ORM’s guide to activities and venues to check out across the Gold Coast and beyond.
The hub of activity that is the Miami Marketta is the ultimate night out this autumn. Every Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday, the laneway dining precinct truly comes alive. Take a walk down the twinkly fairy light lanes, explore vintage bars, boho chic stores, and taste-test the variety of around-the-world food stalls. Serving locally brewed beers, boutique wines, and specialty cocktails, the Marketta has something for everyone. This is also home to many events and concerts, including the likes of Byron Bay artist Ziggy Alberts, so be sure to keep up-to-date with their Facebook page.
More info: miamimarketta.com
Just 20 minutes south of the Gold Coast you’ll find the somewhat-new gem that is Husk Distillers. The Husk farm and cellar is the first of its kind in Australia, being a paddock-to-bottle agricole distillery. Located in the quaint town of Tumbulgum, the Messenger family’s 60-acre farm is now open to the public, offering the distillery, a cafe, and grazing cattle all among uncleared rainforest. Book yourself in for a daily distillery tour or just pop in, grab yourself a grazing platter and a speciality home-brewed cocktail and soak up the simplicity of the farm.
More info: huskdistillers.com
Gold Coast waterfalls
If you’re short on cash or after something nature-driven, be sure to adventure to some of the Gold Coast’s wonderful waterfalls. Nestled in the magical rainforest — and World Heritage-listed site — lies the Purling Brook Falls, one of the GC’s most impressive waterfalls. So take a daytrip and jump on in for a cool down. Next is the Currumbin Cougal Cascades: plunging from a cliff face into a large swimming hole — it’s a must-see location. Last, head to the Elabana Falls at Lamington National Park, a popular hotspot for nature-lovers and photographers alike.
Looking for something a little bit special to do on a summer weekend? Hideaway Glamping is exactly that. A short drive to Cabarita (15 minutes from Tweed Heads) will take you to the luxury camping oasis by the sea. Made up of boho-luxe bell tents, recycled shipping containers that have created communal dining areas, and pop-up bars, your weekend will be an escape from the busy coast — in the very best way!
Book now at hideawaycabaritabeach.com.au
The latest craze on the Gold Coast is the luxurious and trendsetting Yot Club. The world’s first superyacht entertainment venue hosts parties, afternoon cruises, and both local and international DJs. Cruise around the serene Gold Coast waters or through the alive city of Brisbane. Well, with bars onboard, comfy seating, tasty tapas and plenty of Instagram posing spots, why would you want to do anything else this summer?
More info: yotclub.com.au
The Village Markets
Held on the first and third Sunday of each month at Burleigh Heads State School is the Gold Coast’s super-popular boutique markets. This is a truly creative hub of activity. The markets host more than 100 stalls, including vintage pre-loved clothing, handmade jewellery, dried flower bouquets, bohemian homewares, as well as many exotic food stalls. Set up to support local emerging designers and artists while creating a strong sense of a sustainable community, the markets are truly a must-do Sunday activity.
More info: thevillagemarkets.co