As one of Australia’s most popular tourist destinations, the Gold Coast has infinite things to do, see and try on a weekend getaway or summer break. From beaches to theme parks to bush walks, this coastline is stunning and exciting. But if you’re looking for holiday highlights that won’t be crowded with tourists, then check out our list of Gold Coast best-kept secrets. These spots are local favourites and can be enjoyed year-round.
- The Village Markets - Burleigh Heads State School
Started by friends Marissa Bowden and Sarah Schoeller, The Village Markets are held on the first and third Sunday of each month at Burleigh Heads State School. These gorgeous markets feature everything you’d want for a Sunday stroll through; boutique fashion finds, delicious food stalls, live music, vintage clothing, homewares and everything in between. Local designers can be found showcasing their work at these markets, so immerse yourself in the vibes of the Gold Coast and get amongst the culture!
2. The Salt Mill - Currumbin Beach
Currumbin Beach in itself is a local secret of the Gold Coast; the stunning beach is down the south-end of the coast and is a favourite amongst surfers and beach-goers alike. But for a real local-secret, check out The Salt Mill cafe, which is tucked along the front strip of shops across from the sand. Serving up delicious and nutritious food and great coffee, this spot is perfect for a lazy Sunday morning. Grab one of their famous Acai bowls and a green juice, and take a seat on a milk crate outside, or get takeaway and sit on the beach.
3. Natural Bridge Waterfall
Just inland from the gorgeous Gold Coast coastline, the Natural Bridge Waterfall is a stunning natural waterfall set in the Springbrook National Park. This natural wonder is beautiful for a weekend bush-walk, and is surrounded by Australia’s incredible flora and fauna. See if you can spot some native birdlife! Springbrook National Park is part of the Gold Coast hinterland, so explore all-day long and discover the beauty of the Australian bush!
4. Farm & Co - Kingscliff
Tucked right down the south end of the Gold Coast, and inland by about 30 minutes, Farm & Co is an avocado farm that has been running for over 30 years, but it’s now so much more than that! Locals and tourists alike can visit this farm and explore the grounds, purchase fresh produce, and pick your own gorgeous sunflowers. The on-premises cafe provides beautiful food that can be enjoyed all throughout the week, or if you want, pack your own picnic and just pay a small fee per head! Take a stroll around the grounds and take in the sights of adorable rescue animals, farm-fresh produce, flowers and so much more.
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Thirsty? Just make sure you plan to wet your whistle Wednesday through to Saturday because 👉🏼 our Taproom doors are closed this Sunday 14th 👈🏼 for our JR’s Smokehouse special event.⠀ ⠀ Never fear, we’ll be pouring the new Balter x @moderntimesbeer ‘7000 Smiles’ juicy Strong Pale Ale from 3pm on Friday. 🤤🍻 Plus our new ‘Gin Fizz’ made with @ink_gin Premium dry gin, Balter Strong Pale Ale, tart grapefruit and a dash of citrus. ⠀ ⠀ See below for a ripper line up of local food trucks to tuck into with our cold beers!⠀ ⠀ Wednesday (from 3pm) : @thewienerhaus⠀ Thursday (from 3pm) : @zicatelamexican ⠀ Friday (from 3pm) : @gunters_flammkuchen⠀ Saturday (from 12pm) : @seavichegcau⠀ Sunday (from 12pm) : CLOSED for JR’s Smokehouse event⠀
5. Balter HQ - Currumbin Waters
Open from Wednesday through Sunday, Balter HQ is the perfect spot for sunset drinks and a delicious meal! Take a brewery tour and get involved in the beer-tasting or just soak up the atmosphere at this cool hangout spot. The warehouse-style set up is laid-back and relaxed, so head down to Balter HQ with some friends and family for a chilled-out vibe and have a couple of drinks while you’re there. Food trucks frequent this spot regularly, so make sure you bring your appetite along!