For those of us who love eating and shopping, the Gold Coast in Queensland is a top spot. Starting with a scrumptious Palazzo Versace High Tea, here are four things to do to fill your weekend with fashion and fun.
1Versace High Tea
A glamorous place for a spot of High Tea, Palazzo Versace doesn’t disappoint. The lobby of the hotel oozes with European style, from the cushions to the cutlery.
Look up and take a photo of the 750kg chandelier which used to hang in the State Library of Milan.
The Versace High Tea is served in the plush Le Jardin Lobby Bar, which has a chic yet relaxed ambience. You can dress up or dress casually and still feel comfortable here.
If you’re heading there specifically for the Palazzo Versace Couture High Tea then make sure you starve yourself for at least half a day. The servings are substantial and very filling indeed.
The three-tiered stand of sweet and savoury treats will make your mouth water. You’ll get dainty finger sandwiches (the smoked salmon with lemon and dill crème fraiche on rye bread is fabulous) and plenty of sweet treats such as yoghurt mousse and praline Hazelnut. The Palazzo Versace High Tea signature Valrhona Kalingo chocolate delice is to die for!
Palazzo Versace’s Couture High Tea costs from $48 a person.
2The Village Markets at Burleigh Heads
In contrast to the glamour of the Versace High Tea, the Burleigh Village Markets is a relaxed way to spend a few hours.
Located at the Burleigh Heads State School, the market is well-worth a visit if you happen to be there on the first or third Sunday of each month. There’s also a market on the fourth Sunday each month at Paradise Point Park (am to 1pm).
These markets are where you should go if you’re looking to buy something local. From vintage clothing and locally designed jewellery to hand-printed t-shirts and woven sarongs
Burleigh Heads is a lesser-known spot that is overshadowed by the glitzier parts of the Gold Coast. Most people head to Surfers Paradise (to the north) and Coolangatta (to the south).
Burleigh has a fabulous beach and the Burleigh Heads National Park has some great walking trails. The towering pine trees remind me of Manly in Sydney.
For a divine seafood meal head to The Fish House and you’ll join a long list of celebrities who have dined here (Chris Hemsworth and Johnny Depp have warmed the seats here!).
The menu has creative dishes prepared with Australian produce, such as Yellowfin tuna from Mooloolaba and Queensland Moreton Bay bugs.
Pacific Fair is currently part way through a major redevelopment (AUD670 million), which is giving the shopping centre a much-needed makeover.
So far, it looks impressive! The redevelopment has sleek high-street fashion boutiques and an appealing tropical landscape with ponds, bridges and plenty of public seating areas.
By Queensland standards, this is a big shopping centre with 400 stores, including the Gold Coast’s largest Myer and a huge David Jones.
David Jones offers a personal shopping service that can save you alot of time searching the store for clothes and shoes.
Christina Pfeiffer was a guest of Tourism Australia and Visit Gold Coast
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