If you’ve done any kind of research on the Goldy lately, you’re sure to have come across a wild and wonderful list of things to see and do that will blow your mind and get your adrenaline pumping. But have you discovered the seductive list of zen-worthy spots that the locals only share on the sneaky DL? The Gold Coast has in fact been hiding a treasure trove of gorgeous spots to help wannabe yogi’s, sometimes-vegans and anyone who needs a break from the daily grind to find their inner and outer peace – Eat Pray Love style.
Take the Purling Brook Falls for instance – have you ever seen such a serene waterfall? Please DM me if you have, I have an unhealthy attraction to both water and falls.
If you’re a fan of nature but prefer something a little more ~luxurious~ to soothe the soul, check out these downright glorious hot spots.
192 Syndicate Rd, Tallebudgera QLD 4228
Okay so besides touting a range of activities that are sure to inspire and invigorate, Gwinganna Lifestyle Retreat has a spa that offers rockupuncture. Um, what the hell is that and can I have 20?
Straight from the horse’s mouth, Gwinganna explains that rockupuncture uses fancy-pants basalt stones to “restore your nervous system”. Anyone else having flashbacks to all those times you were forced to speak in public and could have seriously used basalt stones to stop yourselves from shaking uncontrollably? Same.
Alternatively, you can go down the more conventional route and relax in Gwinganna’s Spa Sanctuary while feasting on Queensland’s finest cuisine.
23 Albatross Ave, Mermaid Beach QLD 4218
Originally starting out as a health food cafe, BSKT quickly blew up to become one of the Gold Coast’s leading venues in yoga as well as a global health food brand.
Jump into BSKT’s Meditation Series which encourages positive vibes, better sleep, focus, and better digestion (which is particularly exciting for this heartburn-prone soul). Crippling chest pains begone.
3582, Lamington National Park Rd, Canungra QLD 4275
You guys, there’s an infinity pool in Queensland’s hinterland rainforest. (Calls parents to yell at them for never having an infinity pool and essentially ruining my childhood and life because of it).
While the infinity pool at O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat is definitely a drawcard (I mean, come on), the retreat also offers a treetop walk as well as hosting the local watering hole, Rainforest Bar, if you’re keen on having a few cheeky bevs while you find your inner-self.
16 Eagle Heights Rd, Eagle Heights QLD 4271
Located in Tamborine National Park, Curtis Falls serves up some seriously decent swimming holes if you’re keen on washing away memories from your disturbing past (or, you know, swimming like a normal person). Throw wineries, award-winning restaurants, art galleries and a brewery into the mix and you’re bloody sorted.
Did I mention the nearby glowworm caves? Damn lush.
1/7 Staghorn Ave, Surfers Paradise QLD 4217
If you’re needing a massage after a hard slog of fitness, SpaQ is where it’s at. If you’re smart about it, you’ll just tell people you did the fitness part and skip straight to the rewards.
Sip on complimentary hot tea before getting a sea kelp contour wrap to make the skin as smooth as a baby’s bottom. Then it’s just a matter of choosing what you want – everything’s customisable and your beauty therapist can help ya pick what facial, massage or various other treatments would best sort out your (allegedly) overworked body.
Finish the day off with a bit of a steam and you’ll be laughin’.