So you thought the Gold Coast was all theme parks, high-rises and sprawling malls? Think again as I meet the new generation of entrepreneurs committed to showcasing the area’s culinary and creative brio. 

This assignment for Scoot airline’s inflight magazine was called A new golden era, and rightly so. Having regularly made the trip up to the Gold Coast to visit my other half’s family for years, I have been amazed to see this stretch of sand develop into a thriving cafe and restaurant hub. It was great to talk to some of the people behind this movement, in addition to discovering some stellar produce shops and buzzing night markets.

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Where to eat on the Gold Coast

And when in Fremantle, check out the beachside city’s working studios, galleries and multi-functional spaces – all play an important role in preserving the rich heritage of Western Australia’s city by the sea. For Creatives on the coast I met a few of the artists behind the conservation effort.

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