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Mermaid Waters

Boasting waterways with names such as Rumrunner Lake and Lake Wonderland, it's easy to see the appeal of Mermaid Waters, a canal community which sits at the elbow of Mermaid Beach.

Australian surveyor John Oxley first came to the area in 1823 and gave it its name after the cutter ship Mermaid on which he travelled. Primarily a residential suburb, it's worth a wander here to check out the luxury homes situated along the canals and lakes. There's a wide range of Asian and European restaurants in this area, which offers easy access to nearby Mermaid Beach.

The Mermaid Waters Hotel is a bit of an accommodation icon around these parts which is also home to a range of apartments, resorts and backpackers. In the Gold Coast fairytale, where Surfers Paradise would be cast as Cinderella, if there was to be a Little Mermaid, then Mermaid Waters would most certainly fit the bill.

Corner Markeri Street and Sunshine Boulevard
Mermaid Waters, Gold Coast Area
Queensland
Australia

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Broadbeach Waters

Broadbeach Waters, Gold Coast Area
While nearby Broadbeach buzzes, adjacent Broadbeach Waters adopts a more sedate approach with its intricate kilometres of canals, bike paths and scenic walks. While it would be tempting to eschew this fringe-dwelling suburb in favour of bustling Broadbeach which bags the spotlight, don't. For there are plenty of interesting restaurants dotted around the place and the canal system itself is one worth witnessing. It sits nestled behind unassuming Cascade Gardens with its rainforest walk, water bird sanctuary, waterfalls and tranquil creek. Grab a kayak or stand-up paddle board and enjoy this colourful part of the coast from the calm waters away from the beaches. Check out the beautiful homes perched along the canals, spot a bird or two and stop for a picnic in a peaceful park. And really, who can resist a place called Lake Intrepid or a road called Sunshine Boulevard? If that's not quintessential Queensland, we don't know what is.

Mermaid Beach

Mermaid Beach, Gold Coast Area
You could certainly be forgiven for thinking you might happen across a mermaid of two at this curiously-named beachside suburb. Sensual sea sirens aside, this is simply a laid-back spot next to its bustling neighbour Broadbeach. There's an eclectic blend of dining options here from modern Australian to plenty of Asian culinary experiences in which to participate. And Mermaid Beach also boasts one of the best Surf Life Saving Clubs along the coast in which to dine and simply look out at the big blue yonder that is the Pacific Ocean. While there are plenty of accommodation options here, from caravan parks to apartments, don't forget to check out 'millionaire's row'. Yes, here at Hedges Avenue, is where some of the Gold Coast's Who's Who have bought prestigious beachfront properties due to its prime beachfront location. So you may not be a millionaire, but you can always dream of becoming a mermaid in your next life.

Mermaid Waters

Mermaid Waters, Gold Coast Area
Boasting waterways with names such as Rumrunner Lake and Lake Wonderland, it's easy to see the appeal of Mermaid Waters, a canal community which sits at the elbow of Mermaid Beach. Australian surveyor John Oxley first came to the area in 1823 and gave it its name after the cutter ship Mermaid on which he travelled. Primarily a residential suburb, it's worth a wander here to check out the luxury homes situated along the canals and lakes. There's a wide range of Asian and European restaurants in this area, which offers easy access to nearby Mermaid Beach. The Mermaid Waters Hotel is a bit of an accommodation icon around these parts which is also home to a range of apartments, resorts and backpackers. In the Gold Coast fairytale, where Surfers Paradise would be cast as Cinderella, if there was to be a Little Mermaid, then Mermaid Waters would most certainly fit the bill.

Miami

Miami, Gold Coast Area
For 69 years, this relaxed Gold Coast suburb was home to Miami Ice, an iconic ice factory built from two recycled army huts which were demolished in 2013. Even Australian singer John Farnham used this venue to film his Two Strong Hearts film clip. But while the controversy over the demolition of this cultural icon has since melted, Miami remains an uber cool place to visit with its burgeoning café culture. A highlight of a visit here is Miami Marketta, where Miami bursts alive with an outdoor dining experience seating 450 people and serving food from around the globe. Edgy local watering holes such as The Cargo Bar and The Shed Bar serve boutique wine and locally-brewed beer, while the main stage is a hot bed of local blues, jazz, roots and independent artists. Blessed with a beautiful beach, a wide range of accommodation, and a host of beach shacks which remind you of the Gold Coast of old, you could be forgiven for thinking you were in that other Miami. Yes, Florida. White suits optional.

Broadbeach

Broadbeach, Gold Coast Area
Boy has bustling Broadbeach come a long way baby. Once the little brother to big sister Surfers Paradise, Broadbeach or "Broadie" to locals, is all grown up, and how. You could start in the surf, with its beautiful beaches, framed by lazy parks home to weekend markets and weekday yoga classes. Or wander down the Broadbeach Mall, peppered with roving street artists and framed by alfresco dining whose tentacles seem to keep spreading in all directions. Yes, you've now met one of the Gold Coast's dining divas, with everything from gourmet delis, to bistros and brasseries. There's five-star feasts to be had along here too, and seemingly a new restaurant or bar every time you blink. Not that it's overdone. That's not Broadie's style. If you do want some razzle dazzle, head across the Gold Coast Highway to Jupiters Hotel and Casino, with its 24-hour casino, bars, lounges, restaurants and shows galore. You'll also find the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre here, home to top international and Australian recording artists and business conference. Let's not forget that other icon - Pacific Fair - one of Australia's largest retail centres with more than 300 stores, cinemas, and casual dining. And when the sun and fun finally sets on your day, choose from a wide range of accommodation options. All the top brand hotels in Asia/Pacific have taken up residence here, as have some super swanky apartments. Sure, Broadbeach has grown up, but it will always be Broadie to the locals.
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