Day trips are the best – long enough to feel like you’ve had a retreat from the working week, but short enough that you don’t have a mountain of washing when you get home! This month we uncover Broadbeach – where you can dabble for a day trip or take a mini-break, as we did, to really get into the swing of things.
In the vibrant heart of the Gold Coast, and just one hour from Brisbane, lies Broadbeach. A central hub of dining, entertainment, play and recreational options, you could fill a day – or a whole weekend – exploring the “broad” delights of this humming suburb.
ULTIQA – short for ultra boutique apartments – is the newest resort brand in Queensland, with properties on the Gold Coast, Brisbane and Sunshine Coast. We stayed at Air on Broadbeach, soaring high above the Oasis Shopping Centre, with beachfront views to die for. Our two bedroom self-contained apartment was the perfect option for kids – enough space to stretch out with two bathrooms, a full kitchen for self-catering, washing machine and dryer, and resort facilities including a chic pool deck with heated lap pool and shaded kids’ pool, BBQ facilities, tennis court, recreation centre and Foxtel for when you need to crash on the couch after a huge day out.
With ultra modern design and a streamlined vibe, our apartment was like a gorgeous jewel box: all clean lines, reflective surfaces and a wall of glass to invite sun, sand and that spectacular water view in. The perfect base to explore – we hit the pool first, followed by a play in Pratten Park (a huge, enclosed park perfect for kids of all ages), a scoot along the Esplanade and salty dip in the ocean, followed by fish and chips by the beach for a lazy lunch.
When it comes to dinner, the world is your oyster – or taco, pizza, dumpling or tagine. Dining with kids is so easy in the Oracle precinct – our crew feasted on Crust pizza and tacos from Guzman y Gomez, but could just have easily chosen from sushi, noodles, pasta or more. Dessert has to be at Max Brenner – or, as our kids called it, “Willy Wonka’s shop”. A quick stroll and it was back to our gorgeous apartment to watch the moon rise from our beach-facing balcony. . .
Sunrise, and that glorious stretch of shoreline called with its siren song. Buckets and spades, rashies and frisbee in hand, we hopped across the road to our own “private” beach. With no one around but the locals out for their daily walk, it was just us and the gulls making the beach our own for those early morning hours.
After working up an appetite it was time for breakfast. Your options here are vast – from traditional favourites with a tasty twist at Koi to the flavour fusion of the Cardamom Pod. Check this place out for brekky (or lunch, or dinner!) with a difference.
The vegetarian fare makes a fresh change from your standard bacon and eggs, and the kids will love the smoothies (don’t miss the Hulk smoothie, protein-lovers: coconut water, aloe vera, green tea powder, protein, spirulina, banana, kale, mint and baby spinach. A flavour bomb!). We feasted on the French toast with chia blueberry jam, coconut yoghurt, seared banana, blueberries and maple syrup – the serving was so big we couldn’t finish despite our best efforts. And the Buddha’s Gratitude Bowl is like a big bowl of joy – a rainbow of nutrition with slaw, sun-burgers, walnut hummus, cucumber omega boats and cashew butter. No bacon, no eggs Benedict, no meat in sight – and your mouth has never been happier.
Entertainment options abound from the foreshore parks, to the beach, to the old-school carousel in the centre of Broadbeach Mall. Jupiters Casino offers gaming, entertainment and dining options, while the Gold Coast Convention & Exhibition Centre is host to family friendly events such as the recent LEGO exhibition.
When in Broadbeach:
- Check out the Arts and Craft Markets for unique and handmade finds: www.artandcraft.com.au
- Shop up a storm at Pacific Fair Shopping Centre, currently undergoing an amazing $670 million redevelopment: www.pacificfair.com.au
- Don’t miss Broadbeach Christmas Carols at Kurrawa Park. Mark your advent calendars for Saturday December 13 and bring your merriest voice to sing along with Marina Prior, Denis Walter, the Boogie Woogies and more. With a jumping castle, animal farm, clowns, face painting and a visit from Santa, get your jingle on at Broadbeach this year.
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