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TRAVEL & LEISURE

Cali Beach Club's Cabana-Filled Oceanside Precinct Is Opening on a Gold Coast Rooftop This Month

Sprawling across a 5000-square-metre space, it includes four pools, two restaurants and multiple bars — and a rooftop cinema.
By Sarah Ward
September 07, 2021
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By Sarah Ward
September 07, 2021
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When word first dropped in late 2020 that Surfers Paradise was about to nab a new sky-high beach club — a space that takes its cues from both California and Europe, sits right near the ocean, and features everything from pools and cabanas to restaurants and volleyball courts — the venue loomed as a must-visit summer destination. And, that's still the case, albeit almost a year later. Initially set to open over the 2020–21 summer, Cali Beach Club will now finally start welcoming in punters this month.

From 5pm on Friday, September 24, you'll be able to mosey down to Surfers Paradise Boulevard, head up to a fourth-floor rooftop and get swimming and sipping — and enjoy lazing around on sun loungers and daybeds under both the sun and the stars. Bookings open at 12pm on Friday, September 10, too, if you're already keen to add the venue to your spring and summer plans.

This new space inspires a few questions, the answers to which make quite the itinerary. Do you like hanging out by the beach? Splashing around in four pools, including three with beach edges? Enjoying a few games of volleyball on the sand? Watching a movie under the evening sky? If you nodded heartily in agreement at all of these queries, then you'll want to add Cali Beach Club to your must-visit list. If you also like to spend your time kicking back in a cabana, hopping between multiple restaurants and bars, dancing to DJs and gathering the gang on a rooftop with a view, you will as well.

The site features all of the aforementioned facilities and activities in the one spot, so it's more than a little jam-packed with things to do. Perched on the corner of Surfers Paradise Boulevard and Elkhorn Avenue, sprawling across more than 5000 square metres, and boasting vantages over both the ocean and the Surfers' skyline, it's billing itself as an "adults-only playground" — but you might prefer to think of it as the boozy adult alternative to the theme parks that the Gold Coast is best known for.

Australian hospitality group Artesian Hospitality is leading the charge here, putting almost $10 million into the entertainment precinct. Those funds have been spent on all of the aforementioned features, plus exercise areas and sports facilities — including that beach volleyball court — and an openair cinema and dance floor as well.

In terms of food and drink, you'll have options courtesy of two restaurants and a couple bars. Exact details of what they'll be serving, and what'll make them different from each other, haven't yet been revealed —  but one eatery will sit right by the ocean.

Come evening, a moonlit cinema will screen flicks by the water — again, though, no other details have been revealed just yet. Showing Jaws and Point Break seems like a must, however, because everyone likes catching movies about the sea while they're literally right next to it.

And, while it looks perfect for spring and summer shenanigans — 'tis the season for it — Cali Beach Club plans to operate year-round. Southeast Queensland does have the right weather right through autumn and winter, after all.

Find Cali Beach Club on the corner of Surfers Paradise Boulevard and Elkhorn Avenue, Surfers Paradise, from 5pm on Friday, September 24.

Published on September 07, 2021 by Sarah Ward

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