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Gold Coast Attractions

Main Beach – just a few minutes from the heart and excitement of Surfers but a world away in terms of peace and just a more relaxed place to stay.

A short stroll to fashionable Tedder Avenue is where you’ll find boutique shopping, international restaurants and sophisticated bars. And of course all the day to day shopping you need for your stay is also right here – from delicious delis, seafood specialists, bottlestores and a grocery.

The Spit is within easy walking distance to enjoy the sophistication of the Marina Mirage shopping complex, the upmarket charm of Palazzo Versace or the family fun of Seaworld.

We are here to help you make the most of your stay in the Gold Coast and are ready with advice, booking assistance and great ideas for things to see and do. We also have a full range of options for airport transfers, rental car booking – in fact all your transport needs. Just talk to us at Xanadu Reception.


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Xanadu is located within minutes of some of the best restaurants in Main beach. We not only offer you a prime location close to our fabulous Gold Coast beaches, but you also have your choice of some of the top restaurants here in Main B..

Xanadu is located within minutes of some of the best restaurants in Main beach. We not only offer you a prime location close to our fabulous Gold Coast beaches, but you also have your choice of some of the top restaurants here in Main Beach.

So to make your stay with us as relaxing as possible, here is our Main Beach dining guide:

Vanitas at Palazzo Versace: This is one of the finest award winning, dining experiences on the Gold Coast. A visit to Vanitas will forever give you memories of their extraordinary, beautiful cuisine that will set your taste buds tingling. Voted the best reviewed restaurant by the Gold Coast Bulletin, Vanitas offers classic sophistication and rich flavours. Select from their a la carte menu or their fabulous degustation menu – you will not leave here disappointed.

Chill on Tedder: This award winning restaurant is Main Beach dining at its best. Offering a fusion of Asian and French contemporary cuisine, the food is excellent and the service divine. Choose between indoor and outdoor dining and then sit back and enjoy the imaginative tastes of chef Daran Glasgow’s fine dining creations.

Omeros Bros: Classically elegant with a modern twist, this award winning, first class seafood restaurant is everything you desire and more. The food is amazing, every time you dine here you want to return for more; it is an evergreen restaurant that simply services fine food. Select the Sydney Rock Oysters, salmon, New Zealand Sole or the Northern Territory Barramundi. If you love seafood, then this is your idea of heaven.

Provincial Restaurant & Bar: One of the best kept secrets on the coast, this restaurant is loved by locals. People come week after week and work their way through the menu. Serving gastronomic delights with a French and Italian flavour, this is a main beach restaurant you do not want to miss. So sit back and take in their laid back and unpretentious atmosphere and sample their Victorian Black Mussels, Herb crusted veal or their delicious signature Provincial Mariana.

Providore at Marina Mirage: Well known for its gourmet food, their breakfast menu is loved by locals and holiday makers alike. Open from 6am till 6pm, they offer a rustic ambiance with a family friendly atmosphere, check out their all-afternoon luncheon menus, their awesome host of salads and their desserts, which are absolutely fabulous.

These are our pick of the 5 top restaurants in Main Beach, which will make your stay here at Xanadu in our luxury Gold Coast apartments on Main Beach, all the more memorable.


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The Marina Mirage is just a short stroll from Xanadu Main Beach Resort and is a fabulous mix of award winning restaurants, designer boutiques and day spas in one of the best locations on the Gold Coast. You can easily spend a love..

The Marina Mirage is just a short stroll from Xanadu Main Beach Resort and is a fabulous mix of award winning restaurants, designer boutiques and day spas in one of the best locations on the Gold Coast.

You can easily spend a lovely day here dining, shopping and just wandering around the yachts that are birthed here. Not forgetting that the Marina Mirage is just opposite the Sheraton and next door to the Versace hotel. This is by far, one of the finest waterfront shopping areas on the Gold Coast.

Shopping and Designer Boutiques

There are so many designer boutiques here, there are too many to name them all. So be prepared to lose yourself in the joys of shopping at Hermes, Domani Shoes, Carla Zampatti, Boris Tailors, Charlie Brown, Zimmerman, Rodd & Gunn, Via La Moda and Janine Edwards and lots more.

Don’t forget Posh Pets, Bon Genre and Choco Barocco or Calleija Jewellers, Middleton’s Fine jewellery or Osborne Grace Gallery.

When you need a break from shopping at the designer boutiques, then stop for a coffee and a patisserie at Providore Bakery or take a table at one of the award winning restaurants at the Marina Mirage.

Dining and Award Winning Restaurants

The selection of restaurants at Marina Mirage is wonderful and there is something for every taste, whether you want a complete meal or just a snack to keep you going while you shop.

Omeros Bros: This multi-award winning restaurant is famous for its fabulous seafood, served in a laid back and friendly atmosphere. The spectacular views and opulent interior make this fine dining at its best.

Glass Dining and Lounge Bar: With beautiful views over the Marina, the relaxed ambiance of this elegant restaurant is matched by its first class, fine dining experience with a French flair.

Vanitas: This elegant restaurant is the signature of the Versache Hotel serving modern Australian cuisine with a multicultural influence.

Of course you can select from a variety of other restaurants such as China Palace, Fellini, Max Brenner Chocolate Bar and Ribs and Rumps. You can also purchase the freshest seafood, caught that very morning by the local fishing fleet.

Whale watching tours leave from marina mirage

Complete your day by taking a whale watching tour that departs from a private jetty at the Marina, from June right through until November each year. Spend 3 hours lounging on a well-appointed catamaran that is fully licenced and air-conditioned for your comfort and watch the whales frolic in our waters on their yearly migration to their birthing grounds.

Xanadu Main Beach Resort is well situated for all the entertainment that the Gold Cost offers and is just a short walk away from the Marina Mirage.


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Home to some of Australia’s most renown beaches the Gold Coast is the place to be this summer. Famous for its long stretches of white sandy bliss, pumping surf and patrolled beaches the Gold Coast is where Australia comes to cool ..

Home to some of Australia’s most renown beaches the Gold Coast is the place to be this summer. Famous for its long stretches of white sandy bliss, pumping surf and patrolled beaches the Gold Coast is where Australia comes to cool off, lie on the sand and enjoy an icon of our nation. Here are our top 5 must-visit Gold Coast beaches to head to when you stay at Xanadu Beach Resort Main Beach.

1.Main Beach

Originally named because it was, quite simply, the “Main Beach” for the nearby town of Southport, Main Beach has become a separate suburb in its own right due to continued development. Home of Xanadu Resort, the popular beach is a short stroll away. Known as a ‘chill-out’ beach due to the proximity to great facilities but much quieter than nearby neighbour ‘Surfers Paradise’. Main Beach is a great choice as a Gold Coast beach destination for visitors who want to have a fun and peaceful day out at the beach.

2.Broadbeach

The northern end of the Gold Coast is home to Broadbeach. The patrolled beach is less intense than the crowds at Surfers Paradise yet more upbeat and cosmopolitan than those further to the south of the Gold Coast. Broadbeach you’ll have easy access to a long clean stretch of stunning coastline that’s easily accessible and surrounded by several large parks that cater fro cyclists and pedestrians too.

3.Burleigh Heads

Burleigh head provides an alternative to the better known Gold Coast beaches. A popular surfing destination, Burleigh Heads is also a hotspot for weekend barbecues and picnics due to its scenic park overlooking the ocean. Providing a pleasant beach atmosphere, Burleigh Heads offers one of the best all-around swimming, bodyboarding and surfing beaches on the Gold Coast.

4.Duranbah (D-Bah)

Sitting just outside “legal borders” of the Gold Coast, Duranbah is certainly worth visiting when you're the region. Just a short trip from Coolangatta, ‘D-Bah’ is known as one of the world’s best-known surfing beaches, with suitable surf in most conditions as the swell can get quite big. Families looking for a swim would be advised to stay away – the beach itself isn’t anything amazing and it’s all about the waves at Duranbah.

5.Rainbow Bay & Snapper Rocks

As one of the only north facing beaches on the Gold Coast Rainbow Bay offers sheltered conditions ideal for swimming. Within close proximity to infamous surf beach, Snapper Rocks, Rainbow Bay is another option for visitors that want the best of both worlds. As Queensland's southernmost beaches, you can capture amazing sunsets when looking north and seeing the sun sink behind the high rises.

Thinking of beating the heat this summer?The Gold Coast is renown for its fantastic range of beaches all along the coast. Staying at Xanadu Main Beach Resort you’ll have easy access to all these Gold Coast beach gems as well being within easy reach of Main Beach. Book Now to secure your summer beach retreat.


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Here the animals take centre stage in an uplifting dinner show that will make your heart sing. Sit ringside in the outback arena where you will witness an amazing cast of stunt riders and horsemen and women working as one with their animal ..
Here the animals take centre stage in an uplifting dinner show that will make your heart sing. Sit ringside in the outback arena where you will witness an amazing cast of stunt riders and horsemen and women working as one with their animal offsiders, in a truly captivating show featuring the story of Phar Lap and celebrating the Spirit of the Horse. 

The horses never fail to capture the audience’s hearts as they perform Roman riding, trick riding and of course the crowd favourite – dancing! But their animal offsiders, including ponies, sheep, cattle and dogs, won’t be upstaged! Marvel at the skill of the short-haired border collies as they muster sheep, or listen to the thunder of the mighty longhorn cattle as they stampede the stadium, to the sounds of a whip cracking medley. A great night out for everyone. Tickets are available at Reception.

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The Gold Coast is the theme park capital of Australia and just a 25 minute drive north of Xanadu Main Beach. Here you will find Australia’s largest theme park Dreamworld, with over 40 incredible rides and attractions, that will have ..
The Gold Coast is the theme park capital of Australia and just a 25 minute drive north of Xanadu Main Beach.  Here you will find Australia’s largest theme park Dreamworld, with over 40 incredible rides and attractions, that will have you spinning, dropping and twisting your way through a full day of fun. 

Watch the Tiger Island show and marvel at the big cats as they work with their trainers, before heading off to the make-believe world of Dreamworks, where you can meet some of your favourite movie characters such as Kung Fu Panda and Shrek. Ride the Thunder River Rapids and the Dreamworld Express or get super cuddly with koalas and other native wildlife in your own animal encounter. Be prepared - it’s a big day out! Tickets available at Reception.


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High-end designer boutiques featuring the world’s top fashion labels, specialty stores featuring the latest must-have homewares, furniture and gifts, luxurious day spas and beauty salons are all to be found in this visually stunning, ..
High-end designer boutiques featuring the world’s top fashion labels, specialty stores featuring the latest must-have homewares, furniture and gifts, luxurious day spas and beauty salons are all to be found in this visually stunning, waterfront shopping complex, just a 15 minute walk from Xanadu Main Beach. 

Once you have had your fill of shopping or people watching, enjoy a meal at one of the award-winning restaurants featuring seafood and freshly grown local produce, as you overlook the beautiful Southport Broadwater. Adjacent to the Palazzo Versace, the shopping complex is open 7 days.

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A few kilometres away, Warner Bros. Studios have brought some of their most beloved movies to life. Here, in one location, you will find thrill rides and attractions for the whole family, featuring superheroes and family favourites inc..

A few kilometres away, Warner Bros. Studios have brought some of their most beloved movies to life.  Here, in one location, you will find thrill rides and attractions for the whole family, featuring superheroes and family favourites including Superman, Green Lantern, The Justice League and Scooby Doo, to name a few.

You can become part of a real movie set as you buckle up for some amazing driving action in Hollywood Stunt Driver 2, or immerse yourself in an out-of-this world 4D experience as you battle the elements and giant lizards of Journey 2: The  Mysterious Island. If you prefer to keep your feet on the ground, the Main Street Parade will bring you close to your favourite Looney Tunes cartoon characters and you can even have your photo taken with them. Another all-day adventure for the whole family, tickets are available at Reception.


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If animals are your thing, then a 5 min drive or a 20 minute walk from Xanadu Main Beach will bring you to an amazing collection of sea-loving creatures from around the world. Polar bears, penguins, dolphins, sharks, stingrays, seals, a..

If animals are your thing, then a 5 min drive or a 20 minute walk from Xanadu Main Beach will bring you to an amazing collection of sea-loving creatures from around the world. Polar bears, penguins, dolphins, sharks, stingrays, seals, and other amazing marine species provide every visitor with lasting memories of their beauty and spirit.

And when you have finished with the animal encounters, there are shows, parades, playgrounds, an interactive dinosaur display and the all new Storm rollercoaster. You can easily spend a whole day or go back several times as there is so much to keep everyone in the family entertained. Tickets can be purchased at Reception.


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Even if you don’t have a yacht the Yacht Club has great appeal, with its 300 berth marina location and stunning vista across the sails and masts of mixed watercraft on the Southport Broadwater. Watch the sailing fraternity go by as yo..
Even if you don’t have a yacht the Yacht Club has great appeal, with its 300 berth marina location and stunning vista across the sails and masts of mixed watercraft on the Southport Broadwater. Watch the sailing fraternity go by as you dine in the waterfront restaurant, or get amongst it on a schooner, cruiser, sail boat or power boat if a adrenaline rush is required.

Settle in for a cocktail as the sun goes down and see the lights of the Gold Coast emerge across the water. You can even enjoy a leisurely walk back to the resort as it is only 15 minutes away.

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There is so much to do here on the Gold Coast, from shopping to water sports and theme parks that the whole family will have great fun all day long. At the end of an exhausting and entertaining day however, you need to refuel your famil..

There is so much to do here on the Gold Coast, from shopping to water sports and theme parks that the whole family will have great fun all day long. At the end of an exhausting and entertaining day however, you need to refuel your family and one meal that just about everyone loves is a succulent burger.

You don’t just want the usual burgers from the everyday franchises, you want hearty gourmet burgers for your family. So here is a list of the top burgers on the Gold Coast, burgers that will keep your family coming back for more – every time.

The Gold Coast's Best Burger Joints

Give these burgers a test run and everyone in your family will be very happy and well fed.

Brooklyn Depot on Beach Rd, Surfers Paradise

If you like classic American style burgers packed with quality ingredients, then the Brooklyn Depot deserves a visit. Their signature burger is a grain fed beef burger with American cheese, hickory smoked bacon, grilled pineapple, lettuce and their special sauce. You can even sip a beer with your burger – a heavenly meal.

Obsessions on Chevron, Thomas Drive, Chevron Island

This great little family run café has some of the best burgers on the Gold Coast. Their signature meal is the ‘I Heart Greece’ burger packed full of BBQ lamb, feta, salad, olives and a special sauce. Add their sweet potato curls and you have a big, big meal fit for a hungry surfer. This is one of those burgers that you have to climb on top of – not just eat.

Longboards Laidback Eatery & Bar, cnr Hamilton Ave & Northcliffe Terrace, Surfers Paradise

This eatery is home to the famous PHAT burger challenge – a 1.8kg monster burger, jam packed with Wagyu beef, bacon, pulled pork, coleslaw, salad and cheese. If you eat the whole burger and fries in 30 mins you win a $150 in-house voucher and a place in their yearly finals! They also have 20 other succulent burgers to tempt you, if the PHAT burger is just too much, too soon.

Ze Pickle on Conner St, Burleigh

What do you get when you mix the best burgers on the Gold Coast with the best beer and funky music? You have Ze Pickle, the brainchild of three local blokes who love to hang out and eat American style burgers in really cool places. Try their crispy fried chicken burgers with maple smoked bacon, their pulled pork burgers or their Wagyu beef and caramelized onions burgers.

Without a doubt, these are some of the top burgers on the Gold Coast and are definitely worth a visit on your next holiday to the Sunshine State.


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When the beach is not giving you all the water based thrills you need, then Wet'n'Wild has you covered. Get amongst the endless waves at the Giant Wave Pool or, for the more adventurous, go screaming down the face of the largest wave in the..
When the beach is not giving you all the water based thrills you need, then Wet'n'Wild has you covered. Get amongst the endless waves at the Giant Wave Pool or, for the more adventurous, go screaming down the face of the largest wave in the world on the Surfrider, slide your way into the belly of the Constrictor, make yourself dizzy on the Aqua Loop or take a white water rafting trip over Mammoth Falls. 

To dry off soar 50 metres into the sky on the SkyCoaster, before plunging toward the earth as you pull your own parachute to safety. Whatever takes your fancy you know you will be getting wet, so go prepared for the sun and the surf. Tickets are available at Reception.

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In the later part of the year, from June to October, the mighty humpback whale migration begins as these awesome ocean mammoths head to the warmer waters in the north to breed. Even though you can see the whales from your Xanadu Main Beach ..
In the later part of the year, from June to October, the mighty humpback whale migration begins as these awesome ocean mammoths head to the warmer waters in the north to breed. Even though you can see the whales from your Xanadu Main Beach apartment, nothing can replace the excitement and awe of seeing them up close in their natural environment. 

Whale watching tours leave from Main Beach at Mariner's Cove and you can do a half or full day cruise aboard a 32 metre catamaran, that is perfect for whale spotting and watching. And, if you aren’t sure about the ocean, you will be happy to know you only need to head to the waters off Surfers Paradise for this truly unforgettable experience with these majestic marine mammals. Tickets are available at Reception.
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