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Family fuelled fun and fabulous feasting

Southport Sharks Family Dining (image supplied)
Southport Sharks Family Dining (image supplied)

Looking for somewhere to take the fam for a fun-filled feed? A place guaranteed to tantalise the tastebuds of the whole tribe, from your chicken nuggets obsessed little tacker, to your roast enthusiast (and raffle-loving) nan? We know a local spot which ticks all the boxes…and then some.

Southport Sharks is the Coast’s home of family dining, with more family-friendly food and entertainment than you can poke a stick at. There are several eating and drinking options for you to choose from, with the ever-popular Frenzy’s never missing a beat for the ‘youngens’ – and the young-at-heart.

At the beginning of the week, from Monday to Wednesday, kids eating at the Frenzy’s Pizza & Pasta Buffet receive a free soft drink. Starting from just $8.90! Like, can you get anything for under ten bucks anymore?! So, prepare for a carb overload with bottomless pizza and pasta deliciousness! Plus, from Monday 7 February, Kids Eat Free every Monday night with every full paying adult!

Pizza's from Frenzy's at Southport Sharks (image supplied)
Pizza's from Frenzy's at Southport Sharks (image supplied)

Then from Thursday to Sunday, work your way through all the food groups (over and over again…) with Frenzy’s All-You-Can-Eat Dinner Buffet’s impressive spread of tasty dishes. Think stunning salads, freshly made pizzas and pastas, Asian delights like Sticky Lemon Pepper Chicken, plus of course, the ultimate buffet essential… the Roast, aka a big, warm hug. Top it all off with a range of divine deserts everyone will love, including Chocolate Mousse and Apple Crumble and you’re in for a sweet time (literally).

Oh, and we almost forgot to mention, they’re throwing in a delicious bucket of fresh prawns as part of the regular buffet, at no extra cost! That’ll keep you and hubby happy while the kids go back for their tenth serving of ice cream.

Finally, let’s talk Sundays, to celebrate the end of the weekend and treat the kiddos, you can indulge in a Frenzy’s Dinner Buffet, paying only half price per child for every paying adult. We’re not done though. To make it all the more spesh, there’s even a FREE kids disco from 5pm run by the crew every small person is talking about; LOL Crew.

Wobbygong's at Southport Sharks (image supplied)
Wobbygong's at Southport Sharks (image supplied)

Providing an overload of magical family fun, there’s on-stage party games, singing, skits, puppets, prizes and junior talent spotlights. LOL Crew love any excuse to dress up and are always ready for action – especially with their sidekick a mighty cheeky Fideous The Frog!

So, what are you waiting for? Pack the entire family into the minivan and make some memories at Southport Sharks.

Where: Olsen & Musgrave Avenue, Southport

Words by Bianca Trathen.


Kids meals at Southport Sharks (image supplied)
Kids meals at Southport Sharks (image supplied)

Oh my quad! The gym sale to end all gym sales

Southport Sharks Health & Fitness Centre (image supplied)
Southport Sharks Health & Fitness Centre (image supplied)

The aftermath of the obligatory festive-season-feasting got you feeling a bit ‘meh’? (No judgement here, because us too.) Never fear though, as our friends at Southport Sharks Health + Fitness Centre will have you smashing those NY resolutions, AND saving serious coin, with their pretty awesome summer fitness deals.

For those who want to test out the A-grade facilities before committing for the long haul, boy have they got an offer for you! Take advantage of a 14 day free trial between now and the 28th February 2022 and if you join during this period, they’ll scrap the joining fee…. plus give you the first month’s membership on the house! Winning!

Southport Sharks Health & Fitness Centre facilities (image supplied)
Southport Sharks Health & Fitness Centre facilities (image supplied)

Or, if you’re already sold and keen to don your Lululemons right now without a trial, you’re entitled to the same sweet deal ($0 joining fee + first month for free). Oh and did we mention that because they’re awesome, they’re throwing in heaps of additional value including a complimentary body scan, free 45 minute PT sesh, free shaker and towel, a $10 supplement voucher to spend at the gym, and a free coffee from Box Coffee Co. Because who doesn’t want a free caffeine-hit pre or post workout… can we have a hell yeah!?

And if you weren’t aware, they offer creche services for the busy mums and dads out there with little ones in-tow, plus more extensive personal training services to help you nail those fitness goals fast. And if group fitness is more your jam, there are over 100 (yep you read that right) classes to choose from to get your heart racing across the Cycle, Mind and Body and Main Studio.

Southport Sharks Health & Fitness Centre facilities (image supplied)
Southport Sharks Health & Fitness Centre facilities (image supplied)

Shark Fitness’ facilities are second to none, with something for everyone irrespective of age and fitness level. There’s a dedicated boxing area, state of the art cardio and strength equipment, an infrared sauna, modern change rooms and 24/7 access. Plus the team are super knowledgeable about all thing’s health and fitness, providing a supportive environment to make you feel completely comfortable.

With deals and facilities like these, it’s official – there really is no excuse not to smash those health goals while channelling your inner Kayla Itsines and getting fit for the remainder of summer…and beyond!

Where: Southport Sharks Health + Fitness Centre, Southport Sharks, Olsen & Musgrave Avenue, Southport
When: Now until 28th February 2022

Words by Bianca Trathen.


Boxing area, Southport Sharks Health & Fitness Centre (image supplied)
Boxing area, Southport Sharks Health & Fitness Centre (image supplied)

Aviary Rooftop Bar

Looks who’s upping their foodie game even further folks. That’s right, Southport is the home of yet another sweet new venue and as of right now, the northern suburb is hot on the heels of its southern sisters.

Aviary Rooftop Bar opens this week on yes, the very top floor of the brand new Mantra at Sharks, and it really is quite a delight to behold. With 180 degree views over the Surfers Paradise skyline and the ocean right behind that, it’s the perfect place for an after work beverage or Sunday arvo session with the crew.

There’s a couple of things going on, starting with an outdoor area called The Nest at one end (yes there are heaters) including a greenery laden wall and plenty of seating overlooking said skyline.

Through the other side is the main bar with lounge-style seating areas, dining tables lining the north facing window and higher tables overlooking the stunning Gold Coast seaway and beyond. We are 100% in love with the colourful, illustration style menus, coasters with hilarious alcohol related sayings and general good vibes due to all of the natural light streaming in from every direction.

A woodfire pizza oven takes up one corner with a teal tiled wall and (our fave) a neon sign reading ‘come fly with me’ (because all the bird-related things) taking pride of place. Plants are artfully scattered about and pastel-coloured tables give a sophisticated yet laidback feel. It’s really very lovely.

Food-wise the menu is filled with all our favourite things including, quite obviously, a selection of extremely tasty woodfired pizzas (tested and approved by yours truly). The In Bloom was a fave with zucchini blossoms, pine nuts, feta, tomato, baby spinach and lemon olive oil. Definitely give The Burrata a try – it’s got smoked burrata (an Italian-style buffalo cheese), shaved prosciutto, tomato, caramelized onion and arugula (rocket).

Share plates are also on offer and range from bowls filled with warm delicious olives and almonds to Pork and Veal Meatballs and, the love of our lives, a Charcuterie Board that must be eaten by everyone.

The cocktail menu is a good time too. We vote for the Bowerbird because it’s got Prosecco with ginger liqueur, lime juice and simple syrup and it is the most refreshingly delicious thing there has ever been. True. The Black Swan is a healthier style of tipple which is (get this) a spiced herbal blend featuring charcoal powder mixed through Settlers Yuzu Gin, Mandarin Liqueur, Licor43, lemon and simple syrup. Insta-worthy and yummy!

The bar is stocked with many a local tipple and all liqueurs are sourced from Tamborine Mountain because supporting local is a thing we Gold Coasters do.

There’ll be a DJ playing all the best house beats on Friday and Saturday nights and acoustic tunes on Sunday arvos. PLUS a cinema area will offer a regular art-house night.

It’s quite the exciting time to be a Southport local what with next-level venues literally springing up all over the place.

Gather your gang Gold Coasters, winter or not, there are good times to be had.

LOCATION: Mantra at Sharks, Melia Court, Southport (next to Southport Sharks)
HOURS: Monday to Friday 4pm – late and Saturday to Sunday 12noon – late

Words and photos by Kirra Smith

6 of the best Gold Coast buffets

Terraces, Sheraton Grand Mirage Gold Coast (image supplied)
Terraces, Sheraton Grand Mirage Gold Coast (image supplied)

The history of buffet styled eating is a mixed affair. Its origins could be said to hark back to a mixture of cultures — from Asia to Europe. The ‘smorgasbord’ became internationally known as such at the 1939 New York World’s Fair exhibition, because the Swedes had to invent a new way of showcasing the best of Swedish food to large numbers of visitors. And the rest, as they say, is history…

Whoever can claim to have been responsible, we’re not fussed! The point is buffets — and smorgasbords — are amazing ways to reach newfound eating goals, and we’ve got quite a few exceptional ones right here on the Gold Coast. Happy binge eating, folks!

Terraces Restaurant
It’s the seafood buffet extravaganza in Main Beach that locals keep returning to time and time again, and as one of those locals, we can tell you it’s got all of the very best things you’ll love. Yes, fresh seafood galore but also a whole charcuterie section, an excellent Asian dish section, and so many delicious desserts to choose from. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Where: Level 1, Sheraton Grand Mirage Resort, 71 Sea World Drive, Main Beach

Harvest Buffet
The much-loved, and greatly-missed Buffet has finally made its post-COVID return – and boy are we excited! Now back open for Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner, you’ll be sure to leave this place bursting at the seams. We must make special mention of their dinner offering which includes the freshest seafood like oysters, prawns, sushi, roasts from the carvery as well as crowd-pleasers like pizza, pasta, curries, soups and salads. Should we also mention they have a decadent dessert bar? Yep, complete with a chocolate fountain! It’s our buffet dreams answered!
Where: The Star Gold Coast, Broadbeach

Il Barocco, Palazzo Versace (image supplied)

Il Barocco
It’s a quality over quantity affair at Palazzo Versace’s Il Barocco. After all, this is a 5-star luxury property we’re talking about! The team use only the very best, locally sourced seafood and the aim of the game is to create a fresh, diverse looking buffet — which they nail. Besides exceptional seafood, there are hot and cold meats, vegetarian dishes and the prettiest looking dessert section. Treat yourself, why don’t you to the most luxe buffet setting on the Coast. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Where: Palazzo Versace, 94 Sea World Drive, Main Beach

Frenzy’s Food Court
Catering to the entire family, Frenzy’s at Southport Sharks is open for dinner and offers an extensive buffet selection featuring dishes inspired by cuisines from around the world. The all-you-can-eat buffet offers a tasty range of meats, salads, international dishes and desserts, all available between 5.30pm and 8.30pm every Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Yep, we don’t know about you but we have our plates ready!
Where: Olsen Ave & Musgrave Ave, Southport

Citrique at JW Marriott Gold Coast (image supplied)
Citrique at JW Marriott Gold Coast (image supplied)

One of the most beautifully presented buffets around is Citrique at the JW Marriott Gold Coast Resort & Spa. Recently renovated, they are renowned for a next-level, seasonal seafood selection, and folks; it is the goods. Every dish you could possibly want is available at Citrique, including yum cha, sushi, curries, antipasto, European dishes, and speciality plates you’ll absolutely fall for in a big way. It’s open for buffet breakfast daily, with Thursday — Sunday buffet sittings in the evenings and lunches Saturday and Sunday. Plus be sure to check their monthly feature flavour at the buffet! Currently, for the month of July expect to see an array of Incredible Indian.
Where: JW Marriott Gold Coast Resort & Spa, 158 Ferny Avenue, Surfers Paradise

We would like to boldly state that QT Gold Coast’s Bazaar is exceptional, and if you have not been, no excuse will suffice! Feel like a steak cooked perfectly medium-rare? Not a problem. Their helpful chefs can create made to order dishes right in front of your eyes, bake pizzas, and dish up fresh and cooked seafood, slow-roasted meats, epic salads, an Asian food section and the most delectable dessert offering on the Coast. It’s an absolute must-try and is open for breakfast daily as well as dinner Tuesday — Saturday.
Where: QT Gold Coast, 7 Staghorn Ave, Surfers Paradise

Words by Alex Mitcheson.

Bazaar, QT Gold Coast (image supplied)
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