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Choose Your Gold Coast Holiday Accommodation Wisely

When planning your Gold Coast holiday, the most important thing to get right is the choice of Gold Coast accommodation. Choosing the wrong property can upset the whole holiday.  There are three major factors that can influence availability and price, namely:

1) it’s essential that bookings are made in advance all year round
2) there is always a strong demand for beds in school holiday periods 
3) prices vary considerably depending on the seasons … which are:

High Season: The Xmas – New Year holiday period , usually around Dec 20th to Jan 20th. Dates vary between different areas and individual properties . Minimun stays of 7 nights are usual at this time. It’s advisable that bookings be made at least 4-5 months in advance.

Mid Season: Usually the Easter long week-end plus school holidays in April and Sept – Oct. Minimum stays of 5 nights are the norm at this time and bookings should be made at least 3-4 months in advance.

Low Season: All other dates outside of the high and mid-seasons . 3 night minimum stays are required at this time although some properties accept 2 night stays. It;s recommended that bookings be made 3-4 weeks in advance.

The Gold Coast has numerous events, festivals and conferences etc throughout the year that generate a demand for beds at several locations along the coast.

Note: For short duration stays of just one or two nights, Gold Coast hotels are the best accommodation option.


Occupancy Numbers & Sleeping Arrangements

The most common sleeping arrangements in resorts and apartments consists of a King or Queen size bed in the main and 2 single beds in each of the other bedrooms. Most main bedrooms in the more modern properties will have an ensuite .

Prices are quoted per apartment per night where:

  • 4 bedroom apartment sleeps 8
  • 3 bedroom apartment sleeps 6
  • 2 bedroom apartment sleeps 4
  • 1 bedroom apartment sleeps 2

Most apartments can accommodate one extra person on a roll-away divan or a pull-out sofa bed . This configuration allows a 2 bedroom apartment to sleep 5 persons and a 3 bedroom apartment to accommodate 7 persons. When an extra person is involved, an extra charge will be added to the standard tariff. Studio apartments/suites are rare and these will only accommodate 2 persons with no option for an extra person.

Note: Don’t make the mistake of booking an apartment with the intention of putting exta children on the floor on blow-up mattresses. This is a contravention of the Fire Regulations and management is entitled to cancel your booking.

High Rise vs Low Rise Apartments

High rise apartments usually offer great views plus cooling ocean breezes that can remove the need for air conditioning. There are no stairs to climb because elevators service all levels. But is a high rise right for you? Most guests prefer “the higher the better” for the views, but not everyone has a head for heights . You also need to consider possible safety issues associated with younger children being on high rise balconies.

Low rise apartments are usually “walk up”, meaning there are no elevators and guests have to climb stairs to reach their apartment . Going to and from the 3rd floor several times a day may soon become a nuisance. Persons with restricted mobility may not be able to manage the stairs. Low rise properties may not get cooling ocean breezes if they are dwarfed by adjacent high-rise. Having an air conditioned apartment in summer can be more important in a low rise building.

Tickets For Shows, Tours & Attractions

All Gold Coast resorts and apartments have a reservation desk that has a booking service for tours, the theme parks, local attractions, cruises and entertainment . There is no extra cost to the guest as the booking service is complimentary. However, it is becoming more common for holiday makers to pre-book their entertainment tickets online before they leave home.

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