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Co-owner of Bam Bam Bakehouse & Custard Canteen, Ursula Watts

Live Like A Local – Summer Days on the GC

Kate Veling | December 2020

With the festive season in swing and summer holidays about to hit, five locals tell us how they’d spend an ideal summer’s day on the Gold Coast.

Ursula Watts: Co-owner of Bam Bam Bakehouse & Custard Canteen

As half of the duo behind two of the GC’s favourite cafes, Ursula is a purveyor or epic pastries and decadent baked goods handmade from scratch (her husband Ben being the other key player). They’re parents to two little boys so their days involve lots of activity to burn off their energy.

“My perfect summer’s day would start with an early morning beach walk along the sand at Palmy with our two boys and our dog, Chook. Then, we’ll head back to Tally Creek for a bacon and egg roll and an early morning coffee fix at Custard Canteen. We’d hit the water for a swim and a few laps up the creek on the SUP – it’s such an amazing and iconic spot for the Gold Coast, and it’s even more magical when the tide is high!”

“We’re generally ready to eat again by mid-morning, so we’ll always make some time for a feast at Dim Sum Delights in Robina – it’s a real hidden gem that’s tucked away in the backstreets, and it’s hands down the best yum cha on the coast! We’ll always swing through Bam Bam at Mermaid for a few almond croissants and an iced filter for a cheeky arvo treat, then we’ll hit the beach on the way home to kick the footy with the boys.”

“The two things we love to enjoy in summer are melt-in-your-mouth sashimi and a really great margarita – there are lots of places on the Gold Coast where you’ll find both of those done very well, but our go-to is Kiyomi at The Star. So, my ideal summer day would definitely be capped off there with a Japanese marg’ and loads of fresh sashimi!”

Kim Ferguson: Co-owner of Mo’s Desert Clubhouse

Kim Ferguson is one of the co-owners and directors of Mo’s Desert Clubhouse – a creative industry warehouse encompassing hot desks, rehearsal studio, live music venue and local bad. She’s also director of Beats Cartel booking agency and management company so you can be sure her perfect summer features a lot of live music!

“The perfect Summer’s day starts with a early quick jog from our beach front apartment in Palm Beach to Talle Creek and back with my mini in the pram listening to our favourite GC band, The Black Amarda blasting as we run past the other early morning freaks.  Followed by a swim in the shallows at the 19th Ave Pacific Beach, smoothie in one hand, coffee in the other as we soak up some early morning rays and Vitamin Sea.

“After an official warming up, (if it was a Saturday) my partner, son and I would jump on the bikes and ride down Jefferson’s Lane to the Palm Beach Farmers Markets where we would see all our favourite local growers, Jodie the pumpkin bread lady, the Banana Boys and the barista in Coffee Cartel’s van who tries to speak Spanish but fails miserably. We would all have the mushie Mio wraps while listening to the local busker. I would buy myself a bunch of paper daisies, just because.”

“We would probably head back down to the beach for a little while, perhaps laying under our beach umbrella and digging holes for our son to climb in. After a midday nap, we would whip up a big salad and head into Mo’s for a big afternoon of local and touring music from bands like The Greatest Hits, BUGS, Shag Rock and Heavy Wax. We’d indulge in some street food, cold Stone & Wood beer or carafes of margaritas whilst dancing out under the moonlight and festoon lighting at Mo’s Desert Clubhouse.”

Dominique Loudon: Presenter at Nine Gold Coast

Dominique Loudon presents sport for Nine Gold Coast News. She lives in Burleigh with her husband, Martin, and boxer puppy, Pocahontas.

“My ideal summer’s day would start with an ocean swim at Burleigh Heads – you can’t beat looking back at the stunning headland and seeing the fingers of Aboriginal dreaming God, Jabreen. I’ve recently joined ‘Saltwater Sessions’ run by former champion ironmen Phil Clayton and Ty Dowker. They are an awesome, energetic pair who take locals on swims in Tallebudgera Creek, Burleigh Heads and Kirra, or anywhere conditions are looking ideal.”

“After a swim it’s home to Burleigh Waters to collect our boxer puppy, Pocahontas. My husband, Martin and I love taking her to Tallebudgera creek, on the Koala park side. We love this area in particular because it has a mixture of grass, sand and trees. We pick up skinny chai lattes from nearly cafe, Hidden Perk – the staff there are lovely! We sit back and remark how lucky we are to live here.”

“We’d then head off to watch the Nutri-Grain series at either Kingscliff or Kurrawa – there are four rounds up here this summer. Surfers Paradise Ironman Ali Day is back racing for the first time in 16 months after an injury layoff so he’ll be one to keep an eye on. Channel Nine is also broadcasting the whole series live which is a bonus!”

“If we’re down at Kingscliff we would also pop into Kingscliff Nursery – it has such a great selection of plants. Just make sure you take a hat as you can wonder around far longer than you intend to.”

“If I have time, I also enjoy catching a movie at HOTA with a girlfriend. There is such a great selection of recent releases and art house films and it’s never too busy. It’s also a perfect way to beat the heat.”

“Another great place we like to visit on a sunny day is the Teavine House in Tallebudgera Valley. Martin is partial to one of their scones or two. It books out quickly! Make sure to pop into the little gift shop there too.”

“My husband and I love heading for an early dinner at Burleigh Heads Surf Club. It’s actually our favourite dining location on the Coast! You can’t beat the view and it has such a lovely casual atmosphere. Plus the food is delicious!”

Ali Day: Ironman

Ali Day is a professional Ironman who won the Nutri-Grain Ironman Series in 2019 and has taken out the prize in the Coolangatta Gold six times. Originally from Kiama and now representing Surfers Paradise, Alastair Day is fast earning his place as one of the best and most respected ironman of our time. He’s also co-founder of ACTV Strength Co – a community gym in Burleigh Heads.

“Summer to me goes hand in hand with Ironman racing. From when I was young, I spent all of my weekends at the beach racing at surf carnivals. So when I think of summer, naturally I think of racing, with the Gold Coast always being home to this, whether its Surfers Paradise, Kurrawa or Coolangatta.”

“When the season is over, and I have a few weeks off, days with my family (wife Kel and son Danny) still play out by the beach. We get up early, walk to the beach and get straight in the ocean. Tally creek is our favourite. We always head to the northth side where Koala park is.”

“We will get in and out of the water and get some sun and drink a fresh juice. After that, we we love coming home turning the air con on, putting on a movie, making chicken and salad rolls and falling asleep.”

“When the afternoon rolls around, we get out as a family and go walking from our place in Miami to the beach. We often sit down there and watch the sun go down, with another swim to finish off the day. It’s my favourite time of the day, I love the feeling of the salt water, being a little sun burnt and the feeling in the cooler air.”

Eoghan Murphy: Real Estate Agent

Irish-born Eoghan (pronounced Owen) emigrated to Australia in 2006 and has called the Gold Coast home ever since. He’s a prestige real estate agent for Kollosche  who won the REIQ Rookie of the Year Award in 2017 and appeared on Season 2 of Love Island.

“Most days I wake up at 6am. I like to going to Nobby’s and what I call the Golden Mile – the beach front there along Marine Parade. I get a coffee at BSKT, walk down to Burleigh Headland, have breakfast at Tarte Bakery and walk back to Mermaid, which takes a couple of hours.”

“Sometimes me and my mates will head on an adventure and go out to Currumbin Rock Pools to cool off. Or we’ll get up really early in the morning, like 4 or 5am and head out to Springbrook for a hike while it’s still nice and cool.”

“In the evening, I think you need an open-air or roof top bar to enjoy the Gold Coast nights and Pavillion is the go-to. Justin Lane’s another good one or sometimes I’ll just take it easy, get a pizza and take it up to the headland to watch the sunset.”

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