Your guide to an epic Gold Coast bike crawl

Tarte Bakery & Cafe, Burleigh Heads (Image: © 2020 Inside Gold Coast)
Tarte Bakery & Cafe, Burleigh Heads (Image: © 2020 Inside Gold Coast)

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.

Palm Beach
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.

sunday session
Burleigh Pavilion, Burleigh Heads (Image: © 2019 Inside Gold Coast)

Burleigh Heads
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.

Once you’re done there, grab a baked treat at Tarte Bakery & Cafe, top up your sugar levels at Doughnut Time or head straight to Burleigh Pavilion for some pizza, cocktails and a balmy ocean breeze.

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.

i like ramen, Nobby Beach (Image: © 2020 Inside Gold Coast)

Nobby Beach
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.

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.

Sofia's Restaurant and Bar, Broadbeach (Image: © 2021 Inside Gold Coast)

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.

For dinner, try Beachside Pavilion or Sofia’s at The Oasis Shopping Centre or, if more drinks are in order, Soho Place is just a short ride away.

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



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