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 award winning 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.
The new Exhibition Centre draws visitors and locals alike to many exhibitions, conferences and trade fairs. Whilst, Jupiters Casino (now known as The Star Gold Coast) 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.
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.
The Star 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 & Jupiters Hotel & Casino.
The hotel has a range of bars, restaurants and entertainment areas as well as all the comforts you would expect in a 5* hotel.
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.
Mantra Broadbeach on The Park is located on the beach side of the Gold Coast Highway. It is very convenient for local restaurants, mall, The Star Gold Coast (Jupiters) 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.
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.
Click Here for more information about Diamond Beach Resort.
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 - right on the Mall a 4 star apartment resort. 1 and 2 bedroom apartments for up 5 people.
facilities include heated pool, spa, sauna and tennis courts as well as
Check that the apartment you book has airconditioning as they don't all have it!
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!|
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:
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.
Main Beach – Tedder Avenue cafes and restaurants and Southport SLSC
Surfers Paradise – beaches, attractions, restaurants and entertainment
Burleigh Heads – Surfing and beaches
Sea World – water and theme park
Harbour Town – shopping, cinemas and cafes
Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary
MovieWorld – theme park
Wet ‘n’ Wild – water theme park
Australian Outback Spectacular – entertainment
Gold Coast Airport at Bilinga
Dreamworld & WhiteWater World – water and theme park
Tropical Fruit World – Duranbah
|1 hour 25 minutes||
|2 hours 30 minutes||
Australia Zoo – Beerwah, Sunshine Coast
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.