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Your Guide to a ‘Sneeky Mid-Weeky’ Adventure on the Gold Coast

Dreaming of a Gold Coast getaway with the girls? Experience the best of the buzzing coastal city during the week with our insider tips.

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We’ve partnered with Destination Gold Coast to share why the coastal city is the best place to enjoy a "sneeky mid-weeky" escape…and our tips on the best places to stay, play and dine while you’re there.

A new travel trend is taking over in 2024: the “sneeky mid-weeky” break. 

While we cherish discovering local treasures, there's an undeniable allure to jetting off for a few days and immersing ourselves in a whole new (and utterly fabulous) environment.

But why reserve adventure for weekends when mid-week getaways offer a plethora of perks? Let's face it, getting the gang together mid-week beats the endless struggle of finding a weekend that syncs with everyone's packed schedules – no more group chat headaches! And let's not forget the unexpected perk: feeling shiny and new again when you least expected it, because sometimes the best moments happen when we least anticipate them, adding that extra sparkle to life.

When it comes to the ultimate mid-week escape, one destination reigns supreme on our list: the Gold Coast. With its laid-back, effortlessly cool vibe, it's the quintessential spot to unwind and rejuvenate during the week.

Ready to dive into your mid-week Gold Coast adventure? We've curated the perfect guide to your getaway, unveiling the insider spots to see, stay, and play from Monday to Thursday. So, read on and get ready to embrace the mid-week magic!

The Sneeky Mid-Weeky: Places to Stay

The Pink Hotel

The Pink Hotel

The perfect backdrop for your mid-week social media shares, Coolangatta’s The Pink Hotel is a stay that certainly brings the good-times vibes. Each room features custom art and neon signs, with comfy beds, mid-century furniture, Scandinavian-inspired bathrooms and Netflix for a post-dinner movie marathon. Plus, there’s a rooftop space where you can watch the sunset with BYO drinks and nibbles until 8 pm.

171 Griffith Street, Coolangatta

The Langham Gold Coast

The Langham Gold Coast 

Steeped in sophistication and comfort, The Langham is the first new beachfront luxury hotel to arrive on the Gold Coast in thirty years. Refined and spacious rooms are perfect for enjoying the city’s sunshine and salty sea breeze, with the option of looking over the famed Surfers Paradise beach or the lush Gold Coast hinterland. Expect top-notch, five-star amenities too, like incredible restaurants, a magnesium pool and a day spa.

38 Old Burleigh Road, Surfers Paradise

The Villas Bilinga Beach Abodes

The Villas Bilinga Beach Abodes

For a chic and elevated “home away from home” feel, The Villas by Bilinga Beach Abodes will have you seriously contemplating making a permanent surf-side move. Just a five-minute walk from Gold Coast airport, choose between two stylishly appointed villas. Each features three bedrooms and two bathrooms decorated in a fun yet timeless style, and a private plunge pool perfect for a quick dip with the girls and hit of sunshine. 

Address upon reservation, Bilinga, Queensland

Cheshire Cat Boutique Motel

Cheshire Cat Boutique Motel

Recently refurbed and ready to welcome guests, the Cheshire Cat Boutique Motel has just undergone a major “luxe nostalgia” makeover. Located in one of the Gold Coast’s up-and-coming neighbourhoods, Palm Beach, the boutique 7-room hotel is just a two-minute stroll from the sand (hello, multiple dips in a day). Expect a Palm Springs-inspired palette of burnt orange, creamy whites and pale eucalypt green, with individually appointed queen bedrooms, a pool deck lined with lush greenery and cacti and a terracotta tiled plunge pool.

1005 Gold Coast Highway, Palm Beach

The Sneeky Mid-Weeky: Where to Grab a Coffee

Bam Bam Bakehouse

Bam Bam Bakehouse

Escaping mid-week doesn’t mean you have to give up your creature comforts. In fact, we think coffee and a treat should be even better when you’re far from home. Enter Bam Bam Bakehouse, which arguably serves up the Gold Coast’s best croissants and pastries. With an all-day brunch menu and Single O coffee, we guarantee you will be back for more.

2519 Gold Coast Highway, Mermaid Beach

Good Day Coffee

Good Day Coffee 

Nestled between two highways, this is a “blink and you miss it” favourite of Tugun locals. Always bustling with regulars, Good Day Coffee has perfected the perfect brew, with a short, sweet and simple menu that serves up all the classics like smashed avo and bacon and egg rolls.

3/476 Gold Coast Highway, Tugun

Stable Coffee & Kitchen

Stable Coffee & Kitchen

Drenched in sunlight and shrouded in greenery, Stable is located in Currumbin’s beautiful Cornerstone precinct. Expect innovative twists on brekkie favourites alongside lovingly house-made sauces and preserves, and don’t forget to order a cup of their top-notch coffee.

570 Gold Coast Highway, Currumbin

The Sneeky Mid-Weeky: Things to Do

Greenhouse the Bathhouse

Greenhouse the Bathhouse

The perfect spot for a bit of mid-week pampering, Greenhouse the Bathhouse is Tallebudgera’s newest spa sanctuary. An oasis of calm and tranquillity, book a blissful massage in one of six treatment rooms or embark on a self-guided rotation of magnesium-infused hydrotherapy spas, wet steam rooms, a red cedar sauna and a magnesium plunge pool.

268 Tallebudgera Creek Road, Tallebudgera Valley

Miami Marketta

Miami Marketta

Welcome to Miami Marketta, a nighttime maze of delicious eats and pop-up stores where you can uncover unique finds while you dine on dishes from around the globe. What was once a humble mechanics warehouse has transformed into a haven of eclectic treasures - from a revolving selection of DJ sets and Drag Queen Bingo, to live music, art and slow fashion, Miami Marketta caters to every style and taste, literally.

23 Hillcrest Parade, Miami



Connect with culture at the Gold Coast’s iconic Home of the Arts (HOTA). Art, entertainment, culture and lifestyle meet in one spot, with a rotating string of exhibitions designed to delight and excite. From comedy gigs to a supremely enviable Champagne and cocktail menu at The Exhibitionist Bar, you'll leave HOTA with a spring in your step and stories to tell for weeks to come.

135 Bundall Road, Surfers Paradise

Hot Air Ballon and Champagne Breakfast

The sun rising in a blaze of colours as you soar high above the lush landscapes of the Gold Coast, enveloped in the gentle embrace of a hot air balloon.

This is just the beginning of your enchanting adventure. After touching down, it's time to indulge in a breakfast spread fit for queens at O'Reilly's Winery. Sip on champagne as you feast on delectable delights, all while basking in the breathtaking views of the vineyard and surrounding countryside. This isn't just a breakfast—it's an experience that ignites the senses and creates memories to last a lifetime.

Pick up available from hotel

The Sneeky Mid-Weeky: The Best Places to Eat

Maman Bar & Kitchen 

Founded by two mums, Maman Bar & Kitchen brings delicious Mediterranean and Middle-Eastern bites to the Gold Coast. Each dish is served with love, and made from local and organic ingredients, with a list of sustainable wines and no-nonsense cocktails to choose from to match. The menu is full of handmade, simple dishes that are perfectly complimented by the bright, clean and modern interiors.

49 James Street, Burleigh Heads

The Collective Palm Beach

The Collective Palm Beach 

Home to five individual restaurant kitchens and a rooftop bar, The Collective is the perfect solution for those nights when you can’t decide what you want to eat. Order from one huge menu that spans several cuisines - think Italian, Mexican, Asian and Greek - and drink in the view with a cocktail in hand.

1128 Gold Coast Highway, Palm Beach

Kost Bar & Grill

Kōst Bar & Grill

If you’re feeling fancy, Kōst is an iconic fusion of dining, drinking, design, fire and music, set in the oh-so-hip Broadbeach neighbourhood. The venue itself is an immersive, sensory experience, with a menu featuring “fire-kissed” dishes like Mooloolaba King Prawns, Wagyu Rump and Blackened Hispi Cabbage.

Shop 125S/3 Oracle Boulevard, Broadbeach

Siblings Kirra

Siblings Kirra 

What do you get when you combine 1950s-inspired interiors with one of the best waterfront views on the Gold Coast? Siblings Kirra aka the go-to spot for an amazing time and amazing drinks to match. Embark on a “liquid journey”, with a menu designed to take you on a sensorial adventure that starts with French champagne, and ends with a “cocktail vacation”. Why wait till the dinner service to be steeped in gastronomic luxury when you can sit and savour during lunch as well? Less crowds and more room to soak your senses in the experience. 

15 Marine Parade, Coolangatta

The Sneeky Mid-Weeky: The Best Bars

Fig + Frankie's

Fig + Frankie’s

This Instagram-worthy spot has a cult following on the Gold Coast…and stepping inside, it’s not hard to see why. In the heart of Broadbeach, tucked in a laneway, Fig + Frankie’s boasts an impressive drinks list and a new menu to match. Perfect for your mid-week sojourn, they’re open til midnight most nights and doors open at 5pm, making it the perfect spot to "cheers" to the good times.

Shop 4/2707 Gold Coast Highway, Broadbeach

The Tropic

The Tropic

When travelling mid-week, do as the locals do to get an authentic feel for your destination - and on the Gold Coast, they head to one of the places with the best views on the coast: The Tropic at Burleigh Pavilion. With fresh seafood, Insta-worthy cocktails and good vibes all 'round, it's the perfect place to rest your legs and refresh with a cool drink after walking along one of the Gold Coast's white sandy beaches.

3b/43 Goodwin Terrace, Burleigh Heads

Hail Mary

Hail Mary

Just a stroll from Burleigh Beach, Hail Mary serves up your perfect after-beach snack, relaxed dinner and, you guessed it, margaritas. All served on the rocks with Murray River pink salt, the options range from the classic to more contemporary takes on the drink, like chilli-cucumber and smoked pineapple. With mid-week deals to make you smile (think $13 Margaritas on Monday or $6 Tacos every Tuesday), it's your new fave dinner destination.

26 James Street, Burleigh Heads

Marilyn's Bar

Marilyn’s Bar

The perfect place for sipping a lychee martini on a sunny afternoon, Marilyn’s is furnished in hues of pink and green, with cocktails and snacks that are just as colourful. With oodles of cocktails to choose from, the venue has been designed to make every single person who walks in the door fall in love - with the menu, with the design and with the Gold Coast itself.

10/90-104 Surf Parade, Broadbeach

Why wait for the weekend when mid-week getaways offer the opportunity to unwind at your own pace? Skip the scheduling headaches and gather the girls for a stress-free escape, complete with quality time and unforgettable adventures.

Keen to book a sneeky mid-weeky of your own? Get more inspiration for where to stay, play, eat and drink here.

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