Being a Gold Coaster, you’re no doubt aware that a bike crawl is the perfect mix of a bike ride and a pub crawl complete with a personally curated crew and hopefully a whole lotta laughs.
Plus, you get to drink beer while also exercising and that, friends, is the Aussie way. Grab the gang and get on board our route from Palm Beach to Broadbeach, with stops at all the very best spots along the way.
To start the day off and to build a proper exercising foundation, meet at one of Palm Beach’s delightful brunch joints. We love Watson Bloom, Highline and Custard Canteen, all of whom offer quite unique and super yummy breakfast options.
Once you’ve fuelled up and consumed a coffee or two, it’s time to saddle up and spin those wheels along Jefferson Lane, en route to Burleigh admiring all the fancy pants beach houses along the way.
Definitely stop in for a dip at Talle Creek, maybe check out some cute pups at the dog beach, snap an Insta pic (because if you don’t, were you even there) and off you go.
After cruising around Burleigh Hill you’ll find yourself in beautiful Burleigh Heads and here your options are endless.
If you’re lucky, Burleigh Heads’ Village Markets will be in full swing (they’re on the first and third Sunday of the month), so why not check out some local designers and shop up a little storm before drink time.
If you’re after something a little bit different to eat Osteria del Mare is serving up epic Italian eats Mr Hizola’s has modern Cantonese dishes covered. On a budget? No problem, try Wahoos for some fish tacos or just pull up some grass on Burleigh Hill with a few takeaways and watch the surf roll in.
Back on your bike and you’re off along the esplanade to Nobby’s.
By now it’s probably early arvo and Nobby’s is sure to be in full swing. Park your pushies and head into The Arc for pizza and live music or Bine Bar & Dining next door for a pint or two of specialty craft beers (happy hour runs daily from 4pm to 6pm).
If you’re not up for a sneaky Sunday drink and more into the physical benefits of a bike crawl, The Backyard offers nourishing eats that’ll fill you right up. If something more fancy is up your alley, try Ally Chow, perhaps you fancy a rooftop cocktail. Split has you covered for those and i like ramen will prepare you some AMAZING vegan ramen.
Once you’ve had your fill, it’s back on your bike and on the way to Mermaid Beach.
Trek along Hedges Avenue through Mermaid and choose from a HUGE range of spots to stop along the way. Along the Gold Coast Hwy, Alfred’s Diner is always a fun time with affordable eats, tasty tipples and good vibes galore. Goccia is serving up all the very best Italian eats (carbs for energy) while Poke Poke has tasty poke bowls and curries for days.
Up for a little after dinner treat? Heven-yah Gelato is serving up the absolute best gelato around in all your fave flavours.
A little further along, the Mermaid Surf Club has all of the icy cold beers to enjoy while overlooking the ocean and, once you’re suitably refreshed, it’s time to pedal on.
The final destination is in sight, Broadbeach (if you’ve made it this far), with a HUGE array of eating and drinking holes to satisfy any desire.
They say that six beers is a meal, so who needs food if you can have beer? Skip dinner and head straight to The Broadbeach for a huge, high vibin’ Sunday session.
If you’re after something more relaxed, Kurrawa Surf Club has big meals and lots of cold drinks again, overlooking the ocean.
And you’re done! What a time. Make sure you’ve locked up your bikes, share an Uber home and pick up your loyal companion Monday arvo.
*Bicycles are considered vehicles under QLD Law, so are subject to alcohol laws. Make sure to check out the QLD Laws here before undertaking a Bike Crawl.
Words and photography by Kirra Smith
It’s a seafood extravaganza at Beachside Pavilion, the latest addition in a long line of recently revamped spaces in the Broadbeach Mall.
Formerly Alto Cucina & Bar, at the beach end of the foodie strip, the restaurant has been transformed into a bright, airy eatery with a street side terrace area and decked out in suitably cheery beach theme.
With an emphasis on fresh seafood, Beachside Pavilion has brought a unique menu to Broadbeach inspired by their close proximity to one of our most popular beaches.
To start, try the cooked-to-perfection Oven Baked Scallops on the shell with spiced tomato cream, wakame, sesame seeds and fish roe. If you love raw fish go for the Hiramasa Kingfish Ceviche with rockmelon, coriander, red onion, lime and radish.
For a lighter main the Ocean Trout Poke Bowl with quinoa, avocado, radish, sesame seaweed, edamame, red onion, spinach and kewpie is perfectly fresh and oh-so good for you.
Of course if you’re after the cooked variety, there are plenty of options. Try the Baked Whole Snapper with lemon, mustard, olive oil, dill, chips and a mixed leaf salad or Squid Ink Orzo Pasta with blue swimmer crab, broccoli, cherry tomatoes, scampi bisque and chilli.
If you’re out for a special occasion don’t think about ordering anything other than Beachside Pavilion’s Signature Chilli Mud Crab. It’s served with tomato, coconut cream, egg, coriander, special tomato chilli sauce and charred sourdough. It’s everything good about going out for dinner.
Beachside Pavilion is the perfect casual dining space, just a short stroll from the beach and with a soon-to-be-opened takeaway area, perfect for when you need a quick bite before heading back to the sand.
HOURS: 7am until late every day
LOCATION: The beach end of Oasis Shopping Centre Mall, Old Burleigh Rd, Broadbeach
Words and photos by Kirra Smith
In what could be deemed the best timing in history, Heven-yah has come to the rescue of heat wave stricken Gold Coasters with the recent launch of their Mermaid Beach gelato bar.
Created with the intention of introducing the traditional style of gelato, the family-owned business hand-make everything in store and introduce new flavours daily.
Using fresh fruit, the highest quality Belgian chocolate, fresh honey from their Grandfather’s beehives and traditional ingredients, Heven-yah’s gelato and sorbets bring a fresh injection of culture to the Coast.
The creamy, cold deliciousness is served in traditional pozetti’s and windows at the back allow customers to watch it being prepared, giving the space a fresh, industrial feel.
Heven-yah came about when sisters Amy and Holly Prosser were travelling in Portugal and learnt the ins and outs of traditional gelato making.
Having never seen anything like it on the Coast, the girls, along with their brother Ben, opened a gelato cart to share what they’d learned with lucky locals.
After a year, the trio decided to open a stand-alone store to allow people in to see exactly how they create their signature flavours.
Think fig w/ heven-yah honey, salted caramel and chocolate almond.
All gelato and sorbet is gluten free and there’s always a dairy free flavour on offer.
Having grown up in Mermaid Beach, the family’s venture is an exciting addition to the Mermaid Beach lineup.
HOURS: Tuesday to Friday 12pm to 10pm and weekends 11am to 10pm.
WHERE: Shop 2/2387 Gold Coast Highway, Mermaid Beach (next to Alfred’s Apartment).
Words and photos by Kirra Smith.
So it seems the best news of 2020 comes out of our very own Burleigh Heads and you guessed it, involves the very best of baked treats and a few familiar faces.
We’re talking about the opening of Tarte Bakery & Cafe, which is happening Wednesday August 19th and if there is one thing you absolutely must do this year, it’s head in there and eat absolutely everything.
Tarte is the stunning new baby of Gold Coast hospitality royalty Chloe Watts, former owner of Paddock Bakery and an absolute magician when it comes to creating a world-class venue. It can be found on a sunny corner block in the heart of Burleigh, where Vecchia Roma once lived and look, you won’t miss it, there’ll be hordes of people (socially distanced obviously) wanting to get in for the rest of time.
The space has been entirely redone with the front façade being pulled out and put back in again to create a Soho, West Village (NYC) vibe that’s perfectly at home amongst the surrounding greenery. It’s all cool whites and calming blues with a huge open window overlooking the street, perfect for that Parisian-inspired people watching we all love while sipping coffee and downing baked goodies.
As you’d expect from Chloe, the space is beautifully put together – an antique bench was brought in from a rural NSW movie theatre (circa 1940’s), the door handles are over 100 years old, a luggage rack from an old train holds the bread behind the counter and Chloe’s Dad built a bench seat at the back.
Our favourite detail are the little gold cups Chloe bought from a London flea market years ago when she first decided she wanted to open a café and has been saving for this very moment ever since. Oh and the fact that she (and her builder) hand-chiselled 5,000 tiny black tiles into the floor. A labour of love indeed.
We could go on but let’s chat eats shall we?
First things first, the sweet baked treats will absolutely blow your mind. Every single one of them.
A Gold Coast first is the Cookie Cup which is indeed a cup made out of cookie mixture and served with warm vanilla bean milk (cold in summer). Yep, that’s a (very amazing) thing.
There are also Chocolate Praline Tartes, Cannoli with whipped ricotta and choc chips, a Rhubarb Custard Tarte, the list goes on. Many of the items are vegan and some are gluten-free but all are absolutely mind-blowing. We’ll let you discover the rest for yourself.
In terms of cooked dishes, there are some life changers and you’re going to want to sample them all. Starting with the Turkish Eggs with whipped Greek yoghurt, two poached eggs and Turkish spiced butter and served with white sourdough. Chloe has wanted to put that one on her menu for a while now and we are so very happy she did. There’s also Miso Scramble, a packed Breakfast Burrito and BAGELS in many epic flavours.
You should also sample the Roasted Grape Tartine, the Toastie (best in the world) and Cauliflower Burger because they are all some of the tastiest things we’ve ever eaten, hands down.
Every dish on the menu is thoughtfully created and balanced with intricate flavours and look just really yummy honestly. Best get down there and try them all for yourself hey.
Tarte Bakery & Cafe is sweet and sophisticated, warm and welcoming and the absolute perfect addition to Burleigh’s dining scene.
Things are looking up Gold Coasters, how good.
LOCATION: 2 West Street, Burleigh Heads
Words and photos by Kirra Smith