There’s a reason the Gold Coast is one of Australia’s most popular cities to visit. Sun, spas and shopping are all guaranteed on a visit to this bright and beautiful coastal city. If you’re seeking a luxury holiday with everything you could possibly want in one location, the Gold Coast should be at the top of your list. Try House of Travel‘s top five tips for visiting the Gold Coast.
1. Delight the taste buds
The Gold Coast is home to world-class international cuisine, with food to suit every appetite. Whether you are seeking fine dining, casual cafes or quality coffee houses your wishes will be met. For a sweet treat, visit Bam Bam Bakehouse, which offers a range of French delicacies including croissants and pain-au-chocolat. For a taste of Japanese cuisine, head to Iko. Here you will experience authentic Yakatori cooked to perfection on a custom-made charcoal grill.
2. Shop ’til you drop
Love to shop? The Gold Coast is the place to be. Don’t miss Australia’s biggest Myer at central retail hub Pacific Fair, which is also home to over 400 other shops. A complimentary shuttle means you can access this shopping mecca no matter where you’re staying. For a more affordable option, head to Harbour Town. This centre has a range of factory outlets and great dining options.
3. Rejuvenate the mind and body
After a long day there’s one sure-fire way to recharge – a massage. Earth + Skin, a retreat just a 15-minute drive from the city centre, is where founder Louisa Hollenberg focuses on organic and chemical-free treatments to nourish not just the skin but the body and mind, too. “We offer relaxing, therapeutic and effective treatments without any of those chemicals”, she explains. This peaceful space makes it easy to forget the outside world.
4. Get your culture fix
The Gold Coast has a vibrant arts scene, with dozens of galleries and works of art scattered around the city. Behind an unassuming frontage in Mermaid Beach’s transforming industrial area is a cavern of modern art known as 19 Karen. Within walking distance of some of the city’s most famous beaches, the warehouse has become the largest contemporary art space on the Gold Coast. The gallery represents more than 90 Australian and international artists, and features art that is intended to create an emotional reaction.
5. Have breakfast by the beach
An award winner for its breakfasts, Broadbeach’s Loose Moose has amazing food and a breakfast menu that changes weekly. If you thought regular sliders were good, try the benny sliders for a real treat. This venue is perfect for both families and couples – you decide.
Talk to House of Travel today to start planning your holiday. Call 0800 713 715, drop into your local House of Travel store or click on hot.co.nz.