6 Places You Must Visit On The Gold Coast, According To A Local

Hidden gems

By Bianca Licina | 4th June 2024

Offering the perfect blend of a laid-back coastal lifestyle and urban vibrancy, the Gold Coast is quite a unique pocket of the world. With pristine beaches alongside world-class restaurants and bars, and impressive shopping, it’s not hard to understand why it’s so sought-after. If you frequent the GC, it’s likely you’re familiar with its iconic landmarks such as Rick Shores and the Burleigh Pavillion.

So, let us show you what you may be missing: consider this a local guide to the good ol’ Gold Coast.

Tarte Bakery & Cafe

Reminiscent of Parisian cafes, Tarte Bakery & Cafe spills out onto the streets of B\urleigh Heads with fit folks, families and fur babies enjoying their delicious meals. Serving up a wide variety of impeccable dishes and freshly baked pastries, this truly isn’t just another cafe. 

MUST TRY: Chicken sandwich and muffin tops.

Franc Jrs Famous Pizzeria

If anyone knows pizza, it’s Franc Jrs Famous Pizzeria. With two locations in Coolangatta and Nobby’s Beach, this low-lit diner-style eatery serves up the best pizzas in town (not open to discussion). With a no-booking policy, simply rock up and enjoy the delectable food and lively ambiance.

MUST TRY: Beesting pizza and Sicilian Square Detroit-style pizzas.

Bujerum Holiday Apartments

When it comes to staying on the GC, it’s all about location. Poised in the prime location of Goodwin Terrace (Burleigh Heads), Budjerum Holiday Apartments offer stellar ocean views and laid-back luxury. Beach, Burleigh Pavillion and Rick Shores-adjacent, Budjerum is comprised of four modern and luxurious self-contained apartments providing a homely feeling, perfect for longer vacays.

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View from 3-bedroom apartment on top floor

Etsu Izakaya

Bringing modern Japanese with a twist to Broadbeach, Etsu Izakaya is a staple when it comes to trendy fine dining on the Gold Coast. But first, you must find it! Veiled by a non-descript barn door and only marked by a lone red lantern, Etsu is effortlessly cool with a buzzing atmosphere. Renowned for its top-notch share-style food and iconic interiors, Etsu is an easy choice if your after a fun, foodie night out.

Greenhouse The Bathhouse

Discover tranquility at Greenhouse The Bathhouse nestled in the serene Tallebudgera Valley. Step into the unisex, communal bathhouse and modern rejuvenation space, where you can unwind with a unique spa experience. Indulge in a range of treatments including massages, steam rooms, saunas, magnesium spas, and a refreshing plunge pool and spend your day pampering your body and soul in this blissful oasis of wellness.


A bustling spot in the heart of Burleigh Heads, Rosella’s is an Australian-themed bar serving up Aussie-inspired cocktails and dishes, homegrown wines and tinnies. With locals spilling onto the street at any time of the day, this bar is a constant hub of life. Pull up a stool and crack open a cold one! Whether you try their Good Ol’ Chicken Parmi or the Fantales cocktail, you’ll feel proud to be an Aussie. 

MUST TRY: Blinky Bill cocktail

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By Bianca Licina Certified shopaholic, Bianca is happiest in her favourite pair of jeans with a piccolo latte in hand.




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