5 must-do activities on a Gold Coast getaway with friends

Yes, there’s sunshine and glorious beaches. But there’s also shopping, dining, spa days and cocktails! That's why this holiday hotspot is the best mini-break destination.

A stand up paddle surfing yoga class run by Pure Aloha Yoga.
  • Celeste Mitchell
  • October 2019

Local Jen Plahm gives an insider’s guide to the perfect rejuvenating weekend away with you and your besties on the fabulous Goldie.

Strike a pose with paddleboard yoga

It wouldn’t be a Gold Coast getaway without some zen time – Lululemon is practically the uniform here. But instead of heading to a studio for your fix, try stand up paddle surfing (SUP). Pure Aloha Yoga hold stand-up paddleboard yoga classes every day on the calm waters of Tallebudgera Creek. First-timer? There’s nothing to worry about. After paddling out on the creek, you’ll go through a series of basic yoga poses on the paddleboard, followed by a relaxing savasana. If you fall in, it’s no big deal as the water is glorious.
Awoonga Ave, Burleigh Heads, +61 (0)433 386 661, purealohayoga.co opens in new window

Brunch at Stable Coffee Kitchen

Head to Stable Coffee Kitchen at the Cornerstone Stores in Tugun for a breakfast menu that’s a little bit different from many of the other spots on the Coast. They source all their ingredients locally and the place has a very creative vibe. I always order the potato hash (with poached eggs, miso cashew cream, pickled red cabbage and pickled radish) and add sriracha. Once you’re done, stop into boutiques Kind Curations and Prae Store, where you’ll find local and Australian brands you really can’t get at the big shopping malls.
570 Gold Coast Highway, Tugun, cornerstonestores.com opens in new window

Poached eggs with misco cashew cream, pickled cabbage and radish from Stable Coffee Kitchen.
The menu at Stable Coffee Kitchen will surprise and delight!

Get pampered at Greenhouse the Bathhouse

If life has been running faster than a washing machine spin cycle, stop and recalibrate with a Bliss Soak at Greenhouse The Bathhouse in Burleigh Heads. You and your crew can soak away the stress in two heated hydrotherapy spas and pop in and out of the wet steam room and red cedar sauna while sipping champagne and nibbling healthy treats.
7/37A Tallebudgera Creek Road, Burleigh Heads, greenhousethebathhouse.com opens in new window

The interior of Greenhouse the Bathhouse.
You can switch off and relax with a soak at Greenhouse the Bathhouse.

Escape to Currumbin Valley

As alluring as the beaches are, there are vistas of green and fresh rainforest air for the taking just a short drive away. Set your GPS for Freeman's Organic Farm in Currumbin Valley, where you can grab a coffee before enjoying one of the surrounding hiking trails. Saturday or Sunday are the best days to visit, although the café is also open on Fridays and Mondays. They source all produce from the farm and do a mean haloumi and sun-dried tomato sandwich. Add a kombucha or fresh cold-pressed juice and you’ve got the perfect lunch. If you can, time your visit to sync with The Green Marquee’s eco markets opens in new window – held on the second Saturday of the month – where you’ll find recycled fashion, local artisans and organic food trucks from 2pm.
618 Tomewin Currumbin Creek Road, Currumbin, 0438 777 763, freemansorganicfarm.com.au opens in new window

A woman rummages through clothes at the Green Marquee Markets.
The Green Marquee eco markets are worth a visit, but check the dates - they are only held once a month.

Watch the sun go down at Burleigh Pavilion

Sundowners come with a side of dreamy pastel beach views if you score a spot on the terrace at Burleigh Pavilion. Must-try cocktail? The Pink Gin Kombucha (Bombay Sapphire, Campari, lemon, ginger and Bucha of Byron kombucha). For something a little more underground, seek out The Scottish Prince opens in new window where you can sit at the bar and everyone is chatty. There’s always a wide variety of ages – young and old – and this bar and restaurant has great music and a cool vibe.
3/43 Goodwin Terrace, Burleigh, +61 (0)7 5661 9050, burleighpavilion.com opens in new window