City Scoop: Gold Coast

25 May 2015

The Gold Coast has established itself as one of the most popular east-coast destinations in Australia. Visitors tend to know the main features that make it so attractive; the exhilarating theme parks, incredible wildlife experiences and sun-soaked beaches.

However, there's so much more that makes this part of Queensland a must-visit spot on any itinerary. We chat to one in-the-know about their top tips on where to eat, drink and play.

 Surfers Paradise on the Gold Coast (Getty)

Food

Ioesco, Hope Island – This Italian restaurant is a local favourite, because everything on the menu is 5-star and the service is impeccable!

After Dark

1two3, Broadbeach – Broadbeach is a well-known space for funky bars and live music. It has a vibrant feel with plenty of nightlife options. 1two3 has a wide range of local and international wines, as well as tasty seasonal cocktails.

Play

Any theme park – You can’t come to the Gold Coast and not go to a theme park. Even as an adult it’s heaps of fun!

 Views over Lamington National Park (Getty)

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Day Trip

Lamington National Park – People think the Gold Coast is all about the beach, but about an hour away you’ll find the lush landscape of Lamington National Park – it’s as sweet as it sounds. Walking tracks, waterfalls, cottage crafts and coffee make for a perfect day out.

Secret Tip

Insider info – For food and lifestyle, head to Sanctuary Cove, where you can eat, play golf and shop at fabulous boutiques.

Why I love the Gold Coast…

“Even though it feels like a main city, it still has the humble beach-town feel, and you always feel like you’re on holidays!” Dayen Zheng, Hi-5 performer

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