A weekend in the Gold Coast is a quintessential Australian getaway and Palm Beach is a new favourite. We feel that there’s no need to travel up to the over commercialised Surfers or Broadbeach (and you stay away from those schoolies). There are plenty of great places to visit in the Palm Beach area and we feel it is the perfect are to stay.
The cafe scene and coffee culture is running strong. Barefoot Barista has long been a Palm Beach hotspot and this cafe has gone from strength to strength over the years and is now operating out of a large modern space, providing locals and visitors with good coffee and quality cafe cuisine. Across the road is Highline Cafe, these dudes are operating a hip cafe, plenty of outdoor the back garden a great spot for a bite to eat or for specialty coffee. We liked this so much, we went on all three days of our visit. I also enjoyed coffee at Sisterhood cafe. A street over is the Freedom hub, who are working on good vibes. This not for profit cafe donates profits to survivors of trafficking. Pop in here for friendly service, coffee, a bite to eat and some friendly conversation.
Along with some great cafes, there are a bunch of cool joints to grab a bite to eat or a few beverages. Cafoo Izakaya was only new (operating only two months) and was very impressive, some excellent Japanese food on offer. We loved their sashimi and especially their miso salmon. It isa good spot to have a few beverages, the drinks list having plenty of variety, sake, soju, beer, spirits including Japanese Whisky, there is also wine and a bunch of cocktails to choose from. We really liked the ‘sakegria’.
There is also the Collective, as the name suggests, it is a collective dining space, with table service and a choice from five different kitchens, Italian, Asian Fusion, Mexican, Burgers or Modern Australian. The Collective has two bars including a cool rooftop bar. With plenty to choose from there is something for everyone.
Craft beer is very popular on the Goldy and one of our favourite haunts is Balter Brewery. Balter produce some extremely good craft beer, it is also a great place to hang out and to catch up with some mates. Part owned by a few pro surfers Mick Fanning, Joel Parkinson and Bede Durbidge, you may even spot them enjoying a beer with the rest of the punters.
There are also a number of cool boutiques to peruse, surf shops, home wares and a couple of op shops. The Cornerstone in nearby Currumbin is another spot worth a visit, it has some trendy boutiques, a larder with some quality beverages and small goods, there is an active wear shop, a ceramics store, children’s clothing and a good cafe serving healthy food and specialty coffee.
Also not far away in Burleigh is the Co Op one of our favourite brunch spaces, the food here is quality and it is a great spot for a relaxing meal.
We stayed in the Royal Palms Resort (an apartment complex) and there is plenty of accomodation of this nature up there.
Palm Beach is a hive of activity, a great beach for walking, surfing or swimming. The Surf Clubs in the area are always worth a visit too, enjoy a beverage overlooking the beach at sunset. We had a great time visiting Palm Beach and will return on our next trip to the Goldy.