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Eleanor Knight4 years ago

Feed your stomach after working up a sweat

Okay - so the mornings are getting colder and darker, but it is no excuse to skip your early bird exercise routine. In fact, the colder it gets, the more important it is to stretch and keep active; not only is it great for your morning mentality but also helps your muscles warm up and stay healthy. As well as these reasons, one bonus about getting up in the early hours has to be breakfast at your favourite en-route cafe. We have paired together some fantastic locations to enjoy your sunrise stretch as well as a few delicious cafes to visit afterwards. So set your alarm, lace up your kick and bounce out the door to these fantastic locations on the Gold Coast.

Morning surf

What better way to wake up in the morning than grabbing your board and jumping in the sea. The Gold Coast is spoiled with beaches that pick up some of the best surf in the world, so don’t take it for granted. Head down early to the famous Snapper Rocks or Rainbow Bay to catch a few rollers before the crowds begin to arrive. This is one of the most beautiful locations to enjoy in the morning with the sun rising to your right, lighting up the views across to Surfers Paradise.
Where: Snapper Rocks Road, Coolangatta, QLD, 4225

Ocean Art Cafe and Gallery

Step inside, Ocean Art Cafe and Gallery - Coolangatta
Step inside, Ocean Art Cafe and Gallery – Coolangatta

Ocean Art Cafe and Gallery is the ultimate place to kick back and relax after a few fun waves. A place where surf art meets gourmet food, this quirky location allows you to enjoy the best of both worlds, tucking into fabulous breakfast while browsing over their stock of awesome artwork, prints and lifestyle products. Using Merlo coffee beans, Ocean Art Cafe and Gallery are well-known for their perfectly poured coffees, so make sure ordering one is the first thing you do. With outdoor seating, chill out overlooking the beach and enjoy your brekky overlooking one of the most renowned surf breaks in the world.
Where: 110 Marine Parade, Coolangatta, QLD, 4225

Sunrise stroll

Enjoying a 30 minute stroll every morning is one of the best ways to start the day. With long sandy coastlines and beautiful turquoise waters, Tugun Beach makes for the perfect place to enjoy a morning stroll. If you’re feeling energetic, take a barefoot run or jog through the sand; this is a fantastic full body workout with the sand acting as a resistance barrier.
Where: Tugun Beach, QLD, 4224

Groove Cafe

groove cafe
Indulge in healthy and naughty treats, Groove Cafe- Tugun

This little gem located in Tugun is one of the areas’ most popular morning hang outs, and we are here to tell you why. Firstly, they craft simply delicious coffee which is a complete hit with the locals and poses as the perfect wake-me-up drink. Secondly, Groove Cafe serve a number of delicious and nutritious breakfasts, which are designed to fill you up; perfect for a post-work out meal. After your sunrise stroll, order the classic eggs Benedict complete with a flat white for a filling and wholesome breakfast choice. If you’re looking for a naughty treat to take away, check out their freshly baked supply of muffins which are always crowd pleasers with both regulars and newbies.
Where: 455 Golden Four Drive, Tugun, QLD, 4224

Board walk run

If you’re looking for somewhere where you can enjoy a quick morning jog, search no further than Varsity Lakes. With various popular routes within the area as well as professionally equipped gyms, this location is the perfect place to enjoy some morning exercise. Take a jog around the beautiful Lake Orr with your dog or simply walk with the family to see the native wildlife in the area. Regardless of whether you decide to take a gentle stroll along the boardwalk or hit the treadmill at gym for a quick sprint, you’ll feel great after your morning exercise.
Where: Lake Orr Drive, Varsity Lakes, QLD, 4227

Fix Espresso

Friendly and welcoming, Fix Espresso - Varsity Lakes
Friendly and welcoming, Fix Espresso – Varsity Lakes

Sit back and relax after your morning stretch at Fix Espresso. This friendly cafe is home to some of the best baristas in the area who are able to whip you up the perfect coffee within seconds. Take residency in their outdoor seating area and order a delicious breakfast dish off their diverse menu. With both healthy brekkies as well as slightly naughtier plates, you’ll be sure to find something to satisfy your rumbling stomach; our breakfast choice is the fritters which include zucchini and corn. Chill out at quirky location for a memorable breakfast which will have you coming back again and again.
Where: 1/1 South Bay Drive, Varsity Lakes, QLD, 4227

Where do you workout in the morning? Let us know in the comments below!

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