Does it seem like a lot of my travel adventures involve music and food? Well, why not I say. These are two thing that I not only believe that everyone one should hold dear to them, but also two thing that often go hand in hand. You see some great live music, you should be dining on delicious food, either before after or maybe even during.
One place that may have lived in the shadows of its neighbouring area on the gorgeous Gold Coast of Queensland is Broadbeach.
Of course everyone knows, and many love, Surfers Paradise and I guess in a way it is the capital of the Goldy. But its little sister which sits about 10 mins south, to me is more than appealing. In fact it’s much loved. The thing is, it has all the elements that make it a brilliant seaside destination like Surfers, but it’s a little more relaxed and for me, more inviting.
Its beach is superb and very accessible, and just recently the new Kurrawa Surf Club opened its doors and I don’t believe you will get a better view with your lunch, should you visit.
There’s also plenty of other action on offer.
The Oasis Shopping Centre on Broadbeach Mall is full of delightful boutiques, exclusive Queensland designers, quality homewares and gourmet goodies. In reality, no matter what you want, you’ll be able to find it at Oasis Shopping Centre.
Then straight across the road you have the massive Pacific Fair, now let me warn you upfront, should you or your partner manage to drag yourself away from the beach to visit here, take a compass!! The place is huge!
But let’s get to the important stuff, the music, the food and a superb place to rest your head.
Twice a year Broadbeach comes alive with the sweet sound of music with festivals that are gaining momentum and that music lovers are embracing.
Every May the place gets into the groove with its very own Blues on Broadbeach. Now in its 16th year, this event has gone from strength to strength, with a brilliant mix of overseas and Australian talent it’s a four day frenzy of blues and blues rock that will have you in harmony heaven! The event’s main stage is right in the heart of the Broady CBD, but there are many venues in and around that have musical offerings for all so make sure you have a little explore. This year’s event will run from May 16th through until the 19th.
The other festival that takes place here is the new kid on the block and I guess is running on the success of the Blues on Broadbeach. The Groundwater Country Music Festival will run from the 26th -28th of July this year and is quickly gaining a good following. So, if Country is your thing then get your boots and Stetson on and head to Broadbeach in July.
The Food and Accommodation
Now I’m actually going to combine my food with a brilliant accommodation choice that will not only have you staying right in the core of the action, but will also have you feasting better than a Masterchef judge, all while being treated like royalty at the same time.
The Sofitel Gold Coast Broadbeach sits right in amongst the action at Broadbeach. I’ve chosen to stay there many times over the years, and I will tell you why.
For me, one of the biggest let downs in Australia, sadly, is service. Good old fashioned, ‘you are an important person because you are choosing to eat, or stay, or visit our establishment’ service. It’s a vital part of all business and in the hospitality game it should be number one!
Sofitel does, and I hope always will, shine when it comes to this most important element of the game.
I also has brilliant rooms with fantastic views over the beach or out to the Gold Coast hinterland. It features a breakfast buffet that puts a lot of the other hotel buffet offerings to shame and if you’re smart you won’t need any lunch. Its pool deck is divine and stylish giving you the perfect alternative to the beach, and comes with a cocktail or two should you be so inclined.
It also has one of the best restaurants on the Gold Coast and you must, when you stay, spoil yourself with a degustation delight at Room 81. If you consider yourself a bit of a foodie, and to be honest most of us do these days, then you will certainly be in your element at Room 81.
Room 81 has many plaudits, but I guess being awarded two hats by the Australian Good Food Guide would have to be the best.
I want you to indulge yourself with one of their degustation offerings, either the five- course or the magnificent signature 12 course feast. You will not be disappointed!
On top of that, as I said, you’ll be treated exactly how you should be treated when staying at any five star establishment, maybe better …