Queensland's glittering Gold Coast has been a beloved holiday spot for loved-up couples for generations, but it's also seen its fair share of celebrities.
While filming The Shallows in 2015, Blake Lively and her husband Ryan Reynolds got out and explored the Gold Coast, revealing a few of their favourite spots. We say take a leaf out their book and escape to this sunny paradise like Hollywood's most genetically blessed couple. Seriously, those looks are not fair.
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Where to... sleep in
All the big names stay here when visiting the Gold Coast, and with one of Queensland’s most Insta-ready pools it’s easy to see why.
The world’s first fashion- inspired hotel, the Palazzo Versace melds Italian craftsmanship with Gold Coast opulence.
Where to... get breakfast
The Yard Cafe
Nobby Beach’s The Yard Cafe doesn’t have a breakfast menu as such, but a pick-and-mix style menu best enjoyed any time of the day.
Try a classic like French toast with mascarpone and berry compote, or maybe Baghdad eggs with potato flatbread, hummus, dukkah, wild olives and preserved lemon.
Where to... get your morning cup of coffee
No Name Lane
When filming The Shallows, Blake said she had “the best coffee of her life” at Broadbeach’s No Name Lane.
Impressed by the cafe’s cappuccinos and cronuts, the starlet said she’d happily drink vats of their famous cold brew coffee and that she and Ryan visited so regularly, they knew the staff on a first name basis. If it’s good enough for Blake...
Where to... have a long lunch
Social Eating House & Bar
Broadbeach’s Social Eating House & Bar was a popular haunt for Ryan and Blake, who loved the restaurant’s relaxed atmosphere.
The charcuterie cabinet offers plenty of tasty snacks, but for a long lunch be sure to order one of the large share plates, such as the boneless saltbush lamb shoulder roasted in sheep’s milk yoghurt with slaw.
Where to have... sundowners
Justin Lane Establishment
Justin Lane Establishment’s rooftop bar ticks all the boxes for an afternoon spent sipping cocktails (including a recommendation from Gourmet Traveller).
Wash down one of the bar’s famous wood-fired pizzas with a glass of something refreshing to the sounds of a DJ – and seagulls from nearby Burleigh Heads beach.
Where to... have a romantic dinner
Seascape Restaurant & Bar
At Seascape Restaurant & Bar, located in the heart of Surfers Paradise, you can take in panoramic ocean views as you savour contemporary seafood.
Try the salmon roulade with shaved fennel and dill, or mussels, periwinkles and pippies in xo sauce with baby kale and lap chong.
Where to... have a treatment for two
Gwinganna Lifestyle Retreat
How to... work out
Catch a wave
It’s the Gold Coast, so it’s kind of compulsory to go surfing – especially at Surfers Paradise.
You could spot world champs Mick Fanning and Joel Parkinson shredding Greenmount, while Duranbah, Snapper Rocks or Burleigh Heads are amazing options, too.
If you’re looking for a night out in a hip venue with foot-tapping music and food that means business, make your way to the Miami Marketta.
Lit by strings of fairy lights, this nighttime market is a bit of a trendy Gold Coast must-visit, bringing together some of Australia’s best food trucks and a lineup of talented musicians on Fridays and Saturdays.