Ashmore Palms on the Gold Coast.
The pool at Ashmore Palms.
Inside an Ashmore Palms cottage.
Ben finds the award-winning Ashmore Palms on the Gold Coast, a perfect getaway to fit the family budget.
The Macaw Mansions are air-conditioned, Mediterranean-style two-storey villas. They have two bedrooms and two bathrooms, a fully equipped kitchen and balconies overlooking the Paradise Lagoon.
The Palm Cottages are a little smaller and more basic, but are extremely well maintained, and cost less. They have one queen-size bedroom, and the second bedroom has a single bed and double bunks. There is a spacious living area and full cooking facilities. Air-conditioning is pay-as-you-use.
One lagoon has a large waterfall and the other has three mushroom fountains and a shallow wading area. It is heated during the cooler months, and the Illiches say kids only get out of the water to eat.
Next to the lagoons is a landscaped rainforest walk, complete with jungle sounds, and just along the path are 11 aviaries with a collection of Australian native birds and South American macaws in all their colourful glory. They are part of the only macaw breeding program in Australia accessible to the public, and are perfect subjects for impressive holiday photographs.
Ashmore Palms provides every service and amusement imaginable it has a tennis court with its own clubhouse, barbecue areas, a convenience store, sun lounges and umbrellas. To add to your relaxation, there are security gates and surveillance cameras.
They can arrange airport transfers, car hire, cruises, show and theme park bookings and babysitters. They also offer business services.
Queensland's Gold Coast, about one hour south of Brisbane.
CostAshmore Palm Holiday Village
prices start at $65 per night, twin-share, and Macaw Mansions start at $150 a night, twin-share.
Please note prices are valid at time of transmission.
More informationAshmore Palms Holiday Village
71 Hinde Street, Ashmore 4214
Phone: (07) 5539 3222
1800 065 222
Fax: 07 5597 1576
Website: www.ashmorepalms.com.auTo book your airfare online, click here
STOP PRESS: Ashmore Palms has just won Queensland's Accommodation Industry Award for Excellence.