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Broadbeach Gold Coast Queensland

Broadbeach The Quieter Alternative to Surfers Paradise!

Broadbeach (known to locals as Broady!) has a feel all of it's own and the restaurants rock!

It seems quieter and more upmarket than Surfers Paradise.   Don't get me wrong, there's still loads going on, it just appears more subtle and much less in your face!

Well, that is except for eating!

The restaurants are everywhere and there are definitely some excellent choices.

The beach is just as great as Surfers Paradise. Kurrawa Surf Life Saving Club right by the beach has a bistro that overlooks the ocean - serves great food, is not expensive and proceeds go to help support the surf life savers.

Broadbeach aerial view towards Surfers Paradise
Aerial view of Broady north
towards Surfers Paradise
Restaurants in Broadbeach
Restaurants on Surf Parade
close in to main zone of Broadbeach

The new Exhibition Centre draws visitors and locals alike to many exhibitions, conferences and trade fairs. Whilst, Jupiters Casino offers entertainment, restaurants, hotel and shows and round off your stay with a visit to Pacific Fair a massive shopping centre with both indoor and outdoor shopping.

One of the downsides of all the restaurants is the noise of the garbage trucks picking up the restaurant bins at 3.00am!  So I recommend you pick accommodation away from the restaurants if you are a light sleeper!

Broadbeach is a great choice for those wanting to be close to the attractions of Surfers Paradise, without having to stay right in the middle of it. It is a particularly good choice for older couples and families with children and teenagers.

It is still easy to get around the area, and travel times to Gold Coast theme parks are not too much different than Surfers Paradise.

Attractions

  • Kurrawa Beach – patrolled every day all year round from  8.00am to 5.00pm.  
  • Kurrawa SLSC great for good value meals and great views and is directly across from the Oasis Centre.
  • Broadbeach Beach – patrolled every day from September to April each year from 8.00am to 5.00pm.
  • Pacific Fair – Shopping, cinemas and entertainment.
  • Draculas Dinner & Show - a nightly dinner and show.  Adult themes - shows change from time to time and include names like 'Fangs and Fetish' and 'RedRum Cabaret' and 'Transfusion'!  So you decide! Current Show: Dracula’s Cabaret on the Gold Coast latest show is Retro Vampt from July 2016.
  • Jupiters Hotel and Casino (formerly Conrad Jupiters) - includes hotel, restaurants, bars, and casino including table games and gaming machines.  It is a venue for visiting entertainment acts and during the year they run dinner theatre shows that have included Mamma Mia, Joe Labero, STOMP and Hale and Pace. Dinner and show packages are best booked in advance.  Latest live Show at Jupiters Gold Coast Hotel and Casino. Shows are usually suitable for the whole family. Dinner & Show Deals, Lunch & Matinees or "Show Only" packages available. Check out all the live entertainment for Gold Coast.  
  • Gold Coast Convention and Entertainment Centre - Many trade shows, exhibitions and conventions are run here. Most convention visitors like to stay close to this venue. Plus the Gold Coast Blaze basketball team play their home games at the Entertainment Centre.
  • Broadbeach Mall and Oasis Shopping Centre – Food and Shopping in a Mall environment.
  • Broadbeach Art & Craft Market is a great, fun market run on the 1st and 3rd Sunday of each month. More information about this Art and Craft Market.
  • Broadbeach Lantern Market is  held in the mall every Friday night from September to May. More information about this Lantern Market.
  • Monorail - this is a bit of an oddity as it only goes between the Casino and Sofitel Hotel at the end of the mall - you can easily walk the distance - but hey it is something to do and the kids always love it... plus if you are carrying lots of shopping perhaps you don't want to walk 100m!

Accommodation

Phoenician Resort at Broadbeach
Phoenician Resort at Broadbeach
with restaurants below

Like Surfers Paradise, there are many options for accommodation in Broady.

Unlike Surfers Paradise, you can find absolute beachfront apartments and accommodations.

There are a range of hotels, motels, apartments, resorts and holiday homes for rental.

When choosing a place to stay in Broadbeach, you need to check location as some (particularly the cheaper motels and some resorts) are right on the VERY busy Gold Coast Highway.

Check out a range of Broadbeach Accommodation or scroll down for a selection below.

Hotels

Jupiters Hotel and Casino

Jupiters Hotel and Casino Gold Coast - If you want to stay in a hotel in Broadbeach this is a good choice particularly if you enjoy the 5 star feel! Formerly known as Conrad Jupiters.

The hotel has a range of bars, restaurants and entertainment areas as well as all the comforts you would expect in a 5* hotel.

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Sofitel Gold Coast

Sofitel Gold Coast is part of the Accor group and is a very modern and comfortable 5 star hotel, conveniently situated near the Oasis Centre.

It has a pool, spa and tennis court and is linked to Jupiters Casino by the monorail. It is a short stroll down the Mall to the beach and Kurrawa Surf Life Saving Club. The fabulous local Broadbeach restaurants are all within easy walking distance and so is Pacific Fair Shopping Centre and the Gold Coast Convention Centre.

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Apartments & Resorts

Mantra Broadbeach on The Park

Mantra Broadbeach on The Park is located on the beach side of the Gold Coast Highway. It is very convenient for local restaurants, mall, Jupiters Casino and the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre.

1, 2 and 3 bedroom apartments all with airconditioning, balconies, in-room spas and lots of other facilities. 2 and 3 bedroom apartments have 2 bathrooms.  Some have Ocean views.

Resort facilities include heated pool including a 25m lap pool, fully equipped gym, sauna, spa, steam room and BBQ facilties.

These apartments also boast some great restaurants underneath including Moo Moo Wine Bar and Grill, Lauxes VIP Champagne Salon and Biscotti Italian Cuisine & Martini Bar.

This resort also has undercover parking which adds to its convenient position.

Find out more about this Mantra Accommodation.


Breakfree Diamond Beach Resort

Diamond Beach Resort is also known as Breakfree Diamond Beach as it is managed by the Breakfree group. Resort apartment style accomodation is rated by some as 4 star with options for 1, 2 and 3 bedroom apartments.

The drawcards for this resort include the tropical gardens, freeform pools one of which is heated, one heated spa and another unheated spa, shaded BBQ area, childrens playgrounds, cascades and waterfalls and a kids pool.

It is located in a quiet street between the Gold Coast Highway and the beach.

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Carmel by the Sea Apartments

Carmel by the Sea - 4½ star 2, 3 and sub-penthouse apartments in well located building.  All master bedrooms have spa in the bathroom.  Both indoor and outdoor heated pool and spa. Sauna, gym, steam room and tennis court.

Each apartment has either ocean or hinterland views from the balcony and they are modern and fresh in appearance.

Downside is there is no restaurant on-site - but given you are in Broadbeach I think you can forgive that one!

A good friend of mine Carol, always books her visitors here as it is away from the noisy restaurant precinct but still close to all the action and very comfortable!


South Pacific Plaza Resort

South Pacific Plaza Resort - right on the Mall a 4 star apartment resort.  1 and 2 bedroom apartments for up 5 people.

Resort facilities include heated pool, spa, sauna and tennis courts as well as BBQ facilties.

Check that the apartment you book has airconditioning as they don't all have it!


Golf Information

No golf courses in Broadbeach itself.  Many courses are within 20 to 25  minutes drive, but the luxury courses further away are worth driving to!

Name Suburb Travel time Extra Info
Luxury Golf Courses
Lakelands Golf Course Merrimac 15 mins Usually available for bookings at selected times Monday to Friday only.
Palm Meadows Golf Course Carrara 15 mins At Raddisson Resort
Royal Pines Resort Carrara 20 mins At Crowne Plaza Royal Pines Resort
The Colonial Robina 20 mins  
The Villa Nerang 25 mins Only takes groups - minimum 12 maximum 32.  Can play at night under lights.
Hope Island Resort Golf Course Hope Island 35 mins At Hope Island Resort - the only links course in the Gold Coast.
The Grand Golf Club Gilston 35 mins Very Exclusive - you'll have to know someone to get in here!
Sanctuary Cove Golf Resort Sanctuary Cove 45 mins Two courses - The Palms and The Pines
General Golf Courses
Gold Coast Burleigh Golf Club Miami 10 mins  
Surfers Paradise Golf Club Clear Island Waters 10 mins  
Emerald Lakes Golf Club Carrara 15 mins 9 holes under lights to 9.30pm each night.
Southport Golf Club Bundall 15 mins  
Robina Woods Golf Course Robina 20 mins  
The Glades Robina 20 mins Greg Norman designed course
Parkwood International Golf Club Parkwood 25 mins  
9 Hole Courses
Merrimac Golf Course Merrimac 15 mins This isn't a very exciting course - but is very affordable!



Beach Information

Kurrawa Broadbeach view from Sofitel
Kurrawa Beach at Broadbeach taken from Sofitel

Broadbeach has direct ocean beach frontage. It is a continuation of the beach from Surfers Paradise. The beach in this part of the Gold Coast is just as magnificent as in Surfers!

The beach is cleaned every day and is a pleasure to visit winter or summer.   

Beaches that are patrolled every day of the year from 8.00am to 5.00pm unless they are closed are:

  • Wharf Road
  • Kurrawa
In addition Australia Avenue is patrolled weekends from September to April only and Margaret Avenue which is near Pacific Fair is patrolled every day from September to April.

Make sure you are aware of the beach and surf conditions and only swim between the flags - I cannot stress this enough!


Travel Times

Approximate travel times by motor vehicle - please note travel times can be affected by many factors including traffic hazards and roadworks. These are just an indication.

10 minutes
Main Beach
– Tedder Avenue cafes and restaurants and Southport SLSC
Surfers Paradise – beaches, attractions, restaurants and entertainment
Burleigh Heads – Surfing and beaches

15 minutes
Sea World
– water and theme park

20 minutes
Harbour Town – shopping, cinemas and cafes
Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary

30 minutes
MovieWorld
– theme park
Wet ‘n’ Wild – water theme park
Australian Outback Spectacular – entertainment

35 minutes
Gold Coast Airport
at Bilinga
Coolangatta
Dreamworld & WhiteWater World – water and theme park

55 minutes
Tropical Fruit World – Duranbah

1 hour 25 minutes
Brisbane Airport

2 hours 30 minutes
Australia Zoo – Beerwah, Sunshine Coast



Directions for Car Travel

For directions and other information I recommend you use Google Maps Australia. On this website there are several google maps including a map of Surfers which you can click on to get directions which will also give you an idea of travel times for driving.



 

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