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Taste your way across the Gold Coast with this four-day food itinerary

From breakfast through dinner and beyond, you could spend days eating your way around the Gold Coast and never get bored of the culinary offerings. In fact, let’s do just that…

This four-day itinerary will take you from Broadbeach to the Hinterland on a unique culinary circuit.

Sip, savour and sample the best cafes, breweries, fine-dining establishments and wineries. Plus, a fudge shop and a classic pub with all the old-country charm to boot.

Beachside brews in Coolangatta
Beachside brews in Coolangatta © Tourism Queensland

Day 1: Broadbeach

Morning

Early riser? You’ll be happy to hear Elk Espresso opens daily at 5:45am. The team here use a house blend of beans to make heart-starting brews in a range of classic and alternative methods. If you do sleep in, make the most of the ‘Boozy Brunch’ from 10am. It includes bottomless mimosas paired with your breakfast of choice – perhaps a smoked bacon burger if you’re feeling indulgent, or kale bowl if you’re feeling healthy.

Afternoon

Upscale Japanese restaurant Kiyomi is perfection on a plate. The restaurant is tucked away on the mezzanine level at The Star Gold Coast. There’s mood lighting and a dramatic mural by a Tokyo street artist. It’s the perfect backdrop for an adventurous menu including seared scampi with foie gras, Hiramasa kingfish miso ceviche, binchotan Wagyu and melt-in-your-mouth sashimi platters. All dishes are prepared to look like an edible work of art. Don’t know where to start? Let visionary Executive Head Chef Chase Kojima take control by choosing the indulgent degustation.

Afterward, you only need to wander a few steps to Garden Kitchen & Bar, which spills onto a grassy alfresco patio where glam locals and visitors play boules and sip champagne cocktails. Afternoon sorted.

Evening

Social Eating House is the kind of place you’ll want to linger well into the night. Its inspired menu heroes the finest produce you’ll find in Queensland. Come for the legendary 12-hour slow-cooked lamb shoulder. Then, continue with chargrilled Moreton Bay bugs, Goolwa pipis and an indulgent risotto studded with prawns, caviar and black truffle. Save room for desert because the coconut and five spice panna cotta is like the Gold Coast in a mouthful.

Day 2: Miami

Morning

Freshly shucked oysters for breakfast? If there’s anywhere in Australia to indulge thus, it’s on the Gold Coast. Pull up a chair in the courtyard of the Miami Fish Market for a dozen or two briny molluscs, perhaps followed by a round of raw tuna and salmon from the sashimi bar.

When you’re done savouring the fresh seafood here, wander to Piccolo Espresso on Miami Beach. Have your caffeine hit followed by a leisurely stroll along the sand. Now that you have the endorphins flowing, it’s time for lunch…

Afternoon

A meal at Greenhouse Canteen makes you feel good from the inside out. Its vegan menu is packed with healthy and flavourful dishes like Cajun jackfruit tacos, mushroom cheeseburgers and raw pesto pasta made with zucchini noodles.

Just to the north, Nobby’s Beach Surf Club is about as close to the water as you can get. This sun-kissed space is popular throughout the day, drawing a steady crowd for the stellar views and perfectly-chilled drinks – try the Beetroot Sour, made by Lost Palms Brewing Co, which has a base just around the corner.

For a change of scene, visit Granddad Jacks, the Gold Coast’s first distillery based just a few steps from the beach. You can sign up to make your own gin. Or, talk to the bartender about creating a bespoke cocktail based on the award-winning spirits made here.

Evening

Open from 5 pm every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, Miami Marketta is a creative hub for art, music, design and – most importantly – food. Fairy lights dance between stalls selling LoKoa handmade leather bags and jewels from Sea + Stone. Then there’s the street-food line up, where you can sample bites as diverse as hotdogs and Hungarian cuisine, Turkish gozleme and Texan smoked meats, all served to a backdrop of poetry slams and live music.

Be sure to drop in on the Gin Parlour & Infusion Bar for a nightcap – there are 100-plus gins to choose from.

Paddock Bakery, Burleigh Head
Paddock Bakery, Burleigh Head © Tourism and Events Queensland / Brooke Darling

Day 3: Burleigh Heads

Early morning

Begin your day’s foodie foray at oh-so-charming Paddock Bakery, occupying a character-filled Queenslander home decorated with covetable objects you’d expect to see in a glossy home and living magazine. Order delights like apple-and-rhubarb doughnut French toast, or ‘purple toast’ with roasted beetroot and zaatar puree. You can while away the morning amid lush gardens of fragrant frangipani and eucalyptus.

Mid morning

Justify the morning’s indulgences on a Jellurgal Walkabout tour around the Burleigh Headland with an Indigenous guide. Beginning with a Gold Coast Aborigianal history and culture lesson and Dreamtime stories. What follows is a parade of heart-stopping vistas all the way to Surfers Paradise, paired with memorable lessons about the land.

Afternoon

For a lively lunch fuelled by creative cocktails, it’s hard to go past Jimmy Wah’s. The menu is modern Vietnamese, and dishes are designed to share. Settle in and order the seven-course ‘Feed Me’ menu. It will take you on a culinary journey starring tempura oysters and barramundi betel leaves.

Then pop into Burleigh Brewing Taphouse to enjoy a local brew – perhaps a Tropical Ale or Mexican Lager – in the courtyard, which hosts live music on weekends. The city has a booming micro-brewing scene. There are close to 20 independent operators in addition to specialty pubs like this one.

Jimmy Wah
Jimmy Wah

Evening

An intimate bistro, Restaurant Labart brings a touch of European sophistication to the Burleigh dining scene. The open-plan kitchen and charcoal grill allows diners a front- row seat to the talented cooking team. Watch them prepare delicate dishes like barbecued king prawns with kombu and capers. Or, quail atop a bed of smoked eggplant.

End the day on the rooftop of legendary Justin Lane, where cocktails are shaken and stirred to perfection well into the night.

Day 4: Gold Coast Hinterland

Morning

Start your hinterland journey at Tamborine Mountain Coffee Plantation, where your tour of the lush grounds is followed by stellar brews paired with a Thai crab omelette, perhaps, or wild mushrooms on toast.

This part of the Gold Coast is Queensland’s fastest growing wine region… and it’s time to become acquainted. Allocate a designated driver and sip your way around establishments like Cedar Creek Estate and Witches Falls Winery to sample local vinos, and you might even glimpse an alpaca or two along the way.

Lunch

Continue indulging at nearby Tamborine Mountain Distillery (try the lemon myrtle vodka) and Granny Macs Fudge Shop. But be warned, you’ll leave on a high.

Afternoon

In the foothills of Springbrook (an hour away), Greenwood Farm & Co boasts paddock-to-plate dining, a beautiful rustic vibe and their own sustainable gardens. Find a perch before ordering from a menu inspired by the seasons and available produce. There are plenty of goodies to take away – we highly recommend the home-made sausage rolls and utterly decadent chocolate brownies.

Evening

Mudgeeraba remains relatively untouched by hinterland tourism – and that’s why we love it. Certainly, the original Mudgeeraba Hotel built in 1883 still remains, although these days its name has changed to the Wallaby Hotel. Many credit the opening of this watering hole, both for horses and passengers, for the impetus around which the village was built. And today, the old world charm remains. Find a booth in the bistro and look forward to classic pub fare, delivered with lashings of generous country swagger.

This article was created in partnership with Destination Gold Coast and one of five fantastic Gold Coast itineraries.