By Nitsa Kerr

Weekend getaways on the Gold Coast

Duffy Down Under has been featured on Jetstar’s Best Things to Do for weekend getaways on the Gold Coast!

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Whether you’re an adventure seeker or a vacationing foodie, there is heaps to keep you interested over a long weekend on the GC!

Leisure lovers

Friday pm: Wind down after a busy week. Have a drink at QT hotel’s Stingray bar (ask about their range of 50 in-house tequilas) followed by dinner at Bazaar – it’s more a marketplace than a buffet.

Saturday am: Hit the road and head for the hills. Drive to the hinterland’s Tamborine Cooking School opens in new windowwhere you prepare dishes in chef Terri Taylor’s private home, then enjoy a meal over a glass of wine.

Saturday pm: Eat like a local. Graze street-food stalls and listen to live local bands at Miami Marketta, then browse the dessert hall or grab a pretzel and craft beer from The Shed Bar.

Sunday am: Wake up, it’s time to take a dip. The GC has a network of safe swimming enclosures. For something romantic, head to Tallebudgera Creek, where you can always find a quiet spot to lay your towel; opens in new window

Adventure seekers 

Friday pm: Take to the water and coast the GC waterways at sunset in a Duffy Down Under opens in new windowelectric boat before dinner at Glass Dining opens in new windowin Marina Mirage.

Saturday am: Hit the road … or the beach. Take a Dolphins in Paradise opens in new windowday cruise to visit pristine island beaches, then snorkel the Tangalooma Wrecks off Moreton Island and have a buffet lunch.

Saturday pm: Time to eat … again. Lose your inhibitions by ordering Japanese food and singing karaoke at G-Clef opens in new windowin Surfers Paradise. The private booths are, happily, soundproofed.

Sunday am: Wake up, it’s time to rev your engine. Hop on a Harley Davidson tour with Wildfire Tours. Trips include winery tours and expeditions that take in views over Surfers or a visit to Hinze Dam.

Where to shop

Best luxe shopping: Marina Mirage Shopping Centre (74 Seaworld Dr, Main Beach) has high-end fashion and jewellery.

Best outlet shopping: Harbourtown Gold Coast (147-189 Brisbane Rd, Biggera Waters) has discount shops like Coach, Adidas and Esprit.

Best mall experience: Robina Town Centre (19 Robina Town Centre Dve, Robina) has shopping, AMF bowling and laser skirmish.

Best food shopping: Gold Coast Organic Market (Miami State High School, 2137-2205 Gold Coast Hwy, Miami) is open Sundays 6am–11.30am.