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Get fit for the New Year at these Gold Coast gyms

2021 fitness resolutions made easy.

Macro Gym (image supplied)

If there is a year to live your very best life, get healthy, fit and feel the greatest you have ever felt, it is 2021. For obvious reasons but mostly because you deserve it!

Which is why we thought it would be a fun idea to put together a list of gyms on the Gold Coast who have created New Year offers for that exact purpose. You’re welcome and good luck.

Macro Gym
Macro Gym is a community-based gym where everyone comes together with the common goal of bettering themselves. No ego, no judgement, all abilities, shapes and sizes are welcomed as equals. The freshest new gym on the Gold Coast has opened and is looking to fill its doors with amazing members who are sick of busy, soulless commercial gyms. Boasting a fully kitted out, open 24/7 gym, 20 weekly epic group fitness classes run by talented personal trainers, an in-house massage therapist and home to the ONLY Macro Mike supplement store. For the month of January Macro Gym will be running discounted membership prices for members of the community. Pop into the gym and talk to the friendly staff about what deals are on offer to help reach your ‘new year, new me goals’.
Find out more here.
LOCATION: Unit 11/2 Prosper Crescent, Burleigh Heads

The Strength Collective (image supplied)

Strength Collective
The Strength Collective is a boutique gym based in Burleigh, striving for consistency and quality through movement, while creating an atmosphere that’s inclusive, supportive and engaging. They run Strength Based Group Training that prioritises science as the base to all methods and programming. Strength Collective’s gym culture is extremely important, the team works hard to create an environment where you instantly feel at home. The coaches are dedicated to members’ progress, performance and happiness. They know each and every one of their members inside and out and are not just there for your fitness, they are there for you. If YOU are invested, they are invested. Kick start your year off right with Strength Collective’s Transform Challenge. Learn how to effectively build lean muscle mass and sustainably drop body fat mass. They take the focus off the aesthetics and place a greater emphasis on building muscle and teaching your body to efficiently process food (hint, that means more food) The next challenge begins on 23rd January 2021.
Find out more here.
LOCATION: 3/63 Township Drive, Burleigh Heads

Elevation Fitness (image supplied)

Elevation Fitness
Walking through the doors of Elevation Fitness, the rustic and timeless fit out immediately gives a feeling that this is a gym like no other. Embrace the warmth of the timber, iron and the people who live and breathe this space. With daily access from 5am to 10pm the boutique gym boasts a plethora of options including a variety of classes, functional training room, world class cardio and strength equipment, personal and small group training, two altitude rooms and an infrared sauna. The trainers are all incredibly knowledgeable and experienced and genuinely want to see you reach your goals. Everything is designed to keep you motivated with loads of options on offer to ensure time efficiency in a truly beautiful environment. To top it all off Sparrow Coffee Co and their amazing baristas offer a little sanctuary inside Elevation to pause and enjoy a post-workout coffee. Family owned and operated, you are surrounded by an amazing team and members who value the friendships and beautiful community that is the Elevation family so you know you will be well looked after. Elevation is offering $200 off their Six Week Reset to kickstart 2021. It includes a variety of classes, full gym access, two x 3D Body Composition Scans, a one-on-one :1 PT Session with Program, 10 Infrared saunas, weekly accountability, goal setting and nutritional guidelines.
To find out more contact Ali on 0422 205 752 or email [email protected].
LOCATION: 2/151 West Burleigh Road, Burleigh Heads

Electric Fitness (image supplied)

Electric Fitness
Unlike other gyms where you feel out of place, at Electric Fitness staying active is the main priority. Classes are capped at 12 people to maximize the quality coaching you receive. Chris, the founder of Electric Fitness was a business owner for over a decade and struggled with running a successful business along with his family life and his own health. He wasn’t getting the answers he was looking for from traditional gyms and functional fitness programs so he setup Electric Fitness to help clients like him get the results they are really after. The result is life-changing transformations, increased happiness, a stronger mind and body and an easier life.
Head here for your free consultation.
LOCATION: 35 Lemana Lane, Burleigh Heads

EMF (image supplied)

What started out as a bootcamp on Broadbeach, is now one of Australia’s most respected fitness facilities in Australia. Regarded as a “one-stop shop” for all your fitness needs, EMF is based on the concept of providing military ideals such as professionalism, impeccable hygiene and presentation, as well as excellent customer service to the wider community. Whether you are going to the gym to attend a weekly group fitness class, follow a specialised program or “do your own thing”, their facilities offer members a training experience that they have never tried before in a safe, supportive and community-driven environment. Their aim is to provide an environment where members can explore a variety of training options to achieve the results that a high-level performance athlete would.

You really can do it all, with group fitness classes specialising in a realm of styles including aerial yoga, functional training, spin, yoga, dance, Jiu Jitsu, altitude training, aqua fit, Reformer Pilates and more. As well as gym facilities, EMF is home to an EMF Supplement Store and Cafe located in the heart of the GC, as well as their very own play centres for the littlest ones of your family. EMF Jnr is a club where the kids can run wild in their giant play area featuring trampoline bounce zone, fun obstacles, slippery slides and more with both supervised and unsupervised sessions available. EMF Jnr caters for all kids with separate play zones for toddlers and bigger kids.
Find out more here.

EMF Performance Centre: Coomera, Nerang and Robina
Platinum by EMF: Pacific Fair
EMF Fitness Centre: Bundall, Harbour Town, Pacific Fair and Surfers Paradise
EMF Jnr: Nerang and Pacific Fair


9 healthy Gold Coast takeaway spots

Takeaway could well be the greatest thing ever invented and if wasn’t so bad for you, you’d probably get it every day right? WELL GUESS WHAT! According to this very article, takeaway food doesn’t have to be bad for you and that could be the greatest news ever not invented.

Here’s a list of the top 9 restaurants offering healthy takeaway options. Happy days.

Raw Energy, Coolangatta and Burleigh Heads
Located on the corner of Marine Parade in Coolangatta is Raw Energy, a healthy food and lifestyle café that started on the Sunshine Coast. Their focus is on fresh food, served fast in a funky environment. Raw Energy’s got you covered, offering anything from healthy smoothies or juices to macadamia and lentil burgers, YUMM!
Where: 110 Marine Pde, Coolangatta 

The Pocket
If you haven’t been there yet, put this one on your ‘to do’ list! The Pocket in Burleigh’s Connor Street is an absolute favourite amongst locals and offers a great range of healthy take away options (with an extensive vegetarian/gluten free menu). The Pocket aims to be a conscientious restaurant serving locally sourced, wholesome food, often using produce grown by owners David and Michelle.
Where: 13 Connor St, Burleigh Heads

Marie Anita’s Gluten Free Health Cafe
Marie Anita’s offers a solely gluten free and sugar free menu designed to provide dairy free, vegetarian, vegan, and raw alternatives. With the aim to source from local suppliers and to use as much organic produce as possible, Marie Anita’s challenges the image of healthy eating.
Where: 2364 Gold Coast Hwy, Mermaid Beach

Greenhouse Canteen

Greenhouse Canteen & Bar
A personal favorite is Greenhouse Canteen & Bar, the holy grail of all healthy food. With the motto ‘anything you can do, we can do vegan’ they’re onto something, because they are busy every day of the week. But not to worry, they do take away, too! All produce are sourced from trusted suppliers and farmer’s markets – food is medicine and it should nourish the mind, body and soul. Amen!
Where: 1916 Gold Coast Hwy, Miami and 1/140 Griffith Street, Coolangatta

BSKT Cafe (Biscuit) was founded with the belief that people care about their health. They just needed the right place to deliver these health options in an indulgent and accessible manner.
All products are designed to inspire through nutritional quality, taste and a global conscious. Made from high quality plants and free from refined sugar and anything artificial. All products are hand crafted with love using traditional methods busting the myth Vegan and Paleo products can’t be delicious as well as nutritious.
Where: 4 Lavarack Rd, Mermaid Beach

The Shack Superfood Cafe
The name says it all, the Shack Superfood Café in Nobby’s is a health freaks paradise with real and fresh food that tastes great and is nutritious! On offer is quinoa, acai, smoothies and juices, breakfast, takeaway lunch and dinner boxes, plus tea and coffee. If you are looking for a hassle free, convenient and easy takeaway option look no further and go give the team at the Shack a visit.
Where: 2221 Gold Coast Highway, Nobby Beach 

Cardamom Pod (image supplied)
Cardamom Pod (image supplied)

Cardamom Pod
Cardamom Pod in Broadbeach is a vegetarian and plant-based restaurant inspired by the art of creative and tasty cuisine. With an extensive salad bar and delicious hot meal options such as curries or lasagne, Cardamom Pod is the perfect place to get some tasty and healthy takeaway, and word on the street is there are opening one in Brickworks! But be warned, their desserts are out of this world, especially the raw peanut butter cups.
Where: 2685 Gold Coast Hwy, Broadbeach 

Govindas is without a doubt one of the most popular vegetarian, eco-friendly take-away restaurants on the Gold Coast. They offer a variety of pure vegetarian foods (vegan and gluten free options available) including vegetable dishes, basmati rice, dhal, potato bake, samosas and a variety of salads, desserts and drinks. Veggies are sourced locally and all dishes are prepared daily using the freshest produce. The buffet style approach lets customer create their own meal at reasonable prices. YUM.
Where: James St, Burleigh Heads

Giri Kana Cafe
The Giri Kana Cafe is a fresh take on vegan and vegetarian food, with a wide selection of freshly made vegan / vegetarian items (many organic and gluten free options also), including an extensive dessert menu. Their emphasis is on fresh and wholesome foods, which are good for the body, as well as the mind and spirit – and to this end, food is cooked with love and devotion. Try one of their signature tofu or vegie burgers served on turkish bread or as a gluten free option the Open Burger on rice. All so good!
Where: Cnr of Nind St and Gold Coast Highway, Southport 

Words by Kirra Smith

Mr Potato brings healthy, loaded spuds to Palm Beach

Mr Potato (Image: © 2020 Inside Gold Coast)

Seems like 2020 isn’t a total bust after all.

Gold Coasters, we have been saved by the humble potato – a beautiful, versatile vegetable that brings us happiness in oh so many ways.

The latest of which is that Mr Potato has opened up in Palm Beach so you can eat life-changing, loaded roast potatoes every day forever. See, things are looking up.


Mr Potato (Image: © 2020 Inside Gold Coast)

The newbie can be found on the Gold Coast Highway opposite Balboa, all white with pops of bright pink and orange, greenery of course and a sign that reads like the story of our lives with unchecked boxes next to single and taken and a ticked one next to the words ‘eating potatoes, getting fit, setting goals, hustling, building an empire, loving life and being grateful’. Check.

If Mr Potato says it’s okay, we’re going with it.

The premise of the place is fresh, fast, healthy loaded potatoes and could there be anything better? We think not.

It’s the work of South Australian gal Shanay who now calls Palmy home and we are very happy about it.

Mr Potato interior (Image: © 2020 Inside Gold Coast)

Now, to the potatoes.

There’s a menu from which you can choose pre-thought out potato toppings but first, you must decide whether you want an IQ spud (25% less carbs than your average white potato) or a sweet potato.

Then there are topping options like The Lady Peeler with a choice of protein, spinach, bacon, roast capsicum, quinoa, tabouli, avocado and salsa and The ‘Aussie’ Tator with beef ragu, bacon, kale-slaw or coleslaw, beetroot, carrot and pineapple and The Medi-tator with tofu cauliflower, peas n corn, red onion, kale-slaw, avocado, salsa, vegan sour cream and vegan cheese.


Mr Potato interior (Image: © 2020 Inside Gold Coast)

All of which we tasted and all of which are absolute taste sensations.

Of course if you’re more of a choose-your-own-adventure type, you may opt to load your own with protein, healthy toppings, cheese and sauces. What a time to be alive.

To drink, there’s organic kombucha, cold pressed juices and soft drink and yes, it’s all on UberEATS if you’re in the area.

Looks like summer is going to be spent eating so many potatoes we turn into a potato. How good.

LOCATION: Shop 2, 1136 Gold Coast Highway, Palm Beach
HOURS: 10.30am until 9pm daily

Words and photos by Kirra Smith

Mr Potato (Image: © 2020 Inside Gold Coast)

10 vegan Gold Coast restaurants

Doko Demo V (Image: © 2022 Inside Gold Coast)
Doko Demo V (Image: © 2022 Inside Gold Coast)

Best Gold Coast Vegan Restaurants

Okay so the vegan eats movement has totally blown up on the Gold Coast, and we’re loving the ever-increasing variety of restaurants proving that plant-based fare is anything but bland-as-bruh.

If you’re looking for a list of local nosheries that can convert even the most passionate meat and meat by-product enthusiast into a bona fide vegan fare fan, read on friends….

Kuan Yin Tea House
If you’re one of those peeps who thinks eating vegan is all about tasteless rubbery tofu, get yourself down to Kuan Yin Tea House immediately! The ultimate IYKYK, this place is fast becoming a local institution with some of the best vegan eats in our ‘hood. Serving the most insanely delicious Thai inspired vegan food, do yourself a flavour (not a typo) and order the BBQ Pork Fried Rice. Now open Monday to Sunday, see you there every day and twice on Sundays!
Where: 152 Scarborough Street, Southport

Greenhouse Canteen (image supplied)
Greenhouse Canteen (image supplied)

Greenhouse Canteen
One of the OG vegan restaurants on the Gold Coast, Greenhouse Canteen’s menu is as good as it gets. They’ve got a botanical bar so that you can order a selection of vegan cocktails, wine or beer and the space is always packed with good vibes. To eat, we’d go for the Jackfruit and Sour Cream Enchiladas or the Sweet n Sour Tofu Larb. Also, if you feel like eating at home, Greenhouse does takeaway and for a gastronomic gift, they even sell vouchers. Hint hint….
Where: 1916 Gold Coast Highway, Miami

Goodness Gracias
It’s vegan. It’s Mexican. And ‘nuff said #BetterTogether. An all-time vegan fave on the Gold Coast for many moons, Goodness Gracias serves up plant-based Mexican food in a vibrant Palm Beach space with mexcellent service to boot. Eat-in or takeaway and choose from delicious eats like burritos, tacos, nachos and plenty of tasty sides and salads. We’re regulars here, and it’s always top-notch nosh (say that after a few margis).
Where: 1114-1116 Gold Coast Highway, Palm Beach

Tacos at Goodness Gracias, Palm Beach (image supplied)
Tacos at Goodness Gracias, Palm Beach (image supplied)

Blendlove started with two gals just trying to make a difference to people’s health through plant-based food. Created with love, they blend only the finest ingredients to produce a collection of whole, nutritious treats that are vegan, and free from gluten, dairy, preservatives, artificial colours, and refined sugar. Basically free from everything….except flavour! A local fave, educating the GC that raw and whole foods can be a party in your mouth. An Insta-worthy one at that!
Where: 253 Ferry Road, Southport

Lord of the Fries
If there’s one thing we can get behind, it’s a fast-food venue made up primarily of potatoes. Well colour us happy because Lord of the Fries is precisely that. Finally fries that aren’t drowned in beef tallow and juiced up with gluten, aren’t cooked in cheap’n’nasty oil or smothered in watered down tomato sauce, and haven’t been sitting in a bain-marie since the beginning of time. Praise be! Slinging vegan fries a-plenty, Lord of the Fries is also serving up Veggie Burgers, Onion Rings, Vegetarian Nuggets and Vegetarian Hot Dogs. Plus, everything is kosher and Halal. Hallelujah!
Where: Paradise Centre, 8 Cavill Avenue, Surfers Paradise

Chickpeas Fritter at Hidden Cherub (image supplied)
Chickpeas Fritter at Hidden Cherub (image supplied)

The Hidden Cherub
Tucked away in our much-loved Miami, you’ll find laneway bar/plant-based eats venue: The Hidden Cherub. Decked out with a sleek, industrial-esque look and greenery dripping from the walls, this warehouse style restaurant is a Vegan Vibe! While the drinks here are the main event (as they should be!), the 100% vegan packed food menu is filled with delicious share plates, burgers, tacos, salads and sides. In terms of burgers, get stuck into The Californian (just trust us) and sharesies some Sticky Buffalo Wings and Beef Tacos. Mouth-watering goodness at its best.
Where: 2/29 Lemana Lane, Miami

Cardamom Pod
Cardamon Pod at Southport Is a favourite amongst Gold Coasters (and influencers), offering both mouth-wateringly yum vegetarian and vegan choices. All about clean eating, the menu is lit with Insta-friendly, tastebud titillating nosh so good it’ll knock the socks off even the most discerning vegan diner. We recommend the Mumbai Wrap, Life is a Berry Peach Pancake, and the Snicker Acai Bowl because duh – Snickers. There’s also plenty of raw treats, organic coffee and gluten-free options too. All dishes are almost too pretty to eat….emphasis on ‘almost’.
Where: 3/3 Brolga Avenue, Southport

Cardamom Pod (image supplied)
Cardamom Pod (image supplied)

Easy House Vegetarian Restaurant
Okay it’s vegetarian, it’s vegan….and it’s YUM CHA! Nothing pleases our palette more, and the fact that this place has been around for yonks it a testament to its deliciousness. Whether you dine in or takeaway, Easy House will send your tastebuds into a tizz with the likes of Deep Fried Wontons, Steamed BBQ Pork Buns, and Pan Fried Shanghai Dumplings. Not a yum cha fan? No probs, there is also a vast array of traditional (but vegan/vego) fresh, flavour-packed Asian dishes and banquet options.
Where: 90 Markeri Street, Mermaid Beach

Doko Demo V
The Bali-vibing Doko Demo V 2.0 is even more amazing than the OG, and we are here for it! Offering an entirely vegan wholefoods-based menu, Doko Demo V is the work of Head Chef Jared Peck. Whether you’re seeking an uber tasty plant-based breakfast, lunch or dinner, this little gem is bursting with beautifully prepared dishes that are both healthy and of the eyes-are-bigger-than-your-belly variety. The Spicy Pepperoni Pizza goes down a treat, as does the No Beef Lasagne with garden salad, and the Unreal Scallopini. Wash your feed down with the Dokodemo cocktail because one must stay hydrated….
Where: 2 Sunlight Drive, Burleigh Waters

Doko Demo V (Image: © 2022 Inside Gold Coast)
Doko Demo V (Image: © 2022 Inside Gold Coast)

Izakaya Midori
Umm with ‘Midori’ in the title, this place immediately had our attention. A Reedy Creek based trove of plant-based Japanese food, Izakaya Midori is a winner winner vegan dinner. There are dishes like Spicy Lime Karagee, Japanese Curry Rice, Midori Ramen (not the booze just to clarify), and Smoked Edamame to name a few. You can also grab things to takeaway and the service is next level. Sold? Of course you are!
Where: 50 Woodland Drive, Reedy Creek

Words by Bianca Trathen.

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