The Gold Coast offers more than just some of the best beaches in Australia. The city's vibrant restaurants cater for a multicultural palette supported by a highly successful food and wine industry, cultivating everything from soft shell crabs and goat cheese to locally bred Wagyu beef and award winning wines.
Sanctuary Cove's Marine Village will tempt you with seafood and Italian, French and Mexican cuisine. South in Main Beach, sip on a cocktail in café-rich Tedder Avenue - it's the place to be seen.
In Surfers Paradise you'll find more than 150 places to eat ranging from five star dining to casual takeaway. For a superb beach view with true Aussie flavour, don't miss the bistro at the Northcliffe Life Savers Club and other Life Savers Clubs up and down the coast, for good family fare.
At Broadbeach the 24 hour casino is just one of the attractions with 100 dining establishments lining the streets. Its vibrant, colourful atmosphere is a favourite with the locals who come to sample international cuisines and award-winning wining and dining, sophisticated wine bars and chic cafes. Broadbeach Mall is a family favourite with its beachside location and affordably priced bistros and brasseries.
Just a whisker away are the lush rainforest and high hinterland plateaus of Mount Tamborine and Springbrook and the rural areas of Canunga, Jimboomba, Rathdowney, and Beaudesert. Pick your own strawberries, walk through the orchard and try the nuts, feast on a real Aussie pie, discover chocolates to die for, watch pasta being made, walk inside a bee 'hive', taste fine cheeses and enjoy fine wines.
Fancy liquor aficionados should head to the Tamborine Mountain Distillery where over 60 liqueurs, schnapps and spirits will ensure your taste buds are in a spin. Try their Limoncello which beat the Italians on the world stage or the special vodka blends. Tamborine also is home to Queensland's multi-award winning Restaurant of the Year, Songbirds in the Forest.