When people think about Surfers Paradise, the stereotypical images conjured up generally include boozy nights out, the Pink Poodle, Meter Maids and Schoolies. But this suburb, the heart of the Gold Coast, offers so much more.
The all-new Sandbar in Surfers Paradise has some new stories tell after close to 20 years in the business. Not only is it about the stunning new Hamptons-meets- harbourside fit out, a fresh menu has been styled by one of the best global chefs on the culinary planet.
Head chef Maxie Hill, originally from Ireland, worked for industry legend Rick Stein where he rose to become Rick’s head chef for more than four years. Travelling the world with Rick working on his iconic cooking travel show, Maxie met some amazing chefs on his journey who shared their local secrets on ingredients and techniques – one could say Maxie truly is a protégé of
Diverse in offer with a contemporary take on some old favourites, Sandbar’s breakfast, lunch and dinner dishes capture the salty seaside spirit while staying deliciously affordable. A must-do when you’re in Surfers.
SkyPoint Climb, atop the Q1 building in Surfers Paradise, is one of Australia's highest external building walks at 270 metres! Starting on Level 77 of SkyPoint Observation Deck, climbers enter the open air walk dressed in a full body suit and harness. Stunning 360 degree views of the Gold Coast await climbers – if you’re brave enough!
The somewhat notorious Islander Hotel has had a major facelift, transforming into the upscale vintage Island Hotel almost overnight. Once the backdrop of news reports about Schoolies; foolishness, the boutique hotel has now shut its doors to school-leavers and gone for a more becoming look. The rooftop is dotted with leafy pot plants and old-school wicker furniture that goes perfectly with the famous pink walls of the building itself. An impressive cocktails list and
relaxed vibes make this old-eyesore- turned-new- favourite the perfect pit-stop for an afternoon pick-me- up.
THE HOT TIPS
We put a poll out around the scout office and here are some of our fave Surfers Paradise to-
* Paradox Coffee Roasters at The 4217 is beautiful for cakes, fresh juice or coffee.
* Lurve the handcrafted burgers and hot dogs at Brooklyn Depot (very USA!)
* Retros on Orchid Ave is a great new bar for all retro music …shout out to the ’80s and ‘90s
* Fill up on the QT Hotel buffet. Food coma bliss!
* For a luxe treatment, try spaQ which is unbelievably relaxing or The Golden Door as well.
* You have to try The British Lolly Shop!
* You can’t beat Hard Rock Café for dinner. The food is so good there and a great
atmosphere is always available.
* One word: Versace!
* Marina Mirage is brilliant for shopping – try Janine Edwards for fashion.
* High tea delights can be found at the Marriott.