After the wedding S and I went on a little “minimoon”. Since our actual honeymoon isn’t taking place until the end of the year we decided to still go away for a little break to the Gold Coast. We used to visit the Gold Coast a lot and haven’t been back for years, I actually really missed it!
This time we stayed at the Hilton Residences, which is nice but I actually preferred where we stayed last time at Circle on Cavill and think I’ll book in there when we return next.
Some of the highlights, you would have seen most of these if you follow me on Instagram. Be warned a lot of it is food related, especially burgers.
Zaraffas Coffee is always a must when we visit The GC, we don’t have these in Sydney and they are kind of a Starbucks type coffee shop.
Australia Zoo has been on my must-do list for quite sometime. I love animals and I love visiting zoo’s (I’m actually a zoo member so get into most for free, but Australia Zoo is privately owned so we had to pay). The show in the Crocoseum is an absolute must and the zoo is fantastic with a great emphasis on conservation. We saw this little lizard just hanging around near the Crocodile enclosures, he didn’t seem at all scared of us. A small negative and this is pretty common with attractions was the price of food and drink – so expensive!
Lester & Earl S and I have a bit of a love of all things american food (I can just imagine how our trip to the US is going to go). We also both love a good bit of BBQ so when we saw this place mentioned on a BBQ group we are both members of on Facebook it was on the to-do list. This place only opened in April of this year so we were lucky to be amongst the first to visit. We went on a Tuesday night and the place was actually pretty busy, the macaroni & cheese was a standout and the meals were very generously sized. I had ribs and I struggled to finish my meal. I can’t remember the name of the cocktail I had but it had a chili in it and as I let it sit the drink got hotter & hotter, it was really good.
Brooklyn Depot – So good we went back twice! Great little American styled restaurant and bar. Great food, amazing cocktails (Apple Mojito… I miss you so). Quite a good burger list and the wings were delicious. This was walking distance from our apartment as well which was handy.
Movieworld – We tossed up which theme park to visit this time, it was always going to be either Movieworld or Dreamworld (we are big thrill ride fans). I found cheap tickets online for Movieworld so it was decided. Last time we went the Superman Rollercoaster wasn’t going but this time it was and it was brilliant! So fast and over before you knew it, I wanted to ride it again but the queue’s were getting a bit long.
Draculas – This is a Gold Coast tradition of ours to visit Draculas, the food is average but you go for the entertainment and I go for the cocktails 🙂 I drank far too much on this holiday.
JR’s Smokehouse BBQ – I told you we love BBQ! This is a street food/food truck BBQ place based in Byron which had a stand at the Miami Food Markets (recommend these on a Friday or Saturday night). Holy crap, words can’t even begin to describe how amazing this was. Go try it. That’s all I can say!
Black Coffee Lyrics – Favourite breakfast spot we visited over the holiday, it reminded us of cafe’s we go to at home on the weekend. I had scrambled eggs with guacamole (the guacamole was amazing) and S said the coffee was the best coffee he ever had. They also have a bar down one end and seem to have special nights on with cheap drinks etc. I think next time we visit we’ll make sure we check them out at night as well.
Ze Pickle – So while most places we visited were good, and I did say this was a highlights post I do have to post a bit of a negative. This was on our list before we even touched down and we visited on our last day on the way back to the airport. Basically the burger was tasteless and the food and drinks were overpriced. Won’t be visiting again. Another random note but I noticed Burleigh Heads is full of places selling Acai bowls… It was kind of weird lol.
The last picture is of Tommy Lee on the Cruicfy, while we were away I found cheap tickets to see Motley Crue & Alice Cooper in Sydney (the night we got back). We went and had amazing seats for the $60 we paid (a guy in front of us said he paid $250…). The show was good but Alice Cooper was definitely the standout of the night.
I hope this post has given you some ideas if you’re visiting the Gold Coast in the near future. That’s our last holiday now until the big trip at the end of the year! Can’t wait!!