The Ultimate Long Weekend Itinerary
Home to world-famous beaches, UNESCO heritage rainforests, award-winning dining, and endless fun under the Queensland sun — the Gold Coast is the ultimate long weekend destination. From catching epic waves on pristine beaches to exploring lush rainforests and indulging in waterfront dining, get ready to uncover hidden gems and embrace the spirit of the Gold Coast.
Take your time to explore local shopping centres, artisan markets, and a thriving food scene before getting ready for a night of unparalleled entertainment. Day or night, there’s something for everyone to enjoy in this oceanside playground. Let Dorsett Gold Coast be your trusted base, offering a seamless blend of comfort and convenience.
Catch Epic Waves At Gold Coast Beaches
The Gold Coast is renowned for its stunning beaches, where surf, sun, and fun seamlessly come together to create a paradise for water lovers and adventure seekers. Head to Burleigh Beach, where consistent breaks draw surfers from around the world. As dusk falls, watch the sun paint the sky with hues of gold and pink from the vantage point of Burleigh Hill.
Venture to Currumbin Beach for stand-up paddleboarding and gentle beach walks. For experienced surfers seeking the thrill of world-class waves, Kirra Beach and Snapper Rocks are not to be missed. And when it's time to unwind, Broadbeach offers the perfect spot to take a refreshing dip in the warm water. Looking for the perfect accommodation? After diving into the best of Gold Coast beaches,Dorsett Gold Coast is the place for you. Situated in the heart of Broadbeach, wake up to stunning beaches on your holiday.
Explore Lush Rainforests: A Nature Lover's Paradise
The Gold Coast is not only home to sun-drenched beaches but also a gateway to lush rainforests and national parks waiting to be discovered. Embark on a journey through five extraordinary natural wonders, each offering a look back at the region's rich and natural past:
Springbrook National Park
Lose yourself in the beauty of ancient ferns and towering trees as you hike through this glorious rainforest that dates back millennia. Discover hidden waterfalls, such as the breathtaking Purlingbrook Falls and Natural Bridge, and be mesmerised by the sheer beauty of ancient rainforests, native wildlife, and undisturbed wilderness.
Tamborine National Park
Immerse yourself in the beauty of Tamborine Mountain as you explore this verdant Tamborine National Park. Follow winding walking trails that reveal stunning vistas, and be enchanted by the glow of fireflies illuminating the night sky during certain times of the year.
Lamington National Park
Embark on an adventure through this UNESCO World Heritage-listed rainforest at Lamington National Park. Traverse cascading waterfalls, marvel at ancient Antarctic Beech trees, and witness an array of vibrant bird species in their natural habitat.
Burleigh Head National Park
Discover a coastal oasis where the rainforest meets the sea at Burleigh Head National Park. Walk along the winding trails that lead to lookouts offering panoramic views of the coastline, or enjoy a picnic amidst the tranquil sounds of nature.
Nerang National Park
Uncover the hidden gems of this lesser-known Nerang National Park, situated just a short drive from the heart of the Gold Coast. Meander along serene trails and immerse yourself in the diverse ecosystems teeming with flora and fauna.
Indulge in Waterfront Dining: Savour Fresh Seafood
The magnificent Gold Coast offers a plethora of waterfront dining options where you can savour the freshest seafood while enjoying views of the beautiful surroundings. Experience culinary perfection at these distinguished establishments.
With its focus on local ingredients and a menu that showcases the finest seafood, La Luna tantalises the taste buds with its exquisitely crafted dishes. From delicate oysters to succulent prawns, each bite is a celebration of the ocean's bounty.
Ladybird Restaurant & Bar
Immerse yourself in the ambience of Ladybird, where modern Australian cuisine takes centre stage. Indulge in tantalising seafood creations that embody the Gold Coast's coastal spirit, and let the ocean views mesmerise your senses.
Nestled along the tranquil Nerang River, Edgewater Dining offers an idyllic setting for waterfront dining. Delight in a menu that showcases the freshest seafood, expertly prepared to highlight the natural flavours of the ocean.
Find yourself transported to the vibrant streets of Asia at Uncle Su, where street-food-inspired menu offerings tantalise the taste buds. From spicy chilli crab to mouthwatering prawn dumplings, each dish tells a story of culinary craftsmanship.
At Harvest Buffet, embark on a culinary journey through a vast array of cuisines, including an impressive selection of seafood. Feast on an assortment of delicacies, meticulously prepared to cater to every palate.
Discover Hidden Gems: Explore Coastal Villages
Escape the hustle and bustle of the city and uncover the charm of the Gold Coast's coastal villages. Each one offers a unique experience that showcases the region's rich cultural heritage and natural beauty. Here are five must-visit Gold Coast villages:
Broadbeach: Nestled within the heart of Broadbeach on the breathtaking Gold Coast, Dorsett Gold Coast’s prime location offers you a gateway to the sun kissed beaches, dynamic dining experiences, and thrilling entertainment that this coastal haven is renowned for.
Burleigh Heads: With its bohemian vibe and stunning beach, Burleigh Heads is a haven for art lovers, surf enthusiasts, and nature seekers alike. Stroll along the Esplanade, where you'll find a mix of trendy cafes, boutiques, and art galleries.
Tamborine Mountain: Ascend to the picturesque Tamborine Mountain, a haven for nature lovers and wine connoisseurs. Explore the quaint village lined with boutique shops, art galleries, and charming tea houses. Enjoy breathtaking views, indulge in wine tasting, and immerse yourself in the serenity of this mountain retreat.
Coolangatta: As the gateway to the Southern Gold Coast, Coolangatta offers a laid-back atmosphere and pristine beaches that stretch as far as the eye can see. Take a leisurely coastal walk along the Griffith Street Promenade and soak in the beauty of the turquoise waters.
Miami: Known for its relaxed ambience and stylish eateries, Miami has become a popular destination for food enthusiasts. Explore the vibrant cafe culture, sample gourmet delights, and experience the local lifestyle in this hidden gem.
Unwind and Rejuvenate: World-Class Spas
After days filled with exploration and adventure, take some time to unwind and rejuvenate at the Gold Coast's world-class spas. Indulge your senses and let skilled therapists transport you to a state of bliss at these renowned establishments:
Azure Spa & Fitness
Located within the confines of The Star Gold Coast, Azure Spa & Fitness offers a retreat for both mind and body. Surrender to the skilled hands of therapists as they tailor treatments to your individual needs, leaving you feeling replenished and revitalised.
Endota Spa Broadbeach
Endota Spa offers a sanctuary of tranquillity. The use of organic and natural products further enhances the blissful experience, allowing you to truly connect with nature's healing powers.
Soak Bathhouse Mermaid beach
Step into a world of relaxation at Soak Bathhouse, where time seems to slow down. Immerse yourself in soothing baths, indulge in therapeutic treatments, and let the stress melt away in the enchanting atmosphere of this idyllic retreat.
Greenhouse the Bathouse:
Discover a haven of well-being at Greenhouse the Bathouse, where pampering reaches new heights. Immerse yourself in thermal mineral waters, indulge in holistic treatments, and surrender to the healing powers of this unique spa experience.
Earth & Skin Organic Day Spa
Embrace the harmony of nature and relaxation at Earth & Skin Day Spa, a sanctuary committed to using pure organic products. The tranquil atmosphere and personalised treatments will guide you on a journey of rejuvenation, leaving you refreshed and invigorated.
End the Weekend at Jin Café & Bar
As your long weekend draws to a close, end it on a high note at Jin Café & Bar. Sink into the plush golden chairs and enjoy the intimately cosy yet bubbling vibrancy of this Broadbeach-central bar.Wether you prefer to unwind with a classic martini or explore the depths of mixology's creative concoctions, Jin Café & Bar offers the perfect setting to socialise and create memorable moments. Indulge in a range of delectable bar snacks as you recount the highlights of your Gold Coast adventure — and let the evening unfold in a swirl of delight. To ensure you’re getting the most out of your holiday, book a stay at Dorsett Gold Coast and get ready for a truly memorable Gold Coast experience!