The Gold Coast is known for its sensational weather, thrilling theme parks, and spectacular Main Beach real estate – however, there is plenty to discover beyond the regular hot spots.
Ditch the tourist traps and head to these local recommendations – we’re sharing our best kept secrets of the Gold Coast.
A hot-pot of street-eats from all over the globe, Miami Marketta is the perfect place to grab a bite on a Friday night. With 25 vendors from Thai food to Greek delights, you’ll be sure to find a tasty treat to satisfy your appetite. Between the live music and festival atmosphere, Miami Marketta is a true celebration of food that isn’t one to miss.
Deep within Springbrook Natural Park is Natural Bridge Waterfall, about an hour’s walk from the car park on Nerang-Murwillumbah Road. The waterfall pours through an incredible basalt cave, which houses the ethereal glimmer of glowworms as the sun sets. As part of the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia World Heritage Area, visitors are prohibited from swimming in the natural pool, to preserve the ancient plant life that has existed there since before the dawn of the dinosaurs.
While Main Beach is the go-to place to catch a tan on the Gold Coast, there are plenty of secluded beaches in the area to explore. Tucked away in Burleigh Heads is Echo Beach, a remote paradise ideal for paddleboarding and swimming. Only accessible by a hike through the incredible Burleigh Heads National Park, by the time you arrive you’ll be well-deserving of a dip in the cool waters of Tallebudgera Creek.
If you’re in need of rest and rejuvenation, head to Greenhouse Bathhouse in Tallebudgera Valley, concealed within the local shopping precinct. This European communal bathhouse embodies a state of tranquility, and has a number of soak packages with durations from 90 minutes to three hours. While floating between hydrotherapy spas and the essential oil-infused steam room, you’re bound to forget you’re only 20 minutes away from the bustle of Surfers Paradise.
Five minutes from the heart of Surfer’s Paradise is Budd’s Beach. Situated on the bank of the Nerang River, these calm waters are great for paddleboarders or those wanting to relax on an inflatable raft. With a playground, bathroom and barbecue facilities, this is the perfect spot for families to spend a summer day.
We know the Gold Coast inside and out at Ray White Surfers Paradise. if you’re considering moving here, get in touch with the team for a friendly chat.