Guidebook for Currumbin

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Guidebook for Currumbin

Food Scene

They have really yummy Italian food, cocktails and the atmosphere is really nice. A favourite amongst locals
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Balboa Italian
1069 Gold Coast Hwy
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They have really yummy Italian food, cocktails and the atmosphere is really nice. A favourite amongst locals
There are 5 restaurants to choose from under the one roof and a great roof top bar that's a must do! I love this place for it's energy and diversity.
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The Collective Palm Beach
1128 Gold Coast Hwy
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There are 5 restaurants to choose from under the one roof and a great roof top bar that's a must do! I love this place for it's energy and diversity.
If you're looking a great breakfast that's close by I highly recommend Wildernis Cafe and Bar at Palm Beach . The atmosphere is very cool and the food is amazing!!! Not the cheapest option but well worth it if you're a foodie and you like some alternative options.
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Wildernis Cafe and Bar
1166 Gold Coast Hwy
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If you're looking a great breakfast that's close by I highly recommend Wildernis Cafe and Bar at Palm Beach . The atmosphere is very cool and the food is amazing!!! Not the cheapest option but well worth it if you're a foodie and you like some alternative options.
Barefoot Barista has been well-known by locals for many years and was really one of the first hip coffee shops in the area and has inspired the trend of many other funky coffee shops in the surrounding areas. They make great coffee at Barista and the bites are pretty good too! :)
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Barefoot Barista
15 Palm Beach Ave
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Barefoot Barista has been well-known by locals for many years and was really one of the first hip coffee shops in the area and has inspired the trend of many other funky coffee shops in the surrounding areas. They make great coffee at Barista and the bites are pretty good too! :)
Cafe Bar is soooo much more than a cafe! It serves restaurant quality food for breakfast and lunch and is one of my absolute FAVOURITE places to eat out at. Their menu is so varied and really caters for all dietary requirements. I can't even count how many of my friends and family I've taken there for a delicious meal. The setting is really nice too as it is perched up on the hill at Dbar (right on the border of QLD and NSW) with gorgeous ocean views of the surfers and whales in whale season. Cafe Dbar is only 10minute drive from here.
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Cafe Dbar, Coolangatta
275 Boundary St
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Cafe Bar is soooo much more than a cafe! It serves restaurant quality food for breakfast and lunch and is one of my absolute FAVOURITE places to eat out at. Their menu is so varied and really caters for all dietary requirements. I can't even count how many of my friends and family I've taken there for a delicious meal. The setting is really nice too as it is perched up on the hill at Dbar (right on the border of QLD and NSW) with gorgeous ocean views of the surfers and whales in whale season. Cafe Dbar is only 10minute drive from here.
The Salt Mill is one of my favourite local coffee shops as they do the BEST coconut cappuccino! (great for those intolerant to dairy) they really do a great coffee in general and it's no wonder they are always super busy. If you like Acai bowls, juices, raw treats and other delights you can find them here. Oh and did I mention it's only a 5 minute drive from The Salty Gum Leaf? (Salty Gum Leaf - World Class Luxury on Currumbin Beach) :)
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The Salt Mill
785 Pacific Parade
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The Salt Mill is one of my favourite local coffee shops as they do the BEST coconut cappuccino! (great for those intolerant to dairy) they really do a great coffee in general and it's no wonder they are always super busy. If you like Acai bowls, juices, raw treats and other delights you can find them here. Oh and did I mention it's only a 5 minute drive from The Salty Gum Leaf? (Salty Gum Leaf - World Class Luxury on Currumbin Beach) :)
Elephant Rock Cafe has been an icon in the area for many years and is a family owned and operated business. The views of the Pacific Ocean are breathtaking and the food is great too. For a sit-down breakfast that's close by I recommend the Elephant Rock Cafe :)
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Elephant Rock Cafe
776 Pacific Parade
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Elephant Rock Cafe has been an icon in the area for many years and is a family owned and operated business. The views of the Pacific Ocean are breathtaking and the food is great too. For a sit-down breakfast that's close by I recommend the Elephant Rock Cafe :)
This restaurant and Bar is very hip and happening if you like a fun, fresh and young kind of vibe. The food is inspired by both Californian and Mexican cuisine. A funky vibe and great cocktails :)
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MexiCali Bar Y Taqueria
2223 Gold Coast Hwy
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This restaurant and Bar is very hip and happening if you like a fun, fresh and young kind of vibe. The food is inspired by both Californian and Mexican cuisine. A funky vibe and great cocktails :)
"We welcome you into an environment that is equal parts modern and understated – with a touch of glamour; where our philosophy is to let the food speak for itself. Upon joining us for a meal, our menu will divulge our core concept; that all food is best enjoyed shared. And it is this shared journey that we will take you on; presenting innovative dishes using seasonal, fresh, local produce. Enjoy." - Sparrow Eating House.
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Sparrow Eating House
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"We welcome you into an environment that is equal parts modern and understated – with a touch of glamour; where our philosophy is to let the food speak for itself. Upon joining us for a meal, our menu will divulge our core concept; that all food is best enjoyed shared. And it is this shared journey that we will take you on; presenting innovative dishes using seasonal, fresh, local produce. Enjoy." - Sparrow Eating House.

Drinks & Nightlife

I wasn't too sure what category to put this one in as it's kind of an all-rounder... It's a restaurant, bar, live music venue and a place that has epic views of the ocean and northern aspect of the Gold Coast. The Currumbin Vikings is a must visit while here on the Gold Coast!
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Currumbin Beach Vikings Surf Life Saving Club
741 Pacific Parade
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I wasn't too sure what category to put this one in as it's kind of an all-rounder... It's a restaurant, bar, live music venue and a place that has epic views of the ocean and northern aspect of the Gold Coast. The Currumbin Vikings is a must visit while here on the Gold Coast!
I put this one in the nightlife category because it's a great place to go and have a cocktail but also to enjoy the yummy food. They offer starters, wood fire pizza, calzone, chicken & lamb dishes, salads, pasta & desserts. They even offer a banquet option for small and large groups.
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Justin Lane Establishment
1708-1710 Gold Coast Hwy
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I put this one in the nightlife category because it's a great place to go and have a cocktail but also to enjoy the yummy food. They offer starters, wood fire pizza, calzone, chicken & lamb dishes, salads, pasta & desserts. They even offer a banquet option for small and large groups.
If you like day drinking in a funky setting then this is your place! The Garden Kitchen & Bar caters for groups and individuals and they do a pretty mean cocktail too! I have been to countless events here (engagements, birthdays and Christmas parties) the food is ok. If it's food you are after then perhaps eat somewhere local first or after (there are many great restaurants in Broadbeach so take your pick). I would actually recommend having some late afternoon drinks here and then heading out somewhere for dinner.
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Garden Kitchen & Bar
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If you like day drinking in a funky setting then this is your place! The Garden Kitchen & Bar caters for groups and individuals and they do a pretty mean cocktail too! I have been to countless events here (engagements, birthdays and Christmas parties) the food is ok. If it's food you are after then perhaps eat somewhere local first or after (there are many great restaurants in Broadbeach so take your pick). I would actually recommend having some late afternoon drinks here and then heading out somewhere for dinner.
"A lavish night spot with oriental decor, offering modern Australia food and live entertainment". - East. If night clubs are your thing then you may like to check out East? It's probably a 25 minute Uber ride. You will be in the heart of Broadbeach where there are many restaurants, bars and night clubs. The Casino is also just across the road.
EAST
88 Surf Parade
"A lavish night spot with oriental decor, offering modern Australia food and live entertainment". - East. If night clubs are your thing then you may like to check out East? It's probably a 25 minute Uber ride. You will be in the heart of Broadbeach where there are many restaurants, bars and night clubs. The Casino is also just across the road.
Draculas is always a great night out with friends!! I can't count how many times I've been here but always guaranteed to be memorable :) It's a Caberet restaurant and the price of your ticket includes a 3 course meal and the show. Your drinks are not included so take some extra cash with you. You'll need to factor in transport up and back and I'd recommend getting an Uber (much cheaper than a taxi!). After the show you might like to walk over to the Casino where there are bars or into the heart of Broadbeach where you'll find a selection of night clubs and bars.
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Dracula's Cabaret
1 Hooker Blvd
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Draculas is always a great night out with friends!! I can't count how many times I've been here but always guaranteed to be memorable :) It's a Caberet restaurant and the price of your ticket includes a 3 course meal and the show. Your drinks are not included so take some extra cash with you. You'll need to factor in transport up and back and I'd recommend getting an Uber (much cheaper than a taxi!). After the show you might like to walk over to the Casino where there are bars or into the heart of Broadbeach where you'll find a selection of night clubs and bars.
"Hidden behind an intriguing wooden façade on the main drag of hipster Nobby Beach, step inside this moody vintage night-spot where the effortlessly cool crew will happily make a recommendation if you’re struggling to choose from the dozen or so bottled craft beer options, rotating taps, and smashingly good rum cocktails (the Kraken black spiced rum espresso martini, perhaps?" - The Urban List.
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The Cambus Wallace
2237 Gold Coast Hwy
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"Hidden behind an intriguing wooden façade on the main drag of hipster Nobby Beach, step inside this moody vintage night-spot where the effortlessly cool crew will happily make a recommendation if you’re struggling to choose from the dozen or so bottled craft beer options, rotating taps, and smashingly good rum cocktails (the Kraken black spiced rum espresso martini, perhaps?" - The Urban List.
This is technically a boutique Mexican restaurant but also a tequila bar (BonBon bar) boasting over 100 varieties of tequila! The atmosphere is like walking into a old school Mexican cantina and the food is some of the best Mexican in town. Highly recommend a visit!
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Bonita Bonita
2460 Gold Coast Hwy
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This is technically a boutique Mexican restaurant but also a tequila bar (BonBon bar) boasting over 100 varieties of tequila! The atmosphere is like walking into a old school Mexican cantina and the food is some of the best Mexican in town. Highly recommend a visit!
Bao, dumplings, Craft beer, Wine & Spirits is what Backbone at Tugun is all about. The great part too is that it's only a 10-15 minute walk or a short drive.
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Backbone Bar | Tugun Bar | Gold Coast Bar
489 Gold Coast Hwy
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Bao, dumplings, Craft beer, Wine & Spirits is what Backbone at Tugun is all about. The great part too is that it's only a 10-15 minute walk or a short drive.
If you love beer or maybe you're fan of world-famous surfer Mick Fanning, you will love Balter Brewery! This is Mick's brewery (well he is partnered with a few other folk) and he can often be seen here hanging out. But he's a very humble bloke so don't act all cray cray and ask for a selfie or he might shy away. Instead just enjoy the great craft beer they have on tap and the trendy vibe. :)
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Balter Brewing Company
14 Traders Way
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If you love beer or maybe you're fan of world-famous surfer Mick Fanning, you will love Balter Brewery! This is Mick's brewery (well he is partnered with a few other folk) and he can often be seen here hanging out. But he's a very humble bloke so don't act all cray cray and ask for a selfie or he might shy away. Instead just enjoy the great craft beer they have on tap and the trendy vibe. :)

Entertainment & Activities

I wasn't exactly sure what category Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary came under as it's a wildlife park & Zoological garden but also it's much more than that! It's a place where you can cuddle a koala, get close to Kangaroos, crocodiles and more! Enjoy the tree-top challenge, Segway safari, Aboriginal dance, sheep-shearing, free flight bird show and so much more!! A visit to Currumbin its honestly incomplete without a visit to CWS!
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Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary
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I wasn't exactly sure what category Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary came under as it's a wildlife park & Zoological garden but also it's much more than that! It's a place where you can cuddle a koala, get close to Kangaroos, crocodiles and more! Enjoy the tree-top challenge, Segway safari, Aboriginal dance, sheep-shearing, free flight bird show and so much more!! A visit to Currumbin its honestly incomplete without a visit to CWS!
If you like to surf (or wish to learn) then the Currumbin Alley Surf Spot is your best bet! A popular place to learn with many good surfing instructors. What's great about it is the waves are often very great for learning. Surf's Up!
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Currumbin Alley Surf Spot
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If you like to surf (or wish to learn) then the Currumbin Alley Surf Spot is your best bet! A popular place to learn with many good surfing instructors. What's great about it is the waves are often very great for learning. Surf's Up!
Paddle boarding (stand up), kayaking, canoeing and other water activities can be easily accessed on the Currumbin creek and the Boat Shed is the place to hire them from.
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The Boatshed Currumbin
2-4 Thrower Drive
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Paddle boarding (stand up), kayaking, canoeing and other water activities can be easily accessed on the Currumbin creek and the Boat Shed is the place to hire them from.
Gold Coast boasts a wide selection of theme parks and Dream world is just one of them. A great day out for couples and families or groups of friends. Choose from one of the many rides (the Giant Drop is a MUST!!) there is a tiger zoo and also a water park on site but I believe that is a seperate ticket entry.. Definitely a fun day out! Just 45 mins north up the Motorway.
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Dreamworld
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Gold Coast boasts a wide selection of theme parks and Dream world is just one of them. A great day out for couples and families or groups of friends. Choose from one of the many rides (the Giant Drop is a MUST!!) there is a tiger zoo and also a water park on site but I believe that is a seperate ticket entry.. Definitely a fun day out! Just 45 mins north up the Motorway.
Movie world is also great for a fun day out as there are many rides and shows. Only a 40 minute drive north up the Motorway.
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Movie World
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Movie world is also great for a fun day out as there are many rides and shows. Only a 40 minute drive north up the Motorway.
If you love water slides and water rides then it doesn't get much better than Wet'n'Wild!! The selection of water rides is amazing - everything from a good old toboggan ride to crazy steep (and very fast) water slides. A super fun day out and great in the warmer months.
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Wet 'n' Wild, Oxenford
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If you love water slides and water rides then it doesn't get much better than Wet'n'Wild!! The selection of water rides is amazing - everything from a good old toboggan ride to crazy steep (and very fast) water slides. A super fun day out and great in the warmer months.
If you love animals and marine life but also rides and shows then Seaworld is the one for you! Seaworld has it all :) You can even swim with the dolphins. A great day out for families, couple, groups and singles.
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Seaworld Drive
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If you love animals and marine life but also rides and shows then Seaworld is the one for you! Seaworld has it all :) You can even swim with the dolphins. A great day out for families, couple, groups and singles.

Parks & Nature

Currumbin Valley rock pools are a great place to go and get out in nature, enjoy a dip in the cool rock pools, sun bathe on the banks of the creek and take a picnic lunch. Can get very busy in the Christmas holidays but still worth checking out and while you're out that way you can check out Currumbin Valley harvest, Eco village, Mt Tomewin and Springbrook National park - Mount Cougal section. This is a really nice bushwalking but also hosts a couple of small water falls and rock ponds where you can swim. :)
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Currumbin Rock Pools
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Currumbin Valley rock pools are a great place to go and get out in nature, enjoy a dip in the cool rock pools, sun bathe on the banks of the creek and take a picnic lunch. Can get very busy in the Christmas holidays but still worth checking out and while you're out that way you can check out Currumbin Valley harvest, Eco village, Mt Tomewin and Springbrook National park - Mount Cougal section. This is a really nice bushwalking but also hosts a couple of small water falls and rock ponds where you can swim. :)
Tamborine Mountain is great if you love to hike or bush walk as it hosts many trails/tracks for the walking enthusiast. Stroll through rainforest and eucalyptus trees, find hidden water falls and creeks.
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Tamborine Mountain
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Tamborine Mountain is great if you love to hike or bush walk as it hosts many trails/tracks for the walking enthusiast. Stroll through rainforest and eucalyptus trees, find hidden water falls and creeks.
A beautiful quiet beach if you like less-touristy! Take a picnic lunch and snorkel as you may see some nice fish (and a dolphin if you're lucky)
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Fingal Beach
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A beautiful quiet beach if you like less-touristy! Take a picnic lunch and snorkel as you may see some nice fish (and a dolphin if you're lucky)
Currumbin has a few lovely beaches (3 in total) and they are all different. The one near the river has a really nice northern aspect and nature vibe. The main beach can get a little busy on Sunday's when nippers are on and the southern beach is lovely as it has a southern aspect and meets up with flat rock park (another nice spot to take a picnic lunch) Currumbin is a great spot to surf (at the Alley)
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Currumbin Beach
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Currumbin has a few lovely beaches (3 in total) and they are all different. The one near the river has a really nice northern aspect and nature vibe. The main beach can get a little busy on Sunday's when nippers are on and the southern beach is lovely as it has a southern aspect and meets up with flat rock park (another nice spot to take a picnic lunch) Currumbin is a great spot to surf (at the Alley)
If you love walking in nature then Burleigh head lands has what you're looking for... rainforest, eucalyptus tress, Australian natives flora and fauna, and SPECTACULAR views of the oceans and surrounding beaches. An absolute MUST do if you love nature :) one of my absolute favourite places.
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Burleigh Head National Park
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If you love walking in nature then Burleigh head lands has what you're looking for... rainforest, eucalyptus tress, Australian natives flora and fauna, and SPECTACULAR views of the oceans and surrounding beaches. An absolute MUST do if you love nature :) one of my absolute favourite places.

Sightseeing

Byron bay is famous for many sights such as the famous Byron bay light house, Wategos beach, Julian rocks and many iconic eateries such as 'Beach Byron Bay at Clarke's beach (a favourite of mine), Harvest cafe at Newrybar, The Beet Vegan restaurant, FishHeads fish & chips on the beach and another favourite - 'The Farm'.
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Byron Bay
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Byron bay is famous for many sights such as the famous Byron bay light house, Wategos beach, Julian rocks and many iconic eateries such as 'Beach Byron Bay at Clarke's beach (a favourite of mine), Harvest cafe at Newrybar, The Beet Vegan restaurant, FishHeads fish & chips on the beach and another favourite - 'The Farm'.
From a tourist point-of-view, Surfer's Paradise is a point of interest with it's famous beach and local hot spots. Surfer's really does cater for all tastes and activities: Sky point observation deck at the Q1 building Infinity attraction Gold Coast seaway Beach front markets Aqua duck tours 7D cinema Dracula's haunted house iFly indoor skydiving Jet boating extreme Ripley's Believe it or not! Sling shot & Vomatron Amusement Rides Strike bowling bar Timezone The Wax Museum River cruises Gondola dinner cruises Shopping Bars, restaurants and clubs and so much more!
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Surfers Paradise Beach
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From a tourist point-of-view, Surfer's Paradise is a point of interest with it's famous beach and local hot spots. Surfer's really does cater for all tastes and activities: Sky point observation deck at the Q1 building Infinity attraction Gold Coast seaway Beach front markets Aqua duck tours 7D cinema Dracula's haunted house iFly indoor skydiving Jet boating extreme Ripley's Believe it or not! Sling shot & Vomatron Amusement Rides Strike bowling bar Timezone The Wax Museum River cruises Gondola dinner cruises Shopping Bars, restaurants and clubs and so much more!

Arts & Culture

If you love art galleries, fudge shops, high tea, wineries, cheese factories, and more then head up to mount Tamborine for the day. A real crowd pleaser and another one of my favourite places to go for the day :) About a 50 min - 1 hour drive.
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Tamborine Mountain
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If you love art galleries, fudge shops, high tea, wineries, cheese factories, and more then head up to mount Tamborine for the day. A real crowd pleaser and another one of my favourite places to go for the day :) About a 50 min - 1 hour drive.

Shopping

James street is great if you like boutique stores, delicatessen, and so much more! A local favourite and a great place to find unique items of clothing and jewellery. My personal favourite shops are: Desire Emte boutique clothing & jewellery Golosi Food Emporium Bikini & Me Bird on a Wire
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James Street
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James street is great if you like boutique stores, delicatessen, and so much more! A local favourite and a great place to find unique items of clothing and jewellery. My personal favourite shops are: Desire Emte boutique clothing & jewellery Golosi Food Emporium Bikini & Me Bird on a Wire
Robina has just about EVERYTHING you could want or need in relation shopping. There's a David Jones and Myer department store and a multitude of other clothing and non-clothing stores (from Typo to Apple) Robina has you covered. There's also a tonne of restaurants, cafes and an Event Cinema with Gold Class lounge.
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Robina Town Centre
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Robina has just about EVERYTHING you could want or need in relation shopping. There's a David Jones and Myer department store and a multitude of other clothing and non-clothing stores (from Typo to Apple) Robina has you covered. There's also a tonne of restaurants, cafes and an Event Cinema with Gold Class lounge.
Pacific Fair has just recently had an overhaul and now is again very popular for both tourists and locals. You can find all the smaller shopping chains, department stores but also the high end brands such as Tiffany & Co., Chanel, Hermes, Givenchy, Christian Louboutin and much more! The food court is really funky and lots of great eating options. They have a great Event cinema and Gold class lounge too.
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Pacific Fair Shopping Centre
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Pacific Fair has just recently had an overhaul and now is again very popular for both tourists and locals. You can find all the smaller shopping chains, department stores but also the high end brands such as Tiffany & Co., Chanel, Hermes, Givenchy, Christian Louboutin and much more! The food court is really funky and lots of great eating options. They have a great Event cinema and Gold class lounge too.
If you're a health-enthusiast then driver down the road (or walk 10mins) to Mrs Flannery's at Tugun. They have a large selection of health foods and they also have a cafe where you can get a yummy juice or Acai bowl.
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FLANNERYS TUGUN
496 Golden Four Drive
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If you're a health-enthusiast then driver down the road (or walk 10mins) to Mrs Flannery's at Tugun. They have a large selection of health foods and they also have a cafe where you can get a yummy juice or Acai bowl.