Arts & Culture

We heart the weekends

We heart the weekends

Whether you’re born and bred on the Coast, or just like to call this city home, there’s something special about Surfers Paradise on the weekends.

The Staples

Nothing says ‘Hello, the weekend’ quite like a beautifully brewed cup of coffee. And Black Coffee Lyrics, upstairs in 3131 on Surfers Paradise Boulevard is the perfect place for a morning caffeine hit. Their signature ‘Lyrics Blend’ has a smooth and rich flavour that’s the perfect complement to the breakfast menu.

If tea is more your speed, CHA Tea Providores at The 4217, will draw you in with alluring scents of Oriental Spice and Earl Grey Blue Flower. The black tea list will take you to the high altitudes of the Himalayan foothills with drops like the Darjeeling Second Flush, referred to as the ‘champagne’ of teas.

Salt Meats Cheese, also at The 4217, is a staple for those who love everything Italian. True to its namesake, the glorious assortment of charcuterie meats and cheeses will surely impress. After your CHA tea, enjoy a deli-inspired lunch of Classico Calzone, or an authentic woodfired pizza.

The Attractions

Forget 3D, it’s now all about the 7D Cinema experience – feel what you see. One of Surfers’ many theme park attractions see you seated on a simulator platform which moves according to what’s on screen. Enjoy up to ten movies with interactive 3D glasses. Simultaneously, special effects will make the movie experience even more ‘real’. Be warned, you’ll feel like you’re being chased!

Atop one of the Gold Coast’s most recognised landmarks – the iconic Q1 Resort & Spa building – SkyPoint Climb is a must-do experience. Soaring 270 metres into the air, SkyPoint Climb is Australia’s highest external building climb and provides 360-degree views of the Coast over 90 minutes.

Need an escape from the summer heat AND to entertain the kids? Planet Chill beckons. The very ‘cool’ ice skating rink is located at Paradise Resort Gold Coast and caters to kids big and small. Enjoy the ice for a two-hour session or kick back in ‘The Chill Zone’ with game tables, air hockey, foos ball and snowboarding.

There are all the favourites in the mix too: Wax Museum, Ripley’s Believe It or Not, Slingshot and Vomatron; all within walking distance of each other.

We heart the weekends

The Outdoors

Take advantage of the perfect beach conditions at Surfers Paradise and head to the Cheyne Horan School of Surf. From kids to beginners and intermediate-level surfers, there are tailored packages for all. Go on, don a wetsuit and get paddling!

For land-lovers, there are dozens of parklands in Surfers Paradise ideal for picnics. Evandale Park is a favourite for many, taking in views over the Nerang River with the Surfers skyline as a backdrop. Grab some deli items from Salt Meats Cheese and let the kids enjoy the slides and various climbing spaces, with sand underfoot and shade sails above.

We heart the weekend

The Arts

In front of Evandale Park is the Arts Centre Gold Coast, a place that inspires and delights. The Arts Centre showcases an array of performing arts from movies to ballet, comedy and kids’ shows. Free events are often hosted outdoors at Evandale Park celebrating youth and culture. Check out their website for upcoming movies and shows – https://theartscentregc.com.au/

The Spirit of Australia Gallery houses original artworks by famed Aboriginal artists. The walls are adorned with pieces by the likes of Walangkura Napanangka, Gloria and Jeannie Patyarre, Ronnie Tjampitjinpa and Abie Loy.  They also have over 200 authentic didgeridoos on display and the gallery offers free lessons to customers who are up for the challenge!

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