It is without a doubt the ideal time to visit Gold Coast post-Commonwealth Games with the refreshing look over the city, from the upgraded transport links and a massive centre for arts and culture, to the latest dining establishments and lavish hotels.

Though the event has come to an end, holiday visitors travelling to the Gold Coast will be able to benefit from the developments made and feel the newly improved Aussie vibe.

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Have places you need to be in a short amount of time? Hop on the G:Link.

Travel with ease

When in a foreign country, sometimes it can be a pretty daunting task to move around without proper public transportation services. The good news is, a whopping A$420mil was spent on upgrades to expand the route from Gold Coast University Hospital station to Helensvale, carrying the total number of stations to 19 starting from Broadbeach South.

Getting around town has never been more convenient and time efficient. Fifteen minutes is all you need to get from Surfer’s Paradise to Broadbeach South, known as a famous dining and shopping precinct, and home to the newly refurbished Pacific Fair shopping centre.

Best of all, visitors arriving at Brisbane Airport can also stop by the Gold Coast area by hopping on the Queensland Rail Network and be a train ride away from Helensvale station. Upon arrival, simply transfer to the G:Link to get to popular beach precincts like Surfers Paradise and Broadbeach. Exploring such alluring places is now within reach.

Wine and dine at trendy spots

The city’s dining scene has fully evolved and come into its own. With an array of choices to choose from, it can be a bit difficult in deciding where to dine at for the night.

Gold Coast has certainly made its name as a trendy food destination, from chic restaurants to innovative dining concepts to draw in the masses, offering not only tantalising dishes but also a unique and enjoyable experience. Be sure to visit some of these notable restaurants if you ever find yourself on the coast.

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Tuck into your meal as you watch the waves crash at Rick Shores. Photo: Jeremy Kilvington

Rick Shores at Burleigh Heads

Known as a Thai-influenced modern Australian cuisine, the establishment is set on the beach with a million dollar coastal view, serving Gold Coast’s finest fare made from locally-sourced produce.

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Excite your palate with a plate of Crispy rice spicy tuna.

Kiyomi at The Star Gold Coast

Famous for its dining rooms, Kiyomi situated at The Star luxury hotel is one of the well-known hatted Japanese restaurants in the coast. Its exquisite signature dishes are testament to the culinary renaissance and maturing taste buds on the Coast.

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Order a specific drink of your choice or ask your bartender to craft one up.

The Collective, Palm Beach

As a newcomer to the vibrant dining scene, The Collective shot to fame as a trendy group of five restaurants offering a wide mixture of cuisines suitable for all palates. It also consists of a bar and a trendy rooftop bar. Incorporating a communal dining concept into the restaurant, diners are allowed to order from one menu that houses all five restaurants and share in the Mexican, Italian, Asian and modern Australian fare.

Electrifying food markets

If you’re big into food markets like many of us, look no further than Gold Coast as their street food markets are getting bigger and more vibrant than ever before. Every Friday and Saturday evening at Miami Marketta and NightQuarter, you’ll see the streets come alive with patrons at food stalls from all corners of the world. Feast your eyes and bellies on some of the most exotic food in the world, all in one place.

You may grub or quench your thirst along to weekly music and entertainment gigs hosted on stage that will surely get your feet moving to the beat and create an eternal memory with your loved ones.

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Get uniquely crafted cocktails at Miami Marketta.

Top floor lifestyle

Spoiled for choice when choosing accommodations? Known as one of Gold Coast’s iconic landmarks for over 30 years, The Star Gold Coast it is a five-star hotel with outstanding services, equipped with a sleek casino, a day spa centre and a theatre among other amenities. A new suite tower was also recently unveiled. “The Darling”, a six-star 19-floor extravaganza complete with butler services, finest amenities and a A$20mil rooftop restaurant and bar as its crown jewel, is the brain-child of acclaimed restaurateur Simon Gloftis and entertainment maven Billy Cross.

Avani Broadbeach Gold Coast Residences is also one of the many luxurious accommodations, offering 25 floors with 219 one- or two-bedroom contemporary suites. A newly launched concept called “keys to the city” will not only give guests access to their suites, but also insider tips about the area such as where to go by locals through Facebook Messenger. With its affordable prices and location strategically near the coast and Pratten Park, it is also conveniently walking distance to many shops around the area.

If you’re an enthusiastic shopper, look no further than Pacific Fair shopping centre or other nearby local boutiques to satisfy your apparel desires.

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Treat yourself to a classy, elegant suite of your choice.

Heighten your senses visually

Designed as a hub to celebrate all things arts, culture and creative enterprises, the 16.5ha Gold Coast Cultural Precinct at Evandale is the latest addition to the city’s art scene.

Showcasing the best of local talents and emerging artist, Hota is the place to be with some of the biggest names in the industry lined up this year – such as the Tim Minchin in Concert and Concert for the Planet by the Gold Coast Philharmonic Orchestra in March.

Surrounded by a lush environment, the precinct brings people together to spend leisure time by Evandale Lake, enhanced with 110m-swimming lanes, sandy beaches and a children’s pool, along with playgrounds, gardens, picnic spots and boardwalks.

While you’re at it, visit the 14-floor Art Tower that houses a new art museum and several destination galleries that focus on touring exhibitions, regional collections, photography and new media. Visitors can also get a bird’s eye view of the city at the public observation roof deck and viewing platform.

If you’re a fan of musicals and dance performances, check out the Performing Arts Centre which seats 1,200 people and consists of a recording studio and cinema complexes.

So what are you waiting for? Head on over to Gold Coast now and travel in style.

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Rock out to live performances at the Home of the Arts (Hota) outdoor stage. Photo: John Gollings

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