I recently had a small "jet set" moment, and what it lacked in private jets, cashmere lounge pants and travel pods, it more than made up for in good friends, lovely locales and amazing meals. In finding myself landing into Sydney on a clear, sunny morning off the over night flight from Hong Kong, I gathered my wits and carry-on luggage, hopped on the train over to the domestic terminal, met up with my travelling companions and checked in for my flight to the Gold Coast.
My early morning return from a work trip to Hong Kong and China had coordinated with a planned girls-weekend away to Burleigh Heads - a trip that had been in the works for some time, for myself and two besties to visit another BFF, who in the previous year had relocated to Burleigh with her kids.
Off the plane at the Gold Coast, and following a quick shower & a fresh change of clothes, we headed to BSKT Cafe for a clean, crisp and oh-so-tasty lunch.
I had the Aburi Salmon, served on a base of brown rice, with crushed pepitas, sesame seeds and lemon - the perfect reset after a week of non stop travel.
My gorgeous girlfriend then booked us in for an early dinner seating at Rick Shores. Talk about a stunning setting! With an Asian inspired menu, perfectly suited to sharing and a fantastic cocktail list (not to mention the view!) it was a lovely spot to toast good friends and what the days sky slowly fade.
As all four girls on the weekend are Mums, we allowed ourselves a slow start to the morning, followed by a coffee and a walk along the Burleigh shore line. We then headed south to the beautiful Halcyon House, and a lunch booking at Paper Daisy Restaurant.
A long, leisurely lunch followed. The lunch menu is structured at a set price, with 2 course, or 3 course options. All very reasonably priced, with a good wine list, and fabulous Aperol Spritz', the drive was well worth it.
We allowed ourselves one more lazy start and around mid morning wandered near by for brunch at Paddock.
Established in an old, weather board cottage, with tables scattered around the surrounding gardens and beautifully shaded by mature trees, the coffee was good, the bacon and egg rolls excellent and the bombalonies a treat!
Sunday morning was obviously a popular time, with tables in high demand, but the vibe was very friendly and relaxed and the waitstaff easy going and efficant.
Having only stopped briefly previously in Burleigh, I was very pleasantly surprised by all the good little spots that we tried, and have the sense there are many more for us to discover next time. The area has a thriving whole-food scene, with regular organic farmers markets, yoga studios aplenty and plenty of "alternative" dining options.
I so enjoyed sharing the weekend with my gorgeous friend, and getting to know the place she now calls home - we will definately be back! xxE