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!
Whether you’re an adventure seeker or a vacationing foodie, there is heaps to keep you interested over a long weekend on the GC!
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; visitgoldcoast.com opens in new window
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.