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REVIEW: Brooklyn Depot – Surfers Paradise

Located in the heart of Surfers Paradise, in the 4217 building, is Brooklyn Depot. For burger lovers, this place is heaven! For people visiting the Gold Coast, Brooklyn Depot is a short walk away from most accommodation and for locals, you can either catch public transport or park in the Bruce Bishop and get your ticket validated once you have finished your meal.

The kids enjoyed the Brooklyn Classic burgers with the biggest side of fries they had ever seen! My two older kids are in that in between age where kids meals are too small but adult meals are too much – these burgers were perfect.


I was after a bit of spice so I ordered the Nashville burger which included Southern Fried ‘Howlin’ hot chicken, coated in Nashville hot sauce, sliced lettuce, sliced pickles and chipotle mayo – the burger was huge!


Verdict? The kids loved their burgers and skinny fries along with some cheesy sticks and potato nachos. I also ate every single bite and even though I was busting at the seams, it left me wanting more. The portion sizes are bigger than average so you will definitely get your money’s worth.

Side note: While the kids wait for their meals, they can enjoy some colouring with colouring pencils and paper provided or they can enjoy playing a range of board games, cards or Jenga.

Brooklyn Depot definitely ticks the boxes for being family friendly. There is also some great art work on the walls and props around the place so you can ask the friendly staff to take some family snaps – they’ll all be framers, I promise!

Address: 4217 / 10 Beach Road, Surfers Paradise

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REVIEW: Knox Dining – Surfers Paradise

Located in the heart of Surfers Paradise, Knox Dining is a great place for a family meal. Using wholesome ingredients, the menu is fresh and delicious and infused with international flavours – a great way to satisfy the taste buds.

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As a family of five, we all enjoyed something different. The kids enjoyed the delicious hotcakes and fruit with a side of strawberry ice-cream. They’re the perfect size and the side of fruit balances out the syrup and ice-cream.

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My husband ordered the ‘Big Brekkie’ which went down a treat! It’s definitely big with toasted sourdough, 2 eggs your way, smoked bacon, beef and herb chipolatas, Roma tomatos, 2 hashbrowns and baked beans. Along with the perfect latte, he was more than satisfied!

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I ordered the ‘Veggie Supreme’ which consistes of 2 eggs your way, smashed avocado, mushrooms, wilted spinach, grilled tomato, baked beans and sourdough toast. This is my favourite meal every time I visit… everytime. It’s the perfect amount of vegetables, cooked the way I like, and I’m not left feeling like I’ve eaten too much.

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The fresh juices and smoothies washed our meals down perfectly. Water is also complimentary, just request a bottle and glass from the friendly staff.

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Knox Dining caters to people with food intolerances so whether you or your child is gluten free or vegan there is something for you. Parents can also sit back and relax with their coffee, enjoying the live music, while the kids play on the jungle gym in the playground directly outside the doors.

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Free wifi is available, just ask one of the friendly staff for assistance. Parking is easy at Circle on Cavill, the first two hours are free, which give the family plenty of time to enjoy breakfast or bruch and a play.

Shopping T12, Circle on Cavill, Surfers Paradise
Open 6.30am – 3pm, 7 days a week

REVIEW: Surfers Paradise Kids Week, Paradise Resort



The dinosaurs are here! Surfers Paradise Kids Week will be happening until 5 October and Surfers Paradise has been transformed into a Jurassic-inspired playground full of free entertainment for the whole family.
With daily performances from the stars of the Jurassic Creatures Dinosaur Show along with other live children’s performances on the main stage, located beachside opposite the Soul Boardwalk the whole family will have a great time!

REVIEW: The Legend of Dunhuang, The Star Gold Coast

I took my 10 year old to her first stage show The Legend of Dunhuang . She was mesmerised from the moment she stepped foot in The Star. The place was buzzing, the atmosphere electric and all the staff are so welcoming and kind enough to point the way if you’re lost, which we were.

China’s classic dance sensation, The Legend of Dunhuang, made it’s Australian debut at The Star, Gold Coast on Friday 28 September.

We were taken on a journey back in time to experience the artistic and culturally significant piece of China’s history, carefully choreographed into a creative blend of Chinese classical and modern dance.

Exquisitely produced by the famous Gansu Dance Troupe, The Legend of Dunhuang is renowned for its detailed backdrops of breathtaking sceneries, Buddhist art and colourful costumes used to capture the memorable tale of friendship, humanity and harmony that will stay with viewers long after the final scene.

Set in Dunhuang, a city in north-west China’s Gansu Province during the Tang dynasty, the dance acts as a moving account of Dunhuang’s history as the viewer sashays between the ancient and modern worlds.

REVIEW: 7 great Gold Coast cafes to enjoy on Father’s Day

Father’s Day! The day when we get to spoil and show our Dads how much they mean to us. If you’re celebrating Father’s Day on the Gold Coast, we’ve picked out the 7 best cafes for you. Here are some ideas on where you can take your Dad for a bit of breakfast, brunch or lunch.

Bam Bam Bakehouse

If you want delicious food with vegetarian, gluten free and vegan options along with great atmosphere then Bam Bam Bakehouse is for you.

2519 – 2521 Gold Coast Highway, Mermaid Beach

Open from 7am – 3pm


Paddock Bakery

Whether you’re looking for a full meal or just coffee and cake, take Dad along to Paddock Bakery.

20 Hibiscus Haven, Miami

Open 6:30am – 3pm


Social Brew Burleigh

Known for its great coffee and delicious food, Social Brew Burleigh is the place to be for Father’s Day.

James St, Burleigh

Open 6am – 3pm


 Café Gold Coast

Take Dad along to this rustic café and shout him a burger!

12 / 300 Marine Parade, Labrador

Open 6am – 4pm


 Double Barrel Kitchen

Dads will love this hidden little gem in Mermaid Waters. Double Barrel have a special running from 10am tomorrow! $20 dads’ burger & beers! Get in there early so you don’t miss out.

54 Karbunya St, Mermaid

Open 6am – 3pm


Dune Café

A stone’s throw away from the beach and the pirate ship playground, Dune Café is the perfect place to bring Dad for Father’s Day.

945 Gold Coast Hwy, Palm Beach

Open 6.30am – 3pm


 Blackboard Café

Located within the Varsity precinct with loads of free parking, enjoy the Father’s Day special – $20 burgers & beers!

7/240 Varsity Parade, Varsity Lakes

Open 6am – 3pm