Jonathan Gray is this week's Give me a Break recipient. Nominated by his employer, Rockdale Mazda, we decided Jonathan and his family were definitely worthy of some time away.
Jonathan's wife Sharon died four years ago from breast cancer, leaving behind three beautiful children: Savannah, now six years old, Tyson, 11, and 21-year-old Josh. The 40-year-old single father-of-three works six days a week, and when he's not at work he's with his children. Other than valuable support from his mother-in-law and sister-in-law, Jonathan is very independent. He rarely goes anywhere without his children and financially, times can be pretty tough.
The researcher for the story posed at the Mazda dealership as a prospective car buyer, and so committed was Jonathan to giving her his full attention, he didn't notice Giaan Rooney and the camera crew heading in his direction. Then his two younger children arrived with suitcases. The kids weren't sure what was going on either, but when they heard they were being chauffeur-driven to the airport for a flight to the Gold Coast, the excitement set in.
The family stayed at Paradise Resort, and big brother Josh joined them there, which was another surprise for Jonathan, Tyson and Savannah. Paradise Resort has 450 rooms and caters for the family market. There are four pools, and when water temperature drops under 26°C the pools are are heated.
The million-dollar Zone 4 Kids is heaven for children and paradise for parents. Z4K is for five- to 12-year-olds and Z4K junior caters for children under the age of five. Both offer fully supervised fun-filled activity sessions every day.
ZK4 has fantasy-themed play spaces; Underwater World has submarine slides and grotto-like caves. Little Town's pedal-powered cars and petrol station are a huge hit. There are action-packed activities such as Mini Olympics, talent shows and movie nights.
The Resort Entertainment Crew arranges family-friendly activities including fun at the poolside, volleyball matches for adults, snorkelling lessons for all ages, duck races, putt and chip golfing and lots of other things the family can do together.
The family-friendly bar has entertainment in the evening including karaoke, battle of the sexes and cocktail demonstrations.
There are lots of room types. Resort Rooms are good for two adults and two children. King Rooms have the same facilities but are slightly larger. Family Rooms have two bedrooms and limited kitchen facilities.
Junior Bunkhouse Rooms have a separate themed children's section and Resort Interconnect Rooms have two full Resort Rooms with interconnecting door and two bathrooms.
Warner Bros Movie World
Everyone headed off for more excitement at Movie World. They all loved the multimillion-dollar Hollywood Stunt Driver show. It showcases legendary car chases, crashes and scenes that have defined some of Hollywood's greatest movies.
The live Loony Tunes show, "What's Up Rock?", was a hit and the superhero thrill rides took them out of this world and beyond the darkness. Also in store were Lethal Weapon and Wild West Falls, Scooby-Doo Spooky Coaster, Batwing Spaceshot and the spectacular Star Parade.
As Giaan said goodbye to the very happy Gray family, they were heading off to Sea World and Wet'n'Wild.
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Queensland's Gold Coast
Paradise Resort Rooms start at $99 a night for two adults and two children or three adults. Resort Rooms with pool view start at $119 a night. Resort Family Rooms start at $199 a night for two adults and three children. Kids stay and play free.
Warner Bros Movie World general admission is $69.95 for adults and $45.95 for children. Two days cost $104.95 and $68.95, respectively. Three-park MyFun Megapass is $299.95 for adults and $249.95 for children. Fun Pass (three-park access over five days) is $299.95 for adults and $249.95 for children. Movie World is open between 10am and 5.30pm, year round except Christmas Day.
You can access more information about the Gold Coast's favourite theme parks and attractions and their best deals at www.myfun.com.
Virgin Blue has flights to the Gold Coast.
One-way fares from:
- Sydney $75
- Melbourne $99
- Canberra $105
- Adelaide $119
- Hobart $129
- Perth $249
There are limited seats which may not be available at peak times or on all flights. Fares quoted are one-way booked on the Internet. An extra $15 will be charged for phone bookings. A credit card surcharge of an additional $2 per person per one-way flight is applicable. Fares are correct at July 30, 2009, and are subject to change.
Prices correct at July 30, 2009.
For further information
Ph: 136 789
122 Ferny Avenue
Surfers Paradise 4217
Ph: 1800 074 111
Warner Bros Movie World
Ph: 133 386
Fax: (07) 5573 3666