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Top tips to getting more from your Gold Coast conference trip.
Bordered by naturally stunning beaches and designed for a huge amount of visitors, your Gold Coast conference trip will take you to fantastic venues set in one of the world’s most beautiful locations.
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If you’re heading to a conference on the Gold Coast, check out our top 5 activities, places to eat, and hotels to stay at.
5 activities to enjoy outside of your upcoming Gold Coast conference trip.
#1 Get moving while the rest of the world sleeps, with a morning walk on Surfers Paradise Beach.
Science tells us that when we start our morning doing something that makes us happy, we’re more likely to have a productive, positive remainder of the day. So, start the day by going for a walk on one of Australia’s best beaches. Fit for a postcard, its beauty truly has to be seen to be believed.
#2 Wind down after a big day with HOTA.
HOTA (Home Of The Arts) is Surfers Paradise’s hub for music, entertainment, outdoor films, art and a whole range of creative works and exhibitions. What better way to finish off your day of hard work, networking and learning than with an imagination-igniting event, right in the middle of Surfers Paradise? Keep an eye on their website for updates on upcoming events and exhibitions.
#3 Reflect on your Gold Coast Conference trip over a drink at The Island Rooftop.
Nestled in the heart of Surfers Paradise, you’ll find The Island Rooftop. As the Gold Coast’s biggest rooftop bar, there are few better places to relax, unwind and think about everything you learnt over the duration of your Gold Coast conference trip. A humming atmosphere and a stunning view of the Main Beach coastline – The Island Rooftop puts a whole new spin on Friday afternoons.
#4 Visit the big screen at Event Cinemas, Pacific Fair.
After a big day, there’s something therapeutic about sitting in a quiet cinema and watching a new release film. Located only a few minutes from the Surfers Paradise main strip, Event Cinemas at Pacific Fair is the perfect quiet place to get some you-time.
#5 Check out the view from the top at the SkyPoint Observation Deck.
On level 77 of the Q1 hotel is where you’ll find the observation deck for the world’s tallest residential building, and the best 365 degree view of the Gold Coast. Visiting SkyPoint Observation Deck is a surefire way to shift your perspective and see more of Australia’s favourite beachside city.
5 foodie hotspots to sink your teeth into
#1 ‘Til late, you can count on the fine fare from Miss Moneypenny’s Broadbeach
Whether you’ve just touched down in Broadbeach after your Airtrain & tram trip, or you want to finish off your last day in the Gold Coast with a delicious dinner, Miss Moneypenny’s is for you. Open every day until late, this Broadbeach gem treats diners to dreamy coastal interiors and Modern Mediterranean cuisine.
#2 Start the day off with breakfast at Elk Espresso
A beloved jewel in Broadbeach’s foodie crown, Elk Espresso is popular with visitors and locals alike. They say breakfast is the most important meal of the day, so fuel up the right way with their signature breakfast bowl – a curated selection of seasonal vegetables, eggs and a generous sprinkling of goats’ cheese.
#3 Grab your colleagues and treat yourself at Social Eating House
Located in Broadbeach, Social Eating House is not the place you go for a simple fuel-up. This is dining to be enjoyed amongst friends and talked about for the following week. So, grab your industry friends and treat yourself to European cuisine, made with love.
#4 Feast your eyes on the interactive kitchen of Bazaar, in QT Gold Coast
Everything you think you know about the hotel buffet? Forget it. Bazaar is a reinvention of hotel dining and treats diners to a culinary journey through global flavours.
#5 Stop in for some fast and fresh Asian street food at Chop Chop
Tucked away on Cavill Lane, just opposite the Cavill Avenue tram station, is Chop Chop. An authentic Asian street food market, Chop Chop boasts over a dozen different food stalls and restaurants. A flavour sensation and right in the centre of the action, Chop Chop is the place to go for authentic Asian street food on the Gold Coast.
5 places to stay during your Gold Coast conference
#1 One of the newest conference hotels in Australia, say hello to QT Gold Coast
Work, rest and play at QT Gold Coast. In the heart of the Gold Coast, all facilities at the hotel have been designed with the business traveller in mind. Stylish, bright meeting spaces, in-room work desks and all the luxuries you’d expect from a 5-star stay.
#2 Experience business sophistication with a French touch at Sofitel Broadbeach
A 2-minute walk from Broadbeach North tram stop is where you’ll find the elegant Sofitel Gold Coast. Complete with 5-star conference spaces, luxury accommodation and a range of meeting rooms, Sofitel Broadbeach brings together contemporary styling and thought-of-it-all function, and plants it only 10-minutes from downtown Surfers Paradise.
#3 Take in the beachside scenery at Mantra on View
Mantra on View is only a stone’s throw from the G:link Cypress Avenue tram stop, making it simple to reach using the Airtrain & Tram service. Located centrally, this Surfers Paradise hotel puts everything you need for an incredible conference, right at your fingertips. High speed internet, business facilities, a restaurant, swimming pools and cosy rooms – Mantra on View has it all.
#4 Enjoy the recently refurbished facilities of Novotel Surfers Paradise
Hop off at Cavill Avenue tram station and in only a few minutes, you’ll be at your home-for-now, Novotel Surfers Paradise. Boasting a 450-person function space, rooms with all the creature comforts a business traveller could need and smack bang in the middle of the action – Novotel Surfers Paradise might have you wishing your work trip lasted a little longer.
#5 Get the best of Broadbeach and Surfers Paradise with Crowne Plaza
Nestled between Broadbeach and Surfers Paradise and right by the Florida Gardens tram station is Crowne Plaza. Home to Queensland’s only revolving restaurant, Crowne Plaza is the perfect place for conferences, seminars and events, and offers flexible accommodation options. Choose between spacious hotel rooms, suites and even self-contained apartments for your stay – all with private balconies.
We hope our tips make your upcoming Gold Coast conference trip as enjoyable as it is meaningful.
The Gold Coast can’t wait to host you.
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