A ‘bike crawl’ is a mix between a bike tour and a pub crawl, the best of both worlds really. And who doesn’t love a sneaky drink whilst also participating in some physical activity? Get the squad together and follow our route from Palm Beach to Broadbeach, stopping at the hottest spots on the way.
To start the day off and to build a proper foundation, meet your friends at one of Palm Beach’s trendy breakfast joints. We love Barefoot Barista and their super yummy breakfast options. You may like to try like the $10 Acai Berry Bowl or a good old Bacon & Egg roll (mmmh… bacon!).
Once you’ve cured that hungover from the night before and re-charged your batteries, saddle your bikes and make your way north along Jefferson Lane, en route to Burleigh!
Depending on the weather, an optional pit-stop would be Tally Creek, even if only for that token Instagram pic (don’t forget to tag us #insidegoldcoast).
Congratulations, you’ve made it! We are now in beautiful Burleigh Heads. Your options are endless… Go grab a freshly squeezed juice at the Green Grocer in James Street, have another Acai Bowl at Coco Whip (I mean, why not? You can never have enough Acai really and maybe you forgot to Instagram your first one) or head straight to Justin Lane’s rooftop bar for some tapas, a cocktail and those delightful Sunday tunes.
If you’re lucky, Burleigh Heads’ Village Markets will be in full swing (every first and third Sunday of the month), so why not check out some local designers and spend some of that hard earned money?
On a budget? No problem, take your crew and ride up Burleigh Hill to relax and watch the surf.
Next stop – Nobby Beach! (again, depending on weather conditions and mood, there are loads of possibilities to jump in the ocean along the way).
Nobby Beach is pumping on a Sunday as a favourite amongst locals. Park your pushies and head into Nobbys Arc for pizza and local live music or Bine Bar & Dining for a pint or two of speciality craft beers (happy hour is daily between 4pm – 6pm).
If you’re not up for a sneaky Sunday drink and more after the physical benefit of the bike crawl, The Shack Superfood Café is where you want to be going. It’s every health-freaks paradise, and yes, they do serve acai bowls in case you still haven’t had enough!
Back on the bikes you go along Hedges Avenue towards Broadbeach, but no rush, there is plenty to see and do on the way. I mean, there is basically a new eatery opening in Mermaid Beach weekly (not that we mind, not at all ☺).
One of the newer editions to Mermaid Beach’s food scene is Apres Surf. Located just across from Alfred Street, the laid-back and trendy restaurant serves up a super tasty BBQ for only $10 every Sunday.
Up for a little after dinner treat? Doughnut Time is literally across the street and as you probably know by now, offer the best doughnuts on the Coast, they are open til 10pm!
If you would rather keep drinking, then your next pit-stop will be Little Mermaid on the corner of Sunbrite Avenue.
See and be seen is the theme here. The hip restaurant and bar offers delicious cocktails and tapas, easily shared amongst your group. Its ‘your home away from home’ so make yourselves comfortable, you deserve it after all this bike riding.
Guys, we are almost there! Our Bike Crawl is coming to an end, our final destination – Broadbeach!
They say that six beers is a meal, so who needs food if you can have beer? Skip dinner and head straight to Broadbeach Tavern aka Liars Bar for one of Australia’s largest Sunday Sessions. Enjoy local live music from 7pm – 11pm and dance the night away to DJ tunes til late.
Make sure you’ve locked up your bikes, share an Uber home and pick up your loyal companion Monday arvo.
By Louisa Ingelheim