How to hit the Gold Coast on a budget

If you’re having to cross your fingers when you tap your card at the petrol station, this itinerary for hitting the Gold Coast on a budget is for you.

broke girl gif for gold coast deals

It’s that wonderful time of the year when your wallet is sad, sore and needs a break. In light of this common Christmas occurrence we’ve compiled a 24 hour itinerary with the best Gold Coast deals to keep you busy and still able to make next week’s rent.


7am: Brekkie

Breakfast on the Gold Coast doesn’t always have to break the bank if you do it right. We’ve outlined some of our fave deals that are almost too good to be true.

Sens Coffee Co. Broadbeach

$10 power bowls

Source: @senscoffee

The Deck Cafe Currumbin

$12 all-day breakfast with coffee

Source: @thedeckcafeqld

Paperbark Burleigh

$6.95 coffee and muffin

Source: @paperbarkburleigh

SevenTea Two Southport

$4.80 bubble tea with toppings

Source: @bobbaoppa

Maccas Loose Change Menu

Source: @mcdonalds

Once you grab yourself a bargain brekkie deal, get your gear and head out to Springbrook for a kick start to the day.

8am: Rainforest Treck

Fitness is free, so after your feed take a trek through Springbrook and cool off with a quick dip in any of the 3 freezing but very refreshing rock pools.

10am: Op Shop Rummage

For the op shop fanatics the Southport and Burleigh area is your go-to for bargain threads. Spend an hour or two rummaging around and spend a bit of spare change on some pre-loved goodies.

Source: @thryft_gc


12pm: Feed #2

If you’re hungry but on that tight budget life then you’re going to love these epic app deals.

1. Guzman y Gomez

Free welcome burrito

Source @guzmanygomez

2. Patty Smiths

$5 welcome burger

Source: @pattysmithsburgers

3. Oporto

$5 welcome voucher

Source: @oportocavillave

4. Nandos

Free welcome chips + birthday feed

Source: @nandosaus

5. Hungry Jacks

Digital coupons

Source: @hungryjacksau
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1pm: Food Coma

Need to take a power nap after your discount feed? Set yourself down at one of the Gold Coast’s best beaches.

Source: @goldcoast

2pm: Snack O’clock

Feeling peckish? We’ve got another sneaky deal for getting a sweet treat on the cheap.

1. Gelatissimo

$4 scoop in cup or cone

Source: @gelatissimogelato

2. Starbucks

Free samples

Source: @starbucks

3. Maccas

$1 soft serve with flake

Source: @mcdonalds

STINGY TIP: If you’re really roughing it ask for some testers to cure those sugar cravings.

'I declare bankruptcy' gif from The Office

3pm: Outfit Change

Head home and get changed for your next budget adventure.



4pm: Feed #3

1. Miami Marketta

Free entry and bargain eats from $5 on Wed, Fri & Sat

Note: Get more bang for your buck by sticking around for the live music and entertainment.

Source: @miamimarketta

2. Apres Surf

50 cent wings on Fridays from 5

Source: @apressurfbar

3. Burgster

$1 Oysters on Fridays from 3-6


4. Bine

50c wings any day from 4-6

Source: @binebeerbar

5. Aloha Bar

$1 Dumplings on Fridays

Source: @alohabaranddining

8pm: Hit Up The Bottle-O

Feeling parched but can’t get afford to be smacking down espresso martinis like they’re going out of fashion?


Life hack: Head to the nearest bottle shop, grab the cheapest bottle of wine and hit up Burleigh Hill for some late night drinks. Pack a blanket, a speaker and call up your crew for a few bevies on the beach.

Source: @theburleighhill

10pm: Night’s Still Young

Not ready to call it quits? Night Jar is the key to keeping the night going without the obscene entry fee.

Source: @nightjarburleigh

12am: Tomorrow’s Regret

If you’re one of those ‘party until the sun rise’ kind of guys then grab the bus into Surfers and head to the Clock Hotel for cheap drinks and great banter. There’s just no better bonding experience between friends.

Source: @theclockhotel

4am: Kickons

Keen for kickons? If there’s a will there’s a way, and that way is cheap and nasty. Hydrate yourself with a free Maccas water and head down to the beach for a seedy sunrise to end your 24 hour itinerary for the Gold Coast on a budget.

6am: Go Home

For more of the best budget deals on the Gold Coast check out our Cheap Eats: GC Cheapskate Edition.


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