Broadbeach Overview

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Broadbeach is a stylish Gold Coast suburb which perfectly compliments and contrasts the adjacent loud and brash Surfers Paradise ,just a few Km to its north.

Broadbeach is still fronted by that magnificent uninterrupted stretch of golden sand, there are also impressive apartment buildings and high rise towers similar to those found in Surfers.

Broadbeach is generally regarded as the more laid back and stylish, has one of the biggest shopping malls in the southern hemisphere, the famous Jupiters Casino and scores of well regarded restaurants and cafes.

Cafes and Restaurants

Broadbeach has a deserved reputation for its restaurants and cafes and offers a good choice ranging from simple fish and chips through to Indian, Italian, Mexican, French, Modern Australian as well as several gelato bars and trendy coffee bars.

An almost continuous 'U' shaped stretch of alfresco restaurants and cafes runs up Albert Avenue, along the precinct beside Surfers Parade which forms the frontage of The Phoenician Resort and down the pedestrianised precinct of Broadbeach Mall.

We found that Sopranos in the Phoenician Resort precinct served good food with attentive but not overbearing service.

Sage Café Restaurant is also worth a visit. It has award winning Chefs and a team of very friendly and professional staff who always aim to exceed their guest’s expectations.

Monorail to Jupiters Casino

Broadbeach has a monorail which runs in a circuit between Broadbeach Mall and the famous Jupiters Casino.

It only costs a few dollars to ride the monorail and it provides for some unique views of Broadbeach, the new convention centre and the impressive casino which is illuminated with a pulsating light display at night.

Even if you are not an avid gambler the Casino is an interesting attraction and includes a hotel, several restaurants, a theatre as well as several floors of the expected 'gaming' paraphernalia.


Broadbeach is the location for Pacific Fair which is one of the largest shopping malls in Australia.

You will find all the usual shops as well as some unique stores such as the hat shop which stocks just about every type of head attire you could care to think of.

There is also an outdoor food court so you can take a break from shopping and eat whilst enjoying the sunshine.

Walk To Surfers Paradise

Broadbeach is the next suburb down from Surfers Paradise. The walk either along the beach or the beachside promenade and then partly though the streets can take around 40 minutes to an hour depending on how long you spend gazing at the towers or toying with the surf.

Walking along the beach in the other direction will take you to Mermaid Beach, Nobby Beach, Miami and eventually to the rocky outcrop which has a footpath leading to North Burleigh.

The walk from Broadbeach to North Burleigh will take a good hour in each direction. Broadbeach is a perfect location to stay to enjoy the best of the Gold Coast.

The bustling Surfers Paradise with its bars, theme restaurants, bungy jumps, amazing shopping arcades, and clubs is within easy reach yet great dining, shopping and if it tempts you, the casino is on your door step.


Nestled between Jupiters Casino and Pacific Fair is the award winning Draculas cabaret restaurant. If you are looking for a fun night out, very professionally produced robust entertainment (which includes music and comedy) and good food served by waiters and waitresses attired in ghoulish costumes (with names like Dolly Death !) and who aren't afraid to answer their customers back, then this is a must. This will not be a quiet, romantic night out and customers sit on long group tables which only enhances the atmosphere. Do book in advance though as Draculas reputation draws customers from all over the Gold Coast and even further a field to Brisbane.

Where To Stay

Broadbeach has a good selection of places to stay and as with most of The Gold Coast, new exotic looking apartment towers are constantly under construction.

Accommodation in Broadbeach includes The Phoenician Resort, surrounded by a precinct of cafes and restaurants, which has an attached health club and spa centre.

The exotic looking Bell Air Apartments offers luxuriously appointed accommodation.

For a full list of the properties we have listed please see the Broadbeach accommodation listings for hotels and resorts and Backpacker accommodation for hostels.


Broadbeach is located in the south east of Queensland and has a latitude of 28.0°S and a longitude of 153.4° E.

Driving To The Gold Coast:

Approximate Driving Time/Distance

11Hrs From Sydney (850Km)

18Hrs From Melbourne (1600Km) )

1Hr From Brisbane (100Km) )

See Route and Distance Calculator for more driving times and routes.

Flying To The Gold Coast

Coolangatta airport, which is served by Virgin Blue and Jetstar, is only around 30 minutes by car to Broadbeach.

Shuttle busses, hire cars and taxis operate from Coolangatta airport to transport passengers to Broadbeach and The Gold Coast.

Queensland School & Public Holidays

2008 Public Holidays

New Years Day Tue 1st Jan.

Australia Day Mon 28th Jan.

Good Friday 21st March.

Easter Monday 24th March.

Anzac Day Fri 25th April.

Labour Day Mon 5th May.

Queens Birthday Holiday Mon 9th June.

Christmas Day Thu 25th Dec.

Boxing Day Holiday Fri 26th Dec.

2008 School Holidays

(End and start school on preceding and next week day (Mon - Fri) respectively)

School Starts Tue 29th January

Easter Holiday 7th April To 11th April.

Winter Holiday 30th June To 11th July.

Spring Holiday 22nd Sept To 3rd Oct.

Summer Holiday 15th Dec To Jan 21st.

Daylight Saving

Daylight Saving does not operate in Queensland

Note: Dates for guidance only. Always check with your individual School as variations may occur for individual education authorities or establishments and dates may be subject to change. Always check with relevant State or Territory education department to confirm holiday periods at the commencement of each school year. Not all Public Holidays for individual regions within each state and territory are shown and public holidays falling on weekends are not listed. Not all Public Holidays may be applicable to all employers, organisations etc so always check with your employer, education authority etc which public holidays are applicable.

Gold Coast Climate

These figures are for guidance only:

Historical Average Gold Coast Climate

Approximate Max Average Temperature

Max Average Temperature

Deg C/ Deg F

Winter(June-Aug):21 / 70

Spring(Sep-Nov):26 / 78

Summer(Dec-Feb):29 / 84

Autumn(Mar-May):26 / 79

Historical Average Gold Coast Rainfall

Approximate Average Monthly Rainfall - mm

Average Monthly Rainfall - mm

Winter(June-Aug): 57

Spring(Sep-Nov): 73

Summer(Dec-Feb): 150

Autumn(Mar-May): 100

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Exotic looking apartments towers punctuate the sky line in Broadbeach
Broadbeach has the Phonecian as a focal point
Broadbeach hasa precinct of cafes and restaurants
Jupiters Casinocan be reached by a monorail from the centre of Broadbeach
Draculas is a well known entertainment spot in Broadbeach
The monorail in Broadbeach runs from Broadbeach mall to Jupiters Casino
Walking along the beach from Broadbeach leads either to Surfers paradise or Burleigh heads in the other direction