Winter escape!!

The advice from Melbournians…..”you must get out for a break during Winter”! So that we did!!! Of course we headed North to soak in some Winter Sun and a good 10 degree increase on the barometer!!

We started on the Gold Coast (husband had a conference so we followed)! Then onto Noosa (good advice is to pre book a car during the School holidays, I left it til the last minute and ended up ubering to Noosa!! Nice $480 experience)!!

Anyway, we enjoyed some sun and swimming…we hit QLD often, so instead of boring you with all the details I will just leave you with a few new finds that I recommend.

Gold Coast

  • • Pacific fair – fresh from a refurb and great shopping!! Can jump on a tram from Surfers straight there! We stayed at the Hilton so the tram is at your doorstep.
  • • Also tram to Broadbeach as parks there are great for kids, as well as cafes and shopping.
  • • Best coffee in Surfers – definitely Espl !! Bottom of Peppers. There are also electric animals you can hire to drive around the shopping precinct! Kids loved these!
  • • Best brunch and baked amazing ness! Bam Bam Bakehouse! This is a must visit! The caramel choux bomb is seriously the bomb!! As are all their pastries including a barbie croissant and so many more delicacies!!! Seriously great brunch spot! Again with a park out the front.
  • Elk is another great brunch spot.
  • • Favourite dinner with the fam is Hanazono Teppenyaki!! (Under Q1 building) Always fun with the chefs cooking in front off you and throwing eggs etc!
  • Miami Marketta – This was a recommendation and looks super fun for a night out market style (wasn’t open the nights we were there).
  • Noosa
  • • We always change up where we stay but really loved the pool side villa at Sofitel this time!! A gate straight out to the pool and spa, perfect location and a pool bar that kept us all happy!
  • Bistro C – always a fave as is our Wedding Reception venue. Food is consistently amazing!! Our fave is happy hour beachside. Kids can play in the sand whilst we sip a few cocktails!!!
  • Happy pops – brand new handcrafted Gelato shop! Delilish and very pretty to look at! Choose your pop, choose your dipping, choose your topping !!! Located next to Bistro C.
  • Miss Moneypennys – superb pizzas and salads.
  • Betty’s Burgers – best burgers by far!
  • • Deli under Netanya – great for takeaway salads or meats to cook your own.
  • •Best coffee / Blended (also Açai bowls)
  • Perigian /
  • We stayed at my friends house in Marcus beach and the nearby Perigian village is buzzing with lots of cafes and very cute clothing and homeware stores.
  • Hand of Fatima Turkish coffee is the best in the village!
  • We returned back to Melb in the middle of Winter to a broken heating system!! Insert ugly cry face!! I’m happy to be living in Melb but do agree a Winter escape is necessary as I hear it is a long and drawn out process……..Plenty of coffee here to keep me satisfied!! X
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