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