A Complete Guide to Broadbeach

Nestled between Surfers Paradise and Mermaid Beach on the Gold Coast, Broadbeach is the spot where local Australians go to eat, play and shop.

Surfside sophistication best sums up Broadbeach, nestled between Surfers Paradise and Mermaid Beach. Dotted with high-rise apartments and hotels, it’s the spot where locals choose to eat, play and shop. Its golden surf beaches are popular with surfers and sun seekers, but there’s plenty to do in this laid-back locale.

Where to Shop in Broadbeach

Shoppers love Broadbeach, and with good reason. You’ll find more than 250 stores (with many fashion labels) at Pacific Fair and smaller boutiques in the Oasis Shopping Centre on Broadbeach Mall.

For more resort fashion, housewares and cool cafés where you can catch your breath between purchases, head to Surf Parade and the ‘it’ precinct, Oracle Boulevard. On Oracle slam down a lychee and coconut granita and a choc banana pizza at Max Brenner Chocolate Bar or linger over great coffee and lunch at hole-in-the wall, No Name Lane.

Oasis Shopping Centre, Australia
Enjoy a day of shopping at Oasis Shopping Centre (©Oasis Shopping Centre)

Restaurants and Bars: Where to Eat in Broadbeach

There are so many places to eat in Broadbeach, from relaxed beachside cafés to upscale fine diners.

Kurrawa Surf Club has some of the best surf views and quality dining you’ll find on the coast but keep in mind it’s where the locals eat—especially families, so it’s often busy especially around sunset—get there early to score a table by the window.

Just a stone’s throw from central Broadbeach, The Star Gold Coast's Kiyomi serves a modern, yet distinctly Japanese menu earning it a prestigious Chef’s Hat at the 2015 Brisbane Times Good Food Guide Awards. There are many other dining and entertainment options there, too!

Chef Sam Moore will take you on a sensory dining journey at Sofitel Gold Coast’s room81. Strap yourself in!

Caught ‘N Cooked is a low-key fish and chip café—be warned, Friday nights you can wait 30 minutes for your order, so be prepared—try the Greek calamari and the tempura whiting fillets … delish!

Yellowfin is famous for its generous seafood platters. Book an outside table to enjoy the sea breeze.

Dish from Yellowfin restaurant, Australia
Yellowfin is famous for its generous seafood platters (©Yellowfin Seafood Restaurant)

Where to Stay in Broadbeach

Having recently completed an extensive refurbishment, the Gold Coast's iconic The Star Gold Coast offers the ultimate in luxury accommodation. Superbly located on Broadbeach Island, this hotel and casino is connected by skywalk to the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre, and by monorail to Oasis Shopping Centre. It boasts some of the best restaurants on the Gold Coast, including Kiyomi, Cucina Vivo and Seafood Fantasy, as well as great entertainment for the whole family.

Just a five-minute stroll from the beach, Sofitel Gold Coast Broadbeach is ideally located in the heart of bustling Broadbeach's shopping mecca. Surrounded by exclusive boutiques, this chic and stylish French hotel is an excellent accommodation choice for shopaholics, fashionistas and anyone that appreciates the finer things in life. Dining choices include the award-winning restaurant and bar, Room81.

Your home away from home, Meriton Serviced Apartments on Broadbeach offers self-contained, fully equipped studios and suites ideal for families, groups and those who enjoy a bit more independence. Just eight minutes from the beach, these modern and secure apartments feature flat-screen TVs with premium channels, washer and dryer, WiFi, and balconies, most with ocean views. Other amenities include indoor and outdoor pools, a fitness centre and spa, and 24-hour reception.

The Star Gold Coast offers newly refurbished and luxuriously appointed rooms
The Star Gold Coast offers newly refurbished and luxuriously appointed rooms (©The Star Gold Coast)

Things to Do in Broadbeach

There’s so many things to do and see at Broadbeach. Swim in the surf, walk and relax on beautiful Kurrawa Beach. Take a ball and a picnic or use the free barbecues at beachside Pratten Park.

Why not play some barefoot bowls at Broadbeach Bowls Club for just $7 per person—available Sundays and other non-competition days.

You can hire a surfboard or take a private or small group surf lesson (maximum six students) with Broadbeach Surf School.

Make like the Foo Fighters who hired mountain bikes from Beach Bikes. Bike delivery to your hotel and supply of a helmet, combination lock, basket, and a local bike riding guide is all part of the service.

Go for a kayak along Broadbeach’s canals as the sun goes down with Kayak the Gold Coast. Admire some of the Gold Coast’s most prestigious waterfront real estate, the glistening cityscape across the water and lush parklands.

Pick up a handmade souvenir and some delicious local food at Broadbeach Art & Craft Markets, held on the beachfront in Kurrawa Park (first and third Sundays of the month, 8 am–2 pm).

Learn to surf with Broadbeach Surf School
Learn to surf with Broadbeach Surf School (©Broadbeach Surf School)

Getting Around in Broadbeach

Travel around the area via the G:link, the Gold Coast’s easy-to-use light rail network. It runs frequently between the northern Gold Coast University Hospital station via Southport, Main Beach and Surfers Paradise to Broadbeach near Pacific Fair Shopping Centre at its southern-most point. You can download the My G:link app to find train and tram times around the Gold Coast (available on iOS and Android).