Jules holidays with an entire tribe to the Gold Coast for an action packed family budget escape … and eight really is enough.
Kerri Sanders from Victoria asked Getaway for some ideas for a family holiday for herself, husband and children eight of them! The single-income family can generally afford to go camping once a year and while they love that, they all wanted to do something different.
So where do you go with children aged 15, 14, 13, 12, nine, six, two and one and feel confident that everyone will enjoy themselves?
Our solution was BreakFree Paradise Island Resort in the centre of Surfers Paradise on Queensland's Gold Coast. The Mediterranean-style resort is on its very own island and just 400 metres from the beach and 400 metres from Cavill Avenue.
A hectare of beautifully landscaped gardens surrounds the 124 rooms, suites, one and two-bedroom apartments. Some are air-conditioned and there are self-contained kitchens and private laundry. The lagoon pool has a waterslide, the wading pool is heated in winter and they serve drinks and snacks there. There are also barbecues, tennis courts exercise room and sauna and a wide range of watersports on offer. There is a kids club for children from five to 12 and babysitting can be arranged.
Accommodation is spacious and there is a separate sleeping area for the children. Buffet breakfast and a la carte dinner are served in the restaurant and the cocktail bar is a delightful spot for an evening drink.
There's loads to do on the Gold Coast. Everyone loves Seaworld and for most visitors it is the first time they've seen a seal or penguin, polar bear or shark up close.
A visit to Polar Bear Shores with its waterfall and winding creek gives a good insight into the polar bear life cycle. There are two young bears sharing the exhibit with Ping Ping, an older bear. You can see them gracefully swimming in their large pool which has rain, mist and fog simulation.
Kerri Sanders managed a little well-deserved self-indulgence. She enjoyed some pampering from Calmer Therapies, whose professional therapists provide mobile therapeutic massages and beauty treatments around the Gold Coast hotels and resorts. Imagine being pampered with a massage, deluxe facial, pedicure or full body scrub without leaving your room. Bliss.
So many things to choose from on the Gold Coast, including bungee jumping, tandem skydiving, parasailing, hang-gliding, abseiling, mountain biking and Harley rides.
The heart of Queensland's Gold Coast
Jetstar flies daily to the Gold Coast from Sydney and Melbourne. Fares from Sydney are $69 one way and from Melbourne $119.
BreakFree Paradise Island Resort studios start at $185 a night for a minimum of three nights.
Calmer Therapies one-hour massage costs $68. Deluxe facials, including eyelash tint, are $75 and pedicures are $75.
Thrifty Gold Coast has a Getaway
special on vehicles starting at $35 plus a holiday discount voucher book worth $500. Conditions apply.
Please note that the prices listed are valid at the time of filming.
BreakFree Paradise Island Resort
1 Paradise Island
Surfers Paradise 4217
Ph: (07) 5531 5600 F: (07) 5592 email@example.com
Level 2, 46 Surf Parade
Ph: 0411 826 firstname.lastname@example.org
Para Bungy Gold Coast
Berth 60-61 Mariner's Cove
Main Beach 4217
Ph: (07) 5532 6456www.parabungygoldcoast.com
Jet Ski Safaris
Seaworld Drive, Main Beach 4217
Ph: 0409 754 538
Thrifty: Ph: 1300 367 227
Qantas: 13 13 13