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WHERE THE SEA MEETS THE MOUNTAINS

I've been trying to figure out how I would sum up the Gold Coast to someone who has never been, and here's what I've got: Imagine a place that combines beautiful beaches, impressive hiking, tourism, quaintness, delicious food, and a million hipster cafes, all in a sunny, friendly bubble. The G.C. gets a bad rep. People find it gaudy and superficial, and yes I could agree that in certain areas that might ring true, but the G.C is a pretty big area and there are so many beautiful hidden treasures. Being here, especially in the summer, feels like a constant vacation. And maybe thats another reason some people don't like it - if it doesn't feel "homey" to them, but Eric and I love the way of life here. There's something about having constant access to the ocean that puts your mind at ease. It can turn a crappy day into the best day, just by watching the rhythmic waves or burying your feet in the soft sand. I told myself I would not take living by the ocean for granted while I'm here. That I'd seize every opportunity to spend it on the beach. I think we have definitely lived up to that. We've had beach streaks of 10 days and are more bronze than we've ever been in our lives. Its absolutely amazing. On days where its a little too hot to lay out in the sand, we have the luxury of the hinterlands. With four or so national parks in driving distance, there are no shortage of challenging, waterfall-filled hikes up high enough and protected by enough rainforest where the heat can't quite reach. We've become quite the "bush-walkers" and love a good hike through Lamington National Park or Tamborine Mountain. The Gold Coast is buzzing with delicious food and funky cafes. Although Eric and I try to be as money cautious as possible when it comes to eating out, we have found what have become some of our favorite places to eat and drink. Favorite cafes/brekkie: - Goji Granola Bar & Cafe, Clear Island Waters - Circle Espresso, Surfers Paradise - Social Brew, Burleigh Heads Favorite affordable eats: - Mario's (best gluten free pizza), Broadbeach - Grill'd (healthy burgers), Surfers Paradise - Communa Cantina (modern Mexican), Broadbeach Favorite dessert:  - Donut Time, Mermaid Beach & Surfers Paradise - Cowch, Broadbeach - The Gelato Shop, Broadbeach - Guilty Cafe, Currumbin Waters

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