Postcard from Nobby Beach, Gold Coast

A new wave of restaurants, bars and stylish boutiques is bringing this laid-back beachside neighbourhood into the spotlight.

Nobby Beach is the Gold Coast's ultimate laidback district.
  • Mariam Diggs
  • May 2019

If you’re looking for the ultimate beachside escape, there are few better places than Queensland with its sprawling coastline of countless golden, sandy beaches. But which one should you choose? Head to Nobby Beach on the Gold Coast for the relaxed, family-friendly atmosphere combined with trendy restaurants, bars and boutiques. Here’s our pick of the best…

Australian School of Meditation and Yoga

This nationwide not-for-profit had its humble beginnings at Nobby Beach 20 years ago. They offer affordable yoga and meditation classes run by passionate teachers, including a free deep peace meditation class. But ASMY is most famous for Kirtan, where live music meets sacred yoga chanting to restore inner peace.

The Cambus Wallace

Old-world hospitality and a love of artisanal spirits have made this dimly lit, nautical-themed drinking den a laid-back GC favourite. Head to The Cambus Wallace to settle in for rum and small plates like mushroom and truffle pâté on local Burleigh Baker sourdough. Try the Old Man cocktail with peated scotch whisky, vermouth, honeyed apricot and hickory bitters.

Rum-based cocktails make the nautical-themed Cambus Wallace a worthy venue
Rum-based cocktails make the nautical-themed Cambus Wallace a worthy venue.

Nobby’s Beach Surf Club

Blessed with panoramic views from Surfers to Coolangatta, this local institution is the best seat in town for a meal and some sundowners. Nobby’s Beach Surf Club kitchen churns out bistro favourites like battered flathead and chips and breakfast is available on Sundays until 11am, before the live music starts.

Gemellini restaurant

The little brother to Broadbeach favourite Gemellini sees brothers Paul, Alec and James Carney honouring their nonna’s food once more via stunning, simple plates that let great produce do the talking. Pasta is made in-house, pizza dough is naturally leavened for 48 hours and ingredients are imported from Italy or bought locally. The rigatoni ragu – rich, slow-cooked lamb shoulder and tomatoes clinging to fresh rigatoni and topped with pecorino romano – feels like a big hug from Nonna herself.

About A Girl

Wardrobe short on holiday staples? Head to About A Girl to stock up on relaxed pieces by Australian labels such as Kivari, Oneteaspoon and Sol Sana shoes. The best part of this coastal boutique is the price tags – you’ll still have plenty in the kitty when the time strikes cocktail o’clock.

Urban Edge Style

First came the luxury interior design and decorating firm specialising in natural textures, monochromatic tones and contemporary pieces. Now you can visit the Urban Edge Boutique to sift through quality offerings, such as beautiful homewares, gifts, artworks, accessories and furniture.

Luxury interiors and quality homewares at Urban Edge Boutique.
Luxury interiors and quality homewares at Urban Edge Boutique.

Rare Groove

Couple Ray and Jenny recall a much sleepier surfer town when they opened Rare Groove in the early ’90s. Now the heaving record store is frequented by brunch-goers clutching coffee cups but they’ve embraced the change. Here you’ll find thousands of jazz, rock, blues and country LPs on sale and plenty of rare collector’s items.

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