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By: Zdenko Kahlina
SHOCK, HORROR!!! It rained on the Gold Coast!
Imagine this, we just traveled across half of the world, from Canada to Australia, expecting to enjoy Australian summer and hot days. I have packed sun protection in my suitcase, only to arrive at Gold Coast in January for five days and it rained ALL the time.
Broadbeach is favourite destination
Broadbeach a long time favourite Gold Coast Queensland, destination for families and couples with its white sandy beaches, amazing ocean, parklands, playgrounds and picnic facilities. Just a few kilometres south of Surfers Paradise, Broadbeach is a great place for foodies, as it’s known as the Gold Coast’s central dining hub. There are loads of restaurants and bars offering a different taste of the world to try on every corner.
Arial view of Gold Coast
The apartments at The Wave, the place where we were staying, are just a short stroll to the magnificent, safe Kurrawa beach, patrolled by lifeguards, offering great surf and safe swimming. This beach is ideal for families and surfers alike when the weather is sunny and warm. But we had nothing of this. As I mentioned before, it rained all the time, and it was quite windy, so approaching the beach and the strong blowing wind coming from the ocean was not very pleasant. My wife only stepped in the water to her lower ankle. Even walking on the wet sand was like walking through the mud.
So, what else could we do when it’s raining all day long. Shopping! Because the weather didn’t cooperate with our plans for swimming, we added some shopping to the mix of rain and wet sand. Lining the streets of Broadbeach are boutiques and retail outlets and just across the road from central Broadbeach is the popular Pacific Fair Shopping Centre offering more than 130 stores so you can shop till you drop.
Surfers Paradise is really paradise!
Prize winning restaurants and cafes are in Broadbeach
Broadbeach: shopping at Pacific Fair Shopping Centre
If you are staying in Broadbeach and don’t wish to venture there are loads of options right at your fingertips. You can enjoy the shopping at Pacific Fair Shopping Centre around half of the complex is indoors and there is a cinema, you might also wish to poke around the boutiques in the Oasis Shopping Centre. Shops and restaurants are just minutes from the door and the major transport routes are all nearby. Once you’re done here you could slip across to Conrad Jupiter’s Casino for an affordable meal, a show or to try your luck!
If thrills and spills are more your style, from Broadbeach it is also easy to access the Gold Coast’s major theme parks: Movie World, Dreamworld, SeaWorld and Wet’n’Wild. Broadbeach offers a wonderful holiday experience that can be as casual and relaxed or as refined and energetic as you like.
When the average person thinks of Queensland’s Gold Coast, they usually think of Surfers Paradise. When surfers think of Surfers Paradise, they think of the waves just across the New South Wales border near Coolangatta. When the locals on the Gold Coast want to enjoy the best the region’s beaches have to offer, they think of Burleigh Heads.
The enticingly pristine beaches in the Broadbeach are what make it one of most popular tourist destinations in Australia. The long stretch of fine sand and sparkling blue waters as well as the contagiously laidback ambience is among the reasons why people continue to flock this marvelous beachside suburb.
Kurrawa beach, is patrolled by lifeguards
No swimming: All we could do on Kurrawa beach, was to get our feet wet!
In Broadbeach: Beautiful trail parallel with the Kurrawa beach.
Guests at our affordable Broadbeach accommodation can spend their days frolicking at the beach. The temperate waters and tides make it appropriate for swimming, parasailing and surfing. In case someone might want to get a crash course on how to hang ten, there are several surfing schools are nearby. Broadbeach also boasts of having two patrolled beaches that will ensure holiday makers’ safety while at the beach. Aside from surfing and swimming, you may also stroll along the nearby beachfront cafes and shops that offer a variety of delightful delicacies and charming trinkets.
Holiday makers at our family accommodation Gold Coast can opt to spend a bit of leisurely shopping spree at the nearby Pacific Fair Shopping Centre and also at the Oasis. As one of the biggest retail centers in the region, the Pacific Fair houses a complete line on some of the most exquisite local and international consumer brands ranging from fabulous clothes and accessories to gift items and home wares. Moreover, shoppers can avail of excellent services at the specialty shops or even perhaps indulge in a relaxing treatment at the beauty and wellness salons. There are also plenty of restaurants and cafes conveniently located inside the mall.
Vera in Broadbeach shopping center
Have your fill of the most scrumptious gastronomy in the region. Undoubtedly, the most prize winning restaurants and cafes in the Gold Coast are found in Broadbeach. There’s definitely always something that will surely tickle your taste buds. Trendy and innovative, most restaurants in Broadbeach offer delectably diverse international cuisines that can cater to your taste and means as well as your varying appetite.
When it comes to nightlife and entertainment, Broadbeach is relatively more toned down than Surfers Paradise but it never falls short of providing a tremendous party scene at the trendiest nightclubs and bars located nearby our Broadbeach holiday accommodation. If you to enjoy an exciting game nights you can always drop by the extravagant Jupiter’s Casino. Not merely an excellent venue for business conference, the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre also holds venues for huge sporting and concert events that everyone enjoy.
Broadbeach is distinctly different, discover the ingredients to a picture-perfect holiday – The simple pleasures of a day at the beach, dinner at an ultra-sophisticated restaurant or lunch at a relaxing café. Barbeques and picnics in the park on a picture perfect Broadbeach day, a night of world-class entertainment, dancing and perfect options for your romantic getaway or family holiday.
You can shop until you drop in Broadbeach at one of the hundreds of stores at Pacific Fair, the Oasis Shopping Centre, Niecon Plaza and a variety of boutiques.
The Australian Outback Spectacular show – Spirit of the Horse – With a tribute to Phar Lap (horse).
When our friends booked this show I had no idea of what I was to see. We went in with an open mind and as soon as the show began, we knew it was about Australia and the outback. Australian Outback Spectacular is a permanent attraction situated around 20 minutes inland from Surfers Paradise on the Gold Coast between Warner Bros. Movie World and Wet’n’Wild Water World on the Pacific Motorway, Oxenford, Gold Coast, Queensland.
The show was all about horses and Australia heritage
By the camp fire in the Australian outback.
The show was fantastic! It was like watching two different shows: Spirit of the Horse and Phar Lap. In the first part of the show they portray the outback and Australian way off life. Second part of the show was dedicated to remarkable tale of Phar Lap, one of Australian horse racing history’s most dramatic story that combines all the elements necessary to make it an all time favorite. A Thoroughbred horse with inauspicious beginnings that almost never got the chance to race, people who believed in him and risked much to earn him a chance, people ready to kill him in order to further their criminal agenda, triumph over the odds, and a tragic ending. The name Phar Lap comes from a dialect of Thai, and means “Lightning”, or “Sky Flash” which turned out to be a most prescient moniker.
The Show starts and it does not stop, it has you enthralled from start to finish. Both shows were magnificent!! Venue is fantastic, pre entertainment of singing, poetry, a stroll around a few horses and the opportunity to have a photo with a beautiful Australian cattle dog or two. Of course there’s also the gift shop, very reasonably priced and the Bar. Seating and viewing is so well designed, comfortable and there is no blocked views.
Spirit of the Horse – With a tribute to Phar Lap
Meal is 10/10 considering it’s ‘Bulk’ cooking for around 2000 people. 3 courses !! Good Aussie tender steak and veggies as a main. At the same time they came Back filling my beer glass with great Australian beer. They don’t skimp on serving the alcohol either. Considering Meal, Drinks and show(s) are all included in ticket price… It is very reasonable. You need to Book Tickets. A must see if you visit the gold coast!
2018 Commonwealth Games
Queensland’s favorite tourist destination, the Gold Coast, has won the right to host 2018 Commonwealth Games. The Commowealth Games are proposed to be held between 4 and 15 April, 2018. The Games will see infrastructure development, stimulation and diversification of the local economy. The Gold Coast is very strong on a sport level. Bernard Tomic, highest ranked Australian male professional tennis player lives there. Interestingly he has Croatian heritage like me. Professional cyclist Robbie McEwan grew up in the suburbs on the south side of Brisbane. This is just to name the two of most successful sportsman from the Gold Coast.
The Wave Apartments
I want to describe place where we were staying in Broadbeach. The tower is called ‘The Wave’. This is a high-rise building with the modern apartment’s, with an amazing rooftop pool and deck. The Wave Apartments were built around 2006. They are situated right in the heart of Broadbeach – just pop downstairs and there are restaurants and cafes galore. Just a one minute walk away is the Oasis Shopping Centre with a supermarket and several levels of shops. Walk across the plaza and you can take the monorail directly to the Casino for $2. Kurrawa Park (the huge foreshore park) is about 300 meters away via the Broadbeach Mall, and then stroll across the lawns to the actual beach.
The Wave Apartments
Our apartment was a two bedroom suite with the ocean view from the 23 floor. This was obviously amazing, 2 bedrooms with the views of the ocean and many other buildings surrounding us. This two bedroom apartment was very spacious, clean and tidy. Every room had a separate in-suite bathroom with shower and big closet, almost like two separate suites. Both bedrooms and bathrooms had plenty of space too. Nice big showers in both bathrooms. The bed was a bit hard and the pillows were awful round spongy things (my only little niggle about an otherwise excellent apartment). Apartment was clean and comfortable, good kitchen area with oven, double fridge/freezer, microwave, stovetop and dishwasher. Separate laundry area with dryer and drying rack. The view was amazing!!
Open space: living room with the kitchen
50” TV and ocean view thru the window.
Apartment had everything we needed, very clean and modern. Yes, it was a little noisy with the neighboring shopping centre’s fans and the entertainment venues in the mall, but once you close the doors, it was fine. If you’re worried about noise, make sure you go as high up as possible.
Balcony was very spacious with amazing ocean view.
View of the pool from above
There are 2 heated pools, one on the 4th floor and another small pool at the top of the building. One of the best features of The Wave Apartments is the 34th floor rooftop deck. There’s a guest lounge, BBQ facilities, sauna and a small pool. The views from this deck are amazing both day and night (bring your camera!), so don’t worry if your room doesn’t have the best view, just pop up to the deck! We were also using very modern and well equipped fitness center, which was located on the 4th floor, at the same level as the outdoor pool. Underground parking was very easy to use and accessible, numbered allocated car parks in a secured area.
Pool was on a fourth level
The only slightly annoying thing about my stay was the high level of security. Your key came with a “fob” which you were forced to swipe every time you pressed a floor button inside the lift, to exit the lower levels of the car park area, and even to enter and leave the 34th level rooftop deck. Seems a bit of security overkill, as to get to the rooftop desk you must have swiped the fob in the lift. You also need your actual key if you’re putting the rubbish down the chute near the outside fire escape, otherwise you’ll be locked out of the building, so always carry your keys with you!
The were restaurants everywhere around Broadbeach
The Wave Resort is in a great location and worth paying the extra for ocean view, but either way a great view of the hinterland as well. The Wave Staff were very polite, always had a smile and a good morning. Location is perfect close to the beach. Many shops and restaurants right outside. It was a very enjoyable stay at The Wave thanks to its central location, modern apartments and fantastic staff. Highly recommended!
Zdenko, Vera, Durdja and Ivan on top floor of ‘The Wave’
Huge thanks to our friends who made all the arrangements and paid for it all!!
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