When you consider the character of the Gold Coast, living an active and healthy lifestyle is undoubtedly a major part of our makeup. Whether it’s running before the sun rises, kids playing in weekend social competitions to international teams training for future sporting glory – you don’t have to look far to find some sort of competitive sport or activity going down.
And let’s not forget, we only just held the Commonwealth Games a few years ago and are also set to host some of the summer Olympics in a little over a decade!
As our city grows, plans have been put in place to meet the future demands, with particular attention to the northern Gold Coast region. The population is expected to expand by over 100,000 over the next 15 years. The $85 million Pimpama Sports Hub will play a key role in ensuring communities have a place to engage and connect for years to come.
The completion of Pimpama Sports Hub in December 2021 has already garnered the tick of approval from local residents. All up, it’s a true modern sporting and community destination with a diverse mix of spaces and activities to serve the needs of our bustling city.
In addition to the state-of-the-art facilities, sustainability and accessibility have been a major influence in the overall design. The hub features sustainably sourced materials and products, rainwater harvesting, large-scale solar installations, electric vehicle charging stations, and a wide range of accessible features, equipment and facilities. Featuring sustainably sourced and low impact building materials and products, the hub also has 910KW of solar capacity with the addition of a 316kWh battery. Natural gas powers thermal energy to heat the pools, whilst rainwater harvesting tops up the pools and electric vehicle charging stations are commonplace.
So, what can you do at the Pimpama Sports Hub?
The hub features five heated pools, including a 10-lane 50m competition standard pool, 25m pool, warm water pool, indoor learn to swim pool and water play pool for kids. The centre is fast becoming the new home for local schools swim programs and carnivals, as well as families enrolling in learn to swim classes.
There has never been a better time to get yourself into a new fitness routine. The modern fitness centre includes an open gymnasium along with a dedicated group fitness program that’s available for members. A promotional membership offers a simple, no lock-in contract that is available for a limited time only and is an attractive proposition to fulfil your new year’s resolutions!
Community centre and park
The community centre includes several multi-functional spaces to accommodate the social, recreational, educational and cultural needs of locals. The community park has also been super popular with barbecue and picnic facilities set amongst large, established shade trees. Bringing everything together are the indoor/outdoor event spaces and cafes, meaning if you aren’t looking to raise your heart rate, you can experience the hub in a variance of other ways. You’re still burning calories sipping coffee and watching people perform exercise, right?!
The tennis stars of tomorrow can practise to their heart’s content in the new tennis facility, comprising of eight competition-sized tennis courts, four of which are wheelchair accessible, and one hot-shot court for junior players. Terraced spectator seating overlooks the courts, and a pro-shop will cater to all your tennis needs.
The netball facility has been up and running for some time and has been hugely popular. Netball Queensland have already hosted both local and regional level competitions and events. For those keen to shoot some hoops, the hub provides 12 netball courts, a flexible training lawn, a clubhouse and shaded spectator areas.
When: Monday-Friday 5am-8pm, Saturday-6am-5pm and Sunday 7am-4pm
Where: 139 Rifle Range Road, Pimpama
Email: [email protected]
Words by Alex Mitcheson.
STORY SPONSORED BY CITY OF GOLD COAST
The Gold Coast foodie scene has been a place of profound change and transitions in recent years. We may be bias, but we think our café culture is very much in line — if not surpassing — our southern neighbours.
And with it, we have variety: from gorgeous beachside espresso drop-ins to laid-back chic industrial spaces which effortlessly ooze coolness. We reckon anyone from the big cities that have visited in recent times has likely left feeling a tad jealous — so they should, right?!
The northern end of the Gold Coast has been no exception to this building momentum of late, with venues regularly setting the bar high with only the best coffee and premium café dishes. So, when it’s time to break the fast, and you find yourself at the northern end of town, we’ve kindly compiled a rundown of the best places, where we implore you to make that happen. Enjoy!
From the owner of cult coffee stop, Good Day Coffee in Tugun comes this reasonably new addition to the Helensvale circuit. Aesthetically from the outside, this open café space screams minimalistic eye-catching vibes that will make leaving this spot rather tricky, especially when the staples are yummy Acai Bowls, Coconut Porridge and Eggs Benedict of both the regular and vegan variety.
Where: 2 Laurel Drive, Helensvale
The ever-admired Chirn Park (just north of Southport) is a little hive of foodie goodness that the northern side of the Coast was certainly due. Daark Espresso sets the bar high, from its uber-friendly staff to its sumptuous breakfast menu littered with favourites like the dessert-for-breakfast Panna Cotta boasting peach, mango, & coconut with a crunchy granola & seasonal fruits. Ohh and make sure not to make plans for the rest of the day because their lunch menu will make you want to stay!
Where: 2/41 Musgrave Avenue, Labrador
Chirn Park has gone and done it again with a café that looks like it has just waved goodbye and walked itself out of a Melbourne laneway; it hasn’t though, it’s just the ultra-vibrant WavyBone, of course! The Wavy B & E Roll is a winner and goes down a treat with a perfectly poured Blackboard Coffee, one of the Gold Coast’s original coffee roasteries. Throw into this mix a turntable forever pumping out sweet rhythms and a chance to grab yourself some dashing WavyBone branded apparel: we think you’ve likely found your next favourite breakfast hangout.
Where: 1/36 Musgrave Avenue, Southport
Anchor Bouy Café & Bar
The aptly named Anchor Bouy is where you are guaranteed some finely poured Elixir coffee and a great breakfast menu, all whilst you stare lovingly at the array of boats in the marina and wish to yourself you lived at Sanctuary Cove. One dish you MUST try is the Breakfast Bruschetta. It’s to die for with your choice of bacon or house smoked salmon, avocado, cherry tomatoes, poached eggs all served on top of lightly toasted sourdough and drizzled with hollandaise.
Where: The Marine Village, Masthead Way, Hope Island
Can we just say, how good is a seasonal menu? It keeps things interesting and fresh in our eyes! And with that in mind, the team at Substance Espresso has their menu hinge on seasonality, with specials aplenty and the added acceptance that dessert for breakfast is a bonafide thing. Oh and to top it all off, the barista’s there accept nothing but consistently good coffee, which means the first drop of golden liquid is as good as the last. We’ll meet you there!
Where: Shop 2/10/12 Lae Drive, Runaway Bay
Bear Boy Espresso
Coffee is well and truly the ultimate focus at Bear Boy Espresso. Speciality blends coming from Market Lane in Melbourne are regularly featured with the added addition of pour-over and batch brew as well as your standard espresso-style coffees. Caffeine aside, the venue is a feast for the eyes and somehow more reminiscent of Northern Europe than Queensland. The menu brags some usual flavoursome suspects as well as a dedicated section to the little ones. We can’t go past their self-proclaimed ‘OG’ the Big Bear Benny. A crispy potato waffle, two poached pggs, house hollandaise with sautéed greens and your choice of garlic thyme mushroom, smoked bacon, pulled pork, or smoked salmon. The options are endless!
Where: Shop 66/502 Hope Island Road, Helensvale
Cross + Feather
Situated on one of the forever-bustling little streets of Paradise Point, Cross + Feather dishes up all your favourites with quirky little spins. And because breakfast is for champions, the team at Cross + Feather generously serve it all day. We cannot recommend enough the Crossed Avo which includes fresh avocado, heritage tomatoes, Persian fetta, purple basil salsa verde, native dukkah, smoked green tea salt on a sprouted wheat sourdough. YUM!
Where: 2 Grice Avenue, Paradise Point
Words by Alex Mitcheson.
Exciting news Coomera clan, your brand new Westfield is well underway and we’ve got the scoop as to exactly what you can expect come October.
As you’d know, Westfield’s are like the King’s Landing of shopping centres; the biggest and the best filled with surprises at every turn and the occasional traitor (come Boxing Day sales).
Westfield Coomera is no exception. It’s set to become one of the Gold Coast’s dining, lifestyle and entertainment destinations of choice and northerners, you should definitely be excited.
Let’s start with the eats, because that’s a good time for everyone. The cuisine selection will tantalise all tastebuds with a range spanning the entire globe. Tapworks Bar and Grill will keep things close to home with a huge selection of craft beer and all your favourite pub-style meals while Kamikaze Teppanyaki & Bar will bring the good times and the tasty eats with a modern take on traditional teriyaki.
Beach House Bar and Grill is a double storey venue offering the very best in modern Australian and coastal dining and Nahm Thai Restaurant will offer a contemporary take on traditional Thai dishes. Burger lovers are covered by much-loved Betty’s Burgers who also bring tasty thickshakes and their signature desserts to the mix and this is only a tiny selection of the eateries Westfield Coomera has on offer.
There’ll also be homemade dumplings, Mexican street food, a rib house and a venue specifically for sweet, delicious crepes. How good!
Not only food though (obviously) the centre boasts some fun lifestyle features like iPlay Adventure featuring Clip N Climb, high-ropes course, roller-skating, laser tag and arcade games to blow off some energy after all that eating.
Plus, a place called The Park Coomera is a putt putt meets beer garden style situation with a full bar and pizzeria, bowling lane, live music stage and life-sized board games and that is the greatest addition to a shopping centre in the history of Queensland.
In all, the new space will be home to over 140 specialty stores plus plenty of outdoor areas for bulk relaxing and a market-inspired fresh food destination.
Sounds pretty good to us. Stay tuned for further information and an exact opening date.
Credit cards at the ready.
LOCATION: Foxwell Rd, Coomera
Words by Kirra Smith
Picture the scene: it’s your team’s game night, and you and your crew are more than keen to catch the action in a location with full coverage, the coldest of beers, and a sprinkling of outstanding food options. Anything less would be a colossal failure, right? Seeking down such establishments that are solely devoted to delivering these things is not always the most straightforward task. But at the same time, neither is it impossible! Luckily for you, we’ve done our homework and compiled a list of the best sports bars on the Gold Coast to enjoy the action while adequately showing your support for your team. Shouting at screens may or may not be included.
The Star Sports Bar
Many would say this place is in pole position as the Gold Coast’s premier sports bar venue, and we think that’s rightly deserved. If the 23 large screens, private (pre-bookable) booths and a gigantic 10.5-metre screen aren’t impressive enough, you should be swayed by the coldest beer around and a multitude of nearby food outlets for you to fuel up pre-game or celebrate your team’s victory.
Where: The Star Gold Coast, Main Gaming Floor, 1 Casino Drive, Broadbeach
Crafty’s Sports Bar
Aptly positioned at the northern Gold Coast’s prime shopping outlet Harbour Town, Crafty’s gives you the option of mixing shopping with seeing whatever sporting event you might be into. Or, if it’s better suited, the chance for you or your partner to do so whilst the other takes their time with over 200 stores. Make plans to grab some essentials and then settle in with some fantastic food and craft beers. Score!
Where: Harbour Town Eats – 147/189 Brisbane Road, Biggera Waters
The Sporting Globe Bar and Grill
Part of a sizeable chain of sporting bars across the country, these guys certainly know how to look after sporting fans. Apart from expansive coverage of all the action, there are food specials every day of the week, and if you’re seeing the Gold Coast Titans game at the Cbus Stadium, come in beforehand for a drink, and these guys will even take you there and back. How good is that?
Where: Robina Town Centre, 19 Robina Town Centre Drive, Robina
The Cavill Hotel
This Surfers Paradise venue ticks so many boxes. Come game day, it makes hitting up The Cavill Hotel a legitimate option when you consider their location and food offering. And if you fancy it, there’s even a pool table should you want to continue your competitive streak or perhaps kill that half-time interval time.
Where: 46 Cavill Avenue, Surfers Paradise
Harry’s Sports Bar
Those familiar with Harry’s Steak Bistro will have noticed the venue did some slicing down the middle a little while back, and in doing so, created Burleigh Heads’ premium answer to a traditional sports bar experience. Waltz yourself in off the street after an afternoon on the beach and be met by a tasty American-style menu, big screens, as well as prime people-watching potential — for when your team are losing and you can’t bear to watch anymore.
Where: 1744 Gold Coast Highway, Burleigh Heads
This hotspot is more renowned as the place you head to take the night up a gear with vibrant music, entertainment, and drinks specials. And that’s a fair comment. However, should you want a great place to catch the next big fight with eating options and the ever so easy decision of sticking around and partying till the small hours, it’s a slam dunk!
Where: 3-15 Orchid Avenue, Surfers Paradise
On the southern end of the Coast, The Coolangatta Hotel is the prime location to catch any sporting activities and be assured of a buoyant and passionate atmosphere. Pair it with a splash and lounge on one of Coolangatta’s famous golden beaches, and then be sure to stick around for the post-game live music, and you are onto a hole in one.
Where: Marine Parade, Coolangatta
How does an American-style sports bar with a Gold Coast twist sound? Too good to be true, right? Wrong. Because you need to look no further than Fat Freddy’s on Broadbeach’s Surf Parade. Grab a highchair at the bar and enjoy unhampered views of seven screens overhead as bartenders look after you with libations galore and a polished bar snacks menu which should make getting up to leave your seat an arduous feat if you ask us!
Where: 50 Surf Parade, Broadbeach
Words by Alex Mitcheson.