The best places on the Gold Coast to eat, drink, stay and go to the beach.

The best places on the Gold Coast to eat, drink, stay and go to the beach.

From beach to bar: Ilk Studio’s Guide to the Gold Coast

Picture this: Endless stretches of golden sand, pristine waves crashing along the shore, and a vibrant, laid-back atmosphere. The Gold Coast, nestled along the eastern coast of Australia, is an absolute dream destination for beach lovers and travellers seeking the perfect blend of relaxation and adventure.

With Ilk Studio’s passion for travel and adventure, we’ve set out to this beautiful coastal paradise to find some fantastic places to eat, drink, stay, and, of course, soak up the sun at the beach. Come along with us as we reveal our top picks on the Gold Coast.

Where to Eat & Drink:

  •  Tommy’s Italian: Get ready to be transported to Italy right here on the Gold Coast. Tommy’s Italian offers a mix of traditional and modern Italian dishes. Their Margherita pizza, a classic Italian favourite, and homemade pasta are simply to die for!
  •  Siblings Kirra: Nestled in the charming suburb of Kirra, Siblings is an amazing restaurant for lunch and dinner. The best thing about this venue is the breathtaking ocean view that accompanies your dining experience, making it the perfect spot to enjoy a delicious meal while gazing at the stunning seascape.
  •  Burleigh Pavilion: For a nice drink or two, look no further than Burleigh Pavilion. With breathtaking ocean views, this iconic venue offers delicious dishes and beverages to enjoy while you soak in the incredible scenery. Perfect for sunset drinks!
  •  Yamagen: Craving some Asian flavours? Yamagen, located in Surfers Paradise, is the go-to place for a unique Japanese dining experience. Their sushi and sashimi are simply unbeatable.
  •  BOB – Best of Beers: Craft beer lovers, this one’s for you! BOBs Beer is where you can explore a variety of craft beers. It’s the first and only brewery in Surfers Paradise and the perfect spot to relax after a day at the beach.

Where to Stay:

  •  QT Gold Coast (Surfers Paradise): For a luxurious and stylish stay, QT Gold Coast in Surfers Paradise is the place to be. With bold and bright rooms, delectable dining, and impeccable service, it’s the ultimate choice for a memorable vacation.
  •  Pink Hotel (Coolangatta): Looking for a funky, retro-inspired, beachfront escape? The Pink Hotel in Coolangatta offers unique and stylish accommodations with a fantastic view of the ocean.
  •  The Halliday (Burleigh Heads): If you’re seeking a more homely vibe, The Halli Day in Burleigh Heads, available on Airbnb, is a fantastic option. A cozy, beautifully designed space perfect for families or couples, it’s just a short stroll from Burleigh Beach.
  • The Mysa Motel (Palm Beach): The Mysa Motel is a retro-inspired, pastel-hued boutique motel in Palm Beach. It’s the perfect dreamy place to unwind after a day of exploring. Enjoy the laid-back atmosphere of Palm Beach and the vibrant dining scene nearby.

Where to Beach:

  •  Coolangatta: With its scenic views, gentle waves, and excellent amenities, Coolangatta Beach is a top spot to soak up the sun. Enjoy beachfront picnics and strolls along the shoreline.
  •  Rainbow Bay: Just a stone’s throw away from Coolangatta, Rainbow Bay is known for its crystal-clear waters and welcoming atmosphere. It’s the perfect place to surf, swim, or simply relax on the sand.
  •  Tallebudgera Creek: If you prefer calmer waters, Tallebudgera Creek is a great choice. Surrounded by nature, this creek is perfect for stand-up paddleboarding and picnics. A favourite for families and truly a hidden gem!
  •  The Alley – Currumbin: For those who love to surf, The Alley in Currumbin is a beloved spot. It’s known for its consistent waves and is suitable for surfers of all levels.

The Gold Coast is a place everyone can enjoy. It’s known as one of Australia’s top destinations, and when you experience it for yourself, you’ll understand why. We at Ilk Studio had a blast exploring the Gold Coast, and we hope our recommendations will help you have an amazing time here too.

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