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Seven Reasons to make Southern Gold Coast your next Weekend Getaway


The Gold Coast isn't just about sun, sand and surf; there's a bunch of talented artisans, chefs and creatives making waves on the GC. For a delicious and inspiring vacay, dive in to the cultural side of the GC with our insiders guide to the Southern Gold Coast.

Dust Temple 
Indulge your creative spirit at Dust Temple, a warehouse space in an industrial precinct of Currumbin Waters that's part café, part performance space. With a simple and delicious menu and great coffee, soak up the creativity of this ever evolving space. Even the amateur artists among us can get creative with Life Drawing sessions on the 1st Thursday each month at Dust Temple and there's even talk of a gin distillery in the works...

Norton + Norton 
Ceramics are so hot right now. Found in all the best homeware stores, save your pennies and learn how to make your own pinch pot creation at a pottery workshop at Norton + Norton. Owner Jo Norton is a calming influence, guiding you through the subtle techniques of pottery making until you're effortlessly turning out masterpieces. It's a mediative and a hugely enjoyable experience, ideal as a group activity with your girl gang.

Cornerstone Stores 
Cornerstone Stores is a purpose built retail haven filled with a collective of creatives in Tugun. Here you'll find a handpicked collection of boutique retail, beauty, wellness and eateries including the fabulous Quince Fromagerie Cellar with it's own walk in cheese room! Stables Kitchen offers healthy eats with plenty of plant-based salads to eat in or take outside and sprawl out on the grounds and soak up the Gold Coast sunshine.

Restaurant Labart 
Restaurant Labart is an exceptional new addition to the dining scene in Burleigh. Stunningly simple interiors provide an inviting European bistro vibe and outstanding share plates have you wishing this was your local. The share style menu focuses on championing sustainability and seasonality from its open kitchen and charcoal grill. A must-visit on your weekend eatinerary.

19 Karen Gallery 
In the backstreets of Mermaid Beach you'll find 19 Karen, a contemporary art gallery curated by its colourful owner Terri Lew. Representing over 80 Australian and international artists, Lew's tip is Jisbar, a Paris-based pop artist as the one to watch. Visit 19 Karen and discover your new favourite artist.

Café D Bar 
For casual seaside dining with panoramic ocean views, Café D Bar is perfectly positioned opposite Point Danger in Coolangatta. With a mantra of 'art, food and views' it's an appealing weekend brunch spot. The creative brunch menu includes impressive dishes such as Vietnamese fresh crab omelette with soft herbs and fresh chilli. Next door you'll find Dbar House, a coastal homewares store featuring art pieces and collectibles to treasure.

Burleigh Pavilion 
Sunset drinks at Southern Gold Coast's newest hot spot are a must! The venue is divided into two sections, Burleigh Pavilion for casual eats such as wood-fired pizzas, burgers and bar bites or the glamorous full-service fine diner The Tropic. Whichever you choose, you're guaranteed good times and beautiful Burleigh beach views.

Bujerum Apartments 
This boutique property offers just 5 deluxe apartments and is located directly opposite Burleigh Beach. You're walking distance to all the best cafes, restaurants and bars or stay in with superb self-catering facilities available. The top floor three bedroom apartment is pick of the bunch with a wide verandah overlooking the ocean, perfect for entertaining on balmy GC nights.

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The writer was a guest of Destination Gold Coast
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