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The Historic Rivermill, place of memories

One of the most naturally beautiful properties on the Gold Coast is the Historic Rivermill in Mt Nathan. Just 30 minutes from the centre of the Gold Coast, the 6.4-hectare property is made up of shaded, verdant lawns fringed on one side by a meandering river. Overlooking the river is a rustic restaurant and function...
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When ‘Cafe of the Year’ award-winning Mornington restaurateurs set up shop on the Gold Coast, we’re really curious about what they will bring to our dining scene. And in the case of The Winey Cow, it’s a lot. For owners Cam Henderson and his wife Jill, their wine bar, founded in 2014, seemed an obvious...
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Owner operators of the newly opened Side Piece Coffee in Varsity, Miles Gaebel, Dylan Jamsa and Lee King, had long histories in hospitality before joining their skills to open their own cafe overlooking Varsity. When we popped in for a visit in their first week, the trio was so full of enthusiasm for their new...
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We love seeing great people succeed in business. Especially those whose focus is clearly on great food and service. We often ‘follow that chef’ from place to place, knowing that when we do eat out, it’s going to be a top experience. Fin Tully is one of those chefs. A New Zealander by birth, Fin...
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There’s a part of me that always returns to country. It’s the yawning openness, the homeliness of imperfection, and the people who populate these spaces that make all the difference. So, when I find one of those places, I immediately feel at home. I breathe out, relax and look around me in wonder. That’s exactly...
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There’s a lot of talk about coffee and the process of making it, all in pursuit of the perfect cup. At Vector Coffee, the clues of success are there in the espresso bar’s name and logo. Even before we enter the premises, we can see the ‘vector’ name and arrow symbol denoting that we’re on...
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There are few more iconic beaches in Australia than the pristine white sands of Surfers Paradise. The birthplace of the bikini, it represents Queensland’s casual outdoors-driven lifestyle. The Paradise Centre, just across the road from Surfers Paradise Beach, offers diners a beachside shopping location, entertainment, enhanced by its new $40-million dining precinct opened in September...
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A visit to Palm Beach Ave makes me feel as though spring has arrived. It’s fresh, breezy and beautiful. Palm Beach Ave is Daniel and Ruggie Ridgeway’s tribute to Palm Beach and a coastal lifestyle. The 150-seat venue sits on the corner of the Gold Coast Highway on the ground floor of Village Palm Beach,...
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Like its namesake, the exotic saffron flower. Kesari has two colours: the violet hue of modern ‘soulfood’ for breakfast and lunch and the glow of saffron at night when its Indian-infused menu is on offer. After building a bar and undertaking a quick renovation to the venue, in March 2022 co-owner and manager Sunil ‘Sunny’...
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“Great coffee, tasty toasties and pastries, and friendly vibes.” The latest hidden gem on the northern Gold Coast is Santa Barbara Specialty Coffee, the small café with lots of heart. After serving coffee in some of the coast’s best cafés for years, barista Kevin Gatti knew what he and his wife Emma would place value...