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Sightseeing

Great place to visit for the day. You can sample the local food at any of their cafes, go wine tasting or be active and walk any of the trails in the hinterland.
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Tamborine Mountain
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Great place to visit for the day. You can sample the local food at any of their cafes, go wine tasting or be active and walk any of the trails in the hinterland.
Our favourite place to cook down in the summer. There’s a fresh water pools which have turtles. You can see the little ones if you’re lucky in the early evening during their breeding season. Drive up to the natural bridge and do a short walk and even visit the glow worm caves if you have time!
Numinbah Valley
Our favourite place to cook down in the summer. There’s a fresh water pools which have turtles. You can see the little ones if you’re lucky in the early evening during their breeding season. Drive up to the natural bridge and do a short walk and even visit the glow worm caves if you have time!
Plan to have a cuppa or meal here. The view is the attraction. Beautiful across the whole of the Gold Coast shoreline down to Tweed Heads. Not recommended if you’re afraid of heights because of their floor to ceiling windows. You can go here if you have bought tickets for Dreamworld and White Water World.
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Q1
9 Hamilton Ave
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Plan to have a cuppa or meal here. The view is the attraction. Beautiful across the whole of the Gold Coast shoreline down to Tweed Heads. Not recommended if you’re afraid of heights because of their floor to ceiling windows. You can go here if you have bought tickets for Dreamworld and White Water World.

Food scene

Great for coffee and delicious baked treats. They have a variety of gluten free options as well! They’re super close to us as well!
Elk Bakehouse
1 Commercial St
Great for coffee and delicious baked treats. They have a variety of gluten free options as well! They’re super close to us as well!
Nice place for tapas and a drink. They also have decent coffee and breakfast, lunch and dinner options. Worth trying if you’re looking for somewhere organic and local (I believe they’ve moved up from Byron Bay)
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Whistlestop
88 Pimpama Jacobs Well Rd
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Nice place for tapas and a drink. They also have decent coffee and breakfast, lunch and dinner options. Worth trying if you’re looking for somewhere organic and local (I believe they’ve moved up from Byron Bay)
Everything is great here and it’s close to the theme parks! Awesome coffee and Sian is a fantastic host and chef (she’s kiwi). If you’re here during the week, grab some takeaway lunch from their sister shop Squeezy’s.
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Black Sheep Bistro
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Everything is great here and it’s close to the theme parks! Awesome coffee and Sian is a fantastic host and chef (she’s kiwi). If you’re here during the week, grab some takeaway lunch from their sister shop Squeezy’s.
If you’re travelling south, be sure to stop here. It is located south of Surfers Paradise and Broadbeach They’re super popular and worth checking out. You can order online and pick up when you get there. If you’re planning on going there in person, go early as they are so popular that you might have to wait for a table! https://www.bambambakehouse.com/orderonline
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Bam Bam Bakehouse
2519 Gold Coast Hwy
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If you’re travelling south, be sure to stop here. It is located south of Surfers Paradise and Broadbeach They’re super popular and worth checking out. You can order online and pick up when you get there. If you’re planning on going there in person, go early as they are so popular that you might have to wait for a table! https://www.bambambakehouse.com/orderonline
Locals love to visit this place. It is decked out in a traditional Bavarian restaraunt with a variety of beers to sample.
The Bavarian Coomera
109 Foxwell Rd
Locals love to visit this place. It is decked out in a traditional Bavarian restaraunt with a variety of beers to sample.
Beautiful, relaxing place to stop and unwind. You will love it! They have wonderful coffee too and light snacks. This is on the way to Mt Tamborine.
Pickers & Co
388 Tamborine Oxenford Rd
Beautiful, relaxing place to stop and unwind. You will love it! They have wonderful coffee too and light snacks. This is on the way to Mt Tamborine.
This place is growing to legendary status amongst locals and visitors alike. It’s along the way south and can be an excellent stop along the Gold Coast Highway if you’re heading back towards the airport. You can order online on their website...the pastries are truly out of this world! As good as the ones you eat in europe! We love their breakfast and brunch menu as well...coffees and drinks are equally superb. Worth a visit!
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Bam Bam Bakehouse
2519 Gold Coast Hwy
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This place is growing to legendary status amongst locals and visitors alike. It’s along the way south and can be an excellent stop along the Gold Coast Highway if you’re heading back towards the airport. You can order online on their website...the pastries are truly out of this world! As good as the ones you eat in europe! We love their breakfast and brunch menu as well...coffees and drinks are equally superb. Worth a visit!
Great coffee and breakfast/brunch or lunch menu...busy but worth the wait! Try the pancakes...my favourite!
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Elk Espresso
16 Chelsea Avenue
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Great coffee and breakfast/brunch or lunch menu...busy but worth the wait! Try the pancakes...my favourite!
You would’ve heard that almost 200,000 New Zealanders live in Queensland...? They make the best fush and chups (fish and chips) and they are legendary! The seafood in QLD is tasty and the family pack was a firm Friday night favourite with our boys when they were younger. It can feed 4 (including 2 adults and 2 hungry teenagers...more people/children if you eat a small amount)
Kiwi Fish N Chips
You would’ve heard that almost 200,000 New Zealanders live in Queensland...? They make the best fush and chups (fish and chips) and they are legendary! The seafood in QLD is tasty and the family pack was a firm Friday night favourite with our boys when they were younger. It can feed 4 (including 2 adults and 2 hungry teenagers...more people/children if you eat a small amount)
lovely Thai place near home. Delicious serves.
Thai Korner Coomera City Centre
1 Commercial Street
lovely Thai place near home. Delicious serves.
Can’t go wrong with this Mexican place...good price and they can deliver
Guzman y Gomez
1 Commercial Street
Can’t go wrong with this Mexican place...good price and they can deliver
Delicious pizza....best one in our area!
Best Bite Pizza
28 Coomera Grand Drive
Delicious pizza....best one in our area!
Excellent coffee, variety of healthy vegan, gluten free options and generally a good vibe. I try and get a coffee here when I’m heading down to work towards the southern end of the Gold Coast.
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Double Barrel Kitchen
64 Karbunya St
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Excellent coffee, variety of healthy vegan, gluten free options and generally a good vibe. I try and get a coffee here when I’m heading down to work towards the southern end of the Gold Coast.
Delicious Turkish food with a yummy hot apple tea that is worth trying! They are near the Robins shopping centre.
Taboon Modern Middle Eastern Cafe
514 Christine Ave
Delicious Turkish food with a yummy hot apple tea that is worth trying! They are near the Robins shopping centre.
Wholesome food with vegan and gluten free option...about 15mins from home towards Brisbane but worth a stop. Excellent coffee as well! It’s busy but a great spot to visit 😊
St Coco Cafe
3 Cupania St
Wholesome food with vegan and gluten free option...about 15mins from home towards Brisbane but worth a stop. Excellent coffee as well! It’s busy but a great spot to visit 😊

Farmer’s Market

Nice morning stop for some pastries and organic fruits and vegetables. You can always find some great local produce as a souvenir as well.
Helensvale Farmers Market
101 Helensvale Rd
Nice morning stop for some pastries and organic fruits and vegetables. You can always find some great local produce as a souvenir as well.

Shopping

Bag a great bargain here with some high end brands and most sports brand having outlets here. My husband loves the Under Armour and Asics one. You can also get cheap movie tickets at the local movie theatre here ($10pp). We like visiting Cafe Sanctum if were there again because of the coffee, pastries and great fresh juice and brunch selection.
Harbour Town Drive
Bag a great bargain here with some high end brands and most sports brand having outlets here. My husband loves the Under Armour and Asics one. You can also get cheap movie tickets at the local movie theatre here ($10pp). We like visiting Cafe Sanctum if were there again because of the coffee, pastries and great fresh juice and brunch selection.
High end shopping, some lovely seafood restaraunts, Max Brenner is here and a great seafood farmers market on Saturdays
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Marina Mirage
74 Seaworld Dr
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High end shopping, some lovely seafood restaraunts, Max Brenner is here and a great seafood farmers market on Saturdays
A smaller shopping centre than Robina and Pacific Fair. You will find most things here though. The restaurants and cafes here are varied and we haven’t visited all...lovely outdoor seating and super relaxed just like the Gold Coast!
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Westfield Coomera
83-121 Foxwell Road
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A smaller shopping centre than Robina and Pacific Fair. You will find most things here though. The restaurants and cafes here are varied and we haven’t visited all...lovely outdoor seating and super relaxed just like the Gold Coast!
High end shopping but the closest Max Brenner (chocolate and waffles shop) to us is here. You can also find some nice seafood restaurants with lovely views and ambience. It is a little costly.
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Marina Mirage
74 Seaworld Dr
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High end shopping but the closest Max Brenner (chocolate and waffles shop) to us is here. You can also find some nice seafood restaurants with lovely views and ambience. It is a little costly.

Theme parks

Always worth a visit if you’re a thrill seeker. Our favourite ride is the claw. Don’t forget your sunscreen and take time to visit the lions and watch their show.
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Dreamworld
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Always worth a visit if you’re a thrill seeker. Our favourite ride is the claw. Don’t forget your sunscreen and take time to visit the lions and watch their show.
This is such a nice place to take children to see different sea animals. The dolphin show is awesome!
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Sea World
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This is such a nice place to take children to see different sea animals. The dolphin show is awesome!
The other theme park here...if you’re a movie buff or you have little children who love super heroes, then you will not be disappointed. The range of rides are great and for the thrill-seekers the hyper coaster is awesome. There is a separate little children’s section. Be prepared for a long day...there’s lots to see and do!
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Movie World
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The other theme park here...if you’re a movie buff or you have little children who love super heroes, then you will not be disappointed. The range of rides are great and for the thrill-seekers the hyper coaster is awesome. There is a separate little children’s section. Be prepared for a long day...there’s lots to see and do!

National Parks

Get in touch with nature and visit the Gold Coast hinterland...our best kept secret!
A great place to go for walks. Choose a long walk or just a 20-min one....this is where you can get in touch with the beautiful hidden secret of the Gold Coast, it’s hinterland.
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Lamington National Park
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A great place to go for walks. Choose a long walk or just a 20-min one....this is where you can get in touch with the beautiful hidden secret of the Gold Coast, it’s hinterland.
This was actually the first national park we visited when we moved to the Gold Coast 6 years ago. You can do short 15-30 minute walks but also can choose some longer ones.
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Springbrook National Park
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This was actually the first national park we visited when we moved to the Gold Coast 6 years ago. You can do short 15-30 minute walks but also can choose some longer ones.
Great getaway in the hinterland. You can stay overnight or just do a day walk from here.
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O'Reilly's Rainforest Retreat
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Great getaway in the hinterland. You can stay overnight or just do a day walk from here.

Beaches

Lovely place to see the Gold Coast beaches from. North of surfers paradise and where the locals like to hang out. Be careful in the water at the beaches and always swim between the flags
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The Spit Gold Coast
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Lovely place to see the Gold Coast beaches from. North of surfers paradise and where the locals like to hang out. Be careful in the water at the beaches and always swim between the flags
If you don’t like waves, this is a nice place to swim. Also, you can swim in a special cordoned off area! My children enjoyed many lazy afternoons/days here with a park nearby where you can take your sausages or meat patties to cook. We have lots of gas cooktops that are easy to use. Remember to take foil which you can put on top of these and then cook (ask me directly if you’re not sure what I mean 😊). Any of our supermarkets have ready to go salads and voila! You have a bbq meal ready to go for the family. There is a few km walking footpath along the beach too from here and nearby cafes and ice cream shops if you’d rather not cook!
Paradise Point Beach
152 The Esplanade
If you don’t like waves, this is a nice place to swim. Also, you can swim in a special cordoned off area! My children enjoyed many lazy afternoons/days here with a park nearby where you can take your sausages or meat patties to cook. We have lots of gas cooktops that are easy to use. Remember to take foil which you can put on top of these and then cook (ask me directly if you’re not sure what I mean 😊). Any of our supermarkets have ready to go salads and voila! You have a bbq meal ready to go for the family. There is a few km walking footpath along the beach too from here and nearby cafes and ice cream shops if you’d rather not cook!
Easily a locals favourite beach and close to another fabulous spot to walk...the Burleigh Head National Park. It’s about an hour to 2hrs to go right around and come back to where you start. You will get a beautiful view all the way down to Tweed Heads in the Northern Gold Coast. Lots of eateries along here or you can take your own bbq and use the free gas bbqs near the beach!
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Burleigh Beach
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Easily a locals favourite beach and close to another fabulous spot to walk...the Burleigh Head National Park. It’s about an hour to 2hrs to go right around and come back to where you start. You will get a beautiful view all the way down to Tweed Heads in the Northern Gold Coast. Lots of eateries along here or you can take your own bbq and use the free gas bbqs near the beach!