Television personality Liz Cantor chats to More Gold Coast about why she chooses to call the Gold Coast home and talks us through her ideal day in the city.

Gold Coast local Liz Cantor cites the region’s climate as one of its most appealing features, and she should know; as a weather presenter for Channel 7, she’s well informed in the area.

“The Burleigh National Park is a really easy, beautiful, natural walk where you can see Surfers at one end and Coolangatta at the other; it’s a great spot to really show the landscape of the Gold Coast,” she says. “The SkyPoint Observation Deck at Q1 is another. If it’s someone’s first time on the Gold Coast you take them up there to really get their bearings. “The view stretches from Stradbroke down to Coolangatta, out to the mountains in the West and you can see all the waterways and canals from up there.

“I don’t forget about the hinterland either. Springbrook is really beautiful and there are lots of options to go up to Mount Tamborine and the national parks in those areas. Head in that direction and all of a sudden you’re in the Australian bush.

Canto says she also enjoys local hotspot, Miami Marketta.

“It’s more of a food destination but there’s always live bands and music and a great atmosphere and it’s so family friendly,” she says. “There are night markets in all the best cities in the world but this one has a distinct feel to it.” Cantor is married and expecting her first child in early 2017.

Although Cantor met husband Ryan Lysaught in Sydney, where he lived, Cantor says the decision on where to bring up their family was an easy one.

“We both agreed that the Gold Coast is such a wonderful place to come back to, to raise a family,” she says. “In the media it’s never an ideal time to have children, but to me it was really important to have them at an age where I’ll be able to surf with them and be active with them and really get out and about and enjoy life with them.

“So the Gold Coast was always going to be the place where we had our kids.”

 Cantor still surfs regularly, although a baby bump has meant an enforced break, and says she is happiest when she’s in the water.

“I flew back from Melbourne on Monday and I had an hour until I had to leave for work,” she says. “I got home, threw my bag in the house, went straight to the beach, jumped in the ocean, sat on the sand for 10 minutes with a book and got some fresh air, then drove to work. “That’s one of the first things I do when I get off a plane or get home is put a foot in the ocean.”

Liz’s ideal day on the Gold Coast

6.30am: Wake up and have a surf at one of our beautiful point breaks.

8.30am: Enjoy a hearty breakfast at Elk Café or Paddock Café.

11am: Go and meet my girlfriends for a walk around Burleigh and look at all the shops, or possibly Pacific Fair. I absolutely love all the shopping options there now.

4pm: Rick Shores on Burleigh Point is a great place for a sunset vino with friends. That really tops off a great afternoon.

7.30pm: At the moment I’m loving early nights but Ryan and I will often head to a local restaurant for dinner. We love Greek restaurant, Hellenika, at Nobbys Beach. That’s one of our favourites.


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