This year, the Australia Day public holiday falls on a Wednesday (January 26th, 2022). If you ask us, it’s the perfect excuse for a spontaneous midweek Gold Coast getaway. (Hot tip: take Thursday and Friday off for a five day weekend!) We’ve sourced some ideal accommodation where you can stay and play on Australia Day. From the newest luxe hotel to stunning boutique apartments perfect for families, there’s a range of tempting accommodation options perfectly suited to your holiday style.
IF YOU’RE LOOKING FOR LUXE: DORSETT GOLD COAST
Gold Coast’s newest hotel opened in December 2021 and hits the high notes at 53 storeys of luxury suites. Seek and stylish rooms with expansive windows embrace the stylish Broadbeach location, framing tropical hinterland on one side and ocean views on the other. (Deluxe and Executive Rooms have private balconies.) On Level 6 at Isoletto Pool Club, guests can soak up the sun, take a dip in the heated infinity pool and enjoy sweeping skyline views. Recline on a cabana and place your order from the poolside restaurant bar for the epitome of holiday heaven. Sun. Spritz. Snack. Repeat. Dorsett Gold Coast is connected to a vibrant array of restaurants, bars and entertainment venues in The Star, which means that everything you need is on site. Should you want to set foot outside The Star precinct, you’ve got a smorgasbord of premium Gold Coast beaches, restaurants, retail and attractions on your doorstep.
Where: The Star – 1 Casino Drive, Broadbeach
IF YOU’RE LOOKING FOR CONVENIENCE & COASTAL CHIC: CRYSTAL PACIFIC
These original 1970s Palm Beach apartments have been beautifully styled and renovated to create some Insta-worthy accommodation; a serene and chic oasis of coastal chill in an unbeatable location. You’ll be living like locals and strolling beachside walkways to get around. It’s a short walk from Crystal Pacific to Tallebudgera Creek, the patrolled surf beach, cafes and the surf club. Family friendly amenities like your own kitchen, washer and dryer make life easy. With thoughtful inclusions like beach towels, beach chairs and bucket and spades, all you need to bring is yourselves. Light-filled one and two bedroom apartments come complete with elegant interiors, comfortable beds and large private decks with hanging daybeds – the ultimate spot for a nap or sundowner (spend all day there, we won’t judge!). The amazing magnesium pool is popular with guests for good reason, too.
Where: 1445 Gold Coast Highway, Palm Beach
IF YOU WANT TO BE CLOSE TO THE ACTION: VIBE HOTEL
With a prime riverside position in the heart of Surfers Paradise, Vibe Hotel Gold Coast is an excellent option for those who want to explore the Gold Coast’s bounty of restaurants, nightclubs, bars and pubs, which are quite literally on your doorstep. You’re right in the heart of the dining and entertainment action and there’s a world-class beach a short stroll up Cavill Ave. If all the excitement of Surfers gets a bit much, your accommodation provides the perfect chill spot. Relax and catch some rays on the riverside sundeck by the pool, take a seat at Driftwood Social, order a cocktail and a share plate and enjoy the laid back ambience and riverfront views. If you’re really feeling it, retreat to the privacy and comfort of your spacious hotel room for a well earned siesta.
Best of all, if you book through the Holiday Deals page, you’ll get 20% off the best available room rate on a 3-night stay (minimum).
Where: 42 Ferny Ave, Surfers Paradise
IF YOU’RE BRINGING THE FAMILY: TURTLE BEACH RESORT
While Turtle Beach Resort is an extremely family friendly resort, they also have an adults only pool so you can recline on your sun lounge without getting splashed. Such attentive details and consideration by management and staff really make your stay smooth sailing. Set in a sub-tropical oasis, Turtle Beach Resort is just 300m from the beach, but conveniently, there are four separate swimming areas on site including lagoon and lap pools, slash zone, waterslide and spa. Add a themed putt-putt course, playground, saunas, tennis court, games room and BBQ areas and it’s safe to say the kids will not be bored during a stay here. Self-contained apartments have everything you need, including kids’ crockery. The convenience of a bus stop out the front and plenty of cafe and take away options nearby are the cherry on top for the perfect midweek family vacation.
You can save 15% on a stay at Turtle Beach Resort (minimum 3-night stay) when you book via our Holiday Deals page. Offer expires 28/02/22.
Where: 2346 Gold Coast Highway, Mermaid Beach
IF YOU WANT BEACHFRONT BLISS: REFLECTIONS COOLGATTA
If you’ve been longing for a beach holiday, here’s where to find it. This highrise holiday resort offers spacious, self-contained one, two and three-bedroom apartments and each one comes with a balcony boasting incredible views of the coastline, the horizon and the sparkling Pacific Ocean or the gorgeous green hinterland. Your morning surf check can be completed without even getting out of bed, and it’s merely an elevator ride to the ground floor for instant access to one of Gold Coast’s best beaches – Greenmount. Not only do you have resort facilities like a lap pool, spa, sauna, steam room, BBQ area and mini cinema at your disposal when you stay at Reflections Coolangatta Beach, but you’re also a short walk from many excellent dining options, shopping and supermarkets. It’s also a great location for some beautiful walks along the coast line. Holiday mode activated!
Where: 110 Marine Pde, Coolangatta
*Holiday deals are valid at the time of publishing and subject to availability.
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ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF COUNTRY
Destination Gold Coast acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we are situated, the Kombumerri families of the Yugambeh Language Region.
We pay our respects to their Elders past, present and emerging, and recognise their continuing connections to the lands, waters and their extended communities throughout Southeast Queensland.