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Aussie beach bliss at an adults-only resort

16:30 AEST Sat Feb 18 2012
Kims Beach Hideaway is the oldest operating resort in Australia. It was founded in 1886 by Captain Frans Charlson who ran a clipper from Sydney to Norfolk Island. He named it The Camp.

In the 1920s it was purchased by the American McKimmins brothers and inspired by their surname, they renamed the retreat Kims Camp.

A retired arm colonel, Clive Loc Hughes-Hallett, took over in 1944, shortened the name to Kims and set about shaping the gardens and sprucing up the cabins. Since the 1950s, four generations of the Strachan family have been responsible for making Kims the perfect getaway.

It's all about unwinding and reconnecting, and the minute she arrived, Kelly Landry could see why Kims has been around for so long.

Nestled into the shores of Toowoon Bay on the Central Coast of New South Wales, Kims offers a choice of 15 beachfront or rainforest bungalows and spa villas, each in its own private setting. All have an indoor spa or heated outdoor jacuzzi. Some have a double shower or shower temple. The cream of the crop is the Deluxe Beach Spa Villa which has a salt water heated pool, indoor spa and Balinese day bed. Wherever you stay, it's five-star all the way.

Every day since 1886 a ship's bell announces breakfast, lunch or dinner is being served. All meals are included in the tariff and continue Kims five-star standards.

Fruit and vegetables have been purchased from the same farm since 1947. Seafood comes straight from local fishermen.

They churn butter, smoke salmon, bake bread and make all preserves, chutneys, dressings and preservative-free ice-cream. There is an excellent selection of premier wines for your pleasure.

Kims is an adults-only hideaway and there are no strenuous activities. Indulge in a massage, stroll along the beach and read on your private sundeck as the lapping waves provide gentle background sounds.

In the 1930s a railway line was used to transport coal for use in boilers and stoves. It's still there and is used to carry guests' luggage.

A mast set in the gardens is a reminder of Kims' long connection with the sea. Along with the Australian flag, they fly the national flag of international guests. Just another lovely touch.


Toowoon Bay, an hour north of Sydney.


Kims Beach Hideaway Garden Bungalow starts from $285 per person per day, inclusive of full buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Prices correct at February 18, 2012.

For further information

Kims Beach Hideaway
16 Charlton Street
Toowoon Bay 2261
Ph: (02) 4332 1566

User comments
Hi Polly and Nad You are indeed correct about the price - we have since been informed by Kims Beach Hideaway that it is definitely $285 per person per night, and have amended this error. We apologise for the confusion. In response to Nad's query, you can obtain the availabilities for bookings at Kims Beach Hideaway by clicking the link to Kims' website in the 'For Further Information' section above. Happy travels! Getaway
My parnter had booked 2 nights here over Valentines Day. I thought getting away from the 3 kids would be just amazing. The place was just beautiful, having such yummy food cooked for you breakfast, lunch and dinner. The only thing is if your quite an active person who likes to get out and do things then I wouldnt recommend it. I found myself lost with boredom after the first day as having little to nothing to do other then eat, sleep, eat or go swimming then you can only do that for so long. I do think its a fantastic place but if I ever went again I would make sure there was activites we could do for the days while there.
The cost quoted in the fact sheet is $285.00 for two adults including meals. It is in fact $285.00 PER PERSON, PER NIGHT, including meals. This makes a big difference if you are planning a romantic trip away. P.
would you send me a information regarding available days for booking please ,thank you regards nad.

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