Early Morning Roadtrip Gold Coast

Early Morning Roadtrip Gold Coast, Queensland. Australia

Australia has thousands of kilometers of road linking countless bucket-list destinations and every type of scenery you can imagine, and in Queensland there’s a roadie route to suit every traveler. We take plenty of road trips and over the years we have worked out that leaving home early morning best suits us. From the glistening coastline to the cool hinterland hills, to wine country and rolling countryside, we have had some epic adventures. It’s been on and off raining all week, but we took a chance it cleared overnight for a quick rundown to the Gold Coast. Clouds were hovering but it looked like gamble paid off.

Our first stop was the 5km long Southport Spit, relatively undeveloped for now, sandy isthmus starting at Main Beach and finishing at the seaway where Broadwater meets the Pacific Ocean. Home to Sea World, 5 Star Resorts and some of the Gold Coast's best dining and shopping the Seaway at The Spit has been voted as the best place to fish on the Gold Coast with anglers reeling in year round hauls of yellowtail, kingfish, whitehead and flathead. It's a pretty arduous place to fish with strong currents and rocky conditions. The Sand Pumping Jetty is another local favourite with the Summer and Spring being especially fruitful.

The Southport Spit is a Dog Beach, and is located on the very north-most tip of the Gold Coast. Dog lovers have a couple of options here; they can either hang out in a sizeable cove on the Broadwater, or they are welcome to roam the sands on the tip of Southport. This is one of the best dog beaches on the Gold Coast, so to help narrow things down, be on the lookout for Muriel Henchman Avenue. This is where the dog-friendly area begins.


Location: Muriel Henchman Dr. to Seaway Wall, Seaworld Dr., Southport

 Entrances: To reach the Broadwater, there are a few entrances, marked by car parks to the left off Seaworld Drive. For the beach, head down Seaworld drive almost to the end, and you’ll see a large car park on the right.

After Shari (our pup) had a good run and meet all the local dogs we headed to the sleepy banks of Budds Beach for Breakfast at Bumbles. This café is a gorgeous place for a quick breakfast and coffee and one of our favorites to drop into. The atmosphere is so friendly and inviting; you can't help but linger here. The breakfast menu offers classics (like Granola, corn cakes and bacon and eggs), something special (like Ricotta hot cakes and smoked ocean trout) and dishes for under twelve’s (pancakes, and bacon, eggs and toast). Many come to Bumbles for the range of delicious cakes and sweets, which are in the window to greet you as you walk in.

Bumbles Cafe, at 21 River Drive, Surfers Paradise, overlooks Budds Beach and has a distinctively coastal vibe with its bright and quirky decor.

From Breakfast we took the coastal road though Surfers Paradise onto Miami to Pizzey Park. Pizzey Park is an off leash dog park in Mermaid Waters and one of Shari’s (or pup) favourite places to run. Pizzey Park provides a welcome alternative to the dog friendly beaches on the coast. It is forested and has a freshwater lake along with a fenced in agility area for your dogs to enjoy. There is also a walking circuit around the lake where you can join your pup in their exercise.

Pizzey Park is located 24 Pizzey Dr, Mermaid Waters


Just around the corner we dropped into Ambarella Fine Foods. This enclave of gourmand food and drinks ensures an authentic paddock to plate experience with every visit. This place blew us always when we found it by accident. While down the coast before we head home we sometimes drop in and spent a pleasant time browsing the butcher, deli, fishmonger plus poking around the gourmet groceries. Shopping at Ambarella feels like you are shopping at the Gold Coast markets, except this market-style supermarket is all under one roof.

Ambarella Fine Foods is located 1 Santa Maria Court, Burleigh Waters

Tony and Kim Outdoor Adventures acknowledge and pay respects to the people of the Yugambeh language region of the Gold Coast and all their descendants both past and present. We also acknowledge the many Aboriginal people from other regions as well as Torres Strait and South Sea Islander people who now live in the local area and have made an important contribution to the community.

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