If you get sick of the party scene and glitzy nightlife of the Gold Coast or you’re just not into it in the first place, head to Broadbeach which is home to upmarket glam in the Gold Coast. Boutique shops and fashionable cafes line the Broadbeach streets while open stretches of green parkland separate the fine sandy beach from the esplanade. This is where Gold Coast locals wine and dine, and for a taste of the stylish beach-and-sun lifestyle that Broadbeach has to offer, you must plan your visit here. Read this post for several reasons to visit Broadbeach as well as all the important information to help you plan your trip here.

 

 

7 Reasons to Visit Broadbeach Gold Coast

There are numerous reasons to visit Broadbeach but the following seven reasons are worth visiting Broadbeach while you’re in the Gold Coast.

 

1. Jupiters Casino Broadbeach

 

The main attraction at Broadbeach that draws visitors from far and wide is the temple of Mammon that is Conrad Jupiters Casino. Thousands of optimistic gamblers filter through the 24-hour casino every day and leave with their pockets slightly lighter and their addiction briefly sated. This was the first legal casino in Queensland, and it features more than 100 gaming tables, including blackjack, roulette, two-up and craps, and hundreds of bleeping poker machines. The casino is worth visiting, even if only to take in the super-charged atmosphere.

Conrad Jupiters Casino is more than a casino; it offers five star luxury and first-class entertainment by way of a wide range of restaurants and bars in addition to the world-class facilities of an international hotel. Experience the first stage of Jupiters’ A$345 million transformation with a brand new poolside experience and two new vibrant restaurants and bars. Try the award-winning Chase Kojima’s cutting edge Japanese cuisine at Kiyomi or the Italian family restaurant of Cucina Vivo.

Also here is Jupiters Theatre, with live music and glamorous dinner shows. You have to be over 18 years of age to enter, and the usual dress codes apply – no thongs (flipflops), vests or ripped clothes.

 

2. Broadbeach Restaurants

 

Broadbeach has some of the best upmarket restaurants and fashionable cafes that the Gold Coast has to offer, and tourists head here to wine and dine like the locals do daily. The Broadbeach dining scene has everything from gourmet delis to bistros and brasseries. Wander down the Broadbeach Mall, peppered with roving street artists and framed by alfresco dining, or indulge in a five-star feast at one of the many restaurants at Jupiters Casino. With a new restaurant or bar every time you blink, you’ll be spoilt for choice in this ritzy Gold Coast town.

While there are many upmarket restaurants in Broadbeach, the talk-of-the-town has always been Moo Moo. Located at Broadbeach on the Park on the Gold Coast Highway, this is the place to dine for serious carnivores. Moo Moo’s signature dish is a 1kg Wagyu rump steak rubbed with spices, char-grilled until smoky then roasted, and carved at the table. Beef connoisseurs will drool over the Master Kobe rib fillet, a luxury beef produced from a long period of grain feeding of Wagyu beef.

 

3. Broadbeach Shopping Centres

 

Shopaholics make a beeline for Broadbeach to shop at two of the Gold Coast’s major shopping centres – Oasis and Pacific Fair shopping centres. In fact, Pacific Fair is one of Australia’s largest retail centres with more than 300 stores, cinemas, and casual dining. If you get tired of shopping at the 100 and more fashion and accessory stores, you can relax and enjoy the resort style atmosphere in one of the many cafes, or catch one of the latest movies at Birch Carroll and Coyle Cinemas.

Pacific Fair is conveniently located on Hooker Boulevard at Broadbeach, five minutes drive from Surfers Paradise along the Gold Coast Highway or a five minute walk from Jupiter’s Casino, the Gold Coast Convention Centre or Kurrawa Beach.

The main attraction of shopping at the Oasis shopping centre is so you can ride the Iconic Oasis Monorail and get a unique perspective on the sights of Broadbeach. Located on Level 2 the Monorail links you with Jupiters Hotel and Casino. The service runs from 10am and the 1.3 kilometre loop is a great way to entertain the entire family.

Tip – Be sure to visit the Customer Service Centre at Pacific Fair upon arrival to receive your VIP Visitor Pack which is packed with over 100 discounts and exciting offers, exclusively available to Gold Coast visitors.

 

4. Broadbeach Markets

 

While the Oasis and Pacific Fair shopping centres are hugely popular with locals and tourists every day of the week, it’s only on the weekends that the Broadbeach Markets make their mark.

Open only on the first and third Sunday of every month, the Broadbeach Art and Craft Markets is a great place to shop for unique items and tourist souvenirs. With over 200 outdoor stalls of locally handmade crafts, fresh produce, preserves, cookies and cakes, it’s a great place to take the entire family and keep the kids entertained.

Head down to the Broadbeach Art and Craft Market located right on the beach front and spend a leisurely Sunday strolling around Kurrawa Park enjoying all of the sights that this beautiful location has to offer. Whether you are after hand made fashion, jewellery, homewares, skincare, toys, fresh produce or just something unique you won’t find in the shops, there’s sure to be a bargain for you. The markets operate between 8am and 2:30pm, weather permitting.

 

5. Broadbeach Beach

 

Although most visitors head to Broadbeach for its famous casino, upmarket restaurants and great markets, Broadbeach does have a gorgeous stretch of golden shore that is worth visiting. The fine sandy beach is separated from the esplanade by open stretches of green parkland which makes the Broadbeach beach area quite picturesque and very different to the other Gold Coast beaches at Surfers Paradise and Burleigh Heads. The parkland is home to weekend markets and weekday yoga classes which are also worth attending.

Surfing at Broadbeach beach is also popular with surf coaching available. Brad Holmes Surf Coaching provides personalised surf coaching for all ages and levels of experience. Broadbeach Surf School is another popular hangout spot for surfers who can ‘chill out’ at the Beach House, ‘hang out’ with the surf crew and ‘discover surfing’ with instructors who live and love to surf and want to share their love for surfing with you.

 

6. Broadbeach Blues Festival

 

The Broadbeach Blues Festival is one of Australia’s most iconic Blues festivals. Held for four days over the last weekend in May every year, Broadbeach Blues Festival features blues legends and big act names from Australia and all over the world. The free event staged in the streets and in venues throughout Broadbeach offers something for everyone whether you are a soulful Blues fan or a lover of great entertainment.

For more information visit the official website.

 

7. Broadbeach Jazz Festival

 

Together with the Broadbeach Blues Festival, the Broadbeach Jazz Festival is the best music festival in town. Held in the middle of August every year, this free event hosts a number of outdoor stages and artists performing in venues throughout Broadbeach. The Jazz Weekend features a vast array of Australia’s finest jazz artists.

For more information visit the official website.

 

 

Tell us what you think. What is your reason for visiting Broadbeach? If you’ve been here before, please share any ideas or tips to help make a visit here more rewarding.

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