Get in front of the pack and book these medal- worthy restaurants ahead of next year’s Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.
The best seats at the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games won’t only be in the stadiums’ front rows. Some of the most exciting events – from marathons to cycling – will pass by the Goldie’s eateries, transforming its 52 kilometres of beaches and a 36-kilometre network of pathways into bustling sports arenas. But those centre- of-the-action tables won’t last forever; we may be a year out from the Games but now is the time to book.
April 6-12, various times
It’s not exactly on the sand but you’ll be able to catch plenty of volleyball action – particularly warm-up sessions – from Bin 72, Coolangatta’s coolest eatery. A more-ish menu (popcorn chicken with spicy mayo, anyone?), hip décor and louvred glass windows are also part of the attraction.
April 8, 8am-1pm
Currumbin Beach Vikings SLSC
Currumbin’s Pacific Parade is the setting for the 20-kilometre race-walk event and this Gold Coast institution, perched on a rock and offering panoramic views of the one-kilometre loop course, is the place to watch the world’s best vie for gold. Ask for a beach-facing table and don’t forget to order the famous Vikings Big Breakfast.
April 14, 7.30-11.15am (women’s); 12.45-5pm (men’s)
Elephant Rock Café
The absolute-waterfront location has won this restaurant a reputation as a people-watching paradise. But there’ll be a lot more on show than the surfers, sunbathers and dog-walkers of Currumbin Beach when champion cyclists hit Pacific Parade right out the front. Ask for a table on the first-floor balcony and order the pan-seared salmon with Niçoise vinaigrette.
Men's, women’s and para marathons
April 15, 6.10am-noon
Seaduction Restaurant + Bar
Stellar seafood and sea views are the indisputable stars of this hatted restaurant with floor-to-ceiling glass windows. But thanks to its enviable location on the Esplanade in Surfers Paradise, we bet all eyes will be on the athletes as they make their way past this section of the course at the start of the race and on the way to the finish line.
Top image: Seaduction Restaurant + Bar