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Sunshine Coast’s latest distillery Harrington Bjugård is bottling up local botanicals with Scandinavian style
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Sunshine Coast’s latest distillery Harrington Bjugård is bottling up local botanicals with Scandinavian style

Sunshine Coast welcomed a new addition to its growing roster of spirit brands this week with the launch of Harrington Bjugård Distilling. Co-founded by Ellinor and Nicholas, this new gin house has fused the pair’s respective Swedish and Australian heritages to brew a sophisticated debut recipe. Drawing upon classic techniques, mid-century aesthetics and robust botanicals, Harrington Bjugård Distilling is here to shake and stir the gin game. more

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Get the scoop – Yo-Chi is opening its third Gold Coast location at Robina Town Centre
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Get the scoop – Yo-Chi is opening its third Gold Coast location at Robina Town Centre

Ever since we got our first taste of the cult dessert dispensary Yo-Chi Frozen Yoghurt back in 2022, we've been hooked. And we're not the only ones, with a line regularly reaching the roadside at both its Broadbeach and newly opened Surfers Paradise outposts. In excellent news for shoppers with a penchant for chilled confections, Robina Town Centre has welcomed the Gold Coast's third Yo-Chi to The Promenade precinct. more

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Get caffeinated at Miami's new organic espresso bar and micro roastery – That’s Whyld Coffee Roasters
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Get caffeinated at Miami’s new organic espresso bar and micro roastery – That’s Whyld Coffee Roasters

Coffee is, on the whole, an inherently social drink. Often enjoyed in communal settings, sparking conversations and connections, the energy-enhancing elixir is a non-negotiable daily ritual for many of us. But if you're the kind of person who likes to go deep and explore different origins, brewing methods and chatting all things coffee, we reckon you'll love the cut of That's Whyld Coffee Roasters' jib. more

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Get the dish on the new chapter for Palm Beach Ave, cookbooks for causes and seafood spreads
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Get the dish on the new chapter for Palm Beach Ave, cookbooks for causes and seafood spreads

A lot is happening on the Gold Coast (and surrounds) these days, almost too much to keep up with. The Dish is a rapid-fire rundown of the coast’s food news – quick taster-sized tidbits to keep you in the know and, perhaps, tickle your taste buds. This week we’ve got word of long lunches, sumptuous seafood-filled feasts and decadent cookie pop-ups. Read on for all of the details ... more

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Native Harvest at Sanctuary Cove celebrates local produce and Australian native flavours
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Native Harvest at Sanctuary Cove celebrates local produce and Australian native flavours

Pepperberry, lemon myrtle, wattleseed and Davidson plum are just a few of the unexpected ingredients you'll find peppered across the menu at Native Harvest. Assuming prime position overlooking the marina at Sanctuary Cove, the venue utilises home-grown flavours and spices to elevate familiar breakfast and lunch classics into a flavour experience that is slightly unexpected-yet-delicious. more

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The Sporting Globe Bar and Grill and 4 Pines Brewing Company have unveiled a joint $6.5-million venue
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The Sporting Globe Bar and Grill and 4 Pines Brewing Company have unveiled a joint $6.5-million venue

If you grew up on the Gold Coast, chances are you have at least one hazy story that involves traipsing up (and down) the stairs at the Hard Rock Cafe. The slightly sticky floor, the bands, the burgers – it was an icon, no doubt about it. When the much-loved sip spot called last drinks in 2022, it left a guitar-shaped hole in our hearts. After a brief hiatus, we've got our first glimpse at its successor – a concept that sees see two industry titans come together to create one very impressive new venue. It's called The Sporting Globe x 4 Pines and it officially opens this weekend – have a look around ... more

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Pavement Whispers: the team behind Kirra's much-loved Siblings is set to open Hanks
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Pavement Whispers: the team behind Kirra’s much-loved Siblings is set to open Hanks

When Siblings opened in Kirra in 2022, it was like a breath of fresh, salty air to the famed foreshore. Since then, the beachside suburb has evolved in to quite the foodie hub, with the likes of Kirra Beach House, Kirra Beach Hotel, Pipi's by Brisbane's Gambaro Group, Agave Rosa and Billy Chow, joining the fold. Pretty soon, the booming locale is set to welcome another hospitality venue from the family behind the much-loved Siblings. It will be called Hanks, and here's what we know so far ... more

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The round-up: Set the mood with the best date spots on the Gold Coast
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The round-up: Set the mood with the best date spots on the Gold Coast

So you’ve got a date. Congratulations! But now the real pressure starts. Where are you going to take them? The internet is full of outlandish ideas for fanning a spark from tandem skydiving to buying a swan-shaped paddle boat, but when it comes to romance we prefer to keep it simple. Nothing too pricey or elaborate, just you and your boo in some sweet venues. Because we love love we’ve put together a list of spots with just the right vibes to get the flirting flowing. Whether you’re looking to wine and dine, catch up with a coffee, or just grab a nightcap, we’ve got the locales that will have your date saying, “Wow, you have such an in-depth understanding of the Gold Coast dining scene. Kiss me you fool!” more


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Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary unveils a new paddock-to-plate restaurant and events space called The Homestead
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Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary unveils a new paddock-to-plate restaurant and events space called The Homestead

Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary is a Gold Coast institution. Originally opening as Currumbin Bird Sanctuary in 1947, the venue has been etched into childhood memories for generations. Late last month, the wildlife and conservation park welcomed what could be its most anticipated new addition in its 77-year history – The Homestead. Restaurant by day and function and events space by night, here's everything you need to know ...   more

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The owners of Currumbin's Refinery Coffee have opened a sibling spot in Cararra called Cafe Junie
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The owners of Currumbin’s Refinery Coffee have opened a sibling spot in Cararra called Cafe Junie

If you're looking for a beautiful new breakfast spot that's a little bit outside of your regular faves, allow us to introduce you to Cafe Junie. The new open-air caffeination station is the latest offering from Brendan Hill and Gabrielle Hows, who also own Refinery Coffee in Currumbin. Here's everything you need to know and the light and bright newcomer ... more

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Not your typical takeaway – Good Times Deli is bringing gourmet burgers, banh mi and iced Milo to Southport
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Not your typical takeaway – Good Times Deli is bringing gourmet burgers, banh mi and iced Milo to Southport

What do you get when two chefs walk in to a tradie tuckshop? While it may sound like the beginning of a dad joke, it's actually the beginning of the Good Times Deli story, which is here to bring stacked sandwiches, burgers and deli delights to the northern end. Southport's new noshery is the handiwork of chefs Russell Maich and Chris Watson, who between them have five decades of cooking experience across a broad range of cuisines, from five-star hotels to market stalls. Here's everything you need to know ... more

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Stay toasty at these Gold Coast restaurants with fireplaces
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Stay toasty at these Gold Coast restaurants with fireplaces

It's been a particularly frosty start to the season, which makes us think we're in for a wild winter. While it might be pretty tempting to hibernate and binge-watch Netflix until the warmth returns, you'd be missing out on one of the season's true joys – drinking wine by the fire. So it is without further ado, we've rounded up some of the Gold Coast's best restaurants with crackling fireplaces ... more

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Treat your taste buds to a culinary adventure around Latin America at Coolangatta's Big Papi's Cocina
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Treat your taste buds to a culinary adventure around Latin America at Coolangatta’s Big Papi’s Cocina

We come across a lot of restaurants in this line of work and each one has a unique story to tell. Every now and then, a place pops up that stops us in our tracks. It’s an intangible feeling that says 'this one is different'. Big Papi’s Cocina in Coolangatta is that place. Dedicated to contemporary Latin American street food, the venue promises to excite your senses with punchy flavours, interesting sips and one big personality ... more

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Enjoy brews, views and a spot of whale watching at Coolangatta's Black Dingo Cafe
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Enjoy brews, views and a spot of whale watching at Coolangatta’s Black Dingo Cafe

Occupying what could arguably be the most impressive ocean-fronting site on the Gold Coast, Black Dingo Cafe has sprung to life beneath Point Danger Light (also known as the Captain Cook Memorial Light), overlooking Duranbah beach in Coolangatta. The venue is the latest from chef Marcondes Almeida Neto, who also owns the nearby Cooly Breeze rooftop Mediterranean restaurant. Here's what you can expect from the sun-drenched newcomer ... more

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The round-up: sink your teeth into the best burgers on the Gold Coast
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The round-up: sink your teeth into the best burgers on the Gold Coast

From the humble American cheeseburger to golden tenders of fried chicken, burgers are a classic for a reason. In fact, there are few experiences in life that can compete with chowing down on a juicy, flavour-charged burger. For those on the lookout for where to snag your next bun of bliss, we’ve rounded-up a handy guide to help you find best places across the Gold Coast – featuring everything from bespoke brioches and back-to-basics menus to some fusion flair. Here’s where to find your next best burger … more

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Tarte Beach House drops a hearty new winter menu featuring a loaded cob and French dips
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Tarte Beach House drops a hearty new winter menu featuring a loaded cob and French dips

In the words of Jon Snow, winter is coming. Although our version of the chilly season may be somewhat mild in comparison to our snow-covered counterparts, Tarte Beach House's owner Chloe Watts has dug deep into the culinary traditions of Europe to create a deeply satisfying menu that will keep you warm – think chunky French onion soup, creamy porridge and a seriously drool-inducing cob. more

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Pavement Whispers: second-generation chef Lars Kollrepp to open Lars Bar & Grill at The Oxley 1823
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Pavement Whispers: second-generation chef Lars Kollrepp to open Lars Bar & Grill at The Oxley 1823

Since opening, The Oxley 1823 has become a beacon for caffeine seekers as well as famished folk looking for breakfast, brunch and lunch-time bites. In the coming months, the culinary hub is set to kick up a notch as it rolls out its anticipated afternoon and after-dark offering, starting with a steak and seafood destination called Lars Bar & Grill. Here's what we know so far ... more