A trip to the beach and a meal at the surf club makes for one fantastic summer day. The test of a surf club is in its surroundings – you're not driving up or down the coast just for the reef and beef, after all. These surf clubs provide a great location as well as good food.
They don't come any more typical than this. Rainbow Bay Surf Club (2 Snappers Rocks Road, Coolangatta) is a modest venue with the standard surf club menu – steak, chicken parmy, seafood platter. The unpretentious building is located at Snapper Rock, one of the best surf spots in the world, and an elevated position and large balcony dining area provides patrons with impressive views.
The Curumbin Surf Club (741 Pacific Parade, Currumbin) is located so close to Currumbin Beach that the beach sometimes overtakes the car park. The restaurant is open daily for breakfast and lunch and dishes up uncharacteristic surf club offerings like dukkah lamb and peri peri chicken. The children's Nippers Meals comes with an activity bag.
The Maroochy Surf Club (34-36 Alexandra Parade, Cotton Tree) at Maroochydore is one of Queensland's most popular, so be sure to get there early to ensure a table with beach views. The Surf Bar provides cool drinks and TAB facilities, while the Beach Break Cafe serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. Meal promotions include the buffet breakfast on Saturday and Sunday mornings and a two meals and a range of monthly chef's specials.
The Dicky Beach Surf Club (1A Coochin Street) is unique, as it is located behind the sand dunes of Dicky Beach and offers views of the beach and the bush. The soundtrack of waves and wildlife is certainly something different. The Wreck Restaurant is open seven days a week for lunch and dinner and provides a selection of formal and informal dining – knock back a chicken schnitzel burger with chips or stay for the Arabian Knights lamb.
The beaches north and south of Brisbane are perfect for sizzling hot summer days, while the surf clubs provide a laid back setting to demolish a meal and enjoy a cool drink.