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7 Gold Coast New Year’s Resolutions you’ll want to keep

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)

A new year means new beginnings, and it’s usually a time of year when gym memberships skyrocket and alcohol consumption is at an all-time low. How long this lasts is anyone’s guess, though.

Clearly the whole ‘new year, new me’ talk can be a bit much — but we’re all for having a go and encouraging you folks to do the same! Especially since anything you do after the year that 2021 was, is going to be an improvement, right?

Here are a few Gold Coast-inspired ideas to get you going — and hopefully keep you on the righteous path.

Get your nature on
After overindulging over the festive period, start your new year off with physical activity at the top of your to-do list. Plan a trip to one of the many waterfalls and hidden gems on the Gold Coast. Or maybe have a picnic at one of these sweet spots. If you’re all about exploring with caffeine in hand, check out these local coffee spots with a view. You don’t have to look hard to find nature here on the Gold Coast!
Our pick: Take on the Twin Falls circuit in Springbrook National Park

Miami Marketta (image supplied)
Miami Marketta (image supplied)

Support local
You’ve probably been to firm locals favourite Miami Marketta, but have you checked out all the other sweet live music venues or local markets? As a New Year’s Resolution, why not make a more considerable effort to shop small and support local. Here are some Gold Coast jewellery brands you can peruse if you want to start the New Year with some sparkly new goodies.
Our pick: Get along to The Village Markets in Burleigh Heads on the first and third Sunday of every month

Get artsy
There are plenty of spots around here to soothe your inner artist. Why not take a workshop or try your hand at a Paint & Sip experience or visit a Gold Coast art gallery, and seek out new opportunities to get creative and imaginative.
Our pick: Visit our world-class new art gallery at HOTA

Spend more time with your friends
Make an effort to spend more time with your loved ones by adventuring around the Gold Coast. How about barefoot bowls, a bottomless brunch or fine dining late into the night? And what about the endless kilometres of pristine beach to hang out on!
Our pick: Grab some delicious takeaway goods and go and sit on Burleigh Hill

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

Get fit & healthy
If you’re not already on the get-fit-band wagon (are you even a Gold Coaster?), jump on it now. Sign up to a gym or studio, do yoga classes or get amongst all the fun activities, like learning to surf, that will get your heart rate going. Or take it easy with a float and soak session. Whatever you do, take care of that mind and body!
Our pick: Put your earbuds in and take a walk along any of the footpaths and esplanades backing our beautiful beaches.

Eat & drink more consciously                                                                                                                         
Now that you’re getting fit and active, it’s time to ditch the fast food and nourish your body from within. But remember, everything in moderation — including moderation! Check out our epic healthy takeaway list and Acai Bowl list to get you off to a good start.
Our pick: Try alcohol-free alternatives next time you are out; subbing them in for every other drink can really make a difference.

Give back
Not only is it super fun to dig up someone’s pre-loved treasures, but you also support the local community by helping the less fortunate. You can either donate your old clothes, accessories and furniture or go on an op-shop shopping rampage.
Our pick: Head along to Burleigh’s The Ranchero and peruse the pre-loved garments from Orbit Op Shop

Words by Alex Mitcheson.

Acai Bowl from Little Mermaid (image supplied)
Acai Bowl from Little Mermaid (image supplied)

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