We’re almost at the end of the year again,  and you know what that means, Santa is getting ready to ride. Yes, it’s almost Christmas and with that comes bulk family time, overeating (and drinking) all of the delicious festive treats and balmy days spent soaking up that summer sunshine.

It’s over-indulgence at its finest and we know you’re just as excited as we are for some hard-earned relaxation time. Speaking of which, you know what makes Christmas Day relaxing? Nope, not Aunty Jenny’s extra boozy trifle, although that can absolutely stay. It’s going out for Christmas Day lunch and not having to worry about all that pesky cooking and more importantly, cleaning. What a treat.

Across the Coast, there are so many epic places to take the family that offer absolute feasts so you can roll on in, eat to your stomach’s content and then roll out. It’s the way to go. Here’s our ultimate guide to Christmas Lunches on the Gold Coast in 2020.


Nestled high up in the rainforest with sweeping views and more laidback nature vibes than you can well, poke a stick at, is O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat, and what a spot to spend Christmas Day. They’ll be serving a traditional Christmas Buffet Lunch including freshly baked breads, zesty cold selections, fresh seafood, sumptuous carvery meats, roasted vegetables and traditional Christmas desserts. Plus you’ll get a selection of O’Reilly’s Canungra Valley Vineyards wine, Burleigh Brewing Co. craft beer, soft drinks and juices. There’ll be a visit from Santa and a very special gift for everyone. Tickets are $160 for adults, those 13 to 17 are $99, kids 4 to 12 years are $60 and those 3 and under are free. Book here.

Dine on mountain time with a traditional Christmas Buffet Lunch at O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat.


There are plenty of options on offer at the coolest hotel on the Gold Coast, QT Gold Coast, and you’re probably going to want to sample them all. Christmas lunch at Yamagen will be made up of a 7-course Japanese degustation paired with your choice of beverage. Adult tickets are $280 and those under 18 are $180. If you’d prefer to get fancy in the ballroom, you’ll be dining at interactive food stations and you’ll get a three-hour beverage package included. Adult tickets are $245, teens from 13 to 17 are $155, kids from 5 to 12 are $75, and children under 4 dine free. Lunch at Bazaar includes the (exceptional) buffet and a three-hour beverage package. Adult tickets are $275, teens 13 to 17 are $169, kids 5 to 12 are $75 and children under 4 dine free. Bookings can be made by emailing: or call (07) 5584 1248. Find out more here.

Spoil yourself come Christmas Day at Yamagen or Bazaar or inside QT Gold Coast.


You know it will be a grand affair at Sheraton Grand Mirage Resort this year with exciting lunchtime dining options to choose from. At Horizons you’ll experience a gastronomical Christmas delight with a signature 7-course degustation menu, expertly matched wines and breathtaking ocean views. This event is ideal for larger groups of 5 or more. Tickets are $349 for adults and you can book here. Oyster Bar & Grill is also offering a sophisticated 7-course degustation lunch with expertly matched wines, ideal for intimate tables of two to four people. Tickets are $349 here.

Feast on a 7-course degustation menu with Horizons or at the Oyster Bar and Grill Christmas Lunch.


Right in the heart of the Gold Coast, you’ll find Hilton Surfers Paradise and where better to spend Christmas Day than amongst all the excitement. Here you’ll indulge in the Festive Seafood Buffet that features everything from fresh oysters, prawns and shellfish to traditional meats and delicious desserts. The adult Seafood Buffet and Beverage Package is $225pp and includes house wine, local beers and ciders. You can upgrade to a premium beverage package for $15 to include a wider variety of wine and premium beers. Kids 13 to 17 years are $195, 5 to 10 years are $60 and kids under 4 years eat free. You can find out more information here, and for bookings, call (07) 5680 8000 or email

Indulge in a Seafood Buffet Dinner that features fresh oysters, prawns & shellfish, traditional meats & delicious desserts at ‘A Very Hilton Christmas’.


One of the most beautiful places on the Coast is undoubtedly Sirromet Wines. Set amongst the greenery with views out to the vineyards, it’s certainly a stunning spot to spend Christmas Day. This year you’ll enjoy a delicious four-course menu within Restaurant Lurleen’s showcasing local, seasonal ingredients perfectly paired with award-winning wines. Think fresh seafood, turkey roll with chestnut stuffing and a classic Christmas Pudding for dessert. All five-star and absolutely delicious. Tickets are $220 for adults and $70 for children. Book yours here.

Christmas lunch at a winery in Queensland? It has to be Restaurant Lurleen’s at Sirromet Wines.


Treat yourself to a decadent Christmas lunch at one of the Coast’s most spectacular venues, Novotel Surfers Paradise. At Hanlan’s Restaurant, you’ll feast on succulent seafood, a carvery, variety of hot and cold dishes and Christmas sweet treats for the whole family. You might even catch a glimpse of the man in red. Included in your ticket price is a three-hour premium drinks package, live entertainment, and a gift for all children under the age of 12. Adult tickets are from $185, Teens (17- 12) are $135, children (4-11) are $95pp and Infants are FREE (3 and under). Get yours here.

With seafood, carvery, and a 3-hour drinks package, enjoy Christmas Day courtesy of Hanlan’s Restaurant at Novotel Surfers Paradise.


Set overlooking the Pool Deck and Lounge at The Island Gold Coast, you’ll sit down to a traditional Christmas buffet lunch featuring the freshest hot and cold seafood, succulent roast meats, seasonal roast vegetables, wholesome summer salads, and decadent desserts. Drinks can be purchased to accompany your meal throughout the day. Perfect for all ages, including the kids. Tickets are $159pp for adults, kids 13 to 17 are $99, kids 4 to 12 are $69 and those three and under eat free. Book yourself in here.

The last of three Christmas events, get your ticket quick to dine by the poolside at The Island Gold Coast.


If getting dressed up and spending Christmas Day at one of the most sophisticated venues on the Gold Coast is your idea of a good time, look no further as Palazzo Versace is the place to be. At Vanitas you’ll be treated to an elegant five-course degustation featuring champagne upon arrival, live performances, roaming entertainment and matching wines. Tickets are $395 per adult with bookings remaining only for dinner. At Il Barocco Restaurant you’ll indulge in a three-course eclectic menu and free-flowing beverages, live performances and roaming entertainment. Tickets are $259 per adult with bookings remaining only for dinner. No matter which you choose, you’re in for an unforgettable time. Book here.

With tickets still remaining for dinner seatings, enjoy Christmas evening at Palazzo Versace.

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