Two very different styles of accommodation to showcase this month and both located at opposite ends of the Gold Coast.
The first property is a 2-bedroom ocean view apartment in Tugan. This cosy sea village offers fantastic beaches, café culture and a very laid-back lifestyle. We stayed at Pelican Sands and the ocean views advertised did not disappoint. Both bedrooms offering ocean views plus a large balcony off the lounge area as well. We even saw Whales migrating off the coast whilst sitting on the balcony enjoying a cup of tea, it was fantastic! Leslie, the Office Manager was friendly and welcoming. Our apartment was located on the 3rd floor and had everything you needed. Both bathrooms had undergone a refurbishment so looked new and clean. The kitchen was a great size and overall, the place was comfortable and well kept.
Fantastic access to the beach, right on your doorstep plus an outdoor shower, outdoor pool, BBQ area on site as well. Due to covid restrictions the heated spa and sauna was closed off. Luggage trolleys located in the secure car park area were perfect for getting everything to and from your room.
A wide footpath on the ocean side offers access all the way to Currumbin Beach. If you want to walk further south to Kirra or Cooly you can either walk via the beach or head out to Golden Four Drive before getting back onto Pacific Parade at Bilinga where the SLSC is located.
A short 13-minute walk into the main street of Tugan. Really enjoyed coffee from House of Hubert, great vibe and loads of locals. Lots of GF, DF, Veg and Vegan offerings. Dinner and live entertainment with an acoustic duo performing at Caracara Tequila Bar & Cantina. Lively atmosphere, outstanding margarita’s and delish taco’s made for a great evening. Check out Ember & Ash Boutique for some local and Australian made clothing and jewellery.
It took approximately 40 minutes to walk to Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary where we enjoyed lunch and took a stroll through the gorgeous 27 hectares of bushland and rainforest. First time ever in going to CWS I went on the train, loved this and so nice to rest my legs as well and the taped commentary that is played was interesting to listen to. The Sanctuary has been caring for native wildlife for over 70 years. They are a not for profit and part of the National Trust of Australia (Queensland). A fully operational Wildlife Hospital is located on site with specialist veterinarians and nurses caring for injured, sick and orphaned wildlife.
The second property was totally different vibe and layout. The Sheraton Grand Mirage, Main Beach.
This property has been on my wish list for an overnight stay for some time. Booked a great special, 2 night stay, including buffet breakfast daily plus a $60 resort credit through the amazing Amanda Wolpers from MTA Travel. Subscribe to Amanda’s monthly newsletter for other good deals.
We had a huge lagoon room, check in staff were very friendly and welcoming, thank you Tey! The gardens and grounds are lovely and so nice to walk around in but of course the pool was the place to be, especially as the weather was just so good so it was a Pimms and Pina Colada for us. Lovely to see so many families out and about enjoying the Gold Coast. This property backs right onto a footpath which is a fabulous walking track and if you are up for it, join the Saturday morning Main Beach Parkrun from 7 am for a 5km run, jog, walk. The beach is right behind the footpath with patrolled lifeguard on duty as well. Shout out to our Surf Life Saving Hero’s, as the majority of them are volunteers who train and give up their own time to look after others. Surf Life Saving Queensland is a not for profit organisation with 57 established Surf Life Saving Club across Queensland.
Breakfast in Terraces Restaurant was the best! Making your own fresh juices, Chef made eggs just the way you like them, loads of fresh fruit and hot options including some vegetarian. Our tip go earlier in the morning and enjoy the quiet. Sadly, the Oyster Bar and Grill looked closed, shame as I have always wanted to dine there but I guess that can be for the next visit.
Loved walking through Marina Mirage and enjoying the Saturday morning Farmers Markets and local stores. If you are looking for some adventure touring then book a ride with Paradise Jet Boating, who have been offering jet boating tours since 2004. Other tour operators leaving from Mariners Cove (next door to Marina Mirage) are Spirit of Gold Coast who offer a 2.5 hour Whale Watching Tour. For a bit of luxury charter a vessel from Gold Coast Luxury Boat Charter and enjoy a beach picnic. Book a Coasting Around vessel and enjoy a private BBQ Boat Hire or book a Tour. This donut shaped vessel seats 10 persons, had a 5 hp outboard motor for puttering around the Gold Coast Broadwater and Canals – such a fun day out.
Some great dining out options in Marina Mirage like Omeros Brothers or Glass Dining & Lounge Bar especially if you love fresh seafood, great wine list and both offering wonderful water views. For somewhere just as good for a view, again great food and beverages but a laid back atmosphere then head to Fisherman’s Wharf Tavern. A very family friendly pub for lunch or early dinner (especially at sunset) and the staff are great. If you fancy sitting on the beach with the freshest seafood, then take a stroll (5 min walk) to Gold Coast Fishermans Cooperative and buy your catch straight off the trawlers! If you want your Fish & Chips cooked then try Petes Fish Market beside Palazzo Versace or Mariners Cove Fish and Chips.
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