The article is written by Jane Churchill


  1. Take a stroll at Springbrook Natural Bridge: Springbrook is nestled in the Hinterland and home to some of the states most spectacular bush walks and scenery. For a unique experience, head out at night and you can check out the glow worms.
  2. Swim at Tallebudgera or Currumbin Alley: If you’re not a huge fan of swimming in the surf or if you are just after a more relaxing experience, Tallebudgera Creek and Currumbin Alley are patrolled swim areas with picturesque aqua water and no waves!
  3. Have a Sunset Picnic at Burleigh Headland: Every single weekend Burleigh Hill is packed with young people having a drink and nibbles with friends whilst the sun sets over the city. It is the perfect spot to capture the most incredible Gold Coast view.
  4. Check out local artists, creatives, boutiques, foodies, small businesses and designers at The Village Markets at Burleigh: Held on the first and third Sunday of every month at Burleigh Heads State School between 8:30AM and 2PM.
  5. Buy Fresh Produce at the weekly Miami Organic Farmers Market: Held every Sunday at Miami State High School from 6AM to 12PM.
  6. Have a drink at Melbas on the Park: A popular student bar & nightclub located in Surfers Paradise.
  7. Swim at Curtis Falls on Tamborine Mountain: Being only a 30-minute drive from the city, swimming in a waterfall is ultimate city escape.
  8. Relax at Currumbin Valley Rock Pools: Natural swimming pools with rope swings, picnic tables and toilet facilities. However be wary about going during school holidays!
  9. Elsewhere Nightclub: An alternative dance club with a focus on European deep house DJs. Free Entry on Sundays before 11PM.
  10. Catch a gig at Mo’s Desert Clubhouse in Burleigh: One of the few, but great, music venues on the Gold Coast.



  1. Niche & Co or BlendLove: Voted the best Acai bowls on the coast.
  2. Justin Lane: Italian Pizzeria and Rooftop Bar in Burleigh Heads, with a view of the ocean.
  3. Paddock Bakery: A local breakfast hotspot that bakes their own bread on site.
  4. The Night Quarter: A weekly street food market (and live music venue) at Helensvale, opposite the tram/train station. Open every Friday night.
  5. The Collective Palm Beach: A more upscale but unique Dinner Destination (Reservations Essential).
  6. BSKT Cafe: Have a healthy brunch and then attend a Yoga Class upstairs.
  7. The Yard Cafe: Local Cuisine & Live Music in Nobby Beach.
  8. Randy Wallhole: Hipster cafe in close proximity to Griffith University.
  9. The Burleigh Social: Famous for its Smashed Avocado.
  10. Mandala: Vegan Restaurant and Bar with live music every Thursday. And on Tuesday, it’s unlimited Pizza night!

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