The perfect holiday of doing nothing
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This is a question I get a lot when I tell people I am going on a family holiday to Tugun.
Tugun sits about 15 minutes south of Burleigh Heads and only 5 minutes from Gold Coast airport. We have been making our way to Tugun fairly regularly for about 12 years now, and it never disappoints, it just keeps getting better.
Admittedly there is not a whole lot going on in this small coastal town of Tugun but when you have a pool, the beach at your door step, a few (…too many) bevies, and cheese (obviously), what more could you possibly need?
When you find a good thing, it's best to just stick with it, which is why we have been staying here at the same place each time. The Golden Riviera sits right on the beach with private gate access, a heated pool and spa, gym, sauna and some pretty spectacular views.
Just living my best life...
With a beach front balcony and a BBQ area sitting pool side, it is hard to venture past endless amounts of cheese and nibbles and a classic BBQ, especially when you have a group of 30+ people. However, there are a few little places within walking distance of our accommodation that convinced me to leave the relaxing vibes of the Golden Riviera.
Or you can make the drive north to Burleigh, Broadbeach or Surfers, or south to Coolangatta, Tweed Heads or even as far as Byron Bay.
House of Hubert
This became our coffee fix for the week. With beautiful warm interiors, House of Hubert pride themselves on sustainable and seasonal produce.
Only a two-minute walk up from our accommodation Tugun SLSC offers amazing views while enjoying a few drinks and is ideal for a quick and easy pub feed.
Elephant Rock Café
Ok, so this is technically part of Currumbin, but you can walk there from the resort so I'm counting it! This two-level café has a great view of the beach, great food and they are also licensed if you fancy a sneaky wine with lunch…and when on holidays obviously you do!
The Body Method
New to the Tugun area since my last visit, this was one of the prettiest Reformer Pilates spaces I have ever seen. Only $20 for a first time walk in, I was feeling pretty sore the next day, and immediately looked down to see if any abs had developed…sadly not yet!
Feeling oh-so-lady-like at this stunning location, we sat around drinking tea and eating scones and cake until we practically rolled out of there. This beautiful property features a cottage-like white house with various event and function rooms perfect for high tea, birthdays or a wedding.
Between the wine, the cheese and the generally doing a whole lot of not much; the idea of a boot camp seemed absolutely ridiculous. However, my cousin has started training to be a PT and encouraged anyone willing to join her on the beach for a boot camp sesh. If you're not up for the commitment of a full-on workout, the endless stretch of beach is perfect for a beach run or a simple stroll.
ANZAC Dawn service
ANZAC Day fell during the week we were there and having heard the Currumbin dawn service was one of the biggest in Australia, I forced myself out of bed and in a sleep-walk state managed to attend the service in time. Watching a sunrise is a rarity in my life so it was completely worth it!
We decided to be a little crazy this year and venture away from the comfort of our Tugun bubble. After a quick Google search, I came across a waterfall called Natural Bridge about an hour drive away and it was every bit stunning as the pictures suggest. With my swimmers and towel at the ready, I only realised once I was there that you can't actually swim- fail. So, if you're looking for somewhere to swim Currumbin Rock pool would probably be the way to go, plus it's only 20 minutes from Tugun.
I cannot believe it has taken me this long to get to Byron Bay…and this long to realise how close it is to Tugun, only an hour drive. On the way we stopped for lunch at The Farm which did not disappoint my high expectations. Amazingly fresh food and Insta pic opportunities in every corner!