Food and beverage
Behind the Gold Coast’s vibrant restaurant and bar scene there is a plethora of thriving food and beverage growers, producers, processors and manufacturers.
The industry continues to evolve with an increase in the economic impact to the local economy.
The Gold Coast’s appetite for healthy food, drinks and snacks is growing at a rapid pace, and local entrepreneurs and innovators are noticing the trend and capitalising on it. The food and beverage industry on the Gold Coast has evolved to have a real focus on specialised food for sports and health and wellness. Gold Coast companies such as Morlife, Amazonia and Pure Organic Meats are building a big name for themselves in this industry, both locally and internationally.
Local and unique produce is a fundamental element to the Gold Coast’s thriving culinary sector; restauranteurs have access to a diverse range of produce all within a few hours drive of the city.
Pick up fresh prawns from the Gold Coast Fisherman’s Cooperative, straight from the trawlers at The Spit on the Broadwater, along with some artisan baked bread from specialist local suppliers.
Wineries and distilleries abound in the Gold Coast hinterland while our urban breweries continue to flourish. Paired with fine cheese and delicacies from our smallgoods producers, you can savour nationally acclaimed produce that also supports the local farming community.
Gold Coast restaurants and bars
Our food and beverage sector boasts some of the best restaurants in Australia, making us a food destination in our own right. Innovative chefs are constantly creating dishes that promote the best in local produce, serving up diverse cuisines and unique flavours and engaging with local patrons and visitors to provide them with exciting dining experiences that exceed all expectations.
The Gold Coast’s traditional dining precincts have grown beyond Surfers Paradise and Broadbeach to include Mermaid Beach, Burleigh Heads, Palm Beach, Coolangatta and Chinatown in Southport.
The Gold Coast has also raised the bar when it comes to drinking destinations with bespoke venues, distilleries, breweries, hidden bars and sophisticated rooftop spaces popping up across the city.
Gold Coast food producers
From established factories to fledgling businesses that are already negotiating the export of their products to overseas markets, the Gold Coast is home to a growing number of unique food producers including Salad Makers, Cocoluscious Ice Cream, Gotzinger, Goodman Fielder and many more.