Grab a kayak, round-up some friends, and paddle to one of the great cafes on the Braodbeach canals, Narang River, or Tullebudgera Creek. Kayak-Cafe-Crawling is the perfect way to mix the outdoors with the Gold Coast emerging array of top-shelf cafes. Here are four top-notch cafes accessible by kayak:
1. Society of Florida - Florida Gardens
The popular cafe 'Burleigh Social' has recently opened a second cafe hidden on Florida Gardens Island. The cafe is located just across the road from a sandy canal-side beach where you can land a Kayak (google Hibiscus Park). The Iced Latte with a hint of maple from our favourite red-headed Barista Lucy is a great summer choice!
Check them out here: https://www.facebook.com/societyofflorida/
2. Bumbles Cafe - Budds Beach
With a beautiful long Nerang River-side beach, bumbles cafe is another spot that is perfect for landing your kayak. This is a rustic old convenience store converted to boutique cafe and restaurant.
Check out their culinary menu www.bumblescafe.com
3. The Paddock Bakery
Paddock Bakery has been a Miami favourite for many years. Home of an antique wood-fired oven, and known for artisan bread and baked treats, they know food! Fortunate for us, they have just opened up a second outlet... that is accessible by kayak! Positioned along the turquoise Tallebudgera creek - on the southern side where the ocean meets the sea - this is a great spot to indulge the senses. If you want to make a day of it, walk to the nearby Burleigh headlands, kayak the pristine Tallebudgera, and finish with a first class bakery delight.
The broadwaters of the Southern Gold Coast are often overlooked - perhaps a consequene of a gradual southern shift in the Gold Coast's centre of gravity. However, the broadwater parklands and waters are picture perfect for kayaking. There are few cafes that are right on the water, but Catalina is a real Gem.
Check the tides on the 'Willy Weather app'. This way you can plan to use the tide to your advantage. Note that in the canals, the tides are two hours behind the beach tides. The water is moving slower around high and low tide.
Bring a bike lock or use one of ours. This way you can lock the kayak up while enjoying your coffee.
These blogs are written by the staff at Kayak the Gold Coast or submitted from local kayakers... wanna write a blog about kayaking? Just email it and we will post it up! Enjoy!