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5 next-level Gold Coast Airbnbs

65 Hedges Avenue, Mermaid Beach via Airbnb (image supplied)
65 Hedges Avenue, Mermaid Beach via Airbnb (image supplied)

If ever there was a time to explore your local ‘hood and book a little staycay with your other half, your posse, or the fam, it’s now! And the good news is, the Gold Coast has an endless array of amazing Airbnb options to explore. Afterall, we already live in Australia’s holiday capital, so why not enjoy our own backyard….or, someone else’s backyard (see what we did there?!)

Here are five of our fave Gold Coast Airbnb abodes.

65 Hedges Avenue
If a magazine-worthy coastal abode makes you swoon, then call off the search – this one’s for you. Lovingly restored to luxe beach perfection, this classic beach bungalow is a real-life oasis. It features 4 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms, and is located fittingly along the iconic Hedges Avenue. What’s its secret sauce you ask? This (not so) little beauty is built right on the edge of the sand, with direct private access to the beach. The simple and soothing colour pallet of whites, neutral tones, caramel leathers and white linen enhance the beach aesthetic, but with an air of refinement and coastal sophistication. The use of natural oak flooring works in tastefully with the neutral colour scheme, and the limestone tiles give just the right amount of wow factor. Offering the crème de la crème of alfresco living, with the indoors transitioning seamlessly to the outdoors, you can even pop upstairs to the private viewing deck for a sneaky sunset Bellini.
Where: Mermaid Beach, Gold Coast

Belleview on Beechmont via Airbnb (image supplied)
Belleview on Beechmont via Airbnb (image supplied)

Belleview on Beechmont
With 11 bedrooms (yep, re-read that) and 6 bathrooms staged across 3 living quarters; the main house, the guest house and the glasshouse, this awe-inspiring exclusive multi-faceted property sets the benchmark for Gold Coast grandeur. Set on 8 acres, Belleview on Beechmont embodies peace and tranquility, ensuring complete privacy and sheer luxury at every turn! Features include a brand spanking new tennis court, a 25-metre swimming pool, spa, sauna, wood fireplace (toasted marshmallows anyone?) and BBQ with alfresco dining. And, it would be rude not to give a special shoutout to the magnificent uninterrupted views, stretching from the hinterland to the city skyline, and out to the sparkling waters of the Pacific Ocean.

The main house boasts two spacious lounge areas, a piano and a French Provincial-style kitchen, with bi-folding doors opening to the veranda. The 2-level stylish guest house, brimming with natural light, has everything you need for independent living, and the glasshouse (which once served as a chapel for Japanese weddings) delivers charm in spades. Yep, this one is special….
Where: Advancetown, Gold Coast

Outdoor teppanyaki area with cabana at Rivermead Estate via Airbnb (image supplied)
Outdoor teppanyaki area with cabana at Rivermead Estate via Airbnb (image supplied)

Rivermead Estate
If a tree change is more your thing and you have a BIG group (we’re talking up to 21 peeps), then you can’t go past the majestic charm, stately vibes and countryside goodness of Rivermead Estate. Situated on 55 acres of spectacular hinterland, this showstopper is split into the main homestead (6 bed, 5 bath) and a guest house (3 bed, 2 bath, 1 kitchenette) because let’s be real daaarling – what estate-style property is complete without a guest house?!

Breathe in the fresh country air while watching horses graze on the international polo fields, or explore cascading rock pools, lush gardens, secluded forests and winding streams. Stretch out in a sun lounger by the pool or sit for an alfresco breakfast on the white-washed wrap-around veranda. Why not test your forehand on the private tennis court, or burn off those scones and jam with a workout sesh in the home gym. If you’re feeling a titch adventurous after playing lady (or lad) of the manor, book a helicopter tour of the nearby sprawling mountains and lakes. Then, treat-yo-self to a massage and unwind in the hot tub, before a night of entertainment in the billiards room, media room, and palatial bar and lounge areas. Can we just take a moment to take that all in?! Wowzers!
Where: Guanaba, Gold Coast

Hamptons on Burleigh Hill via Airbnb (image supplied)
Hamptons on Burleigh Hill via Airbnb (image supplied)

Hamptons on Burleigh Hill
If you fancy living like a Grayson (minus the outlandish storylines…and the 24-hour flight to get there), then the no-expense-spared ‘Hamptons on Burleigh Hill‘ has your name written all over it. This modern holiday mansion has 4 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, entertainment on all 3 levels and a large sun-drenched outdoor area with a private pool. It’s perfect for larger families, or for getting the crew together to make some memories.

As you walk in the door, you’ll ooh and aah at the huge open space, luxury furnishings and breathtaking million-dollar views of our famous Burleigh beach. You’ll love the large, sun-drenched outdoor area where you can tap out and catch some zen, while the kids swim up a storm (and wear themselves out – yassss!) in the glistening pool. Then, channel your inner Jamie Oliver in the fully equipped gourmet kitchen…..or don’t, and instead check out the insta-worthy restaurants, all a hop, skip and a jump away.
Where: Burleigh Heads, Gold Coast

Infinity pool at Mountaintop Villa via Airbnb (image supplied)
Infinity pool at Mountaintop Villa via Airbnb (image supplied)

Mountaintop Villa
You had us at infinity pool. Or was it the private hot tub or tennis court….or perhaps the basketball court? We’re not joking – this mind-blowing mountaintop gem has all three. Cue mic drop. Set on 20-acres with 5 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms to accommodate up to 12 guests, it is anything but vanilla. Spellbinding and equipped with all the bells and whistles, staying here comes with one disclaimer: once you’ve experienced this caliber of living, you’ll never want to leave.

Floating over the Gold Coast with unparalleled panoramic ocean and skyline views of the entire glitter strip right up to BrisVegas (and huge windows to drink them in), the property promises a stay-cay to remember. With marble and limestone accents, a wood-burning fireplace, and a recent $1million+ architectural renovation of the entire house, you’ll feel like you’ve just stepped into an episode of Selling Sunset. Do yourself a favour and book yesterday.
Where: Upper Coomera, Gold Coast

Words: Bianca Trathen.

David and Nicole Brazenall

David and Nicole Brazenall with their sons (image supplied)
David and Nicole Brazenall with their sons (image supplied)

Do you ever find yourself randomly scrolling through real estate websites and admiring those totally pinterest-worthy homes that are listed? Because same. And one you may have stumbled across is ‘The Eagle‘ (side note – what a name), located on Eagle Avenue in the picturesque Burleigh Heads. So of course, with such a dreamy home, it’s only natural to want to find out a bit more about the build; and who else to find out from than the builders themselves? Enter Burleigh Constructions. We got to know the founders David and Nicole Brazenall, and learnt about their recent achievements and upcoming projects across the Gold Coast and Northern NSW region!

How long have you been Gold Coast locals?
I have been here 20 years and my wife (Nicole) has been a local for 27 years.

How did Burleigh Constructions come about?
We bought in Burleigh 15 years ago and set the company up 3 years later when we were pregnant with our first child. I was working as a carpenter and had a strong passion to become a builder and start my own company. Nicole’s background is finance so it made sense to team up!

The Eagle's Bathroom, built by Burleigh Constructions (image supplied)
The Eagle's Bathroom, built by Burleigh Constructions (image supplied)

Tell us the story behind the iconic Eagle house!
We have owned the property for 15 years, and during this time have gotten engaged, then married, and raised three boys (along with our Labrador Bodhi); but it wasn’t until 3 years ago that we actually had the idea to build an iconic home on the property. The location is only a few hundred metres to James Street and Burleigh Point and on a large prominent corner block, so we knew we had to build something special. We researched local architects and Nicole came across Justin Humphrey’s Cove House located in Sanctuary Cove. It was exactly the style we loved. I set a meeting up with Justin and we clicked straight away and began the journey of creating The Eagle.

Congratulations on taking home the 2021 HIA Building Award in the Small Commercial Projects category. What was it like building the award-winning Moana Bikini HQ?
This was such a fun project with great clients, and we got to work with Justin Humphrey again. We also really like building boutique factory fit-outs for local businesses; so this project ticked all the boxes.

The Eagle built by Burleigh Constructions (image supplied)
The Eagle built by Burleigh Constructions (image supplied)

What do you love the most about being in the construction industry on the Gold Coast & Northern NSW?
We love to build luxury custom new homes in fantastic locations, we also now offer a design, manage and construct service which we are really excited to expand this part of our business. We feel with the population growing quickly on the Coast and a lot of interest from down south there will be more of a demand for these homes and designs which we love building in our area.

Whilst it may be hard to pick, have you each got a particular favourite project you have done since the inception of Burleigh Constructions?
We can’t go past our Eagle House. It’s such an iconic home and unique to the area. The level of architecture and detail is second to none and by far the hardest and time-consuming project we have completed. Our next 2 favourites are Cashmere 1 on Burleigh Hill and La Viva in Surfers Paradise. Both houses are also unique and fit right into our niche market.

What can we expect from Burleigh Constructions in the next 12 months?
We have numerous projects locked in around Burleigh and surrounding suburbs. They are all high-end luxury homes that will set the benchmark for their area. Stay tuned as we can’t wait to reveal these very soon on our socials!

La Viva by Burleigh Constructions (image supplied)
La Viva by Burleigh Constructions (image supplied)

What are your Gold Coast favourites…?
Café: We can’t go past Forreal Kitchen in Nobbys Beach for a great breakfast with the family.
Coffee spot: Nicole loves Quest in James St Burleigh.
Restaurant: We both love Etsu in Mermaid Beach and Red-Hot Cod in Burleigh for takeaway. We don’t take our 3 boys out much haha!
Bar or pub for a drink: Burleigh Pavilion as we are living on the point now and it’s an easy walk!

How do you choose to spend your weekends?
Kids sports, surfing, and catching up with good friends.


9 Gold Coast restaurants with epic views

Glass Restaurant & Bar (image supplied)
Glass Restaurant & Bar (image supplied)

As it turns out folks, the Gold Coast is quite the good-looking city. With all of our green mountains and beguiling beaches, you’d expect venues to be taking full advantage of the glorious vistas we have on show. And guess what — there certainly are!

We’ve taken a good look around our city and put together a list of the very best places you can eat with your eyes. These spots in our opinion have the most impressive views across the Coast: so, you can both enjoy tasty eats and marvel at some magical views.

Eagle Heights Mountain Resort
The view alone is certainly something to write home about. Make your way up Mount Tamborine and treat yourself to lunch at Eagle Heights Mountain Resort. They do an exceptional feast and frosty cold beers. Best of all though? You can enjoy stunning views of the entire Gold Coast from up there, past the skyline and out to the ocean. It simply doesn’t get much better.
Where: 1683 Tamborine Oxenford Road, Mt Tamborine

Glass Dining & Lounge Bar
If your idea of a great eating experience is savouring delectable food whilst taking in a world-class view, then look no further. Part of the opulent and highly revered Marina Mirage complex, Glass is positioned perfectly to spoil your eyes with incredible views across the Main Beach Marina, Broadwater and beyond. (Providing the multi-million-dollar superyachts don’t get in your way!) Along with the incredible decor, the menu offers an array of culinary delights making it easy to see why so many celebrities have visited this restaurant in the past.
Where: Shop 27, 74 SeaWorld Drive, Main Beach

Surfers Pavilion
The newest venue to the Gold Coast’s dining and party scene is Surfers Pavilion in Surfers Paradise. Sitting pretty overlooking the Nerang River, nab yourself a spot on the deck and watch the boaties and jetskiers zoom past as you relax with a glass of frose or champagne and oysters. Their Sunday Sunset Sessions are already gaining momentum as the place to be to listen to some epic tunes and watch the sunset over the west.
Where: 30/34 Ferny Ave, Surfers Paradise

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

Kurrawa SLSC
The recently revamped surf club in the heart of Broadbeach has long been loved for its laidback ocean side vibes — and the fact it’s found right on the sand with uninterrupted beach views — means it was a no-brainer to be added to our list. The kitchen does a great job of turning out some tasty eats, perfect for the family or just a relaxing Sunday arvo with your crew.
Where: Beachside, Old Burleigh Road, Broadbeach 

Rick Shores
Obviously. You’re practically dining in the ocean at this Burleigh Heads gem. Found right on the sand, one can expect to be so close to the sea, you can smell it but with exceptional service and incredible food it certainly is a giant step above the local surf club. For us, it doesn’t get much better than dining (and drinking obviously) at Rick Shores. Their share plate menu is filled with absolute taste sensations and the cocktails are always pure perfection.
Where: Goodwin Terrace, Burleigh Heads

Burleigh Pavilion 
Located in the very same building as Rick Shores, Burleigh Pavilion is double the fun with a sit-down dining venue – The Tropic – on one side and a more casual dining slash drinking style area – The Terrace – on the other. The Pav, as it’s affectionally known, is a firm favourite amongst both locals and visitors due to the top-notch people-watching potential, plus it’s possibly one of the greatest views on our coast.
Where: Goodwin Terrace, Burleigh Heads

Rick Shores (image supplied)
Rick Shores (image supplied)

Las Palmas
Having only been open a matter of months this Palm Beach rooftop bar/eatery has already secured itself as an all-round revered place to visit. The wrap-around balcony and seating towards the back of the space are treated with extensive views of the beach. Turn the other way and you then find unhindered views out towards our gorgeous hinterland. We suggest you go by around magic hour and order yourself one of their amazing cocktails — and let the sky/ocean do their thing.
Where: 1099 Gold Coast Highway, Palm Beach

Currumbin Beach Vikings SLSC
Makes sense that surf clubs have got the goods when it comes to highly rated views. Currumbin SLSC is perhaps the most iconic in our city, if not Australia. The vistas extend the entire coastline from Surfers to Tweed. Sitting right on the sand in one of our most sought-after suburbs with the ocean washing in underneath is quite special. Add to this great food, constant drinks specials and live music: Currumbin SLSC is the ace up your sleeve when you’re stuck thinking of somewhere to go.
Where: 741 Pacific Parade, Currumbin

Café dbar
It’s long been a favourite amongst locals and tourists, and quite frankly it’s not hard to see why. The two-storey space overlooking Duranbah Beach has a tucked-away loft space for eating in with views down the mesmerising Tweed Coast to Kingscliff. On-street level when the conditions are right — which they often are — you’ll witness some of the best surfers taking apart world-class waves just below you. Nature or surfing, you’ll be spoilt for choice here.
Where: 275 Boundary Street, Coolangatta

Words by Alex Mitcheson

Cafe dbar (image supplied)

JW Marriott launches first hotel in Australia on the Coast

Change is the name of the game in 2020 and some of it has been very exciting indeed. The latest good news to come out of the year is of the Gold Coast luxury accommodation variety and it involves a tropical retreat in the heart of the Gold Coast you already know and love.

The iconic Surfers Paradise Marriott Resort & Spa will by December of this year, undergo a $35million rebrand and renovation to become Australia’s flagship JW Marriott hotel. The already impressive resort and spa will be taken to a whole new level of luxury with a few new additions we’re very excited about.

Award winning Australian design studio, DBI, the architects and interior designers behind the existing property, will be reimagining the iconic resort and adding all the magical modern touches that will make visiting an experience you’ll never forget.

With a total of 223 rooms and suites, JW Marriott Gold Coast Resort & Spa has been designed with its natural surroundings in mind, to reflect the beauty and relaxed vibes of coastal Queensland.

The new-look guest rooms, with a choice of ocean or hinterland views, draw inspiration from the local landscapes and include locally sourced stone and soft curved forms to create a sophisticated coastal character. Book us in.

Changes will also be made to the existing food and beverage venues, making them even more coveted than they are right now. Chapter & Verse will be transformed into an indoor-outdoor lounge and bar experience connecting the resort space with the external lagoons and swimming area to become a tranquil lounge by day and a sophisticated craft cocktail bar in the evening. PERFECT.

Citrique will receive a refresh to feature a new interactive show kitchen with fresh local produce and seafood at the heart of its daily menu. Forming part of Citrique, JW Marketplace will be the hotel’s café and in-house provedore, serving freshly ground coffees, local produce and healthy and tasty grab-and-go bites while Misono, the resort’s teppanyaki restaurant, will expand to incorporate an ‘avenue’ of new Japanese dining experiences including an intimate Izakaya, tearoom and sushi bar.

A Japanese whisky bar with an outdoor terrace will be the very best of new additions, allowing us to indulge in an extensive array of quality sips we love most.

The resort’s beloved outdoor swimming pools are some of the most beautiful you’ve ever seen featuring a saltwater lagoon with over 300 tropical fish. The changes will see new poolside dining options and a lounge area for cocktails, light bites and family snacks. The ultimate in sophisticated relaxation.

All of that, plus plenty more exciting surprises are in store for Surfers Paradise Marriott Resort & Spa and we can’t wait to see (and spend all our time in) the new JW Marriott Gold Coast Resort & Spa.

LOCATION: 158 Ferny Avenue, Surfers Paradise
WHEN: December 2020

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