Beat the bunny – here are some of the best Easter treats to seek out across the Gold Coast
Beat the bunny – here are some of the best Easter treats to seek out across the Gold Coast
Beat the bunny – here are some of the best Easter treats to seek out across the Gold Coast
Beat the bunny – here are some of the best Easter treats to seek out across the Gold Coast
Beat the bunny – here are some of the best Easter treats to seek out across the Gold Coast
Beat the bunny – here are some of the best Easter treats to seek out across the Gold Coast
Beat the bunny – here are some of the best Easter treats to seek out across the Gold Coast

Beat the bunny – here are some of the best Easter treats to seek out across the Gold Coast

Let’s be honest, Easter is a glorious time of year when the diet can be (jovially) thrown out the window – you can’t avoid it, so you might as well enjoy it! We love nothing more than a good Easter egg, but sometimes we just want something a little extra. We’re talking hot cross bun ice-cream sandwiches, chocolate-coated dippy eggs and much, much more. Yep, we’ve gone on an Easter hunt of our own to bring you the best Easter-themed treats going around town. Enjoy!

Treat yourself to creme-brulee pancakes and Creme Egg-filled kouign amann at Tarte Beach House and Tarte Bakery & Cafe: If you’re counting kilojoules, best to avoid Tarte for the next couple of weeks at least. Chloe has gone all out this Easter with a trinity of treats. First up, we have a hot cross bun croissant scroll, which puts a tasty twist on the classic, followed by a pistachio filled and dipped croissant, which is every bit as decadent as it sounds. Last, but absolutely not least, is a Creme Egg-filled kouign amann, which could very well knock the dulce de leche off its throne as the most popular. Not content with destroying our diets for Easter, Chloe has gone and dropped some seriously saucy creme-brulee pancakes. Imagine the fluffiest buttermilk pancakes covered in Tarte’s house-made French vanilla-bean custard, then flame torched to create a crunchy caramelised sugar top. We’re drooling already.

Head up the mountain for a croissant loaf at Franquette: Just when you thought croissants couldn’t get any better, along comes Franquette’s croissant loaf, which is pretty much as it sounds. The flaky, buttery goodness of a croissant, but in loaf form for extra enjoyment. Oh, did we mention the loaf is stuffed with gooey scoops of Biscoff, dark chocolate, strawberry, dulce de leche or passion fruit lemon curd? Be warned though, these babies sell out daily, so if you’re keen to chow down, you’d better get in early.

Devour Easter egg mille feuille at Dipcro Pastry: Putting regular supermarket chocolate eggs to shame, Dipcro on Chevron Island is entering the Easter treat game strong with two ultra-luxe offerings. The first is a handcrafted Belgian dark-chocolate egg filled with raspberry and pistachio mille feuille, the second, is a white-chocolate egg loaded with Dipcro’s signature lemon meringue. Picture delicate layers infused with tangy lemon curd, topped with a perfectly torched meringue – it’s a treat for all of the senses. Both options are available for pre-order until April 15 at the store or via Instagram until the end of March. The boujee eggs are $55.50, but can you even put a price on that kind of happiness?

Chow down Biscoff-custard filled hot cross buns at Custard Canteen: Okay we know a certain supermarket dropped Biscoff buns this year, but trust us when we say, Custard’s Biscoff buns are in a league of their own. With just a hint of spice, these bad boys are batched fresh allllll day.

Enjoy Easter Dippy Eggs at Paddock Bakery: We’re not yolking around here, the much-loved (some would say legendary) Easter Dippy Eggs are back at Paddock Bakery this year, and we’re egg-static! Egg-cellent puns aside, the decadent daytime dessert includes two Cadbury milk chocolate easter eggs filled with vanilla whipped cream and a salted caramel ‘yolk’. As if that’s not enough deliciousness, it’s sided with fresh strawberries, mini marshmallows, malted chocolate ‘soil’, pretzel cookie crumb and of course, the all-important soldiers aka Paddock’s cinnamon doughnut dippy fries. You need this in your life.

Decorate cakes and sip wine at Madisons Cafe Broadbeach: Wine and cake decorating make for a pretty excellent (and delicious) Easter activity, if you ask us. Lucky for us, the fine folk at Madisons Cafe at The Oasis Broadbeach agree and are satiating sweet tooths with a seriously toothsome design-your-own chocolate Easter cake workshop on March 28. The workshop includes wine and nibbles, and at the end you’ll have your very own edible masterpiece. Call Madisons on 07 5592 6933 to book a spot.

Get your sugar fix at QT’s Easter high tea: Once upon a time, inspired by magical creatures from far off lands, a lavish assembly of tiny tiered treats awaited for an indulgent sugar rush. A decadent display of panda-verse delights, chocolate eggs and freshly baked hot-cross buns await. The high tea is available from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm from Good Friday to Easter Monday. Among the designer playground’s other egg-celent Easter activations is a kids egg decorating class (from April 3–5) as well as some egg-citing new additions to Bazaar Marketplace’s decadent buffet spread. Available all Easter long weekend for dinner as well as Easter Sunday brunch. Oh, and you can guarantee Bazaar’s chocolate fountain will be overflowing, ready for the dip, dunking and drenching. Read more about QT Gold Coast’s Easter hoppenings here.

Experience an exquisite culinary masterpiece at Elk Espresso: Indulge in a divine blend of flavours with the tantalising Bird’s Nest Hotcakes. Savour the delicate sweetness of lemon curd, paired perfectly with a creamy mascarpone whip and plump blueberries. Adorned with an elderflower meringue nest, golden eggs and a sprinkle of almond and biscuit crunch, these hotcakes are not just a dish; they are a symphony of textures and tastes.

Bite in to an Easter Bomb at Bam Bam Bakehouse: When it comes to delightfully decadent, handcrafted pastries, Bam Bam is the master. This year, the team is doling out a huge range of Easter treats including a game-changing Easter Bomb, a larger-than-life hot cross bun filled with custard. There’s also traditional hot cross buns (filled with dried apple), traditional hot cross buns piped with vanilla custard, and chocolate hot cross buns (which come normal or piped with salted caramel). Make an online order at the Bam Bam website.

Hop to The Star for hot cross bun overload: Because nothing says Easter quite like eating your body weight in hot cross buns, this Easter, every restaurant at The Star Gold Coast will offer its own spin on the humble bun. Hop to Uncle Su where traditional Chinese hot cross buns will be served all weekend long, Mei Wei invites you to try hot cross buns in dumpling form while Italian dining spot Cucina Vivo is luring lovers with hot cross bun-infused tiramisu. Swing by M&G Café to wash it all down with milkshake served in a chocolate Easter Bunny from 7:00 am to 3:00 pm all weekend. Then, on Sunday, bring the fam to join in the excitement on The Lawn, where kids can enjoy face painting and meet the Easter Bunny. Harvest’s Wonka-esque chocolate fountain will be flowing and you will also find some delicious Easter-themed cocktails in Cherry Bar, Cucina Vivo and Kiyomi for a limited time only.

Curb your hot cross bun craving at Cubby Bakehouse: Located right on the Tweed River in Chinderah, Cubby is the southern go-to for all of your favourite baked goods. Cubby’s hot cross buns are light and fluffy, and are available in traditional fruit, Lindt white or milk chocolate. These goodies are baked fresh daily, so jump in your car stat!

Celebrate Easter with a delightfully decadent chocolate-themed high tea at Imperial Hotel
It’s true what they say, not all chocolate is created equal. This Easter, you are invited to embark upon an unforgettable chocolate-filled feast at Imperial Hotel. The limited-edition Valrhona chocolate-themed high tea promises a captivating fusion of flavours, from meticulously crafted sweet delicacies to savoury delights. If you’re not familiar with the premium Valrhona brand of chocolate, allow us. The story begins in the small town of Tain-L’Hermitage, a wine-growing region near Lyon, France. Since 1922, Valrhona, short for “Vallee du Rhone” (Rhone Valley), has continued to inspire throngs worldwide with its award-winning and sustainably produced chocolate for generations to enjoy. As the founder famously said, “Life is too short for subpar chocolate.” And we tend to agree. Bookings for the high tea are $99 per person and are taken through Le Jardin and are available between Friday March 29 and Sunday April 28. Book now.

Get the whole family egg-cited for Easter at Sanctuary Cove: Sanctuary Cove will once again be the place to be on Easter Sunday for free family-friendly activities including pony rides, a petting zoo, craft activities, face painting and interactive Easter shows with a special guest appearance from EB himself. If you’re up for an Easter egg hunt, rather than scavenging for partially melted chocolate eggs, participants will find hidden treasures in the form of codewords to be in the running to win one of three decadent chocolate hampers. Registration is essential for the Easter egg hunt and you can make a booking via the Sanctuary Cove website. Then, on Monday, when you’ve all crashed from the sugar high, jump back in to Sanctuary Cove on Easter Monday for a movie night at The Docks Precinct. Gather you love bunnies and lay out your picnic rug to watch Peter Rabbit on the big screen. This is a free event but to get the best picnic spot you must book ahead of the day.

Sip bunny-themed cocktails at Aviary Rooftop Bar: It’s not all about the kids, adults can enjoy sips, snacks and skyline views at Aviary Rooftop Bar across Easter weekend, with must-try tipples like the Cinna-bunny, Naughty Bilby and Bunny I’m Home added to the extensive new cocktail menu for the long weekend. There’s also a delicious menu of eats, including Aviary’s famed pizzas, to enjoy while you sip your way though the exclusive Easter cocktail list. Forget chocolate, this is an Easter treat for adults. Book your table online. Meanwhile, next door at Southport Sharks, there’s plenty of Easter fun happening across the venue with raffles, face painting and a special kids Easter show by the LOL Crew on Easter Sunday. You can read more about the club’s Easter hoppenings here.

Score a glorious 4-kilogram golden egg at JW Marriott: There’s nothing quite like the thrill of an Easter egg hunt, especially when there are 2500 of them up for grabs! This year, the team at JW Marriott Gold Coast have hidden eggs throughout the resort, both inside and out, for the ultimate scavenger hunt. One lucky child will lay their hands on a golden egg, a glorious 4-kilogram egg made specially by the pastry team. The hunt is available for in-house guests and Citrique diners. The race begins at 11:30 am on Sunday March 31.

Head south to Eclair at the Bay for some seriously delicious Easter treaties: If you’re planning a Byron getaway for the Easter long weekend, be sure to make a pit-stop at Eclair at the Bay to stock up on some mouth-watering treats. A delightfully decadent egg-mousse cake, chocolate tart, Paris-Brest nest and carrot cake are just some of the moreish morsels you will find gracing the cabinet. No pre-orders are required, however, be prepared to queue.

Love a freshly baked hot cross bun? Us too! We’ve compiled a list of a few of our faves – check it out here

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