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Soak up the sunshine at Burleigh’s Seadog in the Park

The cute new coffee spot at Burleigh Bowls Club.

Seadog in the Park (Image: © 2021 Inside Gold Coast)
Seadog in the Park (Image: © 2021 Inside Gold Coast)

No doubt you’ll remember that time local lad Brodie Green opened a thriving coffee shop inside a former ATM space on James Street in Burleigh.

Well the innovative Gold Coaster is at it again, this time working his magic at the beloved Burleigh Bowls Club to create a little outdoor coffee shop overlooking the greens and perfect if you’re strolling through beautiful Burleigh and feel like soaking up some of that sporadic sunshine.

Seadog in the Park (Image: © 2021 Inside Gold Coast)

Brodie decided to open the newbie because there isn’t really anywhere in the area where you can sit outside while enjoying a cuppa and although the weather hasn’t been playing nice of late, we absolutely love it.

The space is literally a little coffee hut and said outside sitting space is shaded by big ol’ blue and white umbrellas so you don’t roast and of course, you can take away should you wish to stroll some more.

Seadog in the Park (Image: © 2021 Inside Gold Coast)
Seadog in the Park (Image: © 2021 Inside Gold Coast)

Seadog in the Park is brewing their very own blend, called No Bad Days in true Burleigh style and it’s made with beans from three different areas of Columbia to create something quite special. As you’d expect, the coffee is just as exceptional as the cuppa you know and love from Seadog in James Street.

Of course there’s also a single origin blend – by Marvell Street – and all the sip-in beverages are served in sweet handmade mugs (an iced latte will earn you a fruity little umbrella too).

There’s also fresh juices and smoothies should you need something fresh to go with your coffee – because obviously we always need coffee first.

Seadog in the Park (Image: © 2021 Inside Gold Coast)

Stay tuned for a light food menu in the future and there might even be some exciting community-style events coming our way too.

Seadog in the Park is the perfect little venture to join our beloved Burleigh and we can’t wait to see how it expands in the next little while.

Head down to show your support and grab one of the tastiest brews there is.

LOCATION: Burleigh Bowls Club, Gold Coast Highway, Burleigh Heads
HOURS: From 5.30am daily

Words and photos by Kirra Smith

Seadog in the Park (Image: © 2021 Inside Gold Coast)

Seadog Burleigh

Well Gold Coasters, we have officially seen everything. Just a few days ago Burleigh Heads became home to a new coffee joint but it is not your average caffeine slinging space, no sir.

It is in fact a literal hole in the wall where an ATM once doled out your daily cash needs, a barista will now dole out your daily caffeine needs. How fun.

That barista is Brodie Green, also the owner of Seadog Burleigh, and the mastermind behind the idea to turn a recently removed ATM into a takeaway coffee shop.

Found next door to J St Barbers, Seadog rolled up their doors just last week and have already cemented themselves as firm favourites in the Burleigh coffee scene.

The reason for such immediate popularity is three-fold. First, Seadog uses organic coffee from Peru (Org) and it is quite the smooth, mellow drop, we dig it (and Seadog is the only spot on the Coast serving it).

Second, Brodie’s smiling face greeting folks from the inside compact space, all stoked and passionate about serving epic brews and third, said compact space bringing a little bit of fun back to our fave little beachside suburb.

What a treat.

Not only exceptional coffee though, you may also sample housemade Jun, a fermented beverage similar to kombucha but made with white tea instead of black, housemade ginger beer and cold-pressed juice from Brisbane legends, Harvest.

There are raw treats to nibble on and plenty of good vibes to soak up too.

Brodie, a third generation Gold Coaster, is also keen to help other young locals open businesses by doing something completely unique but also completely within his financial means and that friends, is something we can get behind. Stay tuned for more on that later.

Oh and here’s a sweet tale; the name Seadog came about when Brodie and his sis took a trip to Brunswick Heads and he asked her what he should name his new venture. She pointed to a building with a lifesaver that said Seadog, they laughed about how he would never call it such a thing and then he did, just to remember that moment.

That’s pretty much the epitome of a business built with a whole lot of heart if you ask us. Which you didn’t, but here we all are.

Get down there and give Seadog some love.

LOCATION: 50 James St, Burleigh Heads
HOURS: 6am until 2pm daily

Words and photos by Kirra Smith

Free coffee all weekend at Seadog Espresso

Over the last week the world has risen up in support of the Black Lives Matter movement. No doubt you’ve seen the news, joined in the conversation and done your bit to listen and learn about what needs to be done going forward.

While the global uprising began in the US, racial injustice is a worldwide issue and one that needs to be (and is being) addressed in Australia too. We’ve seen so many people and businesses, pledge their support of our indigenous people, so today we’re here to discuss how.

One Gold Coast business who has made a public declaration of support for indigenous charities is Seadog Espresso, found on James Street in Bureigh Heads.

Owner Brodie Green is passionate about creating positive change and societal progression and it’s not the first time he has taken a stand for something he believes in, having previously donated money to womens’ charity Save the Girls.

This weekend, June 13th and 14th, Brodie and Seadog Espresso will again donate, this time to Gold Coast welfare corporation Krurungal, a charity helping Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with welfare, housing, school support services and much more.

Three local businesses have generously supplied prizes and although coffee is free, people will be strongly encouraged to buy tickets to enter the raffle with all proceeds going to Krurungal.

The donating businesses include Cedar & Stone – (generously with $1000 worth of prizes), Lahana Swimwear, Blackbird Byron Bay, Burleigh Bowls Club and The Collective Palm Beach, so that’s amazing.

And since the coffee is free, you’ll have all the spare dollars to spend on raffle tickets.

Get down to Seadog Espresso this weekend to support Indigenous charities and get involved in some good old-fashioned community spirit.

See you there.

LOCATION: 8/50 James St, Burleigh Heads
HOURS: 6.30am until 1pm

Words by Kirra Smith

Owner Brodie Green

12 places for coffee in Burleigh

Cold Brew, BunLee Bun & Brew (image supplied)
Cold Brew, BunLee Bun & Brew (image supplied)

Imagine a life without caffeine. Horrible, right? How would one get through the day? Unthinkable. Let’s all take a moment to be grateful for caffeine.

Luckily, we locals need never think about a lack of caffeine ever in our lives because the Gold Coast has abundant options for exceptional brews.

One such neighbourhood forever capturing the imagination of coffee drinkers and lunch-goers is Burleigh. Be it a quick coffee catch-up or a grazing-style brunch with special people: you’re covered. Here’s a list of the twelve best spots to get your caffeine fix when you find yourself in one of the city’s favourite suburbs.

Bunlee Bun & Brew
Between munching down some epic rice paper rolls or a stacked-looking banh mi, we suggest you take a try of their cold drip coffee on tap here at BunLee. If you’ve ever had iced Vietnamese coffee — or cà phê đá, as it’s known — you’ll know how tasty it can be. It’s up to you what milk to splash into it, or if you prefer, just take it black: perfect for when you need to put that pep into your step.
Where: 2/26 James Street, Burleigh Heads

Dover's Drop (Image: © 2021 Inside Gold Coast)
Dover's Drop (Image: © 2021 Inside Gold Coast)

Dover’s Drop
Take an award-winning local barista, throw in some fantastic coffee from carbon-neutral roasters Locale Espresso, and place it conveniently just off Reedy Creek Road and you’re looking at the exact blueprint of Dover’s Drop, a prime industrial district coffee location in Burleigh. The perfect place to pull a pit stop when you’re going about your day, but be careful: their loungey outdoor space with beanbags may keep you longer than planned, not to mention their Sourdough Crumpets!
Where: 9 Dover Drive, Burleigh Heads

Magnolia Lane
A newbie to the bustling beachside locale of Burleigh, Magnolia Lane is sandwiched between the beach and the GC Highway, meaning whether you’re zipping about town or lounging beachside, these guys have you well and truly covered for your caffeine needs. The unwavering attention taken to dialling in their machine and weighing each and every shot of coffee shows right through from your first to last sip.
Where: 6/1863 Gold Coast Highway, Burleigh Heads

Aptly positioned in the heart of Burleigh Heads, this is the early morning post-workout/dip in the ocean hangout spot of the ages. Crew showcases Sunshine Coast Tim Adams specialty coffee with exceptional barista skills and a cheat meal-inducing menu you cannot say no to. Hinge all of this on one hell of a people-watching location, and you have a mighty fine place to slurp your morning cup of motivation.
Where: 3 Connor Street, Burleigh Heads

All Press Coffee, Sparrow Coffee Co. (Image: © 2021 Inside Gold Coast)
All Press Coffee, Sparrow Coffee Co. (Image: © 2021 Inside Gold Coast)

Sparrow Coffee Co.
Laidback and easy-going Sparrow offers you a prime opportunity to get yourself a quality coffee on the go with little fuss. With another three locations across the country and their roastery of choice being Allpress, you’re guaranteed a quality cuppa every time. It’s also the perfect spot to fuel up before a workout if you go to nearby Elevation Fitness or Jetts!
Where: 2/151 West Burleigh Road, Burleigh Heads

Where do you even begin with a place that literally falls over itself with excellent house-made food, great-tasting coffee, and a great location to watch life go by. Chloe Watt‘s creation Tarte is one of the finest cafes on our coastline: period. Give yourself some slack and indulge in any one of their off-the-charts pastries/baked goods with a perfectly poured cup of coffee as dappled light from overhead trees sprays across the pavement of Burleigh Heads — our idea of bliss.
Where: 2 West Street, Burleigh Heads

Next Door Espresso
Touted as not your average coffee shop, this aesthetically pleasing venue is awash with white and is nearly always an afternoon suntrap that, to us, screams brunch with close friends. Northern Rivers’ Moonshine Roastery are the foundation of an always great-tasting coffee served in the cutest looking handmade clay cups. Be sure to bring your credit card, as adjacent homewares store St Barts is always worth a look in also!
Where: 24 Junction Road, Burleigh Heads

Next Door Espresso Burleigh (Image: © 2019 Inside Gold Coast)
Next Door Espresso Burleigh (Image: © 2019 Inside Gold Coast)

Commune Espresso
A kickstarter in the Burleigh coffee scene, Commune Espresso has been around for as long as we can remember, and in this chasm of lost time, they’ve been serving up some of the tastiest brews around. The space itself is epic, complete with lots of outdoor relaxing areas and a ping pong table to use up that caffeine-induced energy. They also make their own almond milk; that’s how dedicated they are to delicious coffee.
Where: 1844 Gold Coast Highway, Burleigh Heads

Canteen Coffee & Kitchen
A firm favourite in the coffee game, Canteen has been lauded as one of Australia’s premier espresso bars. They brew their own blends, sourcing in-season beans and roasting fresh daily on demand. They offer a Signature Espresso Blend with notes of chocolate, berries, toffee and spice and Single Origins, which change weekly. They certainly know their stuff, highly recommended.
Where: 23 Park Avenue, Burleigh Heads

Nook Espresso
So good they’ve got two locations in Burleigh; Nook offers little spaces with a big passion for coffee. They’ve been slinging tasty brews since 2008, and for this, the local community loves them! Nook offers a smooth cuppa that’s consistently delicious, and the crew are stoked and always smiling to be involved in your morning coffee routine. Plus, if you head to their beachside location, you can sip away whilst overlooking world-famous surf.
Where: Goodwin Terrace, Burleigh Heads and Stocklands Burleigh Heads

Nook Espresso, Burleigh (Image supplied)
Nook Espresso, Burleigh (Image supplied)

Quest Coffee Roasters
The smell wafting out of Quest alone should draw you in and, once you’re in, you may never want to leave. The space is half micro-roastery, half sitting-down-to-enjoy-your-coffee space, and it’s an absolute must-visit if you’re a lover of excellent brews. They roast premium Arabica beans on James Street, and if you’re in the market, you can purchase their green and roasted beans or a blend. Make sure you have a chat with the team; they love to discuss all things coffee.
Where: 20 James Street, Burleigh Heads

The original Seadog emerged on the local coffee scene with a bang and is an actual hole in the wall, which was once an ATM. Stop by and let affable owner Brodie Green and his gang serve you up their very own roasts; one going by the name Sunrise Blend – with tasting notes of Milo! When they’re not actively supporting charities with free coffee giveaways, you’ll find them at their second venue beside Burleigh Bowls Club, eternally bathed in sunshine and salt air. Two great locations for coffee in Burleigh!
Where: 50 James St, Burleigh Heads or Burleigh Bowls Club — entrance via Memorial Park

Words by Alex Mitchenson.

Seadog in the Park (Image: © 2021 Inside Gold Coast)
Seadog in the Park (Image: © 2021 Inside Gold Coast)
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