Not so long ago, ‘Gold Coast gourmet’ could have sounded oxymoronic. In recent years, the southern tip of the Gold Coast has seen an exponential shift from unassuming beach suburb to hip dining destination, lauded by arbiters of good taste.
Local restaurateurs credit the emergence of thoughtful, rejigged menus that better serve locals, not just tourists, with the Gold Coast’s culinary renaissance. Today, the Gold Coast’s luxe restaurants and smart cafes, complete with top-notch coffee, testify to the region’s bourgeoning gourmet scene.
For those with a sweet tooth, Mermaid Beach’s Bam Bam Bakehouse is a must-stop destination that serves heavenly pastries, as well as hearty breakfast plates for those with savoury leanings. Also in Mermaid Beach, the uber-cool BSKT Cafe serves modern Australian breakfast in an industrial-chic space.
The one-hour drive south from Noosa to Caloundra is so chock-full of essential gourmet pit stops that the ardent foodie could comfortably meander down the coast all day long, indulging their tastebuds along the way.
The Noosa Chocolate Factory should make it to any foodie’s Sunshine Coast itinerary. Owners Chris and Amy’s handcrafted chocolate is a labour of love, and they have made the quest for the world’s best – and most daring – chocolate pairings their life’s work. Consider the joy of a mouthful of fine chocolate dancing with flavours of semi-dried cranberries, young Queensland ginger or perhaps Valencia orange pectin jelly.
A trip to central Queensland wouldn’t be complete without a visit to Australia’s home of rum: Bundaberg. Tour the Bundaberg Rum Distillery for an immersive celebration of both its 130-year history and innovations afforded by modern technology. As guides passionately share Bundaberg’s story, you’ll understand why this is Australia’s most awarded distillery.