Our insider’s guide to the best spots and deals
As us lucky locals know, there’s a million and one fabulous reasons to live on the gorgeous Gold Coast. From beautiful beaches and stunning coastal scenery, plentiful parks, playgrounds and thrill seeking theme parks, fabulous restaurants, shopping and nightlife, through to tranquil rainforests and nature reserves, the Gold Coast really does have it all. It’s no wonder so many of us proudly call it home.
But just in case there’s a few gems you’re unaware of, we’re lifting the lid on a few of the Gold Coast’s secrets and discounts to make sure you’re getting the most out of our beautiful part of sunny Queensland.
Bliss out in Paradise
They call it Paradise Point for a reason!
- Far enough from the hustle and bustle of Surfers to be free of the tourist mayhem, Paradise Point Parkland’s stunning sandy shoreline, winding walkway, picturesque park and awesome kid’s playground combine with cosmopolitan cafes to provide the perfect chill out zone.
- Recently kitted out with new amenities including bbqs and shelters, pack a picnic and kick back in the sunshine. Or check out the many cafes along the Esplanade – Café 7 is a local favourite, and they do a great lunch special.
- On the 4th Sunday of each month the Paradise Parklands host the Village Markets, and there’s also regular Movies Under the Stars
- Fit fans will also love the weekly 5km Paradise Point parkrun – 7am every Saturday, and it’s free!
Broaden your horizons
Sure, there might be a few tourists about at Broadwater Parklands, but it’s too good to not join in the fun!
- Enjoy the warm sunshine – pack a picnic and a towel, and let the kids have a ball on the bouncy pillow, in the water playground and on the pedal monorail.
- The Parklands also feature loads of bbqs and great picnic spaces
- Or check out Aquasplash – a giant inflatable obstacle course featuring trampolines, slides, swings, bouncing pillows, log roll spinners and giant icebergs.
- Locals can take advantage of some good savings with the Aquasplash Frequent Splashers
Off the beaten track
While the coast’s beautiful beaches and attractions lure the tourists with good reasons, locals can enjoy a variety of hidden Gold Coast gems. Take a break from the hustle and bustle in some of these gorgeous spots.
- With loads of walking and cycle paths, picnic areas and bbqs, Hinze Dam is a great spot for a relaxing family day out.
- There’s also a café, some great fishing spots and a kids playground. So pack a picnic along with the kid’s scooters and bikes, and have a fun day out!
Salk Oval at Currumbin
The beautiful Currumbin Creek is an understandably popular spot for swimmers, paddle boarders and the like, so it can get a little hectic on busy days.
- Those in the know instead head for a little spot just below the bridge, near Salk Oval on the other side of the river – between the Thrower Drive and Pacific Motorway bridges.
- There you can relax without the crowds, and it’s just a short walk across the bridge to visit the café, playground or the toilets – or you can swim or paddle over!
- You can take your four legged friends along too, as it’s an off-leash dog area.
Currumbin Valley Rock Pools
- Nestled away in Currumbin Valley, this stunning spot is a delight where slippery rocks provide natural slides into the pools.
- There are plenty of picnic tables, toilets, and a nice outlook over the rock pools.
- For a hidden treasure, walk 50m upstream from the main pools to discover a small yet beautiful waterfall.
- This stunning swimming spot has calm, crystal clear waters and is great for a swim, paddle boarding or just lazing about!
- The more adventurous will love the Tallebudgera Creek Conservation Park Walk. This beautiful 3km walk features a beautiful boardwalk through the mangroves.
Hit the Hinterland
For those willing to get a little further off the beaten track, you can’t beat the views from Main Western Road on Mt Tamborine.
- This magical spot is on a cleared patch of the western escarpment accessed via Main Western Road, and is equipped with benches and binoculars.
- Take a picnic and take in the view or sunset, or marvel in watching the hang gliders take off.
- While you’re at Mt Tamborine, don’t miss the chance to sample some local fare from the Witches Chase Cheese Companyand Witches Falls Winery.
Perfect for the wildlife lover
Nature lovers will love the Coombabah Lakelands Conservation Area.
- Featuring an impressive array of walking tracks that meander along Lake Coombabah and through the mangroves, you’re sure to spot some wildlife – perhaps a kangaroo or koala.
- Don’t miss the Myola Boardwalk and the Koala Track.
Grab yourself some hot local bargains!
And if shopping is more your thing – remember, discount coupons aren’t just for the tourists.