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The Park

A new indoor entertainment precinct for Coomera.

Bowling Alleys at The Park Coomera (image supplied)
Bowling Alleys at The Park Coomera (image supplied)

Something fun is happening up north friends and it’s all yours to enjoy as of right now. Think beer garden meets mini golf meets bowling alley and a little bit of tasty food thrown into the mix and you’ve got yourself The Park, Coomera’s brand new state-of-the-art entertainment precinct.

It’s been a little while in the making but, as Mum used to say while dragging us around the supermarket in search of snacks, good things come to those who wait and now it’s time to rally your inner child (or your actual child) and get ready for some fun.

Here’s the lowdown.

The Park Coomera offers eight lanes of full AMF bowling combining all the things you know and love about ten pin bowling with luxury lounge furniture there’s also touch screens so you can choose your own video and enjoy some sweet beats while you play.

Putt in The Park will feature 18 holes of fun designed around a parkland theme and featuring lots of pretty native Australian flora and fauna (plus some non-locals) with a few laughs thrown in for good measure.

The Park Coomera
The Park Coomera

In case two of the greatest games in the world aren’t your thing, you’re welcome to head in and sink beers instead of balls at the fancy pants beer garden. All your fave beers and wines will be there along with some tasty cocktails to keep things real (and even more competitive).

Food-wise, there are lots of tasty things to sample, all whipped up by Head Chef Fabio Morganti who brings experience from across the globe.

South African born with Italian heritage, Fabio learned about good food produce from a young age as his father was an importer of Italian culinary products. With a love of traditional flavours using modern techniques, Fabio will bring the latest street food trends along with some sweet wood fired pizzas to The Park Coomera.

Speaking of wood fired pizzas; there’ll be metre long ones so make sure you bring a big crew.

ALSO, there’ll be live entertainment on weekends featuring some of South East Queensland’s best soloists with more entertainment to be announced. Oh and guys, there’s two big old LED screens for all those sporting events you simply can’t miss.

See, fun for everyone. Weekend plans sorted and you are welcome.

LOCATION: 103 Foxwell Road, Coomera
HOURS: 10am until 10pm daily

Words by Kirra Smith

Westfield Coomera

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

Elk Bakehouse

If, like us, Turkish eats are a thing you never knew you could fall in love with, today is your lucky day. Particularly if you are of the Coomera-based persuasion (and if not, make it your business to get there asap).

Elk Bakehouse opened not too long ago and with it, comes an absolute abundance of the tastiest Turkish-inspired treats you should get in your life RIGHT NOW.

Quite obviously, anything with the word bakehouse in it is a thing we can get behind. Purely because it means food is baked there and baked food is our favourite kind. Elk Bakehouse is no exception with cabinets jam-packed with pies, Turkish-style pastries, cakes, you name it.

They’re all found within a cosy little space inspired by snowy winters spent by the fire in a sweet little pine tree-surrounded log cabin. Sounds heavenly doesn’t it. Elk is all exposed brick walls, matte black accents and a select few plants to bring it all together. It’s delightful.

Owners Pinar and Jade Carpaz, a mother and daughter team and two of the loveliest ladies you’ll ever meet, opened the venue in honour of Pinar’s late mother whose cooking influences feature throughout the delightful Turkish dishes. It’s their first venue and we are quite the fans of everything about it.

So what should you eat? Well everything but, of course, we’ll be specific.

The Börek is a crispy, baked pastry made with thin flaky dough and filled with cheese and it is melt-in-your-mouth delicious.

The Simit is a Turkish street bagel that’s extremely popular in Turkey (and now in Coomera too). You may also (and should) choose the Simit Toastie which is said bagel stuffed with Turkish pastrami and cheese and so very good.

Also taste a Sigara (cigar roll). There are two flavours, spinach and fetta and savoury mince and you may as well take one of each.

There is also a Sucuk (dry, spicy sausage) pie that might just be the best pie in all the world.

Of course, there are all the regular suspects if you want something a little closer to home; chicken farmhouse pies, other kinds of pies (all of which are golden and crunchy and smell divine), salads and the like.

For dessert, make sure you try Pinar’s carrot cake and the Semolina cake is worth a sample too. Don’t blame us if you roll out of there please.

To wash it all down, go with a Turkish coffee or tea and let us know how that goes won’t you.

There are also some absolutely stunning Turkish homewares you’ll want to take home with you. Sorry about it.

So. If you’re in the market for next-level eats in a space that’s been put together with a whole lot of heart, look no further than Elk Bakehouse and definitely wear your stretchy pants.

LOCATION: Shop 7/1 Commercial St, Upper Coomera
HOURS: 7am until 4pm daily

Words and photos by Kirra Smith

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