11 things to do this long weekend

It's the last long weekend for a while, you better make it count! Whether you want to spend it with the family or make it a long weekend none of your friends will remember, we're not going to judge! Here are a couple of things to do in and around the Coast.

 

Have a picnic

Long weekends are the perfect time for picnics. Grab your friends, family, lover or all of the above, give Uncle Dan a visit, pack your picnic bags and enjoy your cheese and cracker in a park, lakeside or at the beach.

Go beach hunting

As a true Gold Coaster you probably spend quite a lot of time at the beach. How about you mix it up a little, ditch your local stretch of sand and check out one of  these underrated swimming spots:
Tallebudgera Creek, Ocean Parade - It's not the crowded stretch of Tallebudgera Creek you've been to one too many times. This hidden piece of paradise is located along ocean parade. Click here for directions.
Little Dbah beach - Situated between Duranbah beach and the mouth of the Tweed River, this spot is surprisingly peaceful with barely ever any waves, which makes it a popular destination for families with little kids. Bring your snorkelling gear and discover little Dbah’s flourishing under-water world or just sit back, relax and enjoy this untouched and uncrowded secret oasis.
Tugun Beach - If you're looking for a serene stretch of beach almost all to yourself head on down to Tugun/ Bilinga beach. These often overlooked suburbs boast a variety of cafes and trendy eateries for that post beach coffee.

Go for a bike ride

Explore our beautifulbeachside paradise on two wheels. Whether you want to make it a family outing and try out all the Acai bowls along the Esplanade or just add some booze and make it a pub crawl is up to you.

Shop til you drop

The Gold Coast is quickly becoming a shopper's paradise and you could easily spend a whole day at the newly refurbished Pacific Fair featuring H&M, Sephora and Uniqlo, just to name a few. Or how about Robina Town Centre, where you can eat food from all over the world at The Kitchens. More of an alternative shopper? Go local and check out the best the Gold Coast has to offer, whether it being op-shops, boutiques or markets.

Eat at all the restaurants

It would probably take a whole year to try out all the trendy restaurants, cafes and bars on the Gold Coast, with new one's opening on a weekly basis. But you've gotta start somewhere, on top of our list are:
Serabar Burleigh -  A family run health-food eatery bursting with love for wholesome, hearty foods- eat in or take away.
Steampunk - Featuring gadgets, industrial machinery, mechanical horses and exposed copper, Surfers Paradise’ latest bar and restaurant is the perfect visual representation of the genre after which it’s named.
But there's tons more, read on for what's hot.

Get away for a day

While, yes, there is so much to do on the GC, it's nice to get away sometime and experience the beauty that is right in front of our doorstep.
Urban life - Brisbane
Get your culture on and drive up to Brisvegas for some shopping, gallery hopping and eating.
Hippie feels - Byron Bay
Let your inner hippie out and drive down south towards Byron Bay. You'll definitely have to stop at 'The Farm' for breakky, Spell Byron Bay for some amazing bohemian ware and the Beach Hotel for those afternoon beers.
Nature freak - Hinterland
The Gold Coast's World Heritage listed Hinterland is the perfect destination for the whole family and it will only take you about 40 min to get there. You can go hiking, horseback riding, explore the rainforest or go chasing waterfalls.

Be a tourist

When was the last time you've been to Surfers Paradise during the day? We thought so, but you might be surprised - Surfers Paradise has come a long way from just being a tacky party zone. Get the squad together and be a tourist for a day.

Play barefoot bowls

One of our favourite long weekend past time activities, sunny afternoons spend with mates playing barefoot bowls. No white uniform required, the club will sort you out with a beer in one hand and ball in the other.

Learn surfing

If you're not already a pro on the board it's time to get out in the water and learn how to surf. And what's a better time to do so than a long weekend? Check out the many surf schools that are all over the Coast.

Check out the GC arts scene

You don't have to go to Brisbane to experience some amazing art from local artists, the Gold Coast art scene is bursting with creativity and bigger and better than ever before.

Go on a winery tour

The Gold Coast Hinterland is home to great natural wonders as we mentioned earlier. Did you know that it's also home to several world-class wineries, all of which are only 45 minutes drive away?

 

Words By Louisa von Ingelheim