Gold Coast, Queensland

With over 35 miles of coastline, the Gold Coast has plenty of gorgeous beaches to choose from. During the day, swimming,body-boarding or surfing are popular activities to try, and there’s always the opportunity for a bit of sunbathing.

It’s hard not to love the Gold Coast, but many don’t like the over touristy elements particularly at Surfers Paradise. But it’s really like any other place in that how you see it is up to you.

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Broadbeach is a stylish Gold Coast suburb, located in the south east of Queensland. It perfectly compliments and contrasts the adjacent loud and brash Surfers Paradise, just a few Km to its north.

Broadbeach is still fronted by that magnificent uninterrupted stretch of golden sand, there are also impressive apartment buildings and high rise towers similar to those found in Surfers.

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The beach itself is very family-friendly and there are plenty of activities to enjoy if you want to do more than relax in the sun. There are two areas that are patrolled every day of the year to safe swimming, and if you are in town between June and November you may be lucky enough to spot some whales from the beach in Surfers Paradise.

Burleigh Heads sits between Surfers Paradise to the north and Coolangatta to the south. There is a beautiful headland and admire some of the best views of Surfers Paradise and the Gold Coast.

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If you dont want a picnic or barbeque, there are some great Burleigh Heads cafes and fish and chips shops nearby. I visited the Burleigh Heads Fish Monger chippy. I ordered cod and chips with garlic mayonnaise and a bottle of water. Was the best fish and chips I have had for some time! $10 for fish and chips, 50 cent for garlic mayonnaise and $2.50 for large bottle of water.

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There are over 100 restaurants, cafes and eateries in Broadbeach to choose from.

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Menu: http://aws.mariosrestaurant.com.au/wp-content/uploads/Marios-Menu-Dec-2013.pdf

The restaurant serves a great range of modern and traditional Italian dishes, including seafood, steak, pasta and pizza options. Mario’s famous large serves and extensive menu provide the perfect option for all appetites, including delicious desserts and an extensive wine list. Gormet pizzas are reasonably priced for Gold Coast from (small) $17 – (Large) $28.90

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Sharing a Fish specialty dish between four of us. 

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One of my favourite places to grab frozen yogurt is Yo-get-it. Fill up your cup up with as much yogurt as you desire, adding as many or as few toppings as you wish.

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Before placing your yogurt on the scale you will be asked if “Yo-guess-it, Yo-get-it free” if you can guess the weight of your yogurt you can have it for free! If not the price is simply derived according to the weight.

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The Shingle Inn is known for its delicious cakes and was always the café of choice when it came to ordering a cake for a special occasion. One of my favourite deserts was the waffles with ice cream and chocolate.

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The Shingle Inn prides itself on using original recipes so don’t go here expecting modern cake styles. Everything is traditional, from the wait staff’s uniforms to the sugar bowls on the table and everything in between.

Broadbeach is generally regarded as the more laid back and stylish. It has a very ‘family feel’ to it compared to Surfers Paradise. I rented a flat here in Broadbeach for $240 a week (between me and my partner). The flat was shared with one other person and this didn’t include bills.

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Broadbeach also has one of the largest shopping malls in the southern hemisphere, Pacific Fair and the famous Jupiters Casino and scores of well regarded restaurants and cafes.

Things you’ll enjoy about Surfers Paradise

To get to Surfers Paradise from Broadbeach you can walk along the beach or the beachside promenade and then partly though the streets. This can take around 40 minutes to an hour depending on how long you spend gazing at the towers or toying with the surf.

Surfers Paradise sign

  • The beautiful long, white sandy beach that seems to go on for ever
  • The many places to wine and dine (and club – if you will)
  • The walk along the Esplanade
  • The life surf stations along the main part of the beach
  • The Sky Point Observation deck with its incredible 360 degree views (and a climb if you dare)
  • Attractions inland such as Tambourine Mountain – so you can get away from the glitz and high rise buildings
  • Its subtropical topography

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Map of the area

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It may sound somewhat clichéd but a traditional Australian beachside BBQ is a nice way to spend an evening, especially if you’re with a partner or friends and family. You’ll also get the chance to see some of the Gold Coast’s spectacular sunsets.

We decided to have an evening BBQ at Currumbin Creek Rd. It is located between the RSL and the tennis courts on Currumbin Creek Rd, this park has all the amenities you need! BBQ’s, play areas for children, shaded tables and toilets all within a stone’s throw of Currumbin Creek. Bring insect repellent if you are visiting here in the evening.

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Currumbin

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Currumbin

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Pacific Fair is an indoor and outdoor mall offering the largest collection of fashion retailers on the Coast, including Country Road, Sportsgirl, Steve Madden, Kookai, City Beach and many others. It is also home to the Gold Coast’s largest Myer.

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Opening Hours

Public Holiday: Majors open from 0900 to 1700 on Sundays and Public Holidays …… Note: Open 0900 to 1730 Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. Open 0900 to 2100 Thursday. Open 1030 to 1600 Sunday and public holidays. Closed Christmas Day, Good Friday and Queensland Labour Day.

The two major Australian retail shopping giants are Coles and Woolworths. ”Australia has one of the most concentrated grocery markets in the world.image

 Woolworths and Wesfarmers (owner of Coles) account for almost 80% of supermarket sales, 60% of alcohol retail, 50% of petrol retail and 40% of all retail in Australia.” ( Available at: http://www.ethical.org.au/get-informed/issues/supermarkets-in-australia/. [Accessed 02 May 2014]. )

The more market share they have the more influence they have over suppliers and the easier it is to stamp out smaller independent retailers.

Food I tend to buy in both Woolworths and Coles:

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Woolworths: Australian Beef for $6.99

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Woolworths: Cod Smoked South African Fillets $4.42 ($11 a kilogram)

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Woolworths: Sweet Pineapple $1.60

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Yoplait – Mango yogurt

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Coles: Australian mince $5, Chicken fillet $5.26, Chicken breast schnitzel $4.00

I have to admit that there is very little difference in what Coles and Woolworths stores offer you.

  • Both have aggressive price structures and discounts,
  • Both have loyalty cards offering even better buying incentives,
    • Woolworths have the ‘Everyday rewards’ offering 20-40 percent discount on hundreds of store-selected items each week,
    • Coles have the ‘My 5′, offering a further 10 percent on any 5 items you select from a list with a minimum $50 spend,
  • Both offer savings on fuel at their respective outlets,
  • Both have generic or home brand equivalents on most packaged items at a significant discount to branded goods; in fact they both have two.

References: Supermarkets in Australia | Shop Ethical!. 2014. Supermarkets in Australia | Shop Ethical!. [ONLINE] Available at: http://www.ethical.org.au/get-informed/issues/supermarkets-in-australia/. [Accessed 02 May 2014].

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