Home of the Arts, Gold Coast, Queensland © Destination Gold Coast
5 hidden gems on the Gold Coast
The Gold Coast has a hidden side.
By Leah Dobihal
The Gold Coast sparkles with high-rise hotels and high-speed rollercoasters. After you’ve hit the must-do attractions, there’s still plenty more to discover. From poolside clubs to modern museums, here are five experiences on the Gold Coast you won’t want to miss.
Drop by Hotel Komune’s Pool Club to find yourself in a dreamy setting of pink umbrellas, poolside cabanas and breezy palm trees. A crystal-clear pool will keep you cool on warm days, and a menu of cocktails and tapas makes this the perfect place to spend the afternoon. Be sure to check the dress code before arrival.
Home of the Arts
Where: Surfers Paradise
Boasting an entire precinct near Surfers Paradise, HOTA (Home of the Arts) isn’t exactly hidden – but its parkland surrounds make it feel somewhat secluded. HOTA is where art meets life – a place of art exhibitions, outdoor concerts, lakeside strolls, yoga on the lawn, film festivals and more. Let your curiosity be ignited at HOTA.
Greenhouse The Bathhouse
Where: Burleigh Heads
The Gold Coast might be known for its adrenaline-pumping theme parks, but at Greenhouse The Bathhouse, it’s all about the serenity. Book into a day of relaxation in the magnesium plunge pool, hydrotherapy spa and traditional red cedar sauna, or soak up the fresh air on the sundeck. The perfect dose of self-care on your holiday.
Wave Break Island
Where: Off the coast of Biggera Waters
It’s no surprise that the coastline surrounding the Gold Coast is epic. For a super unique view back at the sand and skyline, book a tour with Seaway Kayaking Tours. They’ll give you everything you need to paddle your way to Wave Break Island. From here, you can marvel at the city views behind you, snorkel in clear waters and maybe even spot dolphins and stingrays.
Where: Currumbin Waters
At Guilty Café, you’ll find muffins, smashed avocado and eggs, but the real stars are the famous ‘crazy shakes’. A decadent glass of milkshake topped with everything from fairy floss to ice cream cones, crazy shakes are true crowd-pleasers. Stop here for an afternoon pick-me-up after visiting nearby Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary.