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Broadbeach vs. Surfers

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Broadbeach vs. Surfers

Hi all,

My partner and I have 5 days in QU for a friend's wedding at the SLSC on Main Beach. We are tossing up where we should stay and I need some help.

Do we go Surfers or Broadbeach? We would like to be somewhere that has good shopping, good food and a lively environment, but is still picturesque and "couple" friendly.

I would like to hear what you all have to say!

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1. Re: Broadbeach vs. Surfers

Broadbeach is my pick. Locals don't go to Surfers.

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2. Re: Broadbeach vs. Surfers

Yes BuckBrisbane is right, until 2 years ago, locals didn't go to Surfers unless they were one of the young and "beautiful people" (or hangers-on who need to be seen at the beautiful people places) hanging out at the niteclubs - they avoided it like the proverbial. With the completion of the Hilton and Soul in the last 12 months, things are changing, albeit slowly.

Both are lively precincts - the casino, pacific fair shopping and a multitude of great restaurants are the attractions at Broadbeach that might interest you.

There is plenty to keep a tourist fully occupied, but the renovations on the surfers mall and construction of the light rail is impacting on the ambience at the moment.

Broadbeach is definately more family friendly.

Otherwise both are picturesque.

Historically we stay 33% at surfers and 66% at Broadie, but have booked the next 2 weekends at surfers as we have found a fantastic legitimate Thai massage operation that is resolving a long term frozen shoulder problem.

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3. Re: Broadbeach vs. Surfers

Another vote for Broadbeach.

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4. Re: Broadbeach vs. Surfers

I guess it depends on how close you want to be to the wedding and I disagree that locals dont go to Surfers.

There is always plenty going on in Surfers and there are some nice restaurants if you scratch the surface.

Personally Broadbeach is better for couples that dont intend on clubbing.

If I had to go to a wedding in Main Beach I would probably stay in "north" Surfers out of the night club area. That way its a short cab fare from the wedding and everybody will most likely end up ther after the ceremony anyway.

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Depends on whether you will have a car or not. If you are going to be relying on public transport, cabs and feet then I agree with beach8um and stay on the Main Beach side of Surfers. It's not as bad as some people make out as long as you stay away from the Cavill Ave area.

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6. Re: Broadbeach vs. Surfers

Broadbeach.

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7. Re: Broadbeach vs. Surfers

Broadbeach definitely but I'd also consider Main Beach itself

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Its amazing how people from brisbane and sydney can claim that the gold coast locals don't go to surfers.

I live in the centre of broadbeach and still go to surfers regularly for restraunts & clubs.

Missmon, since you live in perth i think you might get this reference. Surfers is to the GC as kuta is to Bali. If you don't stay there you end up getting taxi's there every second day anyway.

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9. Re: Broadbeach vs. Surfers

Well said Chris. Totally agree.

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