THE last couple of days haven’t really shown the Gold Coast in its best light. It has rained and been unseasonably cool. Of course, it is the holidays and we have relatives staying with us.
We usually keep a list of fun Gold Coast experiences to do with guests and it includes all the activities that make the Gold Coast shine – the beach, glow worms, Burleigh Headland, picnic at the Rockpools… you know, the usual.
We pulled it out on Tuesday when the weather turned bad, but we quickly exhausted the available option – every item we had written down involved the outdoors.
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At a complete loss for what to do, we ended up at good ol’ Robina Town Centre, circling for a carpark just like everybody else in town.
So unoriginal, so uninspired.
I love that the Gold Coast plays to its strengths with outdoor shopping centres, alfresco dining and activities that get us up close and personal with nature but it comes back to bite us in the bum every now and then.
In need of a back-up plan, I set about updating my list because the movies and Timezone do not count as a Gold Coast experience in my book.
I thought I’d share some of the new ideas on my updated list that now covers rainy weather:
- Funky new cafes are springing up all over the Coast and rainy weather might be just what you need to shake it up and discover somewhere new.
- Check out what is on at the Gold Coast Convention Centre.
- Drive down to Murwillumbah to the Tweed Regional Gallery for a bit of culture and exposure to the arts.
- Go on a brewery Tour at Burleigh Brewing Co (they have them every Saturday afternoon) or brew your own on site at Laughing Lizard.
- Check out the ‘What’s On Guide’ at the Gold Coast Arts Centre or organise to see a foreign or arthouse film.
- Jellurgal Aboriginal Cultural Centre can give you a new perspective on a central part of town.
- Boutique wineries with cellar doors are dotted around the Gold Coast hinterland from Ilnam Estate in the south, to Cedar Creek and Mount Tamborine Winery in the north.
- Surf World is a great way to understand why the Gold Coast is so hooked on this crazy sport.
- Try an art or cooking class. The Active and Healthy booklet is a good place to start looking.
- Have lunch at a Surf Club; they are a great vantage point to watch a storm roll in.
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