Your guide to easy holiday cooking | Ocean Plaza Resort

Ocean Plaza Resort’s guide to easy holiday cooking

Trying local restaurants and cafes is all part of the excitement of a holiday, but the costs of eating out can add up and sometimes there’s nothing as nourishing as home cooked meal.

Our spacious self-contained apartments all come with a full sized, well-appointed kitchen that makes holiday cooking easy – whether you’re staying for a weekend, a week or even longer.

Bring some supplies with you, or pick up your fresh groceries from the Strand on Coolangatta shopping centre, which features Woolworths, Aldi and ethical butcher The Meat Merchant. We’re connected to the Strand on Coolangatta, so you won’t even need to leave the building to go shopping. Or, for even more convenience, order your groceries with Woolies online and they will deliver to your door at Ocean Plaza Resort.

With the best beaches and all the sights and attractions of the Gold Coast right outside your door you won’t want to spend all day in the kitchen! Holiday cooking should be easy, relaxing and refreshing without too many fussy ingredients or methods. We’ve rounded up a few simple, but delicious, recipes that will make your holiday cooking easy as pie.

One-Pot Lemon Sea Scallop Pea Spaghetti

I am a Food Blog One-Pot Lemon Scallop Pasta

Make an easy one-pot pasta dish with fresh Coolangatta seafood


Take advantage of Coolangatta’s fresh seafood and minimise the time spent on clean up with this one-pot seafood dish. We bet if you switched the scallops with prawns it would taste just as good! See the recipe at
I am a Food Blog.

Fish Fillets with Tomato, Squash and Basil

Wrap up some fish fillets in baking paper with squash or zucchinis (or both), add some tomatoes, flavour with white wine and olive oil and bake. Incredibly simple! Bon Appétit has the recipe.

Flax and Blueberry Vanilla Overnight Oats 

A Pinch of Yum Overnight Oats

Fill up with this yummy breakfast


Get a head (and healthy) start on breakfast by preparing some hearty oats the night before. Simply combine yoghurt, water and oats and add any kind of fruit or nuts that you like. A Pinch of Yum has this super easy recipe.

BLT Chopped Salad with Corn, Fetta and Avocado

This mouth-watering salad would pair fantastically with a steak grilled on our poolside BBQ. The recipe is at How Sweet Eats.

Have you cooked a tasty meal in your Ocean Plaza Resort kitchen? Share your recipe or photos on our Facebook page.

What’s on in Coolangatta in March?

March at Coolangatta is packed with arts, cultural and premier sporting events. Stay at Ocean Plaza Resort and be in the heart of all the world-class attractions while enjoying all the comforts of home in our luxuriously large one, two and three bedroom apartments.

The Bleach* Festival

We’re celebrating the return of the Bleach* Festival by giving you 10% off your accommodation during the festival’s run from 6 to 22 March.

The Bleach* Festival showcases the best of the Southern Gold Coast’s surf culture. The action-packed program features art, music, writing and dance. We do sell out for this festival so book now!

Quiksilver and Roxy Pro

Kelly Slater

Kelly Slater on a rip at Snapper

Part of the Bleach* Festival, the Pro attracts the world’s best surfers to our shores each year. After a flat start, the waves are starting to cooperate and the competition has now been extended to March 13. The best surfing action is yet to come so don’t miss out on seeing world-class athletes like Kelly Slater and Mick Fanning dominate in their field.

The Cooly Classic

The legendary Cooly Classic will see hundreds of keen ocean swimmers navigate the tough route from Snapper Rocks to Kirra Beach on 29 March.

There’s also a 1km short course and a free 300m dash for kids.

Gold Coast Film Festival on in April

Kids, get your teddy bears ready for a picnic! Paddington, the charming film about the much-loved bear is coming to the Gold Coast Film Festival, and there will be a fun family-friendly teddy bear’s picnic before the movie starts. Tickets are free! (Event date is Friday 10 April at Robina Common.)

Paddington is one of the many films that will be showcased during the Gold Coast Film Festival (9-19 April), which aims to recognise the diverse talents of Australian and international filmmakers and celebrate the Gold Coast’s rich movie history.

In addition to blockbusters, short films and art house flicks, the festival includes seminars, workshops, and pop culture event Supanova. For more info visit

Only 25 days until Easter!

The first weekend in April brings with it Easter and school holidays. Bring the kids to Ocean Plaza Resort – we have a sparkling pool, children’s wading pool, two full size tennis courts, golf driving range and games room to keep them occupied. And that’s just on site! We’re superbly located in the heart of Coolangatta, with its breathtaking beaches and easy access to the most popular Gold Coast attractions.

Remember if you stay with us in March you’ll save 10% off your accommodation (offer ends 22 March). Book now using the form to the right or call (07) 5536 9999.


Photos via How Sweet EatsI am a Food BlogPinch of Yum and Flickr

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