When you think of the Gold Coast do you think Surfers Paradise, Dreamworld, Movie World, Wet ‘n' Wild, Sea World, beaches, pubs, tans and meter maids? Flight Centre's social media specialist Sam Locke shares some local's knowledge to keep in mind for your next trip to the Gold Coast.
While visiting the theme parks and experiencing Surfers Paradise are definitely worthwhile ticking off your “Gold Coast to do list”, try and make time for these forgotten gems to ensure you get a true Gold Coast experience. Keep in mind all of the locations mentioned below are close to Surfers Paradise - there is no need to book multiple hotels.
Dine out in Broadbeach. There are numerous absolutely delicious, brag-worthy restaurants and the atmosphere is buzzing. Make sure you wear your trendy threads, this is where the cool crowd (of all ages) spend their weekends. You will also find really good coffee in Broadbeach, so make it a date for breakfast, lunch or dinner.
Spend the afternoon at a surf club. In Queensland most Surf Life Saving Clubs also have a Supporters Club which is a pub located above the surf club on the beach. These are the place to be on a Saturday or Sunday afternoon. Try a late lunch followed by a few drinks to welcome in the sunset and often live music. Some clubs are party places and others are family friendly so check with a local before turning up.
Pack a picnic breakfast or BBQ dinner and head down to one of the many tables on the grass at the beach front. There are free BBQ's to use, play grounds for the kids and plenty of places for the adults to put their esky. Perfect place to spend the early morning (with a coffee) or early evening.
Take a day trip to Byron Bay. Byron Bay is the most eastern point of Australia and although this pointer is taking you away from the Gold Coast for a day it is totally worth it. Byron, as it is known to locals is only a 45 minute drive south of Coolangatta. Byron captures the beautiful, creative, magical and alternative side of life. There is amazing food, including a lot of vegetarian and vegan cafes. There is always some live music and street buskers are always to be found. There are also some gorgeous shops with hand made jewelery, art and crafts.
Head to Snapper Rocks which is the most southern beach of the Gold Coast. This is where the ASP World Tour kicks off each year with the Quiksilver Pro. Have a cold drink on the balcony of the surf club and if you're lucky you may even get to see some of the world's best surfers catching a few waves. You can then walk up the hill behind the surf club to Point Danger and jump back and forth over the QLD / NSW border. Stop in at Cafe D'Bah, a cafe / art gallery owned and operated by Steve, a well known local personality. The food is delicious and the different art throughout the cafe add a lot of character and personality.