While nearby Broadbeach buzzes, adjacent Broadbeach Waters adopts a more sedate approach with its intricate kilometres of canals, bike paths and scenic walks. While it would be tempting to eschew this fringe-dwelling suburb in favour of bustling Broadbeach which bags the spotlight, don’t. For there are plenty of interesting restaurants dotted around the place and the canal system itself is one worth witnessing. It sits nestled behind unassuming Cascade Gardens with its rainforest walk, water bird sanctuary, waterfalls and tranquil creek.
Grab a kayak or stand-up paddle board and enjoy this colourful part of the coast from the calm waters away from the beaches. Check out the beautiful homes perched along the canals, spot a bird or two and stop for a picnic in a peaceful park. And really, who can resist a place called Lake Intrepid or a road called Sunshine Boulevard? If that’s not quintessential Queensland, we don’t know what is.