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13 spots to watch Groundwater Country Music Festival

Groundwater Country Music Festival (image supplied)
Groundwater Country Music Festival (image supplied)

It’s that time again, Gold Coasters, The Groundwater Country Music Festival is back — and it’s still free! Bringing over 40 world-renowned country acts to beautiful Broadbeach with three full days of musical good times — this is one not to be missed.

Here’s a list of places you can enjoy the action throughout the entire weekend whilst savouring some fine food and delicious drinks.

The General Store Stage

Harajuku Gyoza
A Japanese beer stadium and gyoza bar with plenty of good vibes. Choose from lots of gyoza varieties or a more extensive meal if you’re extra hungry. Or both?!
Where: The Oasis Shopping Centre Mall, Old Burleigh Rd, Broadbeach

Spice Thai
Running around and catching all of the live acts will be an exercise in perseverance, and those who aptly fuel themselves will win the day. Step into Spice Thai and treat yourself to delectable authentic Thai treats whilst still well within earshot of the action.
Where: The Oasis Shopping Centre Mall, Old Burleigh Road, Broadbeach

Spice Kitchen & Bar Exterior (Image: © 2021 Inside Gold Coast)
Spice Kitchen & Bar Exterior (Image: © 2021 Inside Gold Coast)

Kurrawa Park Stage

Elk Espresso
One of the longest established and most revered cafes going on the Gold Coast, Elk Espresso, is your prime place to head for a much-needed break after hitting up the nearby markets over the festival weekend. It’s also in a great position to relax over lunch and still keep an eye on what’s happening at the Kurrawa Park Main Stage.
Where: Oasis Shopping Centre, 12 Victoria Avenue, Broadbeach

Kurrawa SLSC
Ah, the love of a good surf club never dies, and Kurrawa SLSC deserves all of the adoration it gets. Regardless of the festival, this beachside venue is one of our finest along the coast, with unsurpassed views and a hearty selection of great food and frosty beers. Throw in the fact they are right next to the action of the Kurrawa Park stage (the largest of the festival), and you have a legitimate contender for the best spot in the whole of Broadbeach.
Where: Kurrawa Park, Old Burleigh Road, Broadbeach

Tower 28 Cafe
Touted as the only beachfront cafe in Broadbeach, Tower 28 Cafe is perfectly positioned to grab yourself a late breakfast/lunch and still find yourself deep in where all the music and markets are taking place. They knock up all sorts of amazing food such as acai bowls, salads, and some perfectly poured coffee — just what you need to keep you going all day!
Where: Beneath Kurrawa SLSC, Old Burleigh Road, Broadbeach

Elk Espresso exterior (image supplied)
Elk Espresso exterior (image supplied)

The Back Road Theatre Stage

Chameleon Bar
The Gold Coast’s only LGBTQIA+ bar always has a trick or two up its sleeve when it comes to hosting themed nights and live entertainment. When Groundwater is on, you should definitely find yourself with a couple of their tasty menu items and (of course) one or two cocktails in their alfresco area. Who knows, you may just not want to move!
Where: 97 Surf Parade, Broadbeach

The Vault
Opening earlier this year, The Vault is Broadbeach’s den of decadence with an unsurpassed selection of premium spirits and an utterly impressive a la carte style menu. Make sure to drop by for a drink, but be warned, you may very well get distracted and miss your favourite country acts!
Where: 21/90 Surf Parade, Broadbeach

Chameleon Lounge Bar exterior (Image: © 2021 Inside Gold Coast)
Chameleon Lounge Bar exterior (Image: © 2021 Inside Gold Coast)

The Oracle Boulevard Stage

The Bavarian Broadbeach
Everyone’s favourite German beer-fused venue just so happens to have itself front row tickets to the action on Oracle Boulevard. Besides hearty style euro eats, If sipping oversized glasses of beer and stomping your foot along to uplifting country rifts sounds like a good time, then you needn’t look any further, folks.
Where: 2 Oracle Boulevard, Broadbeach

The Cuban
You’ll find the zesty flavours of the Caribbean and creole influences aplenty at this Broadbeach hotbed of Latin delight. On any given day, you’ll be spoilt with some of the best Mojitos and share plates around, and with a prime position to all the action this time around, it really cannot be beaten.
Where: n103/1 Oracle Bvd, Broadbeach

Bonus Venue

Fat Freddy’s
There’s nothing quite like a smaller intimate setting for a big sound live act. Sure, big stages are fun, but so too are some of the smaller venues getting amongst the lineup this year. Across all three days there will be three separate performances at Fat Freddy’s, meaning get in early stock up on some finger-lickin’ eats and get ready for the action to unfold!
Where: 50 Surf Parade, Broadbeach

Groundwater Country Music Festival (image supplied)
Groundwater Country Music Festival (image supplied)

Places to take it easy at

The Loose Moose
This good-times-guaranteed bar and restaurant is the perfect spot for a couple of cold ones, a burger or two and some great live music. If your feet get sore from boot-scootin’, you know where to recharge!
Where: 75 Surf Parade, Broadbeach

Moo Moo Wine Bar + Grill
One of the Gold Coast’s best steak houses and a popular celebrity hang out is the illustrious Moo Moo Wine Bar + Grill. If you prefer your hangouts a little bit fancy, this is the perfect spot for you.
Where: 2685 Gold Coast Highway, Broadbeach

Cardamom Pod
Veggie lovers unite; Cardamom Pod is calling you. Located right next to Moo Moo’s in Victoria Park is this yummy plant-based restaurant. Their menu features both warm and cold dishes plus amazing raw desserts you have to try! So head here if you want a little extra spring to your cowboy boot step!
Where: 2685 Gold Coast Highway, Broadbeach

Words by Alex Mitcheson.

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