Welcome to my Gold Coast

Kathy Krugerbalance, gratitude, work-life balance21 Comments

This is the first blog I’ve ever written just for bloggers. In fact only last week I met up with my first ever ‘real life’ bloggers – they were real, and really lovely. This week I look forward to meeting lots more of you.

Look out for me – I’ll have a big welcome smile (which will probably turn to a few laughs after a few wines on Friday night). See you’ll be in my town. Celebrating.

Gold Coast – 24/7 party-town. Glitter strip. Glitz and glamour. Sun, surf, sand and sex and shonky businessmen – all the good and bad you’ve ever heard or experienced about this place I call home. Welcome.

I blog as yinyangmother – I’m into balance – and I want to give you a ‘balanced’ guide to this city that is so famous for fun.  There’s plenty of what you know already, but so much else for you to experience.  And the ‘bad’ stuff – well it’s beaten up like stiff egg whites, or a current affair story.

In my day job I work for City of Gold Coast and we’re working on creating jobs and culture, enhancing education and exports. We don’t live to work, we work to live (here specifically). There’s no other place in the world like the Gold Coast (end of spiel).

I’m married, mortgaged with two kids in the burbs, only I’m lucky we live on a lake, so our place offers peace by the water, away from the Surfers strip.


Sunrise from our backyard

Baby swans on our lake

Baby swans on our lake – aren’t they cute!

If you’re lucky, I could do some of my (famous) homemade dumplings and drinks at my place, and we could toast to the success of Problogger.

Yum cha yum

Yum cha yum

But without everyone descending on my ‘peace of paradise’, I’d like to recommend some places to check out.

Black Coffee Lyrics

Black Coffee Lyrics

For coffee with cool, try Black Coffee Lyrics in a rundown retro arcade in downtown Surfers (its a restaurant and cocktail bar too), or duck into ESPL a little hole-in-the wall on the esplanade – an enterprising young guy originally from Melbourne is behind this place, along with Blackboard Coffee, which is a bit off the tourist track.

Mmm...smell a good coffee

Mmm…smell a good coffee

Head down to Burleigh and check out Canteen – they’ve won national awards – and while you’re there, fine-dining with the best views are sure to impress at The Fish House, or go for great Greek in Nobbys at Hellenika.

The Fish House, Burleigh

The Fish House, Burleigh

If you’re staying Saturday night, street food is a tasty end to a great conference, from at Rabbit and Cocoon arts precinct.

Rabbit and Cocoon - Miami Marketta

Rabbit and Cocoon – Miami Marketta

No-one does weekend breakfasts quite like the Gold Coast – how to pick cafes – why not try a surf club for the best views, head to Ferry Road Market (open 7 days), or hit the Village Markets at Burleigh Heads on Sunday morning for some music, fashion, food and fun, vintage style.

The Village Markets, Burleigh

The Village Markets, Burleigh

Of course there are the theme parks (but you know about them), and the beaches are in better shape than you probably expect after all that erosion. A run of sunny skies and calm conditions has helped heaps.

Why not head east beyond Marina Mirage, Palazzo Versace and Seaworld to explore the natural beauty of the Spit or for a spot of fishing…you might think the Gold Coast is all high-rise, but there’s nature a plenty.

The Spit

The Spit

Walk around Burleigh Hill, take a boat cruise on the Broadwater, or head into the hinterland – there’s world-heritage listed rainforest in them there mountains (and award winning wineries in the valleys too).

Lamington National Park

Lamington National Park

It’s my backyard – 36km of foreshore pathways skirt 52km of sandy beaches along 70km of coastline – so no excuse not to go for a walk (and check out the passing parade of ‘beautiful people’, parents with prams, and us ordinary folks keeping fit).

It’s the healthy, outdoor lifestyle we love, along with a culture that’s all our own (hinterland beauty is captured on canvas with Dave Groom’s exhibition in the Gold Coast Art Gallery foyer or experience an inspiring display of 50 sculptures by local, national and international artists along Currumbin Beach at Swell Sculpture festival – on from 13 September).

Swell Sculpture Festival

Swell Sculpture Festival

That’s it from me – a balance of fashion and fun, coffee and culture, nature and nightlife.

And (ha hem), if you happen to be hungover, there’s always a refreshing ocean swim (between the flags of course) – water temperature nudging 20 degrees Celcius (OK still a little refreshing).

Yep, there’s no other place in the world like the Gold Coast (like there’s no other blogging conference like Problogger  (if you have missed out don’t miss the virtual pass).

The Gold Coast is more than a beach. More than high-rises. More than theme parks.

It’s mountains, music, memories and much, much more. It’s my home.

Enjoy. Cheers.

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21 Comments on “Welcome to my Gold Coast”

  1. Me

    What a great post – if I didn’t live here you would have sold me on it !!! It truly is a lovely piece of Australia to live in, isn’t it !!!!
    Looking forward to catching up again on Friday !!!
    Have a great week !
    Me xox

  2. Lani

    Thanks for this, I’ll be in GC in Dec w family (young kids) and staying at Broadbeach. Was wondering what’s on offer, apart from the theme parks and beach and shopping malls.

  3. Mel @ The cook's notebook

    GREAT post thanks. Even though I live in Brisbane I’ve rarely spent any time at the GC. Quite a few ideas here – might have to persuade hubby we need a night or two down there before the end of the year. Without conference shenanigans to distract me 🙂

  4. homelifesimplified

    Awesome. Can’t wait to meet you Kathy. How late does swell run for? I think we might miss it as we don’t get back until,oct 5 from our holiday!! Deb xx

  5. Grace

    Oh, I so wish this post was around when we went to the GC 2 years ago for our first family holiday! While I had a great time, we were pretty limited to what we did.
    I’ll see ya at Problogger! Can’t wait to give you a big bear hug, Kathy! x

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  7. Have a laugh on me

    Great post Kathy – and a very balanced and fair view of our great city! And some good suggestions there, can’t wait to see you later in the week – it’ll be fantastic 🙂

  8. coloursofsunset

    We truly do live in paradise – best place in the world! lots of great ideas for people visiting in this post. I’m sorry I’m going to be missing it all! 🙁 x Aroha

  9. Eleise

    I am really excited about going to the Gold Coast and not doing the theme parks. Can’t wait to explore the adult side of the area! Thanks for the post.

    1. yinyangmother

      Hi Mel – there are a few on in different locations on different days. If you are around Sunday morning, then head to Gold Coast Turf Club (not far from Surfers) for a great market.

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