Broadbeach or “Broadie” to locals, is all grown up, we could start in the surf, with its beautiful beaches, framed by lazy parks home to weekend markets and weekday yoga classes. Or wander down the Broadbeach Mall, peppered with roving street artists and framed by alfresco dining whose tentacles seem to keep spreading in all directions.
Yes, you’ve now met one of the Gold Coast’s dining divas, with everything from gourmet delis, to bistros and brasseries. There’s five-star feasts to be had along here too, and seemingly a new restaurant or bar every time you blink. Not that it’s overdone. That’s not Broadie’s style. If you do want some razzle dazzle, head across the Gold Coast Highway to Jupiters Hotel & Casino, with its 24-hour casino, bars, lounges, restaurants and shows galore.
Bounded by the Nerang River to the north and the Nerang Broadbeach Road to the south, Broadbeach Waters incorporates the boutique areas of Moana Park, Rio Vista, Florida Gardens, Miami Keys, Coral Gables and Cypress Gardens. Over the years the area has transformed from a cluster of holiday homes for the wealthy to a sought-after location for retirees and families looking for an idyllic lifestyle. Characterised by canal-frontages, many of the older homes are being renovated and, in some instances, demolished to make way for new executive dwellings.
Let’s not forget that other icon – Pacific Fair – one of Australia’s largest retail centres with more than 400 stores, cinemas, and casual dining. And when the sun and fun finally sets on your day, choose from a wide range of accommodation options. All the top brand hotels in Asia/Pacific have taken up residence here, as have some super swanky apartments. Sure, Broadbeach has grown up, but it will always be Broadie to us.