There’s good reason as to why many are flocking to the Gold Coast for a change of pace: with beautiful beaches, a thriving cafe culture, and a growing number of community events and entertainment, it’s easily one of the best places to live in Queensland, Australia.
What does a day in the life of a Gold Coaster look like? Here’s what a typical resident of Sphere apartments might do on a weekend.
8am: An early morning swim at The Spit
The Spit is many Southport locals’ go-to for a fresh ocean dip. It’s also a hot spot for the photography community during golden hour, where the pier really lights up.
10am: Brunch in Broadbeach
Locals will slip away from the tourist-heavy Surf Parade to visit the hidden brunch gems in this vibrant beach suburb. ELK Espresso always comes highly recommended, while Grocer & Grind offers healthy yet hearty spreads, and No Name Lane is loved by coffee connoisseurs.
12.30pm: Shopping Spree at Pacific Fair
The newly renovated Pacific Fair is Queensland’s largest shopping centre and dining destination. Strolling through the resort-style location is a luxurious experience, with big name designer boutiques including Tiffany’s, Givenchy, Kate Spade and Tommy Hilfiger all making an appearance. For those with a less-flush wallet, affordable favourites like H&M and Uniqlo have your wardrobe needs covered.
4pm: Afternoon drinks at Marina Mirage
Watch the sun set on the marina with cocktails at one of the many pier-side restaurants at Marina Mirage. Or, if you have a boat of your own, set sail for a golden hour on the sea.
6.30pm: Stick around for dinner
Fine dining at Marina Mirage is covered at Glass, Pier Dining and Omeros Brothers.