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  • A Weekend in Ipswich 0

    Ipswich

    The ‘grande dame’ of Queensland country towns, Ipswich may not immediately spring to mind as a holiday destination. Yet there’s lots to discover here in our own backyard, a fascinating history which unfolds before our eyes, a laid back lifestyle away from the bustle of city streets and people who will greet you in passing […]

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  • Springfield 0

    It’s our first visit to Springfield, the suburb advertised as ‘a place where you can truly live, learn, work and play’. We’ve heard the stories. Now it’s time to pay a visit. The story of Springfield’s development is almost mythical, how in 1992, despite having little money of his own, Maha Sinnathamby raised the money […]

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  • 8th Avenue Terrace 0

    Levels 1 & 2, 8th Avenue Plaza, 1176 Gold Coast Highway, Palm Beach, Queensland 4221

    Following the runaway success of the oh-so-delicious Espresso Moto, owners Jordan Stubbs, Krista Hall, Shannon Baier-Dry and Nikki Grimshaw-Jones have transformed the upper two levels of the 8th Avenue Plaza office block into a dual function restaurant: a casual alfresco terrace on the first level, with a more formal dining room above. With its understated […]

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  • Sandbar 0

    51 The Esplanade, Surfers Paradise, Queensland 4217

    Change is in the air in Surfers, nowhere more evident that at the Sandbar. With uninterrupted sea views and the widest offerings of beer on the coast, Sandbar is iconic. An institution. But even ‘institutions’ need to move with the times. After operating the restaurant for almost twenty years since its time as the Boardwalk […]

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  • Taverna 0

    22 Marine Parade, Kingscliff, New South Wales 2487

    Every town has its iconic places, including Kingscliff. The sleepy little coastal village, so loved by many, has such a place: a simple cottage overlooking the beach. For forty years, it housed restaurants, such as Tracey’s Garden Restaurant and Baja, where families would dine while on holidays. For many, including present owners Mark Wilson and […]

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  • Meraki Whole Food Kitchen 0

    55 Brooke Ave, Chirn Park

    Move nourish believe. It’s the mantra of success, in so many ways, especially when followed by another word: Act. After a lifetime working in and owning cafes, Evelyn Ellis, with the help of her husband and daughter, decided to follow he dream and open a wholefood café. “My dream for this café was inspired two […]

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  • Balboa 0

    1069 Gold Coast Highway, Palm Beach, Queensland 4221

    It’s hard to miss Balboa as you drive through Palm Beach. Its red brick two-storey building, once a quite unremarkable office block, now forms an imposing picture; even more so at night when the interior emanates a warm glow and the tables spill over with food, drinks and good times. The latest venture of Avvia […]

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  • Pacific Dawn Food & Wine Cruise 1

    Portside Wharf, 39 Hercules St, Hamilton QLD 4007

      A 3-day ‘Food & Wine’ cruise on the Pacific Dawn sounds like the ultimate getaway: a chance to enjoy an indulgent weekend, all laid on with a minimum of fuss – no passport, no long plane flight, lots of dining choice, faultless service, and time away from business phone calls and electronic media. What […]

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  • The Collective 0

    1128 Gold Coast Hwy, Palm Beach, Queensland 4221

      Every so often something radically different comes along in the dining scene – an idea that, while generated from elsewhere, is given new life in our present-day culinary context. The Collective at Palm Beach is just that. A restaurant version of a food market, The Collective is a family business blending the complementary skills […]

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  • Canteen Social 0

    1 Corporate Ct, Bundall, Queensland 4217

      ‘Social. Def.: Relating to society or its organisation. An informal social gathering, especially one organised by the members of a particular club or group.’ Hey peoples! I’m almost over the word ‘social’. Really cute the first time we heard it as a café name, by the sixth time it had lost its authenticity. In […]

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  • Stones Throw 0

    1823 Gold Coast Highway, Burleigh Heads, Queensland 4220

    With so many new cafés opening on the Gold Coast, it pays to offer something different. We’ve heard all the #givethecustomerswhattheywant arguments, and they don’t entirely wash with us. So, when we visit Stone’s Throw for the first time, we’re really pleased to see no Eggs Bene on the menu. They’ve stepped up and taken […]

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  • Dracula’s Comedy Cabaret restaurant 0

    1 Hooker Boulevard, Broadbeach, Queensland 4218

    There’s a reason why Dracula’s is one of the Gold Coast’s longest-running attractions, we find out when we visit. Easy to find, it’s a quick fix for a night’s experience. Directly opposite Pacific Fair and a short walk from the light rail’s Broadbeach South station, public transport accessibility is a bonus, but there’s quite a […]

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  • Finders Keepers Bar 0

    49 James Street, Burleigh Heads, Queensland 4220

    It was the secret hideaway loved by many on the Gold Coast. No grass on the ceiling, no backwards clock or teacup chandelier, but there was more than a touch of mystique to Finders Keepers, a vintage dining room and quirky bar all rolled into one. Finders Keepers! Find the key, and the secret was […]

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  • El Patio de Cuba 0

    Chevron Renaissance Shopping Centre, 3240 Surfers Paradise Blvd., Surfers Paradise, Queensland 4217

    “It’s 1958 in Cuba, the mojitos are flowing, fine food is in abundance and the show girls are dancing.” It was a time when Cabaret Quarterly wrote that Havana was “…a mistress of pleasure, the lush and opulent goddess of delights.” But as rich jetsetters, celebrities and gangsters flew to Cuba to sample a luxurious […]

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  • Jasmine Room 0

    Sundale Level 1, 2 Como Crescent, Southport, Queensland 4215

    Southport’s star continues to rise with the opening of the Jasmine Room Chinese restaurant. Owned by Chinese restaurant royalty, the Cheng family (ex-Landmark, Sunnybank), who also own the very successful Dragon Cove, Jasmine Room is situated on the second level of the Meriton Sundale building, Southport, overlooking the Broadwater. In this peaceful, relaxed venue, diners […]

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  • Cirkul – Modern European 0

    1837 Gold Coast Highway Burleigh Heads, Queensland 4220

    There’s something distinctly European about Cirkul; a well-established classic masculine look that demands to be taken seriously. Situated on the Eastern side of the Gold Coast Highway in Burleigh, we enter Cirkul past groups of friends dining in the open air alfresco area fronting the street. Most of the restaurant is tucked away, cave-like, inviting […]

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  • Goodness Gracias 0

    1114 -1116 Gold Coast Highway, Palm Beach, Queensland 4221

    There were times over the last few years when I thought we might have got drowned in the ‘Mexican wave’, carried away on a tidal wave of sloppy burritos, corn chips (or worse still, fries) smothered in cheesy sauce and refried beans with a dash of chilli. It was everything I hated about Mexican – […]

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  • Wildernis Café and Bar 0

    1166 Gold Coast Highway, Palm Beach, Queensland 4221

    While much of the furore in the foodie press surrounds the precincts of Pacific Fair and Robina Town Centre, changes in the Palm Beach dining scene are creeping in with stealth. But they’re no less exciting. The once sleepy suburb will more than double its talent within a few months, making it a new destination […]

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  • 3 Sea Crêpèrie 4

    135 Minjungbal Drive, Tweed Heads, New South Wales 2486

      It may be hard to find 3 Seas, but when you do, it will be worth the journey. Behind the red, blue and white awning in South Tweed is a humble little traditional crêpèrie, French take away and deli run by Damien Pigot and his partner Sondrine (Sandy) Mendy. You don’t have to look […]

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  • Another 10 Hot Asian eats 0

    Welcome to another of our ‘Go To’ cheap and cheerful dining posts. Whether it be a hot steamy night after a day at the beach or a blustery evening when the cold seeps into your bones, there’s nothing like an cheap night out, a ‘slurp your way to goodness’ heaven with a hot Asian eat. […]

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