Check these out – tap into the locals’ well of knowledge in the Gold Coast

1. Nook Espresso will take care of your early morning coffee fix. It's next to the Burleigh headland, making it a nice morning ritual to drink your coffee whilst watching the surf.

2.For the best breakfast, head to Paddock Bakery in thriving Miami. Watch their chefs at work in the kitchen as they make everything on site. Order the dippy eggs and make sure you add avocado!

3.For cocktails with an unbeatable view treat yourself to espresso martinis at Rick Shores, Burleigh Heads.

4.A peaceful early morning walk in Burleigh Head National Park will awaken your senses. The Tumgun Lookout at the top is incredible…


5.Justin Lane pizzeria and wine bar is in a small alleyway off the Gold Coast Highway. The pizzas are delicious, the atmosphere great.

6.Shopping at The Village Markets is a must do. There are fantastic emerging designers, vintage fashion and live local music with a backdrop of attractive trees.

7.Stand-up paddleboard along Currumbin Alley at sunrise, learn to surf with Walkin on Water surf school at Greenmount Beach or take a leisurely bike ride along 4km of beach from Miami to Burleigh Heads.

8.O'Reilly's Rainforest Retreat is a nature lover's utopia. After a scenic drive through green mountains and rainforest, you'll be welcomed by the O'Reilly family, who have been greeting guests since 1926.

9.More than just a creek, Canungra Creek is surrounded by beautiful, lush rainforest and ancient trees. Walk the 14km West Canungra Creek Circuit, it's a challenging track but well worth the effort, passing through some of the most stunning parts of Lamington National Park.

10.Relax at Canungra Valley Vineyards. Here, you'll find a gorgeous 1880s homestead, perfectly positioned near immaculate gardens and all the grape varietals your heart (and mouth) could desire.