The Gold Coast, famed for its beautiful beaches, surf spots and theme parks.

The Gold Coast is a destination great for families and couples. With so many places to stay from the relaxing Burleigh Heads to the distinctive Surfers Paradise, the Gold Coast is a destination for fun, relaxation and enjoyment.

What to do?

Shopping – Pacific Fair Shopping Centre

Pacific Fair is Broadbeach's major shopping centre and dining destination with over 400 stores the centre offers a luxurious and tropical ambience amongst a unique outdoor space. The centre features global luxury brands and leading Australian retailers and is the place to go for a fantastic shopping experience on the Gold Coast. With three upmarket restaurants and a large food court, you can spend the entire day at Pacific Fair without getting bored at all! The shopping centre offers a daily free shuttle service taking customers between Main Beach and Burleigh Heads making getting there easy.

Families – Theme Parks

The Gold Coast is known for their theme parks; Warner Bros. Movie World, Sea World, Dreamworld, Wet'n'Wild and WhiteWater World. Located around half an hour from Broadbeach, these theme parks make for a great day out with the family. Warner Brothers Movie World is a movie studio theme park with attractions centred around some of your favourite Warner Bros and DC Comics movies and TV Shows. Similarly, Dreamworld has over 40 rides and attractions to enjoy. WhiteWater World and Wet’n'Wild are great destinations to head to on a hot day with many water-related attractions. Sea World is a marine mammal park, oceanarium and theme park that includes rides, animal exhibits and other attractions. Sea World offers live shows and attractions that allow you to get up close and personal with some fantastic sea life creatures. From feeding stingray to swimming with the dolphins, fulfil your love for animals by experiencing sea life with all that Sea World has to offer.

Beaches – The Spit Beach

"The Spit" is located in the northern section of the Gold Coast stretch of beach, including Main Beach and Surfers Paradise and stretching out to Coolangatta. The Spit is a popular beach spot with clean water and excellent views.

What to do?

Kyomi – 1, Lobby Level The Star Gold Coast, Casino Dr, Broadbeach If you are looking to enjoy some modern Japanese cuisine, including a great atmosphere and service, then I would suggest Kiyomi Restaurant at The Star. For a taste of all the chef's favourites, I recommend the pre-set Chefs selection menu for a minimum of 2 diners. This menu gives you a feeling of all the little goodies Modern Japanese has to offer. With mouth-watering sashimi and freshly shaken cocktails, Kyomi gives you a taste of Tokyo without the overnight flight.

The best time to go: I recommend heading to Kyomi any night for dinner, but make a booking because it fills up very quickly!

Our recommended dish: With some of the best Japanese food I have ever tasted, choosing the best meal is difficult. If you love meat, I recommend the Lamb cutlet, hatcho miso and corn. The tenderness of every dish is fantastic. This Lamb cutlet presented with corn is a nice combination – Wagu +7 Tenderloin (160g), Kale, Smoked eel, Kombu Jus. When they say "it melts in your mouth" I think people must be talking about this dish. It literally hits the tongue and melts in your mouth. Every morsel of this dish leaves you wanting more. If you're a sushi lover, I also recommend the 6-piece chef's selection. Of course, raw fish isn't to everyone's liking, but I think it's all about the quality of the product being used as well as the perfect thickness of each slice; not too thick and not too thin. I like to mix a touch of Wasabi into my Soy sauce and KAPOW! Dip that sushi in there and enjoy.

Imperial – 1, Ground Level The Star Gold Coast, Casino Dr, Broadbeach

Imperial restaurant features upscale Cantonese dining located in the hustle and bustle of the casino. Imperial at The Star boasts authentic Asian cuisine by Chef Song Yao Su who developed an extensive menu from his many years of experience with the Mandarin and Cantonese cuisines. By creating modern and inspired interpretations of Asian classics, we can see why the restaurant won Savour Australia's 2019 award for Best Chinese Restaurant in Queensland and the Northern Territory.

The best time to go: Imperial offers a 3-course lunch special from Friday to Sunday from 12 pm to 2:15 pm providing a three-course lunch for only $22.50 per person, and a selected glass of red wine, white wine or beer for only an extra $5.

Our recommended meal: As a part of the Hong Kong BBQ section of the menu, I highly recommend the Cantonese roasted duck. This half a duck combines authentic mandarin and Cantonese flavours with a modern twist. If you are a lover of duck, this is the meal for you. The restaurant also offers banquet selections which allow for a taste of all the chefs best selections.

What to do?

The Star – 1 Casino Dr, Broadbeach

Located in the heart of Broadbeach, The Star is a 5-star hotel set amongst 7 acres of land. The hotel features a range of restaurants, bars, a swimming pool and a 24-hour casino making it the ultimate entertainment hub. The beach is located only a short 10-minute walk away from the hotel, and it is a great choice for travellers who love restaurants and entertainment. This slice of luxury consists of beautiful rooms and coastal views and is perfect for families and couples. Whether you are holidaying for business, relaxation or to party, this hotel offers it all and is guaranteed to ensure you have a memorable stay.