Champagne view on a beer budget

Champagne view on a beer budget

Gold Coast
26 Dec 2016

For our Boxing Day dinner, we looked at various fancy restaurants. Our favourite, Yellowfin, does the most superb seafood, but from our digs in Currumbin is a half hour drive away through busy roads and a string of traffic lights. Oscars on the Beach, an old and much closer haunt, has long since closed, despite being only a champagne cork away from the ocean.

I don’t know why we bothered. A few minutes walk along the beach took us to the local Surf Life Saving Club. During the day these guys watch over the swimmers and surfers, at night they relax. The clubhouse serves food and drink all day long, and apart from prices being suited for the shallow pockets of the twenty-something lifesavers, you are guaranteed a spectacular ocean view.

Visitors are welcome; just sign in at the door. Food won’t be fancy, but it will be robust and plentiful. We had so much seafood we couldn’t finish it all and wobbled happily home full of a cheap but tasty sparkling wine.

Surf lifesaving clubs are found every kilometre or so along the Gold Coast, and every popular surf beach in Australia will have one. Spend several times the amount if you want a quiet candle-lit dinner, but for cheap and cheerful with a million dollar outlook, nothing beats the local surf club.