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How to enjoy the perfect Gold Coast staycation

In the wake of the devastating bushfires Australia has experienced over the last few months, we’ve seen people from across the world come together to support communities who have lost so much.

One of our favourite ways people are supporting each other is by encouraging Aussies to holiday at home this year, which we are obviously all about. Mostly because our home is the most beautiful country in the world and even better than that, the Gold Coast is obviously the most beautiful city. Go us!

So, to get to the point, we thought it might be fun to put together a story about all of the epic things you can do right here at home because supporting local businesses is a very good thing and why should the visitors have all the fun?

Crafty's Sports Bar

Here we go.

Got a family who enjoying eating all of the things? Same. Here are some local family-friendly restaurants. If you’re not so much in the way of family, you can also visit these restaurants to impress your friends and if you’re in the market for a sweet treat, here are all the best bakeries on the Gold Coast.

Of course, there are restaurants with epic views so you can take in the scenery while sampling tasty eats, Gold Coast rooftop bars for the perfect Sunday afternoon session, there are some sweet vegetarian options too, plus of course, a few newbies you might like to consider.

Easy Tiger opened up in Burleigh recently serving (most importantly) $1 doughnuts with a side of excellent coffee and ocean views. There’s also a new fine dining Italian restaurant by the name of Orzo you should absolutely try.

If authentic Spanish food is up your alley, definitely give Bar Espana a try or for a sweet fish and chip feed newbie The Jolly Roger is the go. Hidden laneway bar The Hidden Cherub has been a big hit with the locals so that’s a must-try and Custard Canteen is serving up mouthwatering custard tarts that you absolutely have to sample. You could also tour Black Hops northern brewery while sipping beers and learning about how the biz came about.

Easy Tiger

In terms of exciting activities, there’s plenty of those going on around the Gold Coast too.

Keen to get salty? Here are some sweet surfing spots for everyone from beginners to the seasoned among us, there’s also plenty of live music happening at venues across the Coast and of course, a few hikes and waterfalls to check out too. Maybe something more relaxing in the way of fishing is up your alley, you can do that here too.

If you’re after some fun kids activities to keep them entertained and once you’re ready to call it a day, head to one of these spots to catch the sunset why don’t you?

So that’s a lot of good time things to do on the Gold Coast. Need more? Cruise around Inside Gold Coast, we’ve got pretty much everything covered.

Holiday at home this year friends, it’ll be the time of your life.

Words by Kirra Smith

A new pastry haven by the Bam Bam Bakehouse team

Custard Canteen (Image: © 2020 Inside Gold Coast)

In what might just be the most perfect start to any week in the history of weeks, the team behind Gold Coast favourites Bam Bam Bakehouse and Cubby Bakehouse (love y’all) have opened a new venue and we are happy dancing all over the place.

Its called Custard Canteen (another winner in the name department) and as of right now, it can be found at Talle Creek within the Recreation Centre complex and oh yes friends, it’s the goods.

You won’t miss the newbie, red and white striped flags are dotted throughout the expansive garden area and of course there will be heavenly scents wafting out from within.

Pull up a seat on one of the two outdoor decks, under said umbrellas or lay out a picnic rug and kick back on the grass with your furry mate (or your regular mate). There are flowers and plants everywhere and it’s a little garden oasis complete with some of the very best eats around.

Custard Canteen

Let’s discuss those shall we. Now as you’d know, if you’ve ever had the pleasure of sampling any of the teams’ other goodies (if you haven’t, are you even a Gold Coaster) they’re the very best around. A WHOLE LOT of research goes into every single thing Ben, Ursula and their crew create to ensure consistent perfection.

Which is exactly what you’re going to experience at Custard Canteen, particularly in the form of their hero product, Portuguese Tarts. Heaven on Earth you guys.

Portugese Tarts, Custard Canteen (Image: © 2020 Inside Gold Coast)
Portugese Tarts, Custard Canteen (Image: © 2020 Inside Gold Coast)

So they’re layers of crisp, pastry encasing warm, sweet love-of-our-lives custard that kind of explodes in your mouth when you bite into it. In the most amazing possible way obviously.

Besides those, there are Almond Croissant Tarts, which are indeed tart versions of their famous Almond Croissants and gooey, melty cookies that are the love of our lives also.

If you’re in the market for a savoury something, there’s a whole menu for that too. From the Butter Boy (their little mascot) Benny with streaky bacon, poached eggs and hollandaise on a puff pastry parcel to their (also famous) Prawn Po Boy with crispy buttermilk prawns, salad things and remoulade on a milk hoagie, it’s all delightful.

Oh and there’s also exceptional Bacon and Egg Rolls and a must-try French Toast Toastie which is a sourdough Monte Cristo with ham, Swiss cheese, maple and cinnamon sugar. Plus burgers and a hot dog and all your favourite roll-off-the-sand treats.

So basically all you need to do is frolic in Talle Creek, pop over for some goodies, rinse and repeat. Best time ever.

Custard Canteen, what are you waiting for Gold Coasters?

LOCATION: Tallebudgera Recreation Centre, Gold Coast Hwy, Palm Beach
HOURS: Daily 6.30am until 2.30pm

Words and photos by Kirra Smith

9 kids activities in Surfers Paradise

Image supplied by Destination Gold Coast

If you cannot find fun in Surfers Paradise, then the fun cannot be found. The suburb of extreme good times is not just for school leavers and late-night revellers — oh no, it’s the ultimate place to take the kids on the school holidays.

Surfers Paradise is indeed a fun time for families, as demonstrated by the endless kids trailing slowly down Cavill Ave behind mum and dad, eyes wide in awe. There are just so many things to do in this bustling suburb, but we understand it can get a bit overwhelming, so, we have broken it down for you.

Here are the nine family-friendly activities to do in Surfers Paradise.

Padlock’d Escape Rooms
The kids (and you) will LOVE trying to escape from a multitude of immersive themed rooms on a time limit! Work together as a family (or leave the kids to it) to solve the puzzles, crack the codes and escape the madness in a fast-paced hour of fun. Good times.
Where: 3177 Surfers Paradise Boulevard, Surfers Paradise

Timezone Hologate (image supplied)
Timezone Hologate (image supplied)

Infinity
It’s an incredible journey through a world of illusion at Infinity. Think futuristic, with a maze-like world of wonder and unique rooms with sensory overloads that will have you laughing, jumping and feeling as though you’re in a dream. HIGHLY RECOMMEND. Get an exclusive 15% OFF here using the code: “INFOINSIDEGC”.
Where: Chevron Renaissance Shopping Centre, G31/3240 Surfers Paradise Boulevard, Surfers Paradise 

Paradise Centre
The name says it all. From a parent’s point of view, this place has everything covered. You can park the car, amuse the little ones for hours, feed them and even find the time to do a little bit of shopping yourself. They have a Birds of Paradise promotion these holidays with the opportunity for snaps with some rather colourful feathered friends and the chance to win 1 of 5 pairs of Apple AirPods. Count us in!
Where: Paradise Centre, Cavill Avenue, Surfers Paradise

Timezone
Well, we can’t suggest Paradise Centre without suggesting Timezone… Obviously. Who doesn’t love Timezone? There are hours of entertainment right here in the one fun-filled space. They’ve just added a new section called Hologate too, where you get to battle dragons and robots in virtual reality. Go head-to-head with your kids or play as a team. How good?!
Where: Paradise Centre, Cavill Avenue, Surfers Paradise

Ripley's Believe It or Not! Odditorium ( image supplied)

Ripley’s Believe it or Not
Known as the Odditorium, Ripley’s is the Coast’s most unusual attraction. There are 16 individually themed galleries filled with unbelievable artifacts and interactive exhibits. You’ll come face to face with remarkable relics and rare treasures from around the world including fun interactive games and life-size figurines of unusual characters. A recently added Candy Shop with American and Australian lollies will really seal the deal for the kidlets. Click here for a special offer!
Where: Cavill Mall, Surfers Paradise

King Tutt’s Putt-Putt
What child doesn’t love mini-golf? None as far as we know. Luckily, Surfers Paradise is home to one of the best mini golf spots around, King Tutt’s. They offer three fully themed courses with 18 holes of pure fun. Two of which are indoor-themed (Ancient Egyptian and Jurassic Putt) and one outdoor-themed (African Jungle). There’s LOTS of fun to be had here.
Where: Surfers Paradise Boulevard & Ocean Avenue, Surfers Paradise

The Wax Museum
Bet you didn’t know the Gold Coast’s wax museum is home to the largest collection of authentic wax figures in the Southern hemisphere. Impressive right? From the famous faces we know and love to the gruesome and gory Torture Chamber figures, there’s something to surprise and delight the kiddies (and you too). Here’s a discount voucher to take along with you.
Where: 56 Ferny Avenue, Surfers Paradise 

Paradise Centre Family Fun (image supplied)
Paradise Centre Family Fun (image supplied)

Surfers Paradise River Cruises
Yep, you guessed it, you can cruise the Surfers Paradise waterways on a super relaxing boat, have someone point out famous peoples’ homes and landmarks along the way and also enjoy a buffet lunch on board. The kids will thoroughly enjoy being out on the water, seeing some stunning sights and maybe even a dolphin or two. But the best part? You won’t have to lift a finger (except to snap some pics). Get 10% off your cruise here.
Where: 63 Cavill Avenue, Surfers Paradise

Quack’r Duck
All aboard the world’s most modern and environmentally friendly amphibious vehicle, the Quack’r Duck. Offering a land and sea experience like no other, the giant moving duck is tons of fun. Travel along the esplanade, past the ocean and splash into the Broadwater for a cruising adventure. It’s the most fun you can have going from land to sea and back! Grab a special offer here.
Where: 7 Elkhorn Avenue, Surfers Paradise

Words by Alex Mitcheson.

Kids playing on the beach
Kids playing on the beach

Things to do on the Gold Coast at sunset

The Collective Rooftop (image supplied)
The Collective Rooftop (image supplied)

Sunset has to be the best time of the day (some people we know say sunrise, but we wouldn’t know, ahem) — so sunset it is.

Especially here on the Gold Coast, where the pastel colours of the sky are both incredible and almost always ever-changing as the sun begins to dip.

Perhaps you’ve had a big week at the office, have friends from out of town visiting or maybe it’s just been a while since you last appreciated a decent sunset. With winter fast approaching we thought it was more than appropriate for us to highlight the best places for you to enjoy those autumnal hues.

Kick back at a rooftop bar
This one shouldn’t need an explanation… but wait for it. As a city it took us a little while to catch up with our southern neighbours and have rooftop bars, strange, because we have the best weather in the country hands down, right? These days there are thankfully many on the Gold Coast, so, we say make up for lost time and decide on your favourite, pick the best vantage spot, and kick back with a beverage while the sun slips behind the horizon. Go on, you deserve it after all the waiting.

Aviary Rooftop Bar (image supplied)
Aviary Rooftop Bar (image supplied)

Overlook the Gold Coast at Mt Tamborine
The Gold Coast hinterland is obviously the perfect spot for a bit of sunset spying. With 180-degree views of the ocean and eye-catching cityscape in the foreground, you’ll be in awe of just how beautiful our skyline is. There are lots of vantage spots, but we suggest The Polish Place because not only do they offer the very best views, but they also have a toasty fireplace and comforting, authentic Polish food. Why not make a weekend of it and stay a night or two mixing waterfall fuelled adventures with some sunset action?

Take a picnic at Fingal Beach
Ok, so not technically on the Gold Coast. In our opinions, Fingal is almost always forgotten about, making it completely to your advantage. Grab someone important in your life, pack some goodies and pull up a blanket on some of the most neglected and pristine sand within driving distance of home. Pop open your wine (because you most definitely brought wine) — now, with a completely unhindered view watch our Southern sky do its thing. And relax.

Greenmount Beach Surf Club (image supplied)
Greenmount Beach Surf Club (image supplied)

Sip frosty beers at a surf club
How lucky are we to have surf clubs? SO lucky. Affordable beers and eats, super chilled vibes and, of course, always found by the ocean for absolute bulk sunset-watching opportunities. Grab one of those affordable beers (in jug form, obviously) and pull up a table facing the sea. It’s the most laidback Gold Coast-esque way to enjoy yourself a sunset.

Take a dip anywhere
Yep, so it makes sense that any one of our numerous beautiful beaches, creeks or canals are also the perfect spot to watch the sun go down. Plus, at the moment, the water is an absolute treat so you may as well get yourself submerged while watching the sun disappear. We encourage you to bob around in the waves while the sun sets and marvel at how the sky changes colour. This is living your very best life.

Prep your schedules friends, because another sunset is on its way.

Words by Alex Mitcheson

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