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All aboard! Holy Ship Bar & Restaurant brings a new kind of floating restaurant concept to the Gold Coast
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All aboard! Holy Ship Bar & Restaurant brings a new kind of floating restaurant concept to the Gold Coast

Dining with a view of the water offers its own kind of sensory enjoyment. The closer you are, the greater the sense of satisfaction, in our humble opinion. The Gold Coast's newest bar and restaurant is taking this notion to the extreme, inviting you to experience the gentle rock of the ocean and the salty sea breeze as you dine aboard two completely refurbished trawler boats that are moored at Marina Mirage. Here's everything you need to know about the new floating restaurant that's making waves on the Gold Coast ... more

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Don a bib and get your hands dirty at Broadbeach's new seafood joint, Kickin'Inn
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Don a bib and get your hands dirty at Broadbeach’s new seafood joint, Kickin’Inn

There's something deeply satisfying about forgoing traditional dining etiquette, throwing on a bib and some gloves and tucking in to a seafood spread. It's liberating and makes for an utterly memorable dining experience. If this sounds like your idea of a fun time, pull up a seat at Kickin'Inn in Broadbeach. Trust us when we say, this is not your regular seafood joint ... more

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Experience flame-licked fare and local produce at North Byron Hotel's monthly Open Skies BBQ event
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Experience flame-licked fare and local produce at North Byron Hotel’s monthly Open Skies BBQ event

There's a lot to love about Byron Bay. Especially for Gold Coasters who are visiting for the weekend. Close enough to be accessible, yet far enough that you feel like you've really escaped the city, it's little wonder the road in is bumper to bumper. Beyond all of the obvious draw cards that continue to lure tourists like moths to a flame, Byron Bay's foodie scene is hotter than the surface of the sun, attracting top-tier chefs from all over to create venues that are unique to the seaside township. One such culinary talent is Jedd Rifai, who took over as Licensee of the old Sun Bistro in 2021, transforming it into North Byron Hotel, a vibey gastro-style pub with open-air beer garden, hyper-local produce and a monthly barbecue ... more

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Enjoy pina-colada flights at Miami's new absolute-beachfront tapas bar, Sandfire
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Enjoy pina-colada flights at Miami’s new absolute-beachfront tapas bar, Sandfire

Sipping cocktails against a backdrop of rolling waves is a quintessential Gold Coast experience. If you're partial to a brew with a view, Miami has welcomed a brand-new beachfront tapas bar called Sandfire. Offering a globe-trotting menu, pina-colada flights and a hint of salt lingering in the air as a constant reminder you are mere steps away from the beach, Sandfire has all of the fundamental elements for a good time. Take a peek … more

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Surfers Pavilion is now open for breakfast and has dropped a dedicated canine menu for your furry friend
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Surfers Pavilion is now open for breakfast and has dropped a dedicated canine menu for your furry friend

Surfers Pavilion is known for long seafood-filled lunches, sundowners and evening escapades. Now, the waterfront venue is embarking upon an exciting new adventure – breakfast! The much-loved venue is extending its trading hours to welcome the morning crowd with a hearty breakfast spread. But that's not all – they're also rolling out the red carpet for our four-legged friends. Yes, you heard it right – this riverside hotspot has gone to the dogs and is now pet friendly, so you can bring your furry companions along for the fun. more

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Kirra Beach House is set to launch an elevated dining experience called The Restaurant
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Kirra Beach House is set to launch an elevated dining experience called The Restaurant

Almost four years in the making, the eagerly anticipated Kirra Beach House opened its doors in early December, much to the delight of enthusiastic locals. The beautiful beach-fronting venue quickly became the perch for long lunches, sundowners and events. Now, as the summer officially draws to a close and holiday crowds have dispersed, the iconic venue has launched a brand-new offering called The Restaurant, which will open to the public on Thursday March 7. Here's what we know so far ... more

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Tarte Beach House launches a new gin cocktail range featuring Margot Robbie's Papa Salt
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Tarte Beach House launches a new gin cocktail range featuring Margot Robbie’s Papa Salt

From the moment Papa Salt's first batch of Coastal Gin hit the virtual shelves, it was seriously hot property. The easy-drinking spirit, created by our gal Margot Robbie, Tom Ackerley, Josey McNamara, Charlie Maas and Regan Riskas, has taken the spirit world by storm, selling out within minutes two days of its release. Now, thirsty Gold Coasters with a penchant for a G&T or a gin and soda can get a taste of the tipple at Currumbin's Tarte Beach House. more

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The round-up: get cracking to the Gold Coast's best seafood restaurants
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The round-up: get cracking to the Gold Coast’s best seafood restaurants

The Gold Coast is swimming with stellar seafood joints, which is really no surprise given that we're surrounded by some of the best sea-based produce in the country. When you crave seafood, you want to seek out the best of the best, so we've put together a handy list of some of the top seafood slingers on the Gold Coast for you and your fishy friends. Oh, and if you're simply chasing a feed of fish and chips, then you'll want to cast your eyes on this round-up of casual fish and chipperies. more


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Brisbane's Gambaro Group unveils Pipi's, the first of two new restaurants on Point Danger's pinnacle
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Brisbane’s Gambaro Group unveils Pipi’s, the first of two new restaurants on Point Danger’s pinnacle

The Gambaro Group has long been synonymous with elevated epicurean experiences in Brisbane, boasting a portfolio of some of the city's most notable restaurants, including Gambaro Seafood Restaurant, Gambaro Hotel, the Black Hide Steakhouses and Italian restaurant Persone. Last year, the hospitality family announced it would be opening not one, but two new venues on the southern Gold Coast – Mediterranean restaurant Pipi's and casual noshery Awaken Cafe, both taking prime position atop Point Danger overlooking Rainbow Bay. At long last, we've got our first taste of Pipi's – here's everything you need to know ... more

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Take your taste buds on a culinary adventure through Asia at Velaa in Surfers Paradise
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Take your taste buds on a culinary adventure through Asia at Velaa in Surfers Paradise

The Gold Coast's love affair with Asian-fusion restaurants shows no signs of slowing, with top-notch eateries dotted up and down the coastline all putting their own spin on the geographically diverse cuisine that incorporate flavours and techniques from Thailand, Korea and Japan, to name just a few. Despite it all, Velaa in Surfers Paradise stands out. Not only because it's one of the prettiest cafe's we've gazed upon, but because this modern Thai restaurant brings a refreshing twist to the bustling tourist hub. more

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Hwaro92 brings the sizzle and spice of Korean BBQ to Robina Town Centre
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Hwaro92 brings the sizzle and spice of Korean BBQ to Robina Town Centre

Korean BBQ has captivated the culinary world in recent years, becoming a beloved dining experience for foodies around the globe. What's not to love? It's a feast for the senses, with sizzling meats, vibrant flavours and interactive cooking all rolled into one unforgettable meal. The thing about Korean BBQ, is that it's not just about the food. While it is indeed delicious, Korean BBQ offers something far less tangible. It's a unique social experience that brings people together around the grill, fostering conversation as diners cook and share a meal. It's about human connection. Whether you're a seasoned pro on the tongs or you're firing up the grill for the first time, there's a new Korean joint at Robina Town Centre that you need to know about – it's called Hwaro92. more

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The round-up: pizza to pappardelle – we’ve uncovered some of the Gold Coast’s best Italian restaurants
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The round-up: pizza to pappardelle – we’ve uncovered some of the Gold Coast’s best Italian restaurants

There's something deeply satisfying about plunging a fork into a bowl of freshly made pasta topped with just the right amount of sauce, that first eagerly anticipated sip of a slightly chilled red or wrapping your mitts around a sizeable slice of pizza straight from the oven – it's the culinary equivalent of a big, warm hug, which sounds pretty darn great right now. To point you in the right direction, we’ve put together a handy list of some of the Gold Coast’s best Italian restaurants, all for your eating pleasure. more

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Charcoal Charcoal Yakitori brings wagyu, whisky and flame-cooked fare to Robina
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Charcoal Charcoal Yakitori brings wagyu, whisky and flame-cooked fare to Robina

Yakitori is one of the few foods that are equally at home at street-side stalls as they are gracing the menus of fine-dining establishments. Cooked over binchotan charcoal – which is regarded by many chefs as the best in the world – yakitori is in a culinary class of its own. Mouthwateringly tender with a hint of smokey flavour, yakitori, when paired with a crisp, cold lager, is a gift for your taste buds. If you too possess an appreciation for the edible art form, take a seat at Robina's Charcoal Charcoal Yakitori.  more

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Celebrate the season of love at Sanctuary Cove
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Celebrate the season of love at Sanctuary Cove

We’d love to tell you how many poems, songs and novels are written about love but we are sure that number goes up every day – especially around February. Why not say I love you with more than just words by treating yourself and your loved one to one of the many dining delights at Sanctuary Cove this month? From romantic Mediterranean feasts to hearty Australian fare, these date-night nosh spots will leave you lost for words. more

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Look at MOI, look at MOI – Hope Island Marketplace welcomes Mad Over Italian
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Look at MOI, look at MOI – Hope Island Marketplace welcomes Mad Over Italian

Every neighbourhood has its local haunts. The kind where you can roll in on a whim and be greeted with a kind of dependable familiarity that hits the sweet spot, every time. For Hope Island residents, Mad Over Italian (or MOI, as it is also known) is that place. The northern noshery has filled a gap in the local dining scene for authentic Italian eats – think pizza, pasta and irresistible desserts.  more

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Honey Pepper Bar & Grill brings modern Australian cuisine to The Kitchens at Robina Town Centre
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Honey Pepper Bar & Grill brings modern Australian cuisine to The Kitchens at Robina Town Centre

It's generally bittersweet when we announce the opening of a new restaurant, as it usually means that something has closed. Thankfully, that's not the case for Honey Pepper Bar And Grill, which has assumed the upstairs corner at The Kitchens at Robina Town Centre. The space was formerly home to Mad Asian Kitchen And Bar, but before you go shedding any tears, it's not goodbye – the quirky Asian-fusion restaurant has moved to a smaller space next door, so it's win-win! more

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Experience the perfect union of tradition and modern Korean cuisine at ATTO in Chirn Park
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Experience the perfect union of tradition and modern Korean cuisine at ATTO in Chirn Park

While Korean barbecue (or KBBQ as it is also known) seems to be having a moment in foodie circles, Chirn Park's newest resident ATTO Korean Cuisine delivers a delightfully modern Korean dining experience. The unassuming new nosh spot quietly opened its doors late last year and has been building a cult following of folks who can't get enough of the venue's flavourful fare. Prawn burgers, the crispiest, stickiest Korean fried chicken and delicate sashimi are just some of the edible gifts that await at ATTO. Here's everything you need to know ... more

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Gather your pizza pals, Sogno Italiano opens a second outpost in Burleigh Waters
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Gather your pizza pals, Sogno Italiano opens a second outpost in Burleigh Waters

When Sogno Italiano opened its doors in Mermaid Waters almost two years ago, the response from the local pizza-loving populace was an immediate and resounding yes. Fast-forward a couple of years and tables in the suburban 55-seater are just as in demand as the day they opened, prompting owners and cousins Sushil and Prajwol Maharjan to scope a second spot just a pizza-toss from their original Mermaid Waters home. Get a glimpse of Sogno Italiano in Burleigh Waters ... more

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The round up: best eats in Brunswick Heads
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The round up: best eats in Brunswick Heads

Where the river meets the sea – Brunswick Heads has the best of both worlds, so you don’t have to choose between spending your weekend on the beach or by the river, you can do both. With everything in one spot there’s no need to leave, and you won’t want to once you’ve tried these coastal town eats. more

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Brisbane's The Gambaro Group lifts the lid on two new Gold Coast dining spots
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Brisbane’s The Gambaro Group lifts the lid on two new Gold Coast dining spots

The Gambaro Group has long been synonymous with elevated epicurean experiences in Brisbane, boasting a portfolio of some of the city's most notable restaurants, including Gambaro Seafood Restaurant, Gambaro Hotel, the Black Hide Steakhouses and Italian restaurant Persone. Last year, the hospitality family announced it would be opening not one, but two new venues on the southern Gold Coast – Mediterranean restaurant Pipi's and casual noshery Awaken Cafe, both taking prime position atop Point Danger overlooking Rainbow Bay. Exciting new details have now been revealed about the coast's newest beachside dining spots, including the targeted opening date. Here's what we know ... more