few. It’s safe to say you’re guaranteed a seriously impressive gastronomic affair.
Head north along the coastline and the deliciousness continues with the likes of Social Eating House in Broadbeach. Here, you’ll find melt-in-your-mouth, slow-roasted saltbush lamb shoulder and Mermaid Beach’s Etsu, serving up unforgettable Japanese fare and a lively energy. Also home to some outstanding Japanese food is Yamagen. Located at Surfers Paradise’s stunning QT Hotel, this place dishes out a mean sashimi platter in a ‘Gram-worthy setting. Honourable mentions also go out to Broadbeach’s Nineteen at the Star which brings boujee to a whole new level with a next-level food menu, extensive wine list (we’re talking 500+ bottles) and glimmering decor.
So Much More Than Beaches
You might be surprised to know that there’s a lot more to the Gold Coast than just beaches (although they’re pretty great too). If you’re a right-brainer, you can relish an endless array of workshops to help get your creative juices flowing, with arts and crafts, sip and paint workshops, pottery classes, flower crown making and cocktail mixology masterclasses just some of the activities on offer.
If you’re still keen to get amongst the water, there’s plenty of picturesque waterfalls to splash about in and soak up all of Mother Nature’s glory. If you’d rather stay dry and get the blood pumping, you can conquer one of the coast’s many scenic bushwalks and burn off some of those delicious feeds you’ve more than likely devoured. Otherwise, if you’re keen to keep it low key you can hit up one (or some) of the Coast’s bountiful markets bursting with local and delicious produce.
The Coast In A Glass
If there’s one thing you’ll never be short of on the Gold Coast, it’s an ice-cold beverage. Whether you’re enjoying a glass of rosé and taking in the stunning views at Burleigh Pavilion or sipping on PIMMS at the Garden Kitchen and Bar in Broadbeach, there are endless options for a lunchtime beverage or late-night nightcap.
If beer is more your style, never fear, as the Gold Coast is also home to some pretty impressive breweries (is there anything this place doesn’t have?). Our personal favourites are Mick Fanning’s pride and joy, Balter Brewing Company in Currumbin and the institution that is Burleigh Brewing in, you guessed it, Burleigh.
So what are you waiting for? Head to Hotels.com and lock in your next sun-soaked getaway to the Gold Coast.
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