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Carrara on the canals

This canal front residential property is available for short term rental making it an ideal base from which to explore the many attractions in and around the Gold Coast.

It's also close to Pacific Fair, Carrara Markets and a 7 day supermarket at Coco's.

This property has 5 spacious bedrooms, 3 bathrooms (including one with a spa bath), 3 large living areas and a huge kitchen with dining area. It's a 2 storey house with 2 bedrooms, a bathroom and a large living area on the second level.

With 2 double beds and 8 singles there was ample sleeping room for ten people and also for the visitors who came and crashed on the lounge over the the two weeks that we were there.

Outside there is a big patio BBQ area overlooking a private swimming pool and the canals. There is also a private jetty to moor a boat, go fishing or just to feed the local ducks that visit each day looking for scraps of food.

The property cost us AU$1,650 per week but this was equally divided amongst three families making it a very economical stay. It worked out cheaper than staying in hotels with more room than we knew what to do with. Check out the attached website for current pricing and availabilty.

A huge property, a great location and a perfect place to stay for large groups to make it an economical alternative to hotels.

  • Opinion of Price: least expensive
  • Related to: Budget Travel, Family Travel
  • Written October 17, 2006
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Carrara on the canals

This house is a well appointed modern home with excellent facilities inside and out. The kitchen comes will all mod cons including oven, microwave, dishwasher and all pots, pans and cutlery.

In fact the view to the canals from the kitchen sink was so superb that we were queuing to clean the dishes.

The laundry comes with a washing machine and a clothes dryer.

The two living areas come with TV, DVD and plenty of chairs. The downstairs TV was connected to Foxtel so the kids can watch all the Disney and music entertainment they wanted.

If I had to make one complaint it would be that the hot water storage unit held only 300L of hot water. This sounds like a lot until you have 10 people trying taking a hot shower after using the dishwasher or washing machine.

Handy hint : Take all your showers before usung either the dishwasher or washing machine. And plan using the spa bath well in advance as it alone holds close to 300L of hot water.

  • Opinion of Price: least expensive
  • Related to: Family Travel, Budget Travel
  • Written October 17, 2006
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Backpackers in Paradise: Trendy Hostel with young people and helpful staff

This ticks off everything I look for in a hostel:
Clean, fresh sheets given to every single customer.
Lockers which really work.
Toilet paper.
Free wifi.
Cheap drinks and not-terrible food.
Places to charge electronics in rooms.
Organised pub crawls at night to top Gold Coast nightspots.

Whatever cleaners they hire are worth the cost, I don't think I've ever stayed at a more well kept hostel. I didn't feel uncomfortable at any point of time. I liked staying here a lot, and the cost was as low as anything I've ever seen in Australia.

There's a pool, a bar, a restaurant, a pool table, a lounge area, a table tennis table, etc.

One of their staff is a former world surfing champion and gives classes for $40.

  • Opinion of Price: least expensive
  • Related to: Budget Travel, Backpacking, Singles
  • Written January 4, 2013
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Grande Florida Beachside Resort: Self Contained Accomodation

These apartments are not exactly beachfront, they are tucked in behind the beachfront ones, but there is a path that takes you to the beach. Surf Lifesavers patrol the beach. You can get 1, 2 or 3 bedrooms. All are clean and fully self-contained. There are two enourmous pool areas, one heated and one cold. There are BBQ areas, a sauna, a children's games room and an internet cafe. Undercover parking is provided. It is a very big complex, but even during the Xmas week it didn't feel crowded. It is about 6.5kms from Surfers Paradise.
We stayed in a 3 bedroom apartment which cost about AUD$350 per night...pretty good for the busiest week of the year!

  • Opinion of Price: N/A
  • Related to: Family Travel, School Holidays, Beaches
  • Written January 16, 2009
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Gold Coast Holiday Park: Gold Coast Holiday Park

This is a great place to stay and it was one of the cheapest.
The motel section is relatively new and the rooms are quite large. The site also offers power and un-powered sites for caravans and tents.
The location is great for the theme parks. It's across the road from MovieWorld and from there you can catch a bus to DreamWorld or back into Surfers Paradise (15mins). You can buy tickets to all the parks at the reception for a cheaper price and you wont have to wait for the line at the park.
It's a nice quiet location even thought it is on a main highway there is no traffic noise.
A short walk down the road you will find a few take away places like Subway, Maccas, KFC and a Chinese restaurant. There are also a few small convenient shops.
Each room has tea & coffee facilities, phone, air conditioning and celing fan and Austar TV with selected channels.

Swimming Pool / Tennis Courts / Jumping pillow / ½ basketball court / Beach Volleyball / Giant Chess board / Kayak hire
Conference Room / Internet Kiosk / Electric and Gas Barbeques / 24 Hour Laundry Room / LPG Refill / Security Boom Gates

  • Opinion of Price: less expensive than average
  • Related to: Theme Park Trips
  • Written April 6, 2008
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Alunga Hotel: Best place to stay on the gold coast

REALLY great views, apartments are heaps modern!!
And best of all you get the use of 2 massive pools (one heated one unheated); 2 spas (1 heated, 1 unheated); and a private access to the beach (literally 1 min walk to the beach); and immediate access to Cavill Mall where all the action is!! Oh yer, and you get a gym, sauna and putt-putt course (golf).

  • Opinion of Price: more expensive than average
  • Written March 4, 2006
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Travel Inn: Best Western

If there's one thing this place has going for it, it's a convenient location across the road from Jupiters Casino and Pacific Fair, one of the Gold Coast's major shopping centres.
Parking is good, with underground available.
The pool is small and you'll probably not be spending any time in it anyway due to the beach being just a couple of blocks out the back.
The rooms are spacious and well appointed. As indicated by the name, they're more self catering apartments. With this in mind you have a large fridge, microwave and a few other cooking/kitchen appliances than you would normally expect in a motel.
It also has a new garden outdoor area courtesy of a storm that hit in March 2006 that found the flaws in the previous one!
Though it's on the main road I have to say that road noise is not a problem due to a thoughtful layout that subdues almost all of the noise.
It's relatively close to Surfers Paradise and the nightlife there and, if you don't have your own car, cabs are not a problem in this town.

If you want to stay for a single night on the weekends, forget it. They only take bookings for two nights.
Also, don't expect comprehensive room service. You'll be organizing your own breakfast although they can supply the ingredients.

  • Opinion of Price: about average
  • Related to: Road Trip, Family Travel, Casino and Gambling
  • Written March 19, 2006

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  • Reviews: 6

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Islander Resort Hotel: Simple but adequate

I've just returned from a five-day stay at the Gold Coast, staying at the Islander Resort Hotel in Surfer's Paradise. This is just a modest, three-star hotel with practical and simple amenities that include a swimming pool, a bar and a restaurant. Its central location meant that it was positioned very conveniently from the beaches, shopping centres, eateries and of course, the Cavil Mall and Orchid Avenue. I really wouldn't want to stay in posher places which I'll most possibly see for about only six hours a day. The double bed was comfortable with clean sheets, more than enough pillows, toilet came with hot water for the showers and clean towels, coffee/tea-making facilities, an old-fashioned but quiet air-conditioning in the room and a TV set that kept me entertained the few minutes before falling asleep every night. Hotel staff was friendly and helped me to confirm my shuttle bus back to the airport. Breakfast was satisfactory enough although from the Asian perspective, there weren't enough choices for us. It's boring eating cereals, beef sausages, eggs, bread, etc, every day. I took lunch there once. Price was reasonable and the food delicious. Overall, I enjoyed my stay at the Islander.

  • Opinion of Price: N/A
  • Written November 11, 2007

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Greenmount Guest House: A great escape

I remember my stay here as being fantastic. It was my first experience of holiday away from home and family. Everything was new and exciting. I had flown to Coolangatta airport...don't remember how I got from there to the guest house but I know that I had a feeling of expectancy. I had a lovely little room in this large homey sort of building and it had a door onto a long verandah. I can remember meeting heaps of young people like myself and I joined into the life of sharing fun and games with everyone there. I can remember being very surprised at trying to get into my bed the second night, only to discover that I had been short-sheeted....up until that time I didn't even know of the expression...LOL.

The guest house was situated just up the hill from the beach and there was a rock pool there as well. I recall that they had a number of table tennis tables there too...I was quite good at that and thoroughly enjoyed pitting my skills against other guests. All in all I had a wonderful time.

Greenmount Guest Resort which replaced the guest house looks great and the details of accommodation available may be found at :-http://www.greenmountresort.com.au/

  • Opinion of Price: N/A
  • Related to: Family Travel, Singles, Water Sports
  • Written November 1, 2006

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City Council Tourist Parks: Caravan Parks

The council owned caravan parks website is http://www.gctp.com.au/. There are also some private parks in Ashmore and Labrador. Cabins should be booked well in advance and are expensive, but there are excellent camp sites near the beaches.

Try the campground at Miami or South Stradbroke Island if you want to get away from the hustle and bustle.

  • Opinion of Price: more expensive than average
  • Related to: Beaches, Camping, Budget Travel
  • Written May 27, 2003

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Waringga Surf Holiday Apartments: Budget Stay in Gold Coast

Hi,I can recommend Warringa Surf Holiday Apartments. Our family has stayed at this place twice. Quite handy to everything and just a block (from memory) to the beach and rate is quite affordable. They have 1-2 room self contained apartments. Do check them out.

http://www.warringasurf.com.au/

I hope this helps.

Accommodations available are 1 and 2 Bedroom Self Contained apartments with either pool, garden or ocean views, has fully-equiped kitchens which I found great with family trips, in-room laundry facilities and the ones we've had had balconies. I believe they all have balconies.

Property has Heated Pool & Sauna, BBQ facilities, Wireless Internet, it is 100m from beach and has Secure Covered Parking

  • Opinion of Price: less expensive than average
  • Related to: Budget Travel, Family Travel, Theme Park Trips
  • Written April 17, 2010

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Q1.: Want to stay in the tallest residential building??

Ever wanted to stay in the tallest residential building in the World? Well then the Gold Coast is the place to be & that hotel would be the recently brand new hotel called the Q1.

The building of the Q1 was finished in 2006.

The Q1 had roughly around 80 floors which also includes the Observation deck. (See my what to do tips which will tell you about the Observation deck).

This 1330 step building has 526 rooms consiting of one, two & three bedrooms apartments.

What is very interesting is its not just a normal lift taking you to your rooms its a lift that only takes 42.7 seconds from the ground right up to the 77th floor (which is the end of the room floors), if you need to go to the Observation deck then you take a different lift but still it gets there quick also.

The Q1 building is 332.5 metres high with 11 lifts. Now that is alot of lifts in one building.

This is the 20th tallest building but the 1st tallest residential building in the world.

This is a beautiful building with wonderful fully furnished or non furnished (non furnished is if you are planning to move into the Q1) apartments. Everything from the shower to the bedrooms & the kitchen is just awesome, it makes you feel like you are as rich as anything.

*A One Bedroom consists of:
-1 queen bed or 2 single beds
-Max persons is 4 in the room
-Spa bath with separate shower
-Minimum size of 84 square metres
-Fully self contained kitchen & luandry facilities
-Personal safe
-Private glass enclosed balconies with sliding windows
-Broadband connection

*A Two Bedroom consists of:
-1 queen bed & 1 king bed or 1 king bed & 2 single beds or just 4 single beds
-Max persons is 6 in the room
-2 bathrooms one of them with a spa bath
-Minimum size of 104 square metres
-Fully self contained kitchen & luandry facilities
-Personal safe
-Private glass enclosed balconies with sliding windows
-Broadband connection

*A Three Bedroom consists of:
-2 queen beds & 1 king bed or 1 queen bed & 4 single beds or just 6 single beds
-Max persons is 8 in the room
-2 bathrooms also 3 toilets
-Minimum size of 200 square metres
-Fully self contained kitchen & laundry facilities
-Personal safe
-Private glass enclosed balconies with sliding windows
-Broadband connection

Facilities at the Q1 are:
-Lobby & reception
-Lobby pond
-Concierge
-Lobby lift
-Porte Cochere
-Undercover & outside carpark
-Water features
-Swimming lagoon
-Heated lap pool
-Fitness & steam rooms
-Childrens game room
-Beach club Cafe
-Public pathway
-Retail shops & restaurants
-Q1 Ballroom
-Theatrette
-Q1 Boardroom
-Day spa

  • Opinion of Price: more expensive than average
  • Related to: Family Travel, Spa and Resort, Business Travel
  • Written May 19, 2007
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Breakfree Artique Resort.: New hotel to hit the Gold Coast

This beautiful hotel is not even 6 months old. (Date today is the 28th May 2007).
Artique is situated in a great location of Surfers Paradise, its in a great spot as its not right in the middle of the busy and toruisty area but just outside the area.
About a 5 min walk to all the main shops, restaurants, nightclubs, fast food outlets beaches and also tour drives.
Artique is a great atmosphere with fully furnished apartments if you are just holidaying or you can actually buy or rent the apartments if you love them that much. You can rent or buy them fully furnished or non furnished.
The furniture is beautiful so temporary and elegant and very calmy. Make it feel so relaxing.

Artique has 30 rooms all made beautifully. There are 1 and 2 bedroom units (a few 3 bedrooms are available) all with their own self contained kitchen, bathroom and bedrooms.

All Apartments feature:
Airconditioning (ducted)
Audio Intercom System
Balcony
Clock radio
Colour TV With Cable
Hair Dryer
Kitchen - Fully Equipped With Quality European Appliances
Laundry (Washer, Dryer & Iron)
Security System
Telephone STD / ISD

Bedding Configuration are:
1 Bedroom with a Queen bed
2 Bedroom with a Queen bed plus 2 single beds.

Max people in room are:
1 Bedroom max allowed people in room are - 3 people
2 Bedroom max allowed people in room are - 5 people

Facilities are:
Entertainment Area
Parking (Security, Undercover)
Pool (Partly Covered Outdoor Heated Pool)
Poolside BBQ Area
Private Theatrette – Free To In House Guests
Sauna, Steam Room
Spa
Tour Desk
Unique Virtual Golf Simulation Games Room – Free To In House Guests

  • Opinion of Price: more expensive than average
  • Related to: Romantic Travel and Honeymoons, Budget Travel, Family Travel
  • Written May 28, 2007
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Crowne Plaza Surfers Paradise: Crowne Plaza

We arrived at Gold Coast on April 3, 2006. Since I booked from the internet 3 months earlier, i expect that i will have a room upon arriving, but to my surprise, the room was not yet available. I arrived at the hotel at 1pm although regular check in time is at 2pm. we had lunch at a nearby seafood restaurant while waiting. When we checked back in, it was all set and the room was great for the price. It is a corner room overlooking the pacific ocean with a big veranda. The bed has a king size bed and sofa, big bathroom with jacuzzi. The hotel has its own gaming room, internet kiosks and a mid size pool.
OVERALL : I would still comeback in this hotel since I really had a great time here. Truly amazing. We stayed here for 5days / 4nights. Surfside buses stops just outside the hotel. Very convinient too.

Internet kiosks vendo machine style located at the lobby. Laundry vendo machines style as well, located at the basement, convinient for long term guests. Mid size pool.

  • Opinion of Price: about average
  • Written May 7, 2006
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Breakfree Paradise Island Resort: Paradise on Paradise Island

I managed to find this luxurious resort tucked away on Paradise Island, about 15-20 minutes walk from the beach. (On hindsight today, it probably wasn't that good a choice since it meant that I had to tediously walk to & fro from the beach every time I had the need to see it!) This Mediterranean style 4 star resort is ideal for couples and is the ultimate for families looking for Self Contained Apartments and Kids Club facilities.

Located 400 metres from the beach and 600 metres to the centre of Surfers Paradise, BreakFree Paradise Island Resort offers a superb river frontage.

I had a 1-bedroom apartment that came with a kitchenette and laundrette. (Luxury on my means in those leaner years) Me & my mate cooked every night (rather I cooked every night) to save money. The room was very comfortable; I chose to have the sofa bed in the main hall so that I can hog the TV so there was plenty of space for both of us. Didn't spare much thoughts for the resorts' facilities save for the use of its swimming pool (which was very popular with the kids)

If you like your Gold Coast visit quiet, this is the place to be (as long as you do not mind the 15-20 minutes walk to the beach)

And the restaurant serves great and tasty breakfast!

  • Opinion of Price: more expensive than average
  • Related to: Family Travel, Spa and Resort, Romantic Travel and Honeymoons
  • Written May 27, 2006
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