Local’s guide to how to spend a weekend in the Gold Coast

Travelling Well | Megan Whitfield | Posted on 02 November 2019

Burleigh Brewing CEO Peta Fielding’s guide to a weekend on the Gold Coast.

Gold Coast personality and Burleigh Brewing chief executive Peta Fielding fondly remembers weekends spent on the coast as a child, a short drive from her Brisbane family home. 

Peta has since lived and worked all around the world – from Japan to Hawaii – but now she calls the Gold Coast home, where she loves the winning mix of sunshine-filled days, cool village vibe and big city facilities – all without the traffic.

Slides: HOTA is the Gold Coast's home for all things creative; Burleigh Brewing Tap House; The Oak cafe in Mudgeeraba; and The Collective Palm Beach.

Where Peta Fielding goes on the Gold Coast…

For a great cup of coffee… 

There’s a café close to home I found recently called The Oak, in Mudgeeraba. It’s a cute, relaxed little spot… it’s quickly become my local favourite.

For a long lunch… 

I’d probably say The Collective Palm Beach. It was originally an old post office which has been renovated, and now there’s a great rooftop bar. There’s a great range of different cuisines to choose from but what I really love is that it’s so open – you can hear and smell the ocean.

I usually go for the Poke dish as it reminds me of my time in Hawaii, but it’s also fun to sample a bit of everything.

For a drink…

Well, I’d definitely start at Burleigh Brewing Tap House

After that, I’d go for anywhere that’s on the beach. Fortunately, there are quite a few choices for that. There’s Elephant Rock, Burleigh Pavilion

About 10 years ago there were really only surf clubs, which were nice, but now there are so many more options.

To get back to nature…

Definitely Springbrook National Park for the hiking trails, the waterfalls. You just can’t beat getting up in the mountains for a walk – maybe not too hard a hike though. 

The Gold Coast actually also has quite a big equestrian scene. When I was a kid I begged my parents for years for a horse. I never got one, but I did get lessons. It’s hard to be stressed when you’re on a horse. 

For a culture hit…

The development of HOTA (Home of the Arts) formerly the Arts Centre Gold Coast has been really impressive. They’ve created such a great cultural hub – there’s always something going on, whether it’s in the outdoor amphitheatre, some live music, or an arts workshop. They’re adding on a bigger art gallery as well, which is set to open in 2021.

To make the most of the sunshine, there’s also regular small festivals going on around the coast. HOTA runs Bleach* arts festival each year, and we also have the BLA! Brewing Local Artists festival, where we bring in local artists and showcase sculptures, fine art, music, live art… 

For a special gift…

I’d head to James Street. There’s lots of little independent stores, and the stock is constantly changing. 

I also recently discovered a place in Currumbin called Gather. As the name suggests, they have a range of homewares “gathered” from all over the place. It’s the kind of store where if you don’t know what you want, you go there and you’ll find it.

The Collective

The Collective boasts a huge rooftop bar.

Burleigh Brewing

Beer on tap at Burleigh Brewing Co.

The Oak cafe

The Oak, in Mudgeeraba.

To unwind…

I’d definitely head to the country. I love to explore the hinterland – either on foot or on a horse. It’s my way of getting back to nature and switching off from the (relative) hustle and bustle. 

Earlier this year my family and I went up to O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat, up in the hinterland. It’s a really beautiful place for a weekend away, with gorgeous villas fitted with spas out on the balcony. It’s just stunning. 

For a special occasion…

Dinner at Rick Shores is always delicious, particularly the softshell crab. It’s at Burleigh Heads, right on the water, which I love.

To treat myself…

I’d probably do all of the above, but in one weekend!

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