Residents choose northern Gold Coast over beachside meccas like Burleigh, Miami, Mermaid

Originally from London, Ms Wright had lived in Sydney for a decade but was seeking a better climate for her health.

“I suffer with multiple sclerosis. I was diagnosed in 2008 and the weather was starting to affect my disease in Sydney,” she said.

Ms Wright and her husband considered homes from Mermaid Waters to the Hinterland, before eventually settling on Coomera Waters.

“The sense of community, the similarities between our homeland in the UK; lush, green, the trees, the gated community were tick, tick, ticks for us,” she said.

The couple are not alone.

Other residents in their street had moved from interstate or overseas.

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Espresso Moto Mermaid – Good Food Gold Coast

Espresso Moto has opened in Mermaid Waters. It’s a long way from its beginnings, a cafe that started with the great idea of mates getting together to celebrate bike culture and drink coffee at the same time. With a café at the front and a glass back wall looking through to the motorbike workshop, Espresso Moto Palm Beach was born. Menus were presented attached to number plates, the café walls featuring an eclectic mix of bike memorabilia.

It was a difficult birth, the concept not embraced by ‘everyone in town’. What stuck was the great food and Allpress coffee along with the freewheeling culture referenced in the name.

Seven years later, owner Jordan Stubbs with manager Rachael Cole have opened Espresso Moto in Mermaid Waters.

Transforming the former pizzeria (long ago a seafood shop) into a café, the crew built in a takeaway window, Jordan crafted hand-made furniture and modelled a neat casual venue facing out to the corner of Sunshine Boulevard and Markeri Street, adding to the already existing food options in the nearby Markeri Food precinct.

When we visit, the café is humming with activity. There are cabinet options for a fast getaway as well as specials supplementing the daily menu.

Fans of Espresso Moto Palm Beach will recognise some of their favourite dishes. Acai bowls come with home-made granola and seasonal fruit, Banoffee pancakes are loaded with Nutella, banana, spiced maple, ice cream and caramel, and the Breaky Burrito is packed with beans, corn and scrambled eggs, to name a few.

Meals exiting the kitchen are generous. A single bao packed with mushrooms or streaky bacon is a meal in itself. Burgers are busting at the seams, accompanied by crisp chips.

As always, great Allpress coffee is flowing with the best milk of your choice (brands clearly marked), and still or sparkling water is free! There’s Jilly tea, cold-pressed juices and smoothies for those not addicted to the bean.

Watch out for Moto Nights, expected to roll out in March, where the evening menu will feature seafood favourites such as traditional Fish and chips, Prawn Po’Boy and Fish tacos accompanied by Stone & Wood and Green Coast on tap.

Bring it on, we say!

NOTE: Good Food Gold Coast dined as a guest of Espresso Moto Mermaid.

Espresso Moto Mermaid, Corner of Sunshine Boulevard and Markeri Street, Mermaid Waters Open daily 5.30am – 2pm

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