14 Indulgent Ways to Unwind on the Coast
Everybody needs a little indulgence sometimes. In fact, studies suggest that in order to maintain good health and wellbeing, you should actively seek recuperation
from work and life demands in your leisure time. The key is to find things that relax you and then make sure you make time for them. Here are a number of ways you can sit back and unwind after a hard days work in the Gold Coast.
1.Early morning walk
An early morning walk gives you energy for the rest of the day and activates your body’s systems
. Mental sharpness, improved mood and a positive mindset are just three consequences of a good walk. Our favourite early morning walk is the beautiful coastal scenic walk from Kirra to Point Danger and beyond to Duranbah Beach
2. Breakfast with a view
Enjoy gourmet coffee, delicious food and fast, friendly service at The Black Sheep Espresso Baa
, voted the #1 restaurant in Coolangatta. Located directly opposite Coolangatta Beach it’s the perfect place to stop, sit and watch the world go by. If you have a pooch you can bring him too and indulge your furry friend in a “Pupachino” - a lactose-free milk with dog-friendly chocolate on top.
offers total relaxation and rejuvenation with massage, facials, skin consultations and organic skin care products. Upon your arrival you’ll unwind in the cosy relaxation lounge before replenishing your mind, body and soul in one of its five treatment rooms. With highly-trained therapists you’ll leave feeling better than new.
Replace the crowds and the complexities of life with a quiet spot amongst the trees. Nightfall Wilderness Camp
is a unique glamping experience located in a large and relatively untouched pocket of forest at Lamington National Park. There’s just four luxury safari tents beside the crystal clear tumbling headwaters of Christmas Creek, allowing for reconnection, peace and calm. To add to your experience, Nightfall comes alive at night with an organic sensory overload under the stars.
5. Sunday Brunch
Having a catch up with friends is hugely important, with good social relationships offering a ton of health and wellbeing benefits
. Good food is also important, so why not combine the two with Sunday brunch? Cafe 28
offers a breathtaking view over Coolangatta Beach and offers good, unpretentious, home-style food and artisan coffee. Balance savoury and sweet, great conversation and a relaxed vibe and soak in the Sunday spirit.
6. Charter a yacht
There’s no better way to spend a day on the Gold Coast than on the water and by chartering a yacht
you can do it in style, glass of champagne in hand. Cruise past the mansions of Sovereign Island, stopover on Wavebreak or Stradbroke Island, or experience the ultimate overnight getaway.
Save on the expense of going from one place to another and shop up a storm in the Strand at Coolangatta. Beach n’ Beyond has the latest swimwear and fashion, Boardriders sells your favourite surf brands, Boardwalk Boutique offers quality footwear brands and Boo Boo’s is the place for bags and unique jewellery. If it’s luxury bedding you prefer, Dreamluxe has everything you need.
is your one stop shop for manicures, pedicures, waxing, eyelash tints, perms and more - all at an affordable price. In a relaxing setting, sit back and let the friendly Fashion Nails team work their magic with acrylic, glitter gel and whatever else takes your fancy. While you’re there, why not visit the eyebrow experts at Eyebrow World
9. Hot air balloon
Experience some of the best views in the world and take to the skies above the Coast in a hot air balloon. O’Reilly’s Get High Package
includes an early morning ride for two, followed by breakfast and bubbles at O’Reilly’s Canungra Valley Vineyard and a two-night stay in a beautiful Mountain View room at O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat.
To take your mind off work and forget about the chores you’ve got to do at home, nothing beats engrossing yourself in a good movie. Birch Carroll & Coyle Coolangatta
is the perfect spot to catch the latest flick and if you’re a local, you can benefit from the CineBuzz Rewards program and save.
is a tidal lagoon connected to the Tweed River two kilometres from where it spills into the Coral Sea. side creeks, islands, wonderful wildlife are all in abundance, offering a truly relaxing and multidimensional paddling experience.
is everyone’s favourite gelato and it’s conveniently located in the Strand at Coolangatta. With 40 different flavours plus five new specials every week, come take a seat on the comfy bean bags and start trying them all. Gelato doesn’t get more indulgent than at Gelato Messina.
Enjoy a scenic drive from the Coast and head out to Springbrook National Park
where you can enjoy a number of different waterfall and wildlife walks. Meander among subtropical and temperate rainforest, open eucalypt forest, and mountain health. Best of All Lookout offers a spectacular sight around dusk and Purling Brook Falls Circuit is ideal if you fancy a swim.
Stepping out of the kitchen and letting someone else do the cooking is a surefire way to destress and indulge in some ‘you’ time. For classic, homely cooking that makes you feel good, Delizioso at The Strand at Coolangatta
is a local’s favourite but to really put yourself first you should head to Selfish
, Coolangatta’s premier seafood offering. Overlooking the beach you can enjoy fresh fish as well as great views.
Conscious you want to spend more time taking care of yourself? As you can see from the above list, many of our options can be found at The Strand at Coolangatta
so why not head their today? With plenty of dining, shopping and entertainment options, you’re bound to find something to relax you.