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Ask a local: Rebecca Klodinsky’s insider guide to the Gold Coast

Long-time Gold Coast local, Rebecca Klodinsky, the designer and owner of celebrity-loved swimwear brand IIXIST, shares the very best of this laid-back city.

My favourite restaurant in the city is…

I am more of a long luncher than dinner diner, so when it comes to restaurants, sunshine and views are essential. My favourite is Rick Shores, which is located smack bang on Burleigh Beach – you can literally step straight off the sand and sit down at your table. I always start with oysters, sashimi and a spicy margarita.

For a sunset cocktail, I head to…

For something a bit more luxe, I recommend Nineteen at The Star. It has incredible views over Broadbeach and beyond, so you get a side of sea breeze with your sundowner.

Rebecca Klodinsky's insider guide to the Gold Coast
Rebecca Klodinsky

When I am socialising with friends, we like to meet up at…

When it comes to catching up with friends, it’s all about relaxation for me. I love driving to Palm Beach and having a spa morning at Greenhouse The Bathhouse where they take group bookings. Think magnesium hydrotherapy spas, steam rooms, a relaxation sundeck and tea lounges. You can move around as you wish, so it’s all about creating your own experience. Then just down the street is Wildernis where it’s ocean views, brunch and a sneaky midday cocktail.

Rick Shores Restaurant
Rick Shores Restaurant © Josh Thies Photo

For the best coffee in town, you should swing by…

House of Hubert in Tugan is fantastic. It has a wellbeing-focused aesthetic and a coffee list to match. They also have elixirs and health blends so you always leave feeling reset and rejuvenated.

The Bathhouse, Gold Coast
The Bathhouse

If I am going to spend a day shopping, my first stop would be…

It depends on what mood I’m in when it comes to shopping. If I want low-key browsing, then James Street is my go-to. It’s anchored by the beach and has boutiques ranging fashion, homewares and everything in between. However, if the mood strikes and I’m wanting something more extravagant, then Pacific Fair. It’s got a mix of all the big international brands and leading Australian fashion and lifestyle stores – literally something for everyone.

Shopping on James Street
Shopping on James Street © Kyle Hunter and Hayley Andersen

When I want to spend some time outdoors, I…

Growing up on the Gold Coast, the Aussie beach culture is very much instilled in everything I do – both personally and professionally with my brand IIXIIST, so you’ll often spot me outdoors at the beach enjoying the sunshine and ocean with my son and partner. If we aren’t going for a big hike, you can find us going south to Byron Bay, one of my favourite places to get away to. Visiting our friends and enjoying the food down there is a whole other experience and I feel so lucky to have it so close to home.

Nineteen at The Star, The Star Gold Coast
Nineteen at The Star, The Star

The one can’t miss attraction in the city is…

While the Gold Coast is famous for its beaches, you really need to experience the Broadwater – a protected strip that goes all the way to Moreton Bay. If you have a big group of friends, chartering a boat with a skipper is really a one-of-a-kind experience. For something more low-key, Currumbin Creek is a must – it has calm, flat water perfect for paddleboarding and soaking up the stillness. While you’re there you also need to check out the Currumbin Rockpools, which is a scenic walking track past rock pools and waterfalls to the Cougal Cascades, freshwater pools surrounded by lush rainforest.

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