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It’s seen a lot of exciting development over the last few years, and now more than ever, there are a million reasons to love this cruisy Gold Coast suburb. We’re letting you in on just a few of them…

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Offering surf on the coastline and not one, but two calm swimming inlets – Palm Beach is book-ended by Tallebudgera Creek (the winner of Wotif’s ‘Best Swimming Spot in Australia’ award) and Currumbin Creek – you’ll be hard-pressed running out of things to do in Palmy. A morning surf or splash in the ocean followed by a dip in the aqua waters of Tallebudgera Creek is without a doubt the best way to start the day, and the kids will find plenty to do both in the water and on the creek’s edge. If Currumbin Creek is your pick, you’ll love watching the kids run back and forth between the water and the awesome Pirate Park – arguably the best kids’ playground on the Gold Coast (yep, we’re even including Broadwater Parklands with its massive jumping pillow). Parents, you’ll be glad to know that Dune Café serves up espresso right nearby, so you can sit back and relax with a cuppa while the kids run amuck on the grass. If it’s creative play you’re after, why not try a class at Palm Beach’s Craft Parlour? Offering a wide variety of classes for both kids and parents to flex their creative muscles, the Craft Parlour is the perfect place to spend a weekend or hit up on the school holidays.

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It wouldn’t be right to talk about Palm Beach without firstly mentioning their delicious dinner offerings. Seriously, this is one suburb that has it all. Whether you’re after low-key fish and chips (Luka’s is our pick) followed by a schooner at the local surf club, or drinks and dinner in a trendy restaurant, you’re sure to find something that tickles your fancy in Palm Beach. The Collective, for example, quite literally has something for everyone – even the fussiest eaters are sure to find their favourite dish on one of the menus from the five on-site kitchens. Nearby Belboa Italian will satisfy your pizza and pasta-related cravings, lunch or dinner, while a little further up the road you can wine and dine on delicious Thai at the popular Mirrors Thai. Then, for the morning after the night before, hit up Mr Buttergoods and pick out your favourite freshly-made pastry, or head next-door for an acai bowl at Mr Bengel. And if you’re peckish for a little more, you’ll find the best big brekkie at Spikexx Espresso – their coffee is to die for, too.

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It wouldn’t be a Gold Coast suburb without a killer surf store, and Pennant in Palm Beach’s southern end certainly fits the bill. With clothing and accessories for guys, gals and kids and, of course, plenty of surfboards and other surf gear, you could happily spend an hour here going through their stock. For the ladies, White Bohemian and Drift on Fifth have your relaxed-yet-luxe beachwear sorted, with more linen pieces and straw hat than you’ll be able to carry home with you. While Bohemian also offer stunning homewares, selling everything from candles to cushions, and even hammocks, and cute kids’ clothes. And speaking of kids, Little Maisy is Palm Beach’s best boutique for little ones, with a gorgeous collection of clothing, toys, accessories, décor and more. Plus, they also do in-store workshops for parents and bubs!

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