3 Top Craft Breweries On The Gold Coast

The gold coast is a hub for tourism and fun and has become a real big craft beer area, with the emergence of many a breweries and micro breweries all over the region.

Somebody needed to try them all, so who was better equiped than myself to give them a go myself. I struggled through slurry words, hangovers and the rollicking from the wife. But i did it in the name of research.

So here we have it after whittling them down we now have the top 3 craft breweries on the Gold Coast.

Top 3 Breweries

Balter Brewing

Formerly known as having top surfer Mick fanning as a co owner, now Balter lies under the ownership of alcohol giant Carlton & United Breweries.

Balter has grown over the years and now produces there beer all over Australia and beyond.

Located in the industrial estate in Currumbin waters

The Beer

By far the most popular is the Balter XPA, it’s one of there first and certainly one there finest. Fruity and hoppy with tropical and floral aromas and coming in at 5% abv.

Another great selection is the Balter Lager with its citrus aroma and smoothness makes for a gentle and easy to drink lager. 4.6% abv

Balter Brewery

The Taproom

The Taproom is open Wednesday through to Sunday with a revolving mix of food trucks on hand to keep you fed. Top Tip: Zicatela Mexican food truck is there keep an eye out for when they are there, some of the best Mexican I have tried.

Opening Times

  • Wednesday : 3 – 8pm
  • Thursday : 3 – 8pm ( $5 Tins & Tacos with Zicatela every Thursday )
  • Friday : 3 – 8pm ( Live Music 4-7pm )
  • Saturday : 12 – 8pm
  • Sunday : 12 – 7pm

Bureligh Brewery

One of the first craft breweries to take off on the Gold Coast was Burleigh Brewery.

Winner of many national and international awards and with a host of beers sold nationwide. Burleigh Brewery now holds 38 World medals, 22 of which are gold. An impressive feet for this small brewery.

Located in Burleigh Heads Industrial estate about 30 minutes from Surfers Paradise.

The Beer

I’ll pick 2 of my favourites from here, firstly “Big Head” a carb free beer, the first in Australia. Which is so smooth and light, great for those hot days on the coast. Coming in at 4.2% abv.

Secondly is Twisted Palm 4.% abv, a tropical pale ale with fruity aromas. A smooth and very refreshing drink, which has many accolades including winning World Beer Championship Gold Medal in Chicago in 2020.

The taproom at Burleigh Brewery

The Taproom

Open for business 3 days a week the taphouse serves its selections of beers from 3pm – 9pm Friday, 1pm – 9pm Saturday and 1pm – 6pm Sunday.

With food options available from Burleigh Eats by the Qak Cafe. With a great selection of great drinking snacks like burgers and tacos etc.

Brewery tours available on request.

Fortitude Brewing

Fortitude Brewing is a small boutique brewery situated up Mount Tamborine.

Fortitude delivers a range of beers that are well-balanced, using top quality ingredients and an integrity to a brewing process that delivers bold and strong flavours.

Located at the end of Long Road strip of Eagle Heights, and on the site of the ever popular Witches Chase Cheese Company.

The Beer

Fortitude Summer would be my first pick, as the name lends Summer, its hoppy, toasted wheat and with stone fruit aromas with the aim to be smooth throughout the hot summer months. 4.4 % abv.

Secondly I came to enjoy the Irish Stout, bold flavours with malt and flaked barley based. A great beer for the colder winter months on the mountain 4% abv.

Fortitude Brewery beers

The Taphouse

The Taphouse at Fortitude is unique with its open glass wall so you can watch the workers produced the beer as you sup away.

Tasting paddles are available allowing to try 5 of the Fortitude beers in tasting sizes

The taphouse has a pizzeria for soaking up those beers with a mix of traditional and gourmet pizzas. As mentioned the brewery is on the same site as the cheese factory and cheese platters are also available from there. To further accommodate this local wines by Bird Dog Wines and Witches Falls Wines are available

Opening times are Monday – Thursday 11am – 3pm and Friday, Saturday and Sunday 11am – 5pm


These would certainly be my top 3 choices on the Gold Coast, and with there nationwide exposure they certainly standout above the rest. With many a craft beer bars stocking there products.

A couple of other notable breweries would be Piggled Pig, Lost Palms and Black Hops, slightly smaller scale breweries but still a fine selection and good beer.

An hour and 15 minutes from the coast in Byron Bay is one other notable mention and probably Australia’s best known craft brewery Stone and Wood. I have never visited myself however have tried many, maybe to many times the pacific ale another top craft beer to try.

Hopefully this will help you on your way to some beer tasting on the Gold Coast many of these breweries feature in our favourite restaurants and cafes on the Gold Coast.

40 Things To Do In The Gold Coast Australia

The Gold Coast

Gold Coast History

The history of the Gold Coast Australia is one of fast development since WW2.

After WW2 the South Coast region of Queensland was a popular holiday destination for servicemen returning from the war. From then on and with inflated prices for real estate and other goods and services led to the nickname of “Gold Coast” in the early 50s.

As tourism grew throughout the decade businesses began to adopt the term in their names, and a memorable day the 23 October 1958 the South Coast Town Council was renamed “Gold Coast Town Council”. One year later the Gold Coast was labelled a city.

By the late 60s Surfers Paradise had established itself as the main destination and then the crazy introduction of bikini-clad meter maids in 1965 the aim to feed parking meters to prevent holiday makers from getting parking fines was a particularly popular innovation. And even still alive to this day.

The 70s came along and with that did the high rise boom followed 10 years later by the Gold Coast Airport, making the Gold Coast Australia number one holiday destination.

During the 80s the introduction of the 5 theme parks that lie there today (see in list) only solidified its presence as a number one destination.

The turn of the century bought a real estate boom with it’s economical peak in 2005 with the opening of the 322.5m ‘Worlds Tallest Residential Tower’ Q1, in Surfers Paradise.

To this day the Gold Coast continues to grow and strengthen its position establishing itself as a international destination to add to its domestic success.

Moving On

The Gold Coast is not is not one place that is short of things to do and see, its the number one destination in Australia for fun and entertainment and boy do they do it well.

You would think making a top 40 list would be hard but, and to be honest we probably haven’t even scratched the service.


Located half way up the east coast of Australia, an hour south of Brisbane and hour north of Byron Bay.

This beautiful city is made up of a number of suburbs along the coast line forming the Gold Coast as a whole.

The Gold Coast has it’s own international airport in Coolongatta on the south end of the coast. Services many parts of Asia and domestic Australia routes

Gold Coast Top 40 Things To Do

This list has been tried and tested by ourselves and we hope it can all be of some value.

So without further ado here is our Top 40 things to do on the Gold Coast Australia.

Take a Surf Lesson on the Famous Gold Coast Strip

The most well known suburb of the Gold Coast aptly named Surfers Paradise so it would not do it justice if you didn’t take a surf lesson.

With some of the best qualified instructors around you are in capable hands. We tried the long standing company Get Wet and found them great, well organised and really imformative.

Visit Q1 Observation Deck

360 degrees views around the Gold Coast, as far as the eye can see. If you get a clear day you wouldn’t believe what you can see.

The tall residential tower stands head and shoulders above most buildings and the Skypoint observation deck is located on an impressive 77th floor, with a bistro bar and gift shop available.

One of the best views in Australia and with 300 days of sun on the Gold Coast it’s normally a good chance your get a great view.

Catch A Sunset On Burleigh Hill

The place to be for sunset, sit on Burleigh Hill with the view looking back over the Gold Coast across the white sandy beach. Grab your picnic, blankets and drinks and unwind with these sensational views.

Top Tip: Weekends get there early it gets pretty crowded.

The view on Burleigh Hill

Visit A Gold Coast Theme Park

With many a theme park to choose from, the Gold Coast is the theme park capital of Australia. 

The five main parks are

  1. Warner Brothers Movie World
  2. Dreamworld
  3. Wet and Wild
  4. Seaworld
  5. White Water World

Top tip: Walk along the boulevard in Surfers Paradise and look for the theme park booths, there are many deals available.

Check Out Miami Marketta

Love the street food markets of asia, well Miami Marketta brings a taste of it to the Gold Coast.

A trend setter for food markets on the Gold Coast. With it’s converted warehouse and 20 plus international food stalls, live musicians and a fully stocked bar make this a great night for all.

Open Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays, from 5pm

Miami Marketta

Make Your Millions At Star Casino

Star casino is one of the Gold Coast most popular venues, with numerous bars, restaurants and huge casino floor you would certainly never get bored inside here.

Even for people who don’t gamble its a great night out. Residents at the casino have great options with cinema and huge outdoor pool to name a few.

Perfect localality to Broaadbeach and Pacific fair shopping center.

With it’s 24 hour opening time the casino comes a late night hotspot for the Gold Coast locals and visitors.

Barefoot Bowls At Broadbeach Bowls Club

A bit of a tradition on Australian soil is the barefoot bowls. Grab a group of mates some beers and get competitive.

Broadbeach was our favourite but there are a scattering of clubs all over the coast. The venue was also home to the bowls during the Commonwealth Games.

Visit A Brewery

The craft brewery scene in Australia and on the Gold Coast especially exploded a few years back and is flourishing still today. With tours around your favourites breweries and weekends the taphouses open for the public with live music and food trucks.

Here is our choice breweries and favorite tipple in each .

  1. Burleigh Brewey – Big head
  2. Balter Brewery – Balter IPA
  3. Black Hops – East Coast Haze
  4. Fortitude Brewery – Fortutude Pacer

Afternoon Drinks At Edgewater

Nestled in on the beautiful Isle Of Capri is Edgewater Dining. With its river side seating and views of the impressive Surfers Paradise makes for a excellent late afternoon drinking spot.

The view at Edgewater

Farmers Market Bundall

A perfect Sunday morning would always be wandering around the ever popular farmers market. More than just farm supplies with food trucks, boutiques pop up shops and live music.

Farmers Market

Visit the Gold Coast Turf Club

The Gold Coasts only horse racing track and home to the Magic Millions Carnival, one of Australia’s premium horse racing carnivals.

Get trackside or enjoy premium stands either way you are guaranteed a fun day out.

Top Tip: 150 public house is a stones throw away and is the perfect post race spot.

Visit the Botanic Gardens

Walk round the beautiful Botanic Gardens in Benowa. Well maintained and array of plants, pond and wildlife.

Two other bonuses are the 2 km walking track around the grounds and lake to the side. The gardens also has it own cafe with a whole host of treats, coffees and preboooked high teas.

A great place to bring kids, with its large playground and plenty of grass for them to run around in the sun.

High Tea at the Botanic Gardens

Go see the Gold Coast Suns

The Gold Coast now has it’s own AFl side, playing out of the 25,000 Metricon stadium in Carrara. Catch a game against some the countries best sides.

Fixture List

Go see the Titans

If rugby is more your thing then rugby league from the Gold Coast is also available with the Gold Coast Titans playing in Australia’s premium league NFl. applying there trade out of the 21,000 Skilled Park stadium in the suburb of Robina.

Fixture List

Take a drive to Tallebudgera Valley

At the end of Tallebudgera Valley lies a great little place so quiet to many and home of the great cream track walking track. A difficult but rewarding walk over the mountain range.

Tallebudgera Valley

Wander through the rainforest forest with only the sound of the whip birds and the crunching of twigs on the floor. Relatively untouched area, so very important to bring away whatever you bring with you.

Walk over the Burleigh Headlands

Take a walk from Burleigh Hill through the headlands and out the other side to see the stunning view of Tallebudgera Creek.

Tallebudgera Creek

Eat tacos at Bonita Bonita

Gold Coast number one Mexican and taco bar Bonita Bonita is a must on any visit.

With tapas style small plates you really get to indulge. And the tequilas, oh the tequilas an impressive back bar with over 50 to choose from. Did someone say Margarita?

Bonita Bonita restaurant

Try the acai bowls at Cardamon Pod

These are a must, pleasing to the eye and even more so on the belly. A wide selection to choose from, all vegan plant based.

Cardamon Pod is a regular haunt for tge Instagram faithful trying to get the snap. But to Cardamon Pods credit what they deliver in appearance doesn’t waiver the quality of the food.

Acai Bowl at the Cardamon Pod

Visit Pacific Fair shopping center

Shopping center or village ? it’s hard to tell so many shops to choose from with a scattering of restaurants, 2 food courts, cinema and a range of entertainment. Find top brands like Tiffany and Prada or budget like K Mart and Big W it has something for everyone. Perfectly located in the heart of Broadbeach.

Tackle Surfers Paradise slingshot

Warning!!! Make sure you have a empty stomach before attempting, based just outside Surfers Paradise is Slingshot.

Get fired from your seat at 160km and 80 metres in the air, and well basically bounce your way back down. Best of all it gets captured on video for you to purchase after.

Holey Moley Gold Coast putt putt golf

Holey Moley is a themed putt putt golf center or for those Europeans crazy golf. All indoors with many a fun twists and turns to keep you guessing. Drinks are available only to enhance the experience or decrease the playing experience. But a fun night out is certainly had.

Take a river cruise

Follow the famous waterways of the Gold Coast, meandering past luxury residences and even the odd famous inhabitants.

Enjoy this trip with Surfers Paradise River cruises with on board bar and snacks, its no thrills just good old cruising round the outskirts if the city.

Gold Coast Gondola Rides

Take a romantic gondola ride all around the Gold Coast rivers at sunset. Unwind with certain packages, food, drinks or just the ride. A perfectly relaxed experience, can seat up to 4 people on board tours last from 45 minutes to two hours.

Visit the Collective Restaurant

Its like a food market and restaurant at the same time. The usual restaurant set up but 4 different purposely built kitchens run by different vendors and with different cuisines.

Its a unique experience but a great idea for a restaurant with its variety and options.

Go see Curtis Falls

On Tamborine Mountain between North Tamborine and Eagle Heights lies Curtis Falls and the walking track. A beautiful waterfall and viewing deck.

Curtis Falls Mount Tamborine

Go enjoy the views of the coast at the Spit

Out past Main Beach and past Seaworld is the spit. A bit of beach sticking out looking back at the coast. With further walkway heading out to sea, gives you the best views of Surfers Paradise of the remaining Gold Coast.

Visit Eagle Heights Tamborine Mountain

A long road quite aptly named Long Road is Eagle Heights. Full of boutique shops, eateries, wineries and antiques.

Compared to the vast growth of the city, this part of Tamborine feels like it hasn’t changed in 30 years. Making it refreshing change.

Go wine tasting at Mason Wines

Mason wines on Mount Tamborine is a boutique winery and restaurant in the woodland of North Tamborine.

A great selection of Reds and whites, with tasting tours and guided tours to talk you through the winery.

The food is known as some of the best on the mountain and with its lush green views, really sets a great scene.

Check out Getaway Day Spa

Located in North Tamborine also Getaway, has its own spa rooms with steam room, jacuzzi and mineral pool. Take 2 hours of relaxation in these before unwinding with one of there treatments.

Great quiet surrounding, which is just a perfect setting to relax in comfort.

Stay at Pethers Rainforest Retreat

This is a special treat nestled in the deep hinterland in North Tamborine lies Pethers. 10 large eco friendly tree houses. That’s right tree houses, who wouldn’t want to stay in a tree house.

With log fires, in room hot tub, fresh breakfast baskets and stunning views out into the rainforest who wouldn’t want to get lost here.

Natural Bridge

One of the most spectacular places to see in Queensland. This naturally formed bridge, glow worm cave and walking track is just paradise to see. The walking track is a loop track, of 2.4km taking you through the forest and beneath the trees.

The Natural Bridge is about 40 minutes out of the main center of the Gold Coast, but certainly worth the drive.

Natural Bridge Springbrook Mountain

Purling Brook Falls

One of the best and biggest waterfalls on the east coast. With uts 200ft waterfall drop and 3.5 km loop walking track to the bottom of the falls makes for a great experience.

Purling Brook Falls is accessed at the top of Springbrook Mountain in the heart of the suburb.

Too Tip : its a big incline up the Springbrook Mountain so be prepared

Purling Brook Falls

Visit HOTA

HOTA meaning home of the arts. Is home to all things entertainment. Theatre, cinema, music, comedy and live festivals is all readily available.

Walking tracks with sculptures and the well maintained Evandale lake to swim in.

Top tip: 150 bar is only 500 metres away a river side bar and restaurant well worth the visit.

Check out the Heinze Dam

An impressive site is the Heinze Dam, you get the sheer size of it when you see it up close to it. And has grown over the years since it’s 1976 opening.

Now the dam is a huge attraction with visitor center, cafe and walkways along the dam and the adjoining woods.

Try axe throwing

They say when in Rome! well what about on the Gold Coast, Located in the backstreets of Miami is the Lumper Punks axe throwing.

What can we say you throw axes at a target sounds fun right ?

With multiple venues across Australia in Brisbane, Melbourne and Perth, these guys know how to put on some fun

Surfers Paradise beachfront markets

If you haven’t had enough of the beach then head back Friday and Saturday evenings for the beachfront markets.

A range of boutique stalls from jewelery, hand crafts, health products and even more. Its just as nice to meander through and maybe finish with some refreshments from one of many close by local bars and restaurants.

Curumbin Wildlife Sanctuary

The Gold Coast very own little zoo featuring all the native Australian animals, like koalas, crocodile, dingos, kangaroos and many many more. get you pictures taken with the resident koala.

Cafe available on site for your refreshment needs, and this site is also the home of the Sanctuary Markets. A market dedicated to food around the world open every friday 4 – 10

Visit Gold Class Cinema

Want some down time catch a movie in style, order meals, alcohol, snacks and sit back in a reclining armchair and watch on the usual large cinema screens. You can even book your food and drinks to come at certain points throughout the movie.

Once you try you wont go back to a normal cinema experience..

Shopping at Harbour Town

Situated on the northern end of the coast lies Harbour Town shopping Village. A wide range of well known shops and local boutiques give Harbour Town great variety.

A 10 screen cinema with Gold class and wide screen rooms adds a bit of entertainment to this shopping town.

Ferry Road Markets

The trendy Ferry road markets in Southport bring a range of boutique shops, trendy eateries and top end food suppliers. we would certainly recommend the Providore bakery its certainly one of the best around for cakes, treats and our favourite sausage rolls.

The Round Up

A fine list for a fine city, the Gold Coast Australia is certainly a busy and entertaining place to be. The Gold Coast should be proud of its uniqueness and wide variety for all varieties.

Many more things that didn’t make the list but could easily of been included. Maybe one day we would need to do a volume 2.

We love all things Gold Coast and we have served you with the best things to do, but now you may need somewhere to eat. Make sure you try out our Best Restaurants Gold Coast, Best Cafes Gold Coast and Best Vegan Restaurants, Gold Coast guides offering an inside to the dining scene on the Gold Coast.

For now it’s goodbye but we will be back soon.

Best Restaurants Gold Coast, Australia


The Gold Coast has a food scene to rival any city with bustling cafes and multi cultural restaurants. With trendy suburbs like Palm Beach, Burleigh Heads and Broadbeach its hard to pick the destination let alone the restaurant.

From fine dining, casual and food markets the selection is endless.

We brought you our Gold Coast Best Cafes guide now we take a look at the evening scene.

Influences from Asia, Europe, America and Latin America brings a vast range of choices to this pleasant dining scene.

Gold Coast Top Restaurants

Bonita Bonita

Bringing modern Mexican dining to new heights, pack up your faijitas you wont find them here. Tacos, taquintos, croquettes and chimichangas are all on and pack full of flavour. Can personally recommend the guacamole and pescado and achiote chicken tacos are firm favourites with us.

Dark lights, candles and Mexican flair brings Bonita Bonita to life, the sound of Mexican music in the background all set the scene for this authentic experience.

Adding to the Mexican authenticity is a back bar loaded with 50 + tequilas. You wont find a better margarita than here.

Located in the ever trendy Mermaid Beach suburb of the Gold Coast, tucked nicely away in a quiet alcove.

Bonita Bonita is not somewhere to miss and is why it is a one of the top restaurants Gold Coast has to offer


Monday To Sundy 5pm to Late

Etsu Izakaya

Hidden away being the large white wooden doors is this hidden little gem, you’d say speakeasy as other than the music it is relatively unseen. Enter through the doors and through the tunnel shaped bar area and don’t forget to look up at the impressive half pipe (yes half pipe skate ramp) as a ceiling. And into the large dining area of share and private tables.

Modern Japanese food with designed to share theme. Sushi, raw bar, yakitori and robarta grill specials are a few specials but the ones we love are the homemade gyozas.

The bar at Etsu has a great selection of high quality Japanese whiskies and sake, along with classic and Japanese style cocktails.

Certainly a unique and great and great dining experience and one of the best dining experiences you can find.

Located in the suburb of Mermaid Beach close to other great eateries and bars.


Monday to Sunday 5pm to Late

Social Eating House

Class and sophistication is the key in this relaxed yet formal dining experience. The food at Social Eating House is based around share plates with a variety of influences all over the world. Known as one of the best fine dining restaurants around the Gold Coast.

The menu features and musts would be the roast quail or the wagyu tartare from the small plates and slow cooked lamb shoulder in yoghurt or twice cooked pork belly in chilli and tamarind.

Wines are definitely the go at social eating house, with a great selection and staff that are clearly trained in what is paired correctly or not. With this said a cocktail list is impressive with a mix of classic and contemporary.


Monday to Sunday 12 to 3 and 5:30 to late Lunch and dinner

Edgewater Dining

Edgewater Dining located in the residential area of Isle of Capri just a stones throw from Surfer Paradise offers good quality contemporary dining, with probably the best backdrop on the Gold Coast.

Take a seat on the water front and at night a cascading view out down the river with the lights from the Surfers Paradise high rises in the background set a unbeievable scene.

The food and drink delivers to, with a modern Australian feel and more of a formal dining experience, than the share plate theme the Gold Coast adopts. With a great selection of menu items like lemon pepper calamari and pork tacos to start and sticky pork belly and grass fed eye fillet for mains.

Another great option at Edgewater would be the afternoon we often wandered down enjoyed bread platters, cocktails and sensational river views.


Monday to Friday 11am to Late Lunch and dinner

Saturday and Sunday 8am to late. Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Can Tho Kitchen

A little slice of Vietnam on the Gold Coast. Located a bit out of the city in the suburb of Runaway bay.

A once uninspired dining room was transformed and modernised a few years back and Can Tho has never looked back. The modernisation has really bought a sense of comfort and sleek look.

The food has always been second to known, known for the homemade Vietnamese pancakes. With fresh and vibrant rice paper rolls and flavorsome bowls of Pho is not hard to see why Can Tho is a leading player in the Gold Coast food scene.


Tuesday to Sunday 5pm to 10pm

Lucky Bao

I love Lucky Bao story we used to visit there stall at the markets where there were pumping out Bao’s out of a small marquee to foot traffic then fast forward they opened the doors of there own restaurant.

Located away from the center of town in the suburb of Mermaid Waters, Lucky Bao small a small yet trendy eatery, with a perfectly relaxed environment.

The menu is based on Asian share plates large and small and of course the highlights are the bao’s. There are no bad bao’s here however the Taiwanese fried chicken and the tempura soft shell crab are our favourites.

Other highlights include succulent Korean chicken wings and the bang bang chicken vermicelli salad.


Open for lunch and dinner

Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday 11:30am to 3:30pm and 5:30pm to 8:30pm

Saturday and Sunday 11:30am to 8:30pm

Closed Tuesdays

Brooklyn Depot

I think the name gives it away “Brooklyn“. Bringing a slice of the best of Brooklyn and New York street food scene. With burgers, wings, tacos, fries, fried pickles and juicy hotdogs.

Surrounded in a relaxed environment, with great selection of craft beers, including there own Brooklyn lager, and not forgetting the mix of classic cocktails.

Located in the 4217 building in the central hub of Surfers Paradise and close to everything making this a popular spot for everyone, and certainly one of the best restaurants Surfers Paradise has to offer.


Sunday to Monday 11am to Late

And Finally

If I’m honest there could of been double the amount on this list but I went for our top lot maybe soon a volume two will come out soon.

The Gold Coast really has become a city for foodies and drink experts alike. Some may say the new Melbourne and we believe it certainly isn’t far off competing with Australia’s food capital.

Whilst we have produced our best restaurants here stay tuned soon for a look at the best cheap eats, best markets and best vegan restaurants on the Gold Coast.

Best Cafes Gold Coast, Australia

Gold Coast Top Cafes

If there us one thing the Gold Coast has  an abundance of, its cafes and good ones at that. From the super hip suburbs of Mermaid Beach, Burleigh and Palm Beach, to the super busy tourist hub of Surfers Paradise, the Coast just does a cafe right and is why its home to the best breakfast Gold Coast can offer.

With a city full of early risers, and summer sun rising at 4 am the cafes are often packed by 7am. Churning out delicious food and brewing top quality coffee this city just doesn’t disappoint.

Where Is The Gold Coast

The Gold Coast is a city half way up the east coast of Australia 1 hour from Brisbane to the North and from the South just over an hour from Byron Bay. A long coastal city made up of many suburbs all rolling into one another.

So Lets Get Started

After 12 years of living in this city we tried a far few cafe and a fair few have lasted the distance, so with that and in no particular order, here are our choice best of the best.

The Cafes

Darrk Espresso

On the northern end of the Gold Coast lies Daark Espresso. Set in your typical Queenslander building, Daark has grown from a tiny 6 table boutique coffee shop to a newly refurb establishment which has doubled in size. With the luxury of now dining in or out on the decking looking out at the morning sun.

The food speaks for itself, with popular choices being Persian feta, cherry tomato and crushed avocado toast to more elaborate specials like southern fried chicken benedict.

Coffee is known as one of the best around with single origin options available.



Monday to Sunday 6am to 3pm

Elk Espresso

Like Daark, Elk Espresso started life in the suburb Of Broadbeach in a small building resembling a house, which if to be honest we liked the homely feel. But has since moved into bigger premises right on the end of the Oasis Center in the center of Broadbeach. Only a stones through from the beach has made this ever popular cafe even better.

A favourite of my mine here would be the breakfast burger with the added option of jalapeños to kick-start that morning, certainly one of my best breakfast choices.

Elk is known for there goodness bowls. Bowls pack with greens, poached eggs and homemade lebnah. Offering a healthy start to any morning, and the bowls always being seasonal menu items.



Monday to Sunday 5:45 to 4pm 

Blackboard Coffee

One of the original trend setters for Gold Coast cafes is Blackboard Coffee located in the suburb of Varsity Lakes. A hip vibe is perfect for this university town café, with students flocking to try the decedent food and smooth coffee.

Although known for a hang out for university students it is also a destination cafe for local Gold Coasters, especially with its philosophy of locally sourced food where possible.

Musts are truffled scrambled eggs and the slow cook brisket. Brisket for breakfast you may ask yes, when its paired with homemade corn bread, salsa and jalapeno hollandaise. The café always has a seasonal menu always being up to date with the best and up to date cuisine.



Monday to Sunday 6am to 3pm

Bam Bam Bakehouse

Bam Bam Bakehouse offers something a little different, a great café with the added flair of a artisan style bakery with all baked goods and treats hand crafted and there is certainly no stone un turned here.

Located in the trendy Mermaid Beach suburb with a short stroll trough the park to the beach.

Renowned food critic and former Masterchef judge Matt Preston has often graced this café on visits to coast says it all.

Bam bam are known for there crossiants which are all homemade. And when they paired one of these with karage chicken, slaw and kewpie mayo it was a stroke of genius. With the croissant game being so strong pairing it with a eggs benny is also another great touch.



Monday to Sunday 6:30am to 2:30pm


Another one of the original occupiers of the trendy Gold Coast Café scene is Commune. Another Queenlander style building. The feeling of home oozes out of Commune and the garden with its mismatched furniture certainly emphasizes that.

Commune was somewhere I liked to keep it simple and have bacon and eggs. The homemade relish that accompanied them was always delicious, and if you ask for soft poached eggs always perfectly cooked. When done right simple is sometimes the best way.


Monday to Sunday 6am to 3:30pm

Paddock Bakery

Again and continuing the recurring theme of cafes in Queenslander houses lies Paddock Bakery. Set amongst houses in the backstreets of the suburb of Burleigh Heads. Rugged outdoor furniture and hipster feel another candidate for a cafe with the ultimate cosy and homely feel.

At Paddock bakery you must try the bagels, a little slice of NYC on the Gold Coast. Another favourite of ours would be the forest mushrooms on toast, earthy and delicious.



Monday to Sunday 6am to 3pm


One of the most renowned and first health conscious cafes on the Gold Coast. Been feeding the massives there nutritious treats from this beachside spot at Nobbys Beach since 2013.

BSKT also designed one of the first vegan, bio – fermented soft serve ice cream in the world. Now that’s pretty impressive.

A crowd pleaser at BSKT would be the Navajo native breakfast (these homemade beans are great) and you can’t go past the haloumi and egg burger with homemade relish.



Monday to Friday 6am to 3pm

Saturday and Sunday 6am to 4pm

Cardamon Pod

Taking Vegan food to new heights is the Cardamon Pod. Bright, energised and flavourome food, for someone who is non vegan my most visited cafe in the last few years was the Cardamon pod.

You must try the Indian Dosa, this homemade Dosa with spiced potatoes is to die for. Another favourite would be the vege big breakfast, I love the peanut fritters on here.

Cardoman Pod is also renowned for its elaborate range of acai bowls which taste amazing and are certainly insta worthy captures



Monday to Sunday 8am to 3pm

Bare Foot Barista

With its funky industrial look concrete walls, floor and black steel, giving Barefoot its unique look.

A popular destination for the early riser with doors opening at 5am and only moments away from the beach located in the trendy Palm Beach suburb.

The breakfast board was always a hit here, with all the breakfast favourites and another popular choice would be corn fritters always so moist and flavoursome.



Monday to Sunday 5am – 4pm

And Finally

I honestly couldn’t pick a favorite one here, they all bring something good to the table and all never seem to fail on quality. Maybe a trip to the Gold Coast would need to be 10 days long to try them all.

And why not consider once your fed and watered in one of these top cafes head off to some of the wonders of the Gold Coast.

See the hidden tracks of Tallebudgera Valley’s Hidden Gem and be alone in this peaceful wonder.

Or head off to the mountains of Springbrook and catch the stunning naturally forming rocks of Natural Bridge or see the mammoth 200ft waterfall of Purling Brook Falls.

Tallebudgera Valley Hidden Gem

Our Great Find In Tallebudgera

The Gold Coast Australia, with it’s lively city and lush hinterland with a full list of things to do. It was refreshing to find a spot so secluded from everywhere else to go explore and that was Tallebudgera Valley , and the cream track.

Whilst working out in the Tallebudgera Valley area, I got talking to a local on the street and chatting about this rather quiet but beautiful part of the Gold Coast.

The area is about 30 – 40 minutes out from the Gold Coast center and a way into the country. As you drive into the valley there are only handfuls of scattered traditional “Queenslander” homes, a rural fire brigade and a green. Its one road in and one road out.

The local I got chatting to on the street brought to my attention an area right deep into the the woodland and off the beaten track and seldom visited by anyone but locals. He told us of great watering holes, streams, waterfalls, a hike and a lush rainforest.

Intrigued one sunday morning we decided to pack up the car and check it out.


Driving all the way to the end of the Tallebudgera creek road. about 40 minute drive from Surfers Paradise.

Note: Near the end of the Tallebudgera Creek Road, this area is subject to flooding during the wet season. Also being out in the forest always be sure to check bush fire warning signs especially in summer months November to April. Tallebudgera Valley also does have a rural fire brigade with more info.



Once you get deep into the Tallebudgera road the sense of seclusion becomes real. And as we arrived at the end of the road we did stop to think for a minute that we may have go wrong somewhere. All there was around was a spot to park a few cars, a beautiful stream and a gate which we assumed leaded to the house to the side of it.

Tallebudgera valley

After exploring for a while we looked on behind the gate and caught a glimpse of a track and a sign. Heading through, even still a bit dubious as it seemed part of the house we carried on none the less.

As we followed through the tracks we came out at numerous watering holes and streams. The peace and quiet and just the sound of the Whip Birds and nature tweet away in the background was bliss. It was like this area hadn’t been touched ever.

We continued to walk through the rainforest until a big stream appeared and tracks leading up the right to the path into the trees. Little had we known but we had found, what seemed an overgrown beginning of a hike track.

After a bit of research we found that this was one of the beginnings of the Springbrook to Tallebudgera Cream Track. With the more popular start of the track on the Springbrook mountain side.

The Cream Track

The Cream Track History

The cream track was developed by Martin Sheils in 1905. The track was developed so that cans of cream from from Percy Reid farm could come down with Billy Smith an in law of Martin rather than the long trek around Mudgeeraba.

To this day the rack is still used by hikers and walkers alike.

Cream Track Details

Distance: a 5.3km walking track through rainforest and farmland.

The Land: the track goes through Serenity Farm private property and Springbrook National Park meaning a permit is needed to walk this track.

Serenity Farm is a working farm with exposed cattle.

Difficulty : The track has steep sections to it and it regarded as challenging and having a partner with you is advised.

Views : Stunning mountainside views of the coast

Must brings : Water, food, good walking shoes and a GPS, as due to the area being very quiet and relatively untouched certain sections and tracks may not be to clear.

After Trip Refreshments

After finishing up in the valley all the hard work will need to be rewarded. A short drive to Burleigh Heads and a couple of cafes to try out would be Paddock Bakery, or the ever popular Commune. Both serving up great breakfasts, lunch and coffees.

And Finally

We were delighted to find such a stunning, peaceful and and untouched place to visit if only if we had the permit we would of gone up on the hike. But Tallebudgera Valley should not be overlooked for those peaceful days.

But, well that can be for another time and can be an excuse to return.

Once you make it to Springbrook you cant go past a visit to Purling Brook Falls or the Natural Bridge

Thanks for checking this out

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10 Things To Do On The Gold Coast

10 Things To Do On The Gold Coast

Gold Coast Australia, we had the privilege of living here for many years. Its Australia number 1 holiday destination.

With so much to do and see you could hardly get bored there. A city that can boast on average over 300 days of sunshine a year, yep that’s right 300 days

We recently posted a few of our favourite places but lots of people have been sending in messages asking us for tips so here is our top 10 things to do.


A trip to Gold Coast wouldn’t be right without a trip to these famous beaches. Golden sand stretching as far as the eye can see.

Do a surfing lesson, play volleyball, or just catch the sun it is a must on any trip here.

Many of events like sand sculpting, beachfront markets and concerts happen throughout the year. A good place to find the latest thing would be on My GC

Theme Parks

The one thing the Gold Coast has an abundance of is theme parks. With 5 to choose from it could be a whole holiday planned in one.

Bus links, trams and taxis link all the major theme parks.

Here’s the List

Movie World

Probably the most known and popular. Owned and run by the world famous Warner Brothers.

Enjoy the thrill rides of the DC Rivals Roller-coaster or Superman escape. Catch a show with Hollywood stunt rider or see where movies are filmed at the village roadshow. For young kids see the Yogi – Bear 4D experience.


Another Gold Coast iconic theme park. Not for the faint hearted, try Buzz Saw and The Claw (maybe before food) or unwind on Tiger Island and see the tigers up close and personal, with daily shows at midday. Plenty for the younger kids also with dedicated sections.

White Water World

Sits next to Dreamworld and part of the same group. The water park offers an array of water theme slides some thrill slides and some geared towards the youngsters.

Tube rides offer the chance for groups to ride together adding a extra thrill

A large wave pool sits in the middle of the park, good for all ages.

Wet And Wild

Wet and Wild Gold Coast lies next door to Movie World. A park full of rides from thrill seekers to family orientated fun. Shows open daily and Kabanas to kick back to relax in.

Coming soon to Wet and Wild is Australia’s biggest and tallest water slide.


Closet park to the city on the main beach stretch. Seaworld a worldwide company, see seal encounters and Dolphins. Catch the Thunder Lake Stunt show, try the rides the new Atlantis or the Storm Coaster. Or just submerge yourself we the marine life that Seaworld presents.

Top Tip: If you check out some of the booths in Surfers Paradise there is always somewhere doing a deal or 2 on these.

Top Tip 2: If you planning to hit the parks a locals package of a year pass for $169 gives you unlimited access to Movie World, Wet and Wild, Sea World and Paradise Country (a Australian themed farm) for a whole year. a 7 day pass is $159 See Ticketing

Tamborine Mountain

A tropical heaven in the mountains only 40 minutes from the bustling center of the Gold Coast. Plenty to do, see and explore, especially in the quirky streets of Eagle Heights, seeing waterfalls, boutique shops and wineries make Tamborine Mountain a must escape.

With Tropical retreats such as Pethers Rainforest Retreat and Getaway Day Spa its a destination to unwind from the busy city life of the Gold Coast.

As mentioned some great waterfalls in the area and none better than Curtis Falls (below) and equally as impressive is the Witches Falls and the walking loop.

Byron Bay

You haven’t visited Australia until you visit Byron Bay. Situated about 60 minutes from the Gold Coast Byron is the perfect backpacker destination beach town. With surfing, walks, food, micro breweries and boutique shops.

The famous lighthouse walk which can be tough especially in the Australian sun, is the most easterly part of Australia and provides ocean views and a regular spot for whale watchers.

Byron Bay is as relaxed as it gets with a clientele that just takes everything in there stride.

Stone and Wood brewery tour would be one of our top picks to do.

Pictured below is the view half way along the lighthouse walk.

Visit A Brewery

The Gold coast is not short on breweries either with the original Burleigh Brewing company and a whole host of other breweries like Balter, Lost Palms, Black hops and Pickled Pig to name a few. We recommend you try them all, well just tell the wife its for research purposes.

Top Tip: Burleigh Brewery do a great beer BIG Head was a favourite of mine light, refreshing and so easy to drink.

Some of these breweries often have a food truck on, allowing the best possible way to line the stomach. They often have live music as well making for a great afternoon evening out.

Here’s The Directory

Burleigh Brewing

Lost Palms


Black Hops

Pickled Pig

Fortitude Brewery

Q1 Skypoint Observation Deck

Standing at 322 metres and consisting of 78 floors the Q1 Skypoint has some of the best views I have ever seen. Add to that a city with more blue skies than anywhere is a great spot to visit anytime of the year.

There is a cafe situated at the top for you to sit back and enjoy the stunning views with a cup of coffee.

Situated right in the heart of Surfers Paradise you right amongst it all.

Springbrook Mountain

Springbrook to me is just beautiful set in the Hinterland Rainforest Springbrook has some of the most stunning places to visit in Australia. Our personal favourites are Natural Bridge and Purling Brook Falls.

Around a 40 minute drive from the center of the Gold Coast and well worth the journey.

The two most sort after trips are the Natural Bridge this naturally forming rock feature, fall and walking track is a must. Certainly one of the most beautiful sites in this part of the world

Another is Purlingbrook Falls with it’s 150 meter waterfall and 3.5 km walking loop track to the bottom of the falls make this a popular spot and highly sort after trip.

Burleigh Hill Walk

Burleigh Hill where the masses congregate to watch the sun fall down on a wonderful day and well probably sink a few tinnies. The view from Burleigh Hill looking over the Gold Coast is just unreal.

Combine the hill with the Burleigh Headland walking track and its a great afternoon / evening out. The walking track meanders from lush rainforest like trees looping round to show the most beautiful views over Tallebudgera Creek.

Miami Marketta

You could easily think you have been transported to South East Asia. Step into this back street warehouse and laneway and sample some delights.

The original street food market on the Gold Coast some may say its part of what the Gold Coast is. I just say that with its 20 full stalls and its delicious.

With constant array of live music and entertainment its a popular hotspot for any tourist and local alike.

Mount Warning

Situated 30 minutes from the Gold Coast is the incredible Mount Warning. Climb and see some of the best vantage along the east coast of Australia. A 3 / 4 hour round trip through lush rainforest and a final descent up a rock face to the highest lookout a trip not to be missed.

We took the trip up Mount Warning one morning and what a great trip it was and would love to maybe go back and do it for sunrise.


All in all the Gold Coast is a playground for the best and most adventurous. Somewhere you could never get bored. With some of the best cafes and restaurants around the dining scene is up there with the likes of Melbourne.

Hope this all helps as much as it can. We have any amount of of knowledge from our time on the Gold Coast please don’t hesitate to ask and send us a message.

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Gold Coast Beach Life

Gold Coast Beach

The Gold Coast Beach’s would have to be up there as one of the nicest beaches in the world, luscious blue water mixed with pure yellow sand add to that the Queensland sun and it makes for such a beautiful place.

Stretching from the spit at Main Beach all the way down the coast to Coolongatta it is one continuous beach rolling through each town.

Gold Coast Beach A Look

Not only is the beach popular for sun bakers and swimming but also a host of activities from volleyball, surfing, beach front markets, concerts and various art and craft exhibitions.

Even just to take a long walk along the promenade and stop off at a café and soak up the scenery whilst sipping on your Latte.

The promenades have either open views or gaps through the trees leading down onto the beautiful beaches like below.

Below here are a few shots from a couple of different areas along the coast

What’s On

Surfers Paradise Beachfront  Market

Surfers Paradise Beachfront market happen every friday and Saturday 5 – 9 and sell a whole host of boutique and handmade gifts and accessories definitely worth the visit.

Burleigh Hill And The Burleigh Headlands

Burleigh Hill is one of the Gold Coast best spots for sunset and lazing around having a picnic. Lots of people come down on an evening to soak up the last bit of sun for the day, watch the sunset and relax with friends.

The Headlands is a walking track through rainforest and bringing you out to the highest point looking out the opposite to Burleigh hill and over the Tallebudgera Creek.

The Sunrises

Sunrise from out at Broadbeach such a beautiful spot and well worth getting up early and heading down the beach for.

Surf Schools

Surf schools are available and most prominent in the Surfers Paradise and Coolongattaa areas. Rent boards and let expert guides lead you and teach you the basics.

This is certainly one of the top things to do on the coast.

Lunch in a Surf Club

The Gold Coast strip has many surf clubs to enjoy great views whilst having some food or a drink.

The 3 stand out with the best views would be Southport, Broadbeach and Nobbys Beach , with preference going to Broadbeach just as it gives the widest and unscathed view.

Gold Coast Experts

With 12 years experience living on the Coast we like to think we know our stuff on this great city. Come check out some of our Gold Coast content, including the best places To Eat with our Cafe and Restaurant guides

Thunderbird Park Tamborine Mountain

Thunderbird Park

Thunderbird park is an adventure park and camping site on the highly popular Tamborine Mountain.

A great place to kids and well as your about to find out adults like us also.


The Thunderbird park is situated on Tamborine Mountain about 40 minutes from either Brisbane or the Gold coast. and can be enjoyed either as a day tip of an overnight camping stay.

What’s At The Park

Thunderbird park has a whole lot of activities to enjoy, for all ages and abilities.

Treetop Challenge

The famous treetop challenge Australia’s largest, a obstacle course through the trees supported in a harness. Swing from tree to tree climb high, enjoy ziplines and much more. Courses ranging from easy to hard making it accessible to all.

The ultimate fun for both adult and child, a real adrenaline pumping adventure. I finished it and really wanted to go again and again.

Horse Riding

Take a horse ride through the rainforest and see the beauty Tamborine Mountain has to offer on the back of a horse. This is available for children and adults.

Mini Golf

it a whole lot of fun a great course which even has three levels. beginner, intermediate or professional.

Thunderegg Crystal Mine

You can find your own treasures from prehistoric volcanic lava in the largest thunder egg mine. Great fun for all the family

Camping and caravans

There are caravan, camping, bush lodges and bunkhouse (bunkhouse only for groups) to chose from and stay and make a few days of it with the family.

Rainforest Restaurant and Lounge Bar

Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner in this great setting a selection of share plate style food for you to enjoy.

Rainforest restaurant

The Terrace Kiosk

Serving healthy snacks, bites and pizzas great place for a break during the day to recharge and get you going again.

Is it worth it ??

It sure is we would certainly recommend, its great fun with the family or like we did went as a couple or even group and well we had the best time. Maybe me a bit more, but it really did bring us back to our childhood.

And now we have children ourselves would certainly take advantage of the facilities and stay.

Thanks for stopping by as always its been a pleasure sharing.

Tamborine Mountain where the park lies has so much going on, like Curtis Falls, Eagle Heights and the many many wineries around.

Thunderbird Park is a great day out and is a must, check out what Thunderbird offers

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