Isle of Palms Resort Gold Coast

2 Coolgardie Street, Elanora, Gold Coast, QLD 4221, Australia
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Gold Coast at XMAS with toddler and baby - totally mad?

by UpThePeak

Hi - we're visiting family in Brisbane over xmas this year and want to spend a week recovering afterwards in either Noosa or Caloundra.

We'll have a 2.5yr old and a 6mth old baby to entertain...

We've heard Noosa is classier but pricey and Caloundra may be best for kids/families.

Does anyone have any recommendations on which town and any resorts/hotels you've been to which offer apartment style /self catering accommodation with aircon and a good shallow pool for toddlers? Maybe a playground with slides, swings?

Most of the "Kid Friendly" resorts assume older kids with deep pools and access right outside the accommodation - too scary.

Re: Gold Coast at XMAS with toddler and baby - totally mad?

by AllOverRover

Hi - I don't have any specific recommendations for you, but just wanted to say that you'll be fine with your young family. You are right to insist on air con... definitely a good idea with little ones in QLD at that time of year. You'll find that most places have it, I'm sure. And about the pools as part of the accommodation, I'm sure they're all fenced, so they won't be able to get in without you being there. Have a great trip with whatever you decide to do.

Re: Gold Coast at XMAS with toddler and baby - totally mad?

by tangomango

Hello,My girlfriend and I stayed @ Big 4 caravan park in Tewantin which is about 15 minutes drive west of Noosa.We stayed in a self contained bungalow with a small kitchen and all the facilities.If I remember rightly,it cost $60/night but this was during November-2008.I found this to be the cheapest place to stay in the Noosa area.They also have a pool and I think a little wading pool for kiddies...So,I don't know what your budget is,but this would be about the cheapest,but also very clean and comfortable...If you're interested tho',I would not hesitate in prebooking online now,as it will be extremely busy during the Christmas period...
Personally,I prefer the Noosa area of Sunshine Coast rather than Caloundra but that's only me...

Re: Gold Coast at XMAS with toddler and baby - totally mad?

by lynnehamman

We have stayed at Chez Noosa ( few years ago) and found it to be ideal-it has a pool, but is completely fenced off.The cost was minimal (A$75.00per night)
Noosa is alovely area, and the beaches are superb.
Have a look at their website

Re: Gold Coast at XMAS with toddler and baby - totally mad?

by margsch

I also recommend Noosa Heads, right on the beach and plenty of interesting drives nearby like the Big Pineapple and Buderim ginger factory, also Glasshouse mountains. We stayed at Ocean Breeze apartments at Noosa heads, directly across the road from the beach, and the apartments were lovely. There is a swimming pool but I,m sure it is fenced, this is law now.
Be aware that Noosa Village is a little inland and is a separate town to Noosa heads.

Travel Tips for Gold Coast

Walk on the Beach In Gold Coast

by RoseAmano

I recommend to walk around beach. In Octorber to swim in the sea was a little bit cold. But in this season tourist number is relatively not so many, you can sea beautiful calm beach. There ware whitecaps on the sea. The breeze was blowing pleasantly in this beach. Very comfortable. Always.

Robina Waters

by iandsmith

Robina Woods Golf Course opened in January of 1990. Designed by Graham Marsh & Ross Watson, this course presents a truly unique golfing experience as it has been carved out of the original woodlands, making every hole a unique challenge for any accomplished golfer.
Carved out of 65 hectares of native woodlands, with fairways lined by towering gum trees, this unique layout is unlike any resort course on the Gold Coast. Possessing maturity well beyond its years, Robina Woods has rapidly developed a reputation as one of Queensland’s best-loved resort courses.
Consistently ranked in the top 25 resort courses in the country, Robina Woods is a 6078 meter, 18 hole, Par 71 championship golf course, designed by the Marsh / Watson team.
The rolling fairways, manicured greens, and towering eucalyptus are strikingly beautiful and blend harmoniously with the surrounding residential development. A natural water-course featuring lakes, ponds, creeks and native wildlife completes a rare golf course environment.
It actually runs through the suburb so architecture is frequently in view as well.
Should you wish to remain friends, you'll refrain from asking my score. The facility features a fleet of electric carts, two tennis courts, driving range with sun protection cover and practice facilities, golf shop fully stocked with the latest equipment & merchandise, a club bar & bistro which includes alfresco dining on the terrace, as well as the Fairway and the Lakeview function rooms.

The Good Ol' Fashioned Flea Markets!

by MissBianca about Carrara Markets

Carrara Markets has been on the Gold Coast as long as I can remember. The markets have a great relaxed atmosphere and its so easy to gobble up time just strolling around looking at everything.

The Markets have fixed buildings and temporary stalls which change from week to week. So you if you find a stall you particularly like, its guaranteed the same stall will be there next week.

Open on Saturday and Sunday from 6:00am until approximately 4:00pm, this place is always pumping! Never once have I been there when it has been quiet.

I often go to these markets to buy shoes as they usually have the same shoes as the retail stores but at the fraction of the price. They also have a fantastic range of fruit and vege amongst other things.

Also they have some great food stalls that serve breaky from about 6:30am. Also serving a greasy aussie breaky, great for the ill fated hangover! The best way to describe the goods on sale at Carrara Markets? They sell EVERYTHING! With approximately 500 stalls, you will be entertained or lost for hours, which ever one comes first. One should note that haggling is rarely used in Australia, fixed pricing has always been the way. The only real time you may question a price is when you purchase one or more of the item. Feel feel to try and bargain with the merchants, however you may not always get your desired outcome.

Casual dining at a great price

by Tina-Perth about Cafe Arts

The Arts Cafe is located at the Gold Coast Arts Centre which is one of Australia's largest regional arts and entertainment complexes with a gallery, theatre, cinema, restaurant, cafe, function and community rooms, so there are plenty of reasons to visit. Either before or after your show/visit to the complex, you can have a bite to eat at the Arts Cafe.

The ambience is casual, with a nice alfresco dining area. The food is very well priced and we all enjoyed our lunch there.

The menu choices are mostly light, lunch type food, with quite a good choice. Some examples of the menu are;
Satay Chicken Pizza topped with onion, capsicum, cheese & sour cream ($12.50)
Baked Ricotta & Roast Pumpkin Salad - snow peas, rocket, red bell peppers, bean sprouts, sliced scallions & chopped peanuts in a sesame garlic dressing ($12.50)
Oven Baked Snapper Fillet topped with olive & parsley tapenade on samfaina vegetables ($19.50)

A 15% surcharge applies on Sundays and Public Holidays. Open from 9.30am. I had the oven baked snapper which I enjoyed.

Bliss at Sea World!!

by Keli_em

Sea World, wow, what can I say, it was amazing. I mean, just in general it is a great theme park, with the added bonus that it is fairly educational, but I chose to swim with the dolphins and the seals which was just the most amazing experience!

Swimming with these wonderful creatures is the experience of a lifetime - to watch them is one thing, but to be able to touch them and pet them, and experience first hand just how affectionate they are is amazing.

The dolphins of Sea World are very friendly and playful, and are treated much like children. They are so intelligent and apparently they constantly need attention and mental stimulation. To have a dolphin swim next to you and give you a "kiss" is absolutely wild!

But my personal favourite was swimming with the seals - who are also very affectionate and playful, not to mention incredibly strong! They have the most beautiful big eyes that seem to communicate so much, they can stare at you so intensely. The highlight of this adventure was when the trainer asked the seal what he thought of sharks, to which he responded by screwing up his face and poking out his tongue!

A wonderful experience I would recommend to anybody and everybody!!


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