There’s no doubt about it; it’s perfectly normal to be craving a cosy winter escape when it comes to this time of year. But for some of us, it’s a hard ask, mainly if travelling into the bush isn’t a viable option! So, where might you find the next best thing without having to go obscene distances? Look no further than Robina’s much-loved pub, Robina Pavilion, as they’ve only gone ahead and teamed up with the legends at Stone & Wood to bring you all a very special event: Robina Pavilion X Stone & Wood’s fire pits by the lake.
From now until the end of Winter, locals can book themselves a private fire pit Lakeside, complete with marshmallow toasting kits, cured meats & cheese boards and Stone & Wood’s Stone Beer Winter 2021 Vintage Release. How tasty and good does all this sound?!
Once you’ve assembled your crew around a hot crackling fire, Robina Pavilion will pull out a moreish platter of Tasmanian Double Brie Cheese, Prosciutto di Parma, Balsamic Olives, Grilled Chorizo and Seasonal Fruits. And if you feel like something a little different, there’s a special wintry cocktail menu, including Robina Pavilion’s house-brewed mulled wine!
No truly authentic fireside experience is quite complete without the obligatory roasting of marshmallows. You’ll have the chance to compete over whose marshmallow is roasted best with a complete set of steel and oak skewers on hand — guaranteed to cause a laugh or two amongst your group!
What’s a fire with a beer or two though? The special release Stone & Wood beer is a homage to brewing history, made using wood-fired stones and focussing on high-quality Australian craft malts and barrel ageing techniques. Pouring dark brown, the Stone & Wood Beer starts with a rich and chocolatey aroma followed by coffee, dark chocolate, and biscuity flavours before a firm bitter finish. We could get around that!
We think you’ll agree; this is possibly the perfect drink to be sipping on cold winter nights, a premium local beer made for moments by the fire with friends and never-ending yarns — we all know that one person…
Why not enjoy the cooler weather whilst it’s here? These toasty two-hour fire pit packages are available to book for groups of up to 10 from noon Friday to Sunday throughout winter. Bookings can be made now, so what are you waiting for? Time to get toasty Gold Coasters!
Where: Robina Pavilion, 229 Ron Penhaligon Way, Robina
When: From 12pm noon Friday to Sunday until the end of Winter
Words by Alex Mitcheson.
On Friday 5th August, the world celebrates something truly special. Beer. Oh how we love your amber hue, unique taste, and the fact that when you’re around, it means there’s good times to be had!
In honour of International Beer Day, we’ve penned a list of top breweries in our hood so that you organise a brewery crawl! Okay so that’s perhaps a bit ambitious (and reminiscent of our 20s), but there’s no excuse not to ‘hop’ on down to one this weekend. And next weekend. And the one after…
Burleigh Brewing Co.
With gold medals for days from the World Beer Championships, you know you’re in for a good ale here! Famous for their paddle boards, relaxed atmosphere, big smiles and super friendly service, it’s the perfect way to spend a lazy Sunday arvo (or Friyay / Saturday sesh). There’s even awesome live music to set the mood while you quench your thirst. Cheers!
Where: 2 Ern Harley Drive, Burleigh Heads
Fortitude Brewing Co
Froth fanatics, Fortitude Brewing Company sees you! This hinterland spot has 15 taps, each pouring something different from the range of Fortitude and Noisy Minor beers – all brewed on site! Visitors can nom their way through a variety of made-to-order pizzas whilst sinking a tasting paddle…or two, or… Enjoy the venue’s rugged exteriors and soft-hearted interiors and on weekends, soak up the beats from talented muso’s.
Where: 165 Long Road, Eagle Heights
The Lucky Squire
In case you haven’t put two and two together, this brewhouse brings to life the story of Australia’s first brewer, the rogue swindler James Squire (cue ‘aha’ moment). Celebrating quality craft beers and modern pub grub, the custom-designed full functioning microbrewery pumps out small, exclusive batch brews, and it’s a cracking spot to round up your crew for an arvo sesh.
Where: 3 Oracle Boulevard, Broadbeach
Lost Palms Brewing
This pink and mint icon is a short stroll from the hot spots in Nobby’s and a ‘hop’, skip and a jump from Miami Marketta. Pull up a pew outside, sink some unique and refreshing brews, and make sure you grab some sweet snaps for your socials. Roll up for trivia on Thursday nights and live music on Sunday arvo’s, and see why this wicked brewery is a must-visit!
Where: 11 Oak Avenue, Miami
Aardvark & Arrow Brewery
This Varsity based microbrewery may produce ‘petite’ batches, but their list of return customers is anything but small! Consistently producing and supplying chemical and preservative free beer and cider that exceeds expectations, the boutique beers here are on point. The staff are uber friendly and knowledgeable and the prices will blow ya mind (in a good way).
Where: 13 John Duncan Court, Varsity Lakes
Made for and by the locals in the heart of Burleigh, this newbie has already achieved cult status. Just a 10-minute walk from bustling James Street, hook yourself up with crisp lagers, caramel amber ales and ladies, if you’re all about a vino or cocktail (same), you’ll be well looked after here. Also a smokehouse #props, the flavours in their food are ‘pitcher’ perfect.
Where: 3-4/105 West Burleigh Road, Burleigh Heads
Pickled Pig Brewery
Yes, it’s over the border but meh, we’re one of the same. A totally independent family-owned and operated brewery, this alone makes us want to go! All products are made using German and Belgium brewing techniques, are chemical and preservative free, and vegan friendly. Plus there’s an epic non-boozy range for the DD! Sample from the 14-tap tasting saloon and tasting Paddles, or take a brewery tour.
Where: 1/18 Industry Drive, Tweed Heads South
Balter Brewing Company
Another one with awards up the wazoo, the newly renovated Balter never disappoints. Its line-up of founders includes some seriously famous sporting legends, and it just oozes chillax and cool in equal measure. Whether it’s from the tap or can, there’s a variety of styles to get your tastebuds singing. Kick back in the new beer garden and enjoy live beats with your brew, along with food truck goodness.
Where: 14 Traders Way, Currumbin
Laughing Lizard Brewery
The good times keep on keeping on at Laughing Lizard with over 150 different beers! The best part, however, is that none contain any nasty chemicals or preservatives (yay, no hangover…well, that’s our story and we’re sticking to it…), and there’s even a gluten-free option #CeliacsRejoice! Here you’ll find a micro-brewery, beer and spirits shop, and every party planner’s besty – a keg hire service!
Where: 27 Sinclair Street, Arundel
The latest brainchild from GC beer bosses Black Hops, AWOL is Queensland’s first dedicated barrel-aged beer brand and taproom. Open exclusively for pre-paid tours and special events, hear the AWOL story, learn about the complex nature of barrel-ageing beer, and be guided through a tasting of four AWOL brews. Then stick around and enjoy the taproom experience and stock up on your faves #obvs.
Where: 4 Hibiscus Haven, Burleigh Heads
Gold Coast Brewery
If it’s range and outlandishly tasty and fresh beers you’re after, Gold Coast Brewery has you covered! We’re talking premium options, heavy-duty types, ciders, ginger beers – the works! It’s a local beer lovers, well, local, with owner Ian going above and beyond for his loyal punters. It’s quiet enough for a proper chin-wag, and your wallet with certainly love the prices!
Where: 6/4 Indy Court, Carrara
Black Hops HQ & Black Hops II
The runaway success of the original Black Hops in Burleigh spurred the creation of its spacious and upscale sibling, Black Hops II in Biggera Waters. Both serve up 16 beers on tap and have popular food trucks on site to feed hungry punters. So whether you’re north or southside, round up your mates, the fam and even your pooch for some award-winning amber ales.
Where: 15 Gardenia Grove, Burleigh Heads and 671 Pine Ridge Road, Biggera Waters
Madocke Beer Brewing Company
The ultimate Belgian beer experience awaits at Ashmore’s Madocke! Starting their commercial brewery in a tiny garage, proud owners Jimmy and Annelies are a bona fide local success story! Enjoy the complex flavours and richness of their brewskis at free Thursday trivia nights, and pair your pitcher with some belly laughs at live comedy night every Friday. Skohl!
Where: 286 Southport Nerang Road, Ashmore
Words by Bianca Trathen.
If you haven’t noticed already, Winter is officially here on the Gold Coast. The temperatures have dropped dramatically, and it’s high time to pull out your finest wintery gear — you know the stuff we’re talking about, the clothes you’ve lovingly been eyeing for the last nine months, but it wasn’t nearly cold enough for. Whilst you’re at it, how does a good old campfire sound? However, camping isn’t for everyone. So, if you prefer sleeping in your own bed and your dinner and clothes smoke-free, make a booking and snuggle up with a glass of red at one of these Gold Coast establishments with a crackling fireplace included (yes, we do have some!)
The swankiest fireplace to be found in and around the central Gold Coast belongs to this Broadbeach fine dining favourite. The beautiful decor by renowned designer Paul Kelly Design is an Instagrammer’s dream, but while there is plenty for your eyes to feast upon, the grand-looking fireplace is the real treat here. Treat yourself to any one of their lavish cocktails, or for an authentic winter’s evening experience, grab a whiskey and submerge yourself in a velvet chair stat.
Where: 50 Surf Parade, Broadbeach
The Polish Place
The beloved Polish Place at Mount Tamborine not too long ago got completely rebuilt from the ground up following a devastating tragedy. And we couldn’t be more glad that owners Phil & Ania were unequivocally committed to bringing back the best Polish food and hospitality around. The beautifully restored fireplace sits pride of place in their dining room, essentially there to warm your soul while you devour the eats and take in the spectacular view.
Where: 333 Main Western Road, Mount Tamborine
We love a good old pub with a bit of charm, and with some of the best wood-fired BBQ meats around, this one is always on our repeat hit list. But why keep the wood fire in the kitchen? This modest family business has since 1995 been serving up all the wood-fired meats, craft beers and wine, right next to a big open fireplace, of course. That is if you can claim a seat beside it!
Where: 64 Railway Street, Mudgeeraba
Located in the heart of the Gold Coast, Surfers Paradise, D’Arcy Arms Irish Pub has been serving hearty Irish meals for over 30 years — a testament to their popularity amongst tourists and locals alike. While our winters are just a tad warmer than Ireland’s — ok, a lot warmer — we are still thankful they decided to bestow upon us a crackling, open fireplace to gather around over a Guinness or three. Take full advantage of their fireplace and book your Christmas in July for the full Euro-winter effect.
Where: 2923 Gold Coast Highway, Surfers Paradise
The Wine Barrel
It must be said, nothing else makes you feel as warm and fuzzy inside as a glass of wine next to an open fire, meaning The Wine Barrel in Mudgeeraba has seriously got its priorities in order. This tapas and wine bar is a family-owned and run hidden treasure, featuring some of the best tapas and share platters the Gold Coast has seen. So, grab a couple of mates and proceed to devour serious eats, next to the fireplace naturally…
Where: 8/59 Railway Street, Mudgeeraba
Ok, this one is in the name. Still, the fine-looking InterContinental Sanctuary Cove Resort is home to a restaurant rightly named The Fireplace, and yes, you guessed it: it does indeed have an impressive fireplace within the dining room that is also used for cooking. But don’t just go for the roaring embers; the menu features locally sourced cuisine, a 300-strong wine library and a delightful wine-matched degustation. This is serious date night material, maybe even staying overnight wouldn’t be the worst idea you’ve ever had! There’s even a second fireplace located in the foyer at the Verandah Restaurant and Bar that you can cosy on up to with one of their 50 whiskies.
Where: Manor Circle, Sanctuary Cove
Is there anything more romantic than spending a weekend tucked away with your nearest and dearest? Picture the scene: you’re both mountainside snuggled up in front of a crackling fire, glass of red wine in hand and soft jazz caressing your ears. Sounds almost too good to be true? It’s all yours for the taking though, come the impending — albeit short — winter ahead! So it’s time to pull out that roll neck jumper (that, let’s face it, hasn’t been used much) and get planning! To help you along the way, we’ve found the six most romantic cabins and mountain lodges for you, right at our doorstep in the Hinterland.
Cedar Creek Lodges
A mere 40-minute drive from Surfers Paradise, but once you arrive you will feel like you’ve entered an entirely whole new world. Welcome to stunning Tamborine Mountain! Cedar Creek Lodges provide you with a full range of options. The 2, 3 or 4 bedroom self-contatined lodges are situated on your own private section of the gurgling and beautiful Cedar Creek — the perfect romantic getaway to immerse yourself in nature! But if glamping is more your style, look no further than their brand new Lotus Tents taking glamping to the next level with an ensuite allowing you to shower under the stars. The adjacent Thunderbird Park also offers horseback riding for the more adventurous romantics among you. We’re confident when it comes time to check out; you won’t want to leave.
Binna Burra Mountain Lodges
You may recognise the name, as in the 2019 bushfires, most of the property was sadly lost to fires. But where there is a will, there is a way. Rising like a phoenix from the ashes, the newly rebuilt and renovated Binna Burra is an authentic heritage-listed lodge offering one of a few genuine Australian experiences in nature. Just imagine, the lodge has been welcoming guests since the early 1930s and still retains its original charm and character. They’ve also been listed in the top 10 eco-lodges and green hotels globally with their unique isolation. If you’re after the perfect escape from everyday life and a chance to get back to basics, leave your phone at home and look no further.
Witches Falls Cottages
Total privacy is the maxim at Witches Falls Cottages. Sip on a glass of wine (from nearby Witches Falls Winery, of course) in your private courtyard garden, relax in front of your cosy fireplace with a book, or just soak away in your own double sized spa bath and reconnect with that special someone. A traditional style breakfast is even part of your stay and delivered to the door — including fresh homemade bread — so you won’t have to leave your room if you don’t fancy it.
Another romantic Tamborine Mountain retreat is Edges Lodge, the faultless suggestion for a well-deserved getaway with your lover. Sweeping vistas of the Pacific Ocean and our Gold Coast skyline will have you captivated from the moment you arrive. The lodge itself is shared between three deluxe suites, but fear not, the large, sophisticated communal areas are more than enough for you to escape to and feel tranquil — or feel free to socialise if you want to. There is a long list of extras for you to enjoy, but our suggestion is you arrange a massage in the privacy of your room! Sign us up!
The Polish Place Cottages
Your romantic stay on Tamborine Mountain starts at these charming European-style chalets only an hour from the beach and surrounded by a myriad of walking trails, waterfalls, and wineries: a hidden gem — within an hour of arriving, you will feel any stress disappear as you take in the spectacular view overlooking the Scenic Rim! How does a cosy woodfire fireplace within a loft-style chalet with private balcony, double sized spa (in your lounge room no less) and full breakfast basket provided daily sound like to you? Idyllic, no? Well don’t forget that at The Polish Place, wildlife, lorikeets and birds come to say hi on your balcony. Add to this the amazing onsite restaurant serving up all your favourite Polish winter warmer dishes like their famous Roast Duck for two with cherries (trust us, order it!) accompanied by a couple of Polish beer or vodkas, you’ll be glad checkout isn’t till 12pm!
O’Reilly’s Safari Tents
If staying at the base of a world heritage listed rainforest is at the top of your list, you’ll be happy to know, you can do that only an hour from the surf. A the end of 2020, O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat launched 17 safari tents within their new campground found at the Green Mountains Camping Area in Lamington National Park. The new world class ecotourism attraction is set amongst the rainforest of World Heritage Lamington National Park meaning you get to soak up the mountain magic in one of the most beautiful places in the world. Being right at the doorstep of O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat certainly has it’s advantages, you’ll have access to all the same experiences and adventures you love about O’Reilly’s including hikes, romantic rainforest picnics, visiting O’Reilly’s Canungra Valley Vineyards for a tipple or two (where you can also now have a picnic with the alpacas!) or just kick back together and breathe in the fresh air.
Words by Alex Mitcheson.