If you’re looking for a family-friendly holiday on the Gold Coast away from the hustle and bustle of Surfers Paradise, but with easy access to the exciting hub, then Turtle Beach Resort is ideal for you. Conveniently located between Surfers Paradise and Burleigh Heads (10-15 minute drive to each), a 300m walk to the patrolled Mermaid Beach, 5 minutes drive to Broadbeach’s restaurants and nightlife, the activity-packed resort is also centrally located for a day trip to the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary or the fun-filled theme parks. It’s worth noting, with all that the Gold Coast has to offer, we only left the resort once – now that speaks volumes for a family of 5, who doesn’t want to spend half their holiday loading and unloading their SUV!
The photos above are from @turtlebeach Social media.
Why didn’t we venture outside the resort? The Splash Zone Waterpark for a start! As the centrepiece of the resort, it features 6 waterslides – 2 of which are super fast, 2 winding tunnel slides and 2 toddler slides, (the latter was a lifesaver given Osher, our two-year-old, wasn’t quite ready for the other slides). The water park also has a large dumping bucket zone – we always get a laugh from watching our kids get dumped unexpectedly! For peace of mind, two lifeguards patrol the waterpark at all times and for those parents who just want to sit back and relax whilst their kids run amuck, The Deck Restaurant & Bar conveniently overlooks the waterpark. On the other side of the deck, there are 3 additional swimming pools, including a toddler pool and spa. This area was filled with screaming kids jumping into the pool splashing about, fair to say we had no trouble blending in. Just be careful, the kids did slip and slide on the concrete a few times!
Amidst the constant sunshine, our young water tribe never actually made it to the cinema or games room and weren’t quite old enough for tennis yet, however, we did have a family game of putt-putt (consisting of mum chasing the younger two) but a heap of fun for Ezra, our 4-year-old, who was having his first go at ‘golf’.
If you’re keen for some adult time, book the kids into Club Turtle Kids Club (age 4-12) for 3 hours at a very reasonable $25 (per child), this will give you enough time to hit up the fitness room or saunas, treat yourself at the Chelonia Day Spa or relax in the Adults only retreat. The photos above are from @turtlebeach Social media.
FYI: some accommodation packages include a complimentary Club Turtle session!.
The photos above are from @turtlebeach Social media.
Set upon a massive 4.5 hectares of land, Turtle Beach Resort offers a plethora of fully self-contained one, two and three-bedroom apartments across three zones; TB1, TB2 and TB3. Each zone offers a slightly different atmosphere based on its surrounding facilities i.e. TB2 is a very active, social zone as the accommodation is set around the Splash Zone Waterpark, two pool areas and the Deck Restaurant & Bar. We booked 4 nights in a 2 bedroom superior apartment and landed in TB3. TB3 is the quietest of the three zones which certainly had its pros and cons. We loved that once it was time to put the boys to bed, the pool was out of sight. It was also nice to have a peaceful drink on the patio under the stars after an active day. On the other hand, it would have been a little more convenient had we been closer to the waterpark – not a big deal though!
The apartment itself was spacious enough for the boys to run laps and not bounce off each other, it contained full kitchen facilitates, air conditioning, washing machine, dryer, bath and Foxtel – it was decked out with beautiful bright paintings and coastal decor. Our room was on the ground floor, its private patio was surrounded by beautiful lush gardens and was the perfect spot to enjoy brekky or an evening drink!
FYI: the patio isn’t enclosed, just in case you have any 1 – 3-year-old runners; we have two 😰
We paid around $180 a night through Agoda which we felt was excellent value for a young family of 4 or 5, However I think next time we would need to book a 3 bedroom apartment as Ariel will be needing his own room and we may book directly through the resort website in order to select the zone we want to stay in closer to the waterpark.
With no elevators throughout the resort, the underground carpark, apartments, pools, restaurants and activity rooms are accessed via stairs. Whilst by no means a deal-breaker, getting from TB3 to TB2 can be challenging if you have young ones in a pram. Dad got a good work out getting all the bags from the car park up to the apartment too 😬
The Deck Restaurant And Bar is a casual pool side ‘pub’ feel restaurant which offers generous sized meals at a reasonable price and is open for lunch and dinners. The Woodfired pizza is a must that fast became a family favourite followed by the “choose your own” Streets ice cream flavours. The Ice cream was a huge hit with the kids (and an excellent bargaining chip to ensure a peaceful dinner) The menu had enough variety to allow us to eat there most nights.
The ‘Fresh and Tasty’ Convenience Store is super handy for those little bits and pieces you may have forgotten to pack, and unlike most convenience stores we found this one to be quite reasonably priced! The store is slightly hidden but you will find it located within TB2 next to the resort reception and is open from 7.00am till 7:00pm daily. I bought my coffee there every morning and they always treated the boys with a babycino. They also have a limited selection of everyday necessities and groceries like bread, milk, cereals and fruit as well as floaties, sunscreen and the usual pool toys.
There are 8 barbecue areas set up around the gardens and a large choice of delicious restaurants literally outside the Resort door – Italian, Chinese, Japanese, Vietnamese just to name a few as well as a BWS and a much larger convenience store/fruit shop on the corner.
FYI: This was where I bought fresh bread and eggs most mornings a well as half a delicious watermelon for just $2.50 DAILY!!
We find that eating breakfast and lunch in our apartment or by the pool starts our day feeling a lot more relaxed and free of time restraints and stress. Yes, if we are travelling by car I always bring my blender so we can make Smoothie and Açai bowls 😂. There was plenty of room in the kitchen to cook/prepare your own hearty meals for the day so this was a huge bonus!
FYI: The resort offers great deals on food and beverages orders for example Breakfast packs, discounted food and beverage vouchers, fruit and cheese platters as well as white, red and sparkling wine! Sounds perfect right!!!!!
Overall, @turtlebeachresort was incredible! We were able to utilise our yearly Theme Park passes and still take a trip to our afternoon beachfront market in Surfers Paradise.
Thank you Turtle Beach Resort for having us, WE WILL be back!! 🤗
The Wannabe Nomads 🌸
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