Blue skies, sprawling beaches and relaxed coastal vibes make the Southern Gold Coast one of Australia’s best beach destinations. While the major drawcard will always be the sun, sand and world-class surf, the region offers so many incredible attractions. The friendly seaside beach community boasts a vibrant new generation of entrepreneurs and creatives keen to embrace the city’s iconic coastal lifestyle and playful past. As a result, the coast is brimming with excellent restaurants, hipster cafes, vintage markets and trendy boutiques.
The food alone makes every day special, with a host of fantastic establishments dishing out the region’s finest fare. Enjoy breakfast with a view at Cafe D’Bar, overlooking the popular surf beach, Snapper Rocks. The Strand complex along Marine Parade in Coolangatta is home to a variety of eateries, including the luxury patisserie Passiontree Velvet. Good coffee can be found at The Black Sheep Espresso Baa or head to Boardriders Cafe for a casual bite and a few live tunes. For fine dining, Allure on Currumbin offers gourmet French fare – try their famous duck risotto.
The beaches of the Southern Gold Coast are blessed with striking turquoise waters and a sandy coastline that stretches for miles. Whether you are seeking quiet, sheltered waters or thunderous rolling waves, there’s a piece of sand for you. To truly appreciate the magnificent coast, pencil in a sunrise one morning at Snapper Rocks or wander along the jetty at The Spit at sunset. Just be sure to bring the camera to capture your Instagram-worthy snap. Families can head to Tallebudgera Creek for a dip or an afternoon of stand up paddle boarding or kayaking.
A day trip to the Gold Coast Hinterland is an absolute must. With ancient World Heritage-listed rainforest and an abundance of native wildlife, the region is breathtakingly beautiful. Venture on a bushwalk through the lush surrounds, with over 260 kilometres of trails. Always keep an eye out for treasures along the way, from cascading waterfalls to crystal clear rock pools. Adventure seekers can soar high across the green canopy on Australia’s longest zipline, The Canyon Flyer, at speeds of up to 70 kilometres per hour. To go deep into the heart of the hinterland, join a day tour.
Then there’s the Gold Coast Hinterland wine country, only a stone’s throw from the beach. Albert River Wines affords stunning views of Tamborine Mountain and offers a sumptuous Devonshire Tea or you could visit the cellar door of Witches Falls. Enter through the doors of an historic Queensland homestead at Canungra Valley Vineyards and take a picnic down to the creek, or enjoy a relaxing lunch at Creek Estate Vineyard and Winery’s highly touted restaurant.