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Catch up ideas for you and your squad

Burleigh Hill Catch-Ups (image courtesy of Destination Gold Coast)
Burleigh Hill Catch-Ups (image courtesy of Destination Gold Coast)

Catch-ups with your dear friends are one of life’s greatest pleasures. Getting together with your mates easily surpasses date nights (sorry), Tinder dates (not sorry) and Netflix dates with your furry friends (only just).

In celebration of getting together with pals, eating, midday margaritas, and the good time that is a combination of all three, we’ve concocted a list of six ideas for the ultimate squad catch-ups…

Head to Burleigh Hill
Every good story involving drinking and frivolity also seems to mention our beloved Burleigh Hill. Is it just us or is Burleigh Hill a ‘choose your own adventure’ style of good time, meaning you can bring any — and all — of the food and drinks you wish? This means things could be super chilled, or you and your pals could end up swigging champagne and choreographing a Step Up dance routine for the good folks of the Gold Coast to admire. We vote for option B!
Tip: If you don’t feel like BYOing you own food, get a cheeky chook & chips from Freddy’s or pizza delivered directly to you from Justin Lane.

Miss Moneypenny's Spritzer Sessions (Image: © 2020 Inside Gold Coast)
Miss Moneypenny's Spritzer Sessions (Image: © 2020 Inside Gold Coast)

Have yourself a long lunch
Sure, we have fantastic weather and some incredible beaches and hinterland to enjoy. But some days (particularly the hot ones), it’s nice to simply take it easy and indulge in some damn fine food and well-deserved drinks with friends. There’s a score of places you can grab your friends to hit up, including some of our amazing surf clubs, fine dining establishments and beachside hangouts — whatever your budget or mood you’re covered. Send out the invite on your group chat and round up the gang to sit down over some tasty eats before indulging in a few cocktails and ridiculing each other with funny stories you’d rather all forget… we’ve all been there.
Tip: What’s better than a weekend Bottomless Brunch? …we’ll wait. Round up the crew and indulge in a lavish three or seven-course Bottomless Lunch at Broadbeach fav Miss Moneypenny’s – the spot that’s the epitome of long lunching!

Do an exercise class of some sort
Across the Coast, there are MANY options for exercise classes and what could be better for inciting bulk laughs and creating delightful memories than moving your body in weird and wonderful poses, while working up a sweat and reminding yourself just how bendy you really a̶r̶e̶ aren’t anymore. From pilates, to barre, to yoga, you’re bound to find something you and the crew will all love!
Tip: Head to one of these intimate Gold Coast fitness studios or Gold Coast gyms to make sure you and your besties are looked after

Pinot & Picasso (image supplied)
Pinot & Picasso (image supplied)

Get arty
The Gold Coast has gotten very creative over the last little while, with arty workshops and classes popping up all over the place. Which is good, because we think that’s the perfect date idea for a day spent with people you haven’t seen in a while. Also, at some such classes and workshops, you are allowed to drink wine while you work, which, trust us, only enhances your creativity. As far as artsy ideas across the Goldy there’s everything from life drawing classes, finding the Gold Coast’s best street art murals, silver jewellery making, wandering through art galleries (yes we have more than one) and painting to pottery, and what could be more fun than gathering your mates, getting creative, and having something cute to show for it at the end?!
Tip: We think Pinot & Picasso is the ultimate answer to a creative night with the gang. Just try not to judge your friend’s painting skills… or lack thereof!

Chill at a day spa
Potentially the most relaxing spot of the bunch, getting facials and massages or soaking and floating with your girlfriends is a guaranteed zen time. First of all, it’s good for your body, and second of all, you can spend time together catching up over tea and not wine/beer for once (this one time only). Not to mention, day spas on the Coast usually take place in the most picturesque of locations, so you get to indulge in the beautiful scenery of the Gold Coast, relax in style, and come out feeling a million bucks too. Invite us too please, we love a good spa day!
Tip: Get 10% off a 1 hour or more treatment from Endota Spa here!

A couple enjoying Curtis Falls at Tamborine Mountain (image courtesy of Tourism and Events Queensland)
A couple enjoying Curtis Falls at Tamborine Mountain (image courtesy of Tourism and Events Queensland)

Go hiking
Wait, give us a chance to explain. While hiking may not seem like a catch-up activity, a relaxing stroll through the rainforest is also acceptable. With wine and cheese at the end if you can be bothered to carry it! The argument for hiking is this; fresh air obviously makes you feel good, as does exercise and, if you go with your mates, there’ll be others willing to complain about how hard it is and participate in discussions about how unfit you all are. Then, at the end of the hike, maybe you find yourselves at a stunning Insta-worthy location for a few snaps or with some well-earned wine and snacks in hand to celebrate your effort. Winning!
Tip: here are a few of our favourite hikes around the Gold Coast

Words by Alex Mitcheson.

6 intimate Gold Coast fitness studios

Lighten Up Gold Coast (image supplied)
Lighten Up Gold Coast (image supplied)

Keeping yourself fit and healthy has become big business here on the Gold Coast, but you may feel overwhelmed in amongst the swarm of gym-junkies and tricky looking equipment at the chain gyms. There’s something different about entering a smaller studio with regular friendly faces. Being a fitness — and espresso martini — focussed bunch of folks here on the Gold Coast, we have a smorgasbord of fantastic personal studios where you can work up a sweat and get those endorphins flowing. Slip into some lycra and grab your water bottle; here is our take on the intimate studios you need to visit to live your best active life.

Lighten Up
When you enter this Robina-based studio, the intention is set from the beginning: this is your sanctuary and a chance to nurture your body. Thirty-five classes run across the week, and a modest weekly membership fee means making up for all that tequila on the weekend is not only easy but affordable. Once signed up, you can enjoy a selection of reformer and mat pilates, plus yin and flow yoga sessions which give you the chance to completely mix and match the way you break a sweat!
Where: Suite 3, Level 1 Easy T Centre, Robina

Freeliving Studio Palm Beach (image supplied)
Freeliving Studio Palm Beach (image supplied)

Free Living Studio
So much more than just fitness, you’ll find a mindful movement community devoted to health, wellness, yoga, and more at this Palm Beach-based studio. The understanding here is recognising that physical, mental, and emotional wellbeing is all closely connected and each as important as the other. Classes are methodically split under the four pillars of Strength, Burn, Sculpt, and Restore; with a comprehensive schedule of classes and handy membership options, there’s no easier way to get/keep in top physical (and mental) shape.
Where: Shop 1, 32 Brooke Avenue, Palm Beach

Xtend Barre
Located with a leafy outlook on a backstreet of Burleigh Heads, Xtend Barre is the perfect studio if you regularly find yourself around one of the Gold Coast’s most happening suburbs. Workouts have been curated around combining the science of pilates with the dynamics of aerobic dance to thoroughly tone the body and revive the mind. And with the friendliest bunch of instructors you’ve ever come across, it’s little wonder this life-changing workout has been a smash hit with the locals.
Where: 3 Park Avenue, Burleigh Heads

By their admission, this ultra-chic studio doesn’t do normal. Located upstairs above the rather epic BSKT café, Hustl is an inspiring minimalistic space with an incredible view over Nobby Beach. What a place to undertake a morning class as the sun rises! Their program cleverly fuses advanced pilates with resistance-based cardio to bring you a workout like no other spread out across two slightly different classes. Suitability is geared towards everyone, fitness fanatic or not. And if you join as a member, you’ll also have access to their sister studio in Byron Bay. (For when the borders open back up!)
Where: 4 Lavarack Drive, Mermaid Beach

Hustl. (image supplied)
Hustl. (image supplied)

Pilates + Co
Starting your fitness journey, or maintaining it, has never been easier than with the team at Pilates + Co. There is a wide selection of classes — with a maximum size of 14 participants — multiple week challenges, and private sessions in place for you to smash your goals and a uber approachable team to make it all happen. Their original location in Burleigh Heads is now joined by a newly opened space in Bundall, and should you find it hard to make it to either of these, they also have a state-of-the-art home workout platform with exclusive videos allowing you to work out on your terms.
Where: Unit 5, 75 West Burleigh Road & Units 8-10, 25 Upton Street, Bundall

Kbod Fitness
Do you love to dance like nobody is watching, but also love the high and good feelings you get from a high-intensity workout? Kbod is touted as Australia’s first dance-based fitness centre and is run by an ex-professional dancer of 24 years. Getting in great shape doesn’t have to be boring — Kbod is the studio where you can achieve a dancer’s physique and have a whole lot of fun along the way. Because the best sort of fitness is the fun type!
Where: Unit 4, 40 Ern Harley Drive, Burleigh Heads 

Words by Alex Mitcheson.

Pilates & Co (image supplied)
Pilates & Co (image supplied)

Pinot & Picasso Gold Coast

7 rejuvenating Gold Coast soak and float centres

Soak Bathhouse outdoor spa (Image: © 2021 Inside Gold Coast)
Soak Bathhouse outdoor spa (Image: © 2021 Inside Gold Coast)

Life inevitably takes its tolls. Whether you’re juggling work, children, or a questionable affection for tequila, your body and mind are going to feel the effects. And whilst we’re certainly not ones to judge, there is a little space in everyone’s life to take better care of themselves.

For you to achieve an upgraded level of vitality and mindfulness, you needn’t go it alone. You’ll require some assistance, and this is where soak and float centres come in. These are the kind of spaces where tranquil surroundings and expert insight go hand in hand to pull you from that long road to ruin: a five-minute break with a strong cup of tea just isn’t going to cut it these days.

We took it upon ourselves to do some research, and lucky for us, the Gold Coast has a sizeable selection of such places where you can unwind, soak and nourish yourself back to previous glory. Here are the top 7 places to recuperate and rejuvenate yourself when tequila life has gotten the better of you.

Soak Bathhouse
Conveniently located in Mermaid Beach, Soak Bathhouse is the comprehensive answer to looking after yourself with a holistic approach. By their own ethos — it’s time to start feeling great again — they invite you to experience opulent mineral spa baths and steam rooms. This may be right after you’ve taken a fully digital yoga lesson in their built-in flow house — with continually rolling classes throughout the day. And if you feel the need to hit the emails between sauna and plunge pool circuits, they have a gorgeous co-working space to nut out some work.
Where: 2532 – 2540 Gold Coast Highway, Mermaid Beach

Freedom Float Centre (image supplied)
Freedom Float Centre (image supplied)

Freedom Float Centre
How does the prospect of feeling yourself completely weightless and floating in your private pod in utter serenity sound? Like somewhere you’d long to be at 9am on a Monday morning, no doubt. These state-of-the-art float chambers are taking the world by storm and have been scientifically proven to reduce inflammation, control hormone imbalance, and alleviate sleep disorders. At this West Burleigh centre, you can chat through your options with friendly staff and pair up your floats with infrared sauna and massage packages. The perfect remedy for any weekday blues.
Where: Shop 5, 105 West Burleigh Road, Burleigh Heads

Greenhouse Bathhouse
One of the original venues to open allowing you to soak your weary body and relax in a serene setting — without having to travel far or break the bank. The offering is a 90-minute session to move through the facilities at your own pace; with herbal tea and filtered water on hand, you’ll inevitably finish things off on their rooftop magnesium pool bathed in afternoon sun. Push the boat out and add a massage with a pre-ordered glorious plant-based lunch courtesy of sister venue Greenhouse Canteen, Miami.
Where: 7/37 Tallebudgera Creek Road, Burleigh Heads

Greenhouse The Bathhouse (image supplied)
Greenhouse The Bathhouse (image supplied)

City Cave Float & Wellness Centre
Seeking the ultimate relaxation with added health benefits? Yep us too. City Cave Float and Wellness Centres have two convenient locations across the Gold Coast and specialise in float therapy, remedial, sports, pregnancy and relaxation massages all while also offering Infrared Sauna facilities. It’s about time you look after your mind, body and gut at City Cave with their holistic services.
Where: Markeri St, Mermaid Waters or Helensvale Plaza Shopping Centre, Shop 32, 12 Sir John Overall Dr, Helensvale

The Bathhouse at Ground
As if you needed another reason to take a sojourn out into peaceful Currumbin Valley, you can certainly add this new decadent bathhouse to the list. Set within the tranquil Ground of the Currumbin Eco Village, book yourself an hour here and simply let life’s stresses fade away. Spend your 60 minutes of luxury jumping from giant hydrotherapy spa pools to a genuine Finnish sauna before sinking into a refreshing pool packed with salty goodness imported from the Dead Sea, Israel. If this isn’t enough for you, be sure to book a massage or other heavenly treatment which take place in their adjoining fairy-tale-looking century-old Queenslander.
Where: 2 Village Way, Currumbin Valley

The Bathhouse at Ground (image supplied)
The Bathhouse at Ground (image supplied)

P3 Sports and Recovery Centre
For those who like to push themselves hard — in all of the sporty and healthy ways possible — P3 Recovery Centre is the highly popular choice to drop in and give your hard-pressed physique a little love. Fitness fanatics and everyday folks will rejoice at hydrotherapy pools and the selection of wet and dry therapies available, including other world-class treatments such as their hyperbaric chamber and vibrosaun. Go break those PB’s, and rest assured these guys and their top-rate amenities will have you covered.
Where: 1/10 Kortum Drive, Burleigh Heads

Rigs Recovery
Another one for the fit and the furious amongst us, but with added appeal for many other people seeking slightly different benefits. Although primarily sports recovery focussed, the venue further specialises in injury rehabilitation, weight management and overcoming chronic fatigue. On-site, there are a host of modern therapies — and professionals to deliver them — at your disposal, including cryotherapy, where you can be subjected to an icy -130 degrees Celsius for the longest three minutes of your life.
Where: Shop 5, 117 Ashmore Road, Bundall 

Words by Alex Mitcheson.

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