There’s not a strict starting point for your trip, however if you want to get the most out of a day’s drive start at Paradise Point – but be sure to get some brekky beforehand.

Fuel up – breakfast

Cafe 7

Start your day the right way, Cafe 7 - Gold Coast
Start your day the right way, Cafe 7 – Gold Coast

They say breakfast is the most important meal of the day, so you can’t fully enjoy your coastal drive without first filling your stomach. Since you’ll be starting your journey in Paradise Point, Cafe 7 will be your go-to for brekky. Their all day breakfast menu is quite extensive, so there will be a meal for you whatever your taste may be. Since you have a big day planned, we suggest you order the Big Day Starter with egg, bacon, sausage, hash browns, mushroom, tomato and toast. Would rather something more indulgent? The vanilla pancakes served with your choice of sweet toppings may be more for you.
Where: Paradise Parade Paradise Point Gold Coast QLD

Once you’ve satisfied those cravings, get in your car and start heading south along the coastline, passing Runaway Bay, until you reach Southport. By now you’re sure to be craving a caffeine hit.

Pitstop #1 – coffee

Hard Coffee

Perfect place to grab a coffee, Hard Coffee - Gold Coast
Perfect place to grab a coffee, Hard Coffee – Gold Coast

If you want a great tasting coffee, look no further than Hard Coffee on the corner of Tedder and Peak Avenue. For the last 15 years, baristas at Hard Coffee have been using only the finest Piazza D’Oro coffee beans blended and poured to perfection. Step inside this friendly cafe and order your premium coffee to go; from here you can take the short drive up to The Spit or simply walk across the road to the closest beach. There’s also a breakfast menu on offer if you’ve decided to make this your first stop.
Where: 24 Tedder Ave Main Beach Gold Coast QLD

After you’ve explored The Spit and Main Beach, keep heading south along the Gold Coast Highway. You’ll pass beaches in Surfers, Broadbeach, Burleigh and Nobbys where you can stop as little or as much as you’d like. Just be sure to save your lunch stop for the next location.

Pitstop #2 – lunch

Tallebudgera Surf Lifesaving Club

Seafood selections, Tallebudgera Surf Lifesaving Club - Gold Coast
Seafood selections, Tallebudgera Surf Lifesaving Club – Gold Coast

You haven’t truly experienced the Gold Coast until you’ve had a surf club feed overlooking the beach. While the coastline is packed with surf clubs, no one does lunch better than Tallebudgera Surf Lifesaving Club. Sink into your chair with a wine in hand and pick off their extensive new bistro menu, all while watching the waves roll into the beach. Fresh local seafood options are always a popular choice off their menu, but you really can’t go wrong with any other meal selections at this affordable restaurant. After your delicious lunch, you can choose to keep exploring the coastline or just make the most of the bar, entertainment and gaming options at this versatile venue.
Where: 1505 Gold Coast Highway Palm Beach North Gold Coast QLD

Want to keep exploring? From here you can continue heading south along the Gold Coast Highway for as long you’d like – passing Currumbin and the Tweed Coast!
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