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Published April 15th 2014
Swim, surf, eat, and enjoy an icy cold beer on a hot day
When friends from Cairns were visiting from Cairns recently, we found ourselves climbing the stairs to the Tower 9 Bistro at the Tugun Surf Club. The outstanding feature of this venue is similar to a lot of the clubs along the Gold Coast - the fantastic beach views right in front of you. From our table on the verandah we could watch the surf roll lazily towards the shore and swimmers and surfers taking advantage of a picture perfect autumn day. The picturesque beach view stretches for kilometers in each direction and in front of the club sits its namesake - surf tower number nine, standing guard over the beach and its occupants.
The breathtaking view of Tugun and beyond from the Bistro
A quick glance over the daily specials board and the menu saw us ordering a variety of meals: Lobster Rockefeller, Honey Sesame Prawns, Barramundi, and a Pumpkin and Beetroot salad. Choosing our meals was made difficult only by the variety of dishes on offer. There's something for everyone here with gluten free, dairy free and vegetarian diners catered for. The "Little Nippers" also have a range of meals to choose from so it seems that Tower 9 has got it all covered. The service was friendly and we hadn't quite finished our first round of drinks before our buzzers were flashing and the meals were ready. Everything was presented well and we were all very happy with our choices. Our friend from Cairns commented on how icy cold the beer was and he should know as he doesn't mind a cold beer on a hot day. The Bistro is open for Breakfast on Sunday mornings and for lunch and dinner seven days a week. Check out the website to see the menu and opening times.
Visitors are welcome and entry is hassle-free. Just show your membership card from another club or simply sign yourself in as a visitor. Parking is available either in a car park next to the Club or in the street.
If you're a keen swimmer or surfer, pack the togs and/or board and take a dip whilst you're there, the beach is very enticing. Outdoor showers are available and the beach is patrolled during school holidays. Right next to the Club is a small park with play equipment for the little ones, picnic tables and chairs and toilet facilities. A morning at the beach, a quick rinse off under the beach showers, lunch at Tower 9 Bistro and a play in the park before heading home would be a great family day out - especially if you were lucky enough to strike a beautiful day like we did.
The club itself is modest, the food excellent and good value for the quality and variety of food on offer. The view, however, is the stand-out feature of this venue. It was so relaxing to sit, eat, drink, chat and while away a couple of hours. The hard part was tearing ourselves away and heading back to the city. The trip from Brisbane to Tugun takes approximately one hour. Try to avoid peak hour when returning to Brisbane as the trip home took us considerably longer when leaving the Gold Coast at around 4.30pm.
If, like us, you haven't driven through the Gold Coast for some years, why not give the highway a miss this time and drive through the beaches on the way home? That's what we did and it was a trip down memory lane for us. The new highways are great for getting us to destinations more quickly but we don't see these beautiful spots along the way. We are so lucky to have such amazing beaches on our doorstep.