Home to theme parks, superyachts and luxury island, the Northern Gold Coast is also super close to paths that lead to the hinterland and neighboring city ‘ Bris-vegas. You’ll love Coomera and the Northern Gold Coast. Be sure to tick these local favourites off your list:
IT’S COFFEE TIME
Ok first things first – where do northern locals get their coffee? Head to The Galley in Coomera (just a short walk from the gymnastics stadium) where you can sip your latte on a breezy balcony overlooking the Coomera River. In Oxenford seek out Terrarium, a country-style diner boasting amazing home-made cakes. Paradise Point is also a great place to start the day – grab a coffee-to-go and wander along the waterfront while the kids go wild in the adventure park.
CAPITALISE ON THEME PARK PASSES
Plenty of Gold Coast locals have VIP theme park passes – they’re totally worth it value-wise. Block out a few days to explore our epic parks – there are way too many rides, slides, shows, challenges, characters and critters to fit into just one day.
THROW IN A LINE
The northern Gold Coast is a fisherman’s paradise whether you’re angling from a houseboat, tinny, bridge, canal pontoon or riverbank. The Coomera River is well-stocked with bream, trevally, whiting, flathead and mangrove jack – try your luck from the platform under the M1 crossing. Paradise Point’s rock wall, the Gold Coast City Marina and waterways up to South Stradbroke Island are also teeming with fish just waiting to be reeled in.
TEE OFF IN STYLE
If you’re not fishing you should be golfing. We have more than 30 golf courses on the Gold Coast so we must be good at it right? Test your handicap at The Links Hope Island and enjoy 5-star facilities at the Country Club afterwards. If you can get onto the greens of The Pines course at Sanctuary Cove Country Club you’ll join the ranks of the lucky punters who have played on Australia’s only Arnold Palmer signature course. That’s bragging rights right there.
After a big day you’ll need refuelling. Within easy reach is the Boardwalk Tavern at Hope Island. Sit on the balcony over the water and chow down on pub fare (we challenge you to tackle a Parmageddon on a Tuesday night) while daydreaming about the multimillion dollar boats in the Marina. If you’re after something fancier, Café Cucina is alfresco Italian at its best, and at Sanctuary Cove you’ll find Black Angus Bar and Grill and George’s Paragon Seafood Restaurant. So much good food, so little time – take your time choosing.
SAVOUR SAV BLANC AT SIRROMET
If you have a spare day between events, take a 30 minute drive to Mount Cotton where you’ll find one of the Gold Coast’s favourite wineries. Take an operational tour, visit the cellar door and grab a bite to eat at one of two restaurants sporting breathtaking views over Morton Bay. A private wine tasting session will help you decide on your favourite drop and if you decide to stay the night there are glamping pavilions nestled in the vineyard.
DAY TRIP TO JUMPINPIN
Another day trip option is exploring the northern tip of South Stradbroke Island. Kilometres of waterways keep boaties happy, including the fast-moving deep water channel between North and South Stradbroke Islands. You can 4WD along 33km of beach in search of the perfect place to pitch your tent. Fishing fanatics will find that the flathead, bream and whiting are always biting in this practically untouched piece of paradise.