Retro Gold Coast

At the southern end of the Gold Coast you’ll find La Costa Motel- a retro 1950’s weatherboard beauty at Bilinga Beach. Owners John and Dianne Cartmill bought a rundown La Costa 15 years ago, but it was only 5 years ago they decided to give the motel a major makeover and return it to an overnight and holiday destination. While the exterior has remained mostly original, the interior has had major changes. Each room comes with a kitchenette, a pillow topped bed, and flat screen TV. And the upstairs apartment, with ocean views, comes with a fully equipped kitchen and is a fantastic option for families or groups. You can choose to do as little or as much as you like. The beach is a stone’s throw away and you can take advantage of the free use of vintage cruisers bikes and explore the coastline.

Follow your nose 50 meters North of La Costa Motel and you’ll find Mervyn Roys Café filled with reclaimed wares, vintage bric-a-brac and mix-matched retro furniture. The popular café is owned by Gary Paxton who is no stranger to hospitality. After spending 35 years as a publican in country Victoria, he swapped pulling beers for pouring coffee after making the sea-change to the Gold Coast with his partner Tracey.

Mervyn Roys is known for it’s generous servings of home-style cooking and their brilliantly
brewed beans were awarded Queensland’s Best Coffee in the 2017 Australian Good Food & Travel Guide Readers’ Choice Awards.

La Costa Motel
127 Golden Four Drive Bilinga
07 5599 2149

Mervyn Roys
169 Golden Four Drive Bilinga
Open 7 days a week, coffee from 5.15am and food from 6am