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It's known for theme parks and Surfers Paradise's glitter strip, but there is much more to the Gold Coast than meets the eye. Run wild in Surfers Paradise, live in the lap of luxury in Broadbeach, bliss out at Burleigh Heads or escape up into the mystical Tamborine Mountain, known for attracting quirky residents and producing beer, fudge and cheese that you'll be carting home by the bucketload. For the full scoop, check out my travel blog, Wanderbug. www.thewanderbug.com
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Level 77, q1 building/9 Hamilton Ave, Surfers Paradise QLD 4217, Australia
Australia's tallest residential tower allows visitors to take the elevator to the bar and restaurant located at the top, which offers views 230 meters above the beaches, skyscrapers and surrounding valley. Grab a celebratory glass of champagne or...
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333 Geissmann Dr, Mt Tamborine QLD 4272, Australia
Walk through rainforest canopy with the Rainforest Skywalk, a 300 metre bridge suspended ten stories high that weaves its way through the ancient rainforest on Mt Tamborine. I'm scared of heights, but it's not scary at all, and I felt really safe...
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I'm always on the lookout for a favourite new haunt and I struck gold at Pigs & Pints! They specialise in sliders and beer, but the whole menu is super tasty. You can't go past the Pork Belly BLT or The Cheeseburger - one of the most popular, the...
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Seaworld Dr, Main Beach QLD 4217, Australia
Everyone's buzzing about the baby polar bear cub that was born at Sea World recently, but I'm way more fascinated by the penguins. The multi-level exhibit lets you watch them swim in the tank and waddle around up on the ice and I could literally...
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8 The Esplanade, Surfers Paradise QLD 4217, Australia
Sea Temple sits proudly in the heart of Surfers Paradise, and if you pick the right floor, lifts you a world away from the noisy street below. Great access to Surfers, but a peaceful escape at the same time. Sea Temple is one of the Gold Coast's...
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Surf City Church Complex, 3046 Surfers Paradise Blvd, Surfers Paradise QLD 4217, Australia
For the mornings when your green smoothie doesn't wanna know you and you're not fresh-faced enough to brave the coast's trendy cafe scene, slink into Pancakes in Paradise to be welcomed with open arms. Who knew that pancakes were the ultimate...
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Gallery Walk, 159-117 Long Rd, Eagle Heights QLD 4272, Australia
Everyone on the mountain will tell you that you can't leave Mt Tamborine without making a stop at Granny Mac's. She's locally famous for her soft, melt-in-your-mouth slabs of fudge. She's generous with her taste tests, don't miss the Pumpkin Pie -...
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With owners hailing from Melbourne, Blackboard Coffee at Varsity Lakes keeps its the big breakfast crowds happy with the latest Melbourne cafe trends. My favourite is the Smashed Avocado - huge in Melbourne,virtually unheard of in Queensland and...
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The start of Surfers Paradise's busy main street, Cavill Avenue, is marked by the iconic Surfers Paradise sign, straddling the street and the jam-packed avenue that lights up with night markets and buskers most summer evenings.
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Winter in Queensland, really! At least on the coasts, Stanthorpe's wine region gets a little chilly. I love driving into the Gold Coast from Brisbane, especially on a sunny winters's day like this one! What makes the Gold Coast unique in...
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165/185 Long Rd, Tamborine Mountain QLD 4272, Australia
Witches Chase Cheese has to be tasted to be believed. Fresh from their on-site cheese factory, taste test as many as you like - my favourites are the Triple Cream brie, Misty Mountain Blue, Black Max Cheddar and Tamembert (Mt T's version of...
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1700 Gold Coast Hwy, Burleigh Heads QLD 4220, Australia
I love this corner fish & chip shop in Burleigh, that dishes up generous servings of fish & chips as well as smoothies, sandwiches and other pub-style food. Casual, friendly atmosphere with views across to Burleigh beach - perfect for a lazy day...
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333 Main Western Rd, Tamborine Mountain QLD 4272, Australia
It's not just the romantic and quaint timber cabins at The Polish Place that you'll fall in love with - the views from your back deck are to die for. The two-storey, self-contained cabins are designed for couples and this back deck comes with a...
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123 Alpine Terrace, Mt Tamborine QLD 4272, Australia
And this is just the view from the children's bedroom! I went with a group, there is one master bedroom with a luxe-y ensuite, another room with a double bed and then this one, with two singles. The whole house (the only accommodation on the...
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150 Long Rd, Tamborine Mountain QLD 4272, Australia
Walking up to Amore B&B, I felt like I was in the Deep South. The garden, slightly overgrown, romantically frames the stately, powder-blue house fringed with wide verandahs on both storeys. The owner shows off her love for French-style furniture...
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104-144 Hartley Rd, North Tamborine QLD 4272, Australia
Queensland wines are often overlooked in favour of big-name labels from the Hunter and Barossa Valleys, but if you pass up on a Queensland drop during your visit, you're missing out. Mt Tamborine is full of wineries, such as Cedar Creek Estate,...
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Owned by 21 year old brewmaster, Callum Osborne, Mt Brewery is a modern playground for the beer-lover. Take a tour of the brewery, taste test to find some new favourites and chill out in the spacious dining area with beer, a meal and some cheese...
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1/2685-2689 Gold Coast Hwy, Broadbeach QLD 4218, Australia
Perfect for vegetarians, vegans and those just looking for a healthy hit (such as myself), The Cardamom Pod is a welcome, healthy addition to Broadbeach on the Gold Coast. Superfood smoothies and juices are delicious, the meals are tasty and...
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Stop by the hub for a European-inspired breakfast menu that dresses up your average brekky fare. Nice food, very cool atmosphere with patch work pillows and stacks of cool coffee table books to browse, but be careful if you sit at an out-of-sight...
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Playa Diamante, 33000, Dominican Republic
At Diamond Beach in Cabrera, Dominican Republic, you can walk out into the water nearly 200 feet before it even gets above your knees. A natural hot spring runs beneath the cove and warms the sand under your feet. This is a great beach for kids as...