Top three things to do at Broadbeach with a Tween

May 6, 2015

After a delightful two days in Queensland’s capital Brisbane to kick off school term break, we headed off to our second Queensland destination – the Gold Coast. Just an hour by car from Brisbane, if you are after a beach holiday and a crowd pleaser, the Gold Coast certainly gets my vote for a good broad ranging family vacation. Gold Coast is such a crowd pleaser that we knew of two other Canberra families vacationing there at the same time and it was our destination of choice for term break last year.

There seems to be something to suit all tastes at the Gold Coast from the crowds and attractions of the major four theme parks located around the Gold Coast – Dream World, Wet ‘n’ Wild, Sea World and Warner Bros Movie World to the natural beauty and quiet isolation of the surrounding beaches and rainforest.

Something a little magical about sunset on the beach

Last year when we visited the Gold Coast, we stayed for a week and packed in a lot of activity including two theme parks, quite a few beach days and a day up in the rainforest and mountains. This time round it was just Tweeny and I (the husband had to go back to work), R&R was on the cards with lots of beach time, reading, markets and some good food.

For me the key to a successful vacation at the Gold Coast is location of accommodation. Decide as a family if you want to be right in the thick of things at Surfers Paradise or if you prefer a quieter location. I find the crowds and pace at Surfers Paradise a little overwhelming, so we stayed a few beaches down at Broadbeach which still has plenty of amenities but less hustle and bustle.

Sunrise from our apartment balcony!!!

Top three relaxing things to do at Broadbeach with a Tween


I love a good market and the Beachfront Art and Craft Markets on Sunday at Broadbeach were a lot of fun to explore. Tweeny and I found all manner of unique locally made products and couldn't resist trying some freshly made Halva, Nougat & Baklava the tasty treats from Ilias the Greek . We even saved some to bring home to the husband so he wouldn't feel left out.

Greek Nougat on the beach

Broadbeach Market

Located at Kurrawa Park, Old Burleigh Road, Broadbeach

1st and 3rd Sunday of every month from 8am to 2pm


What is a beach vacation without some beach time? We made sure we had plenty of opportunity to enjoy the gorgeous coastline. Tweeny and I spent a few days just whiling away the hours at the beach reading, snacking, napping and having the occasional dip. It was pure simple bliss, being on the beautiful beach with no schedule or busy agenda (or house to clean). We were mindful though of the sun and kept protected with Tropicare sunscreen and lip balms. I like being able to use local products and was a little excited to discover that Tropicare was a Queensland company, that is 100% locally owned and made.

Beach days


There is a plethora of eating options at Broadbeach but for killer views and a broad ranging menu we headed to the Kurrawa Surf Club. It is the only eatery in Broadbeach with ocean views, so make sure you ask to sit on the balcony so you can soak it all in. Stick to the classics here, order a drink and enjoy the view.

Fish & Chips with a view

Located at Old Burleigh Road, Broadbeach

For delicious rustic Italian fare Tweeny and I loved every last morsel we ate at Gemeli Italian. The atmosphere is warm, a little dark and brooding with a wood fire pizza oven taking centre stage in the dining room. We both opted for pasta dishes which were tasty but dessert stole the show. We shared the “Buddino Chocolata” – a hot milk chocolate cake with a soft gooey centre served with nutella gelato. It was decadent, rich and a divine way to finish off our meal.

Buddino Chocolata

 Located at 2/2685 Gold Coast Highway, Broadbeach