24 hours on the GC – Gold Coast

I get asked this a lot from visiting family and friends. What can we do, Where can we go?

So, we are going from North to the South this time. If you want some great options for your next visit to the GC and only have a few days but want to squeeze in as much as you can? Here are a few suggestions.

Start the day at the very top of the Goldy with a learn to surf lesson on the Spit with Get Wet Surf School, their friendly team guarantee to get you up on your board.

You will have worked up an appetite after your lesson so make sure you stop in at the Seaway Kiosk to slam down a Fish Taco. For those with more time, pack a picnic or use one of the many BBQ’s in Doug Jennings Park which has recently undergone a major upgrade.

Experience the Gold Coast from a different perspective and take a 1 hour water and land tour with Aquaduck Gold Coast or book a Duffy Down Under vessel and discover the Gold Coast waterways at your own leisure. Alternatively try Hopo, that’s our ferry service which runs from Surfers Paradise, Marina Mirage, Seaworld and the Broardwater Parklands, if you want to experience your Vitamin Sea without getting wet.

For a slower pace, if you fancy something a little more decadent for lunch head over to Hyde Paradiso in Surfers Paradise and have the 2 hr Beachside Brunch.

Spend some time at Home Of The Arts or HOTA to the locals. This cultural precinct offers Art Galleries, a Theatre, Cinema, Outdoor stage, and a plethora of dining options. Best of all loads of free options can be found here. On Sunday mornings a farmers’ market is held which is very popular with the locals. For something different you could book a Stand Up Paddle or Kayak Tour (depending on how much you want to buy) with Go Vertical to the markets and back.

If you are still craving adventure, take a Jetski tour with Gold Coast Watersports or Kayak with Australian Kayaking Adventures on their half day Dolphin and Stradbroke Island Tour.

Enjoy dinner at Fu Manchu Oriental Kitchen if your love for Bao runs as deep as mine does.

Do breakfast at Bumbles Café in Budds Beach and start your right.

Drive to Mudgeeraba and experience the massaging brilliance of Earth and Skin. This Gold Coast organic day spa offers a full range of beauty and body treatments toxin, animal cruelty free with an emphasis on sustainability and caring for the planet and your skin! The historic township of Mudgeeraba has some wonderful organic cafes to enjoy or stop at the Gold Coast’s oldest pub that was built in 1883, The Wallaby Hotel to wet your whistle.

Get your plant-based fix from Izakaya Midori in Reedy Creek. Serving Japanese cuisine with no meat proteins whatsoever all vegan friendly! To quench your thirst, try a refreshing cold beer even 0% alcohol, wine or sake and of course non-alcoholic beverages including yummy teas to try.

Book a Gin Masterclass at Wild Flower, this boutique distillery might be small but punches well above its weight in terms of offering good quality gin, distillery tours and tastings. A gin making class allows you to create your own gin using some of the many botanicals on site to make your special blend which at the end of the class you can take home with you.

A dining venue not to be missed and very popular with South Goldy locals who love Thai is Sticky Rice in Tugan. This venue is not very big so it’s best to call and book ahead, the snug little bar is a great spot to sit and enjoy a pre-dinner cocktail. Very family friendly as well offering Vegan and GF food options.


For Hotels try;

JW Marriott Gold Coast which has just undergone a $35 million dollar upgrade and looks smick! Everything from the rooms, public area’s and their amazing pool has been transformed.

Rydges Gold Coast Airport, opened in November of last year. Contemporary, stylish and a stones throw to the Gold Coast Airport. In fact, you could walk there in less than 6 minutes. A must do is enjoying the views and a beverage from The Salty Fox located on the 7th floor of the hotel.


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