Gold Coast Explorer since Jan 2010. Always on the lookout for fun, family things to enjoy with my four kids.
Published September 1st 2012
Gold Coast Accommodation Choice
Considering a Gold Coast beach holiday? With a sunny, year round climate, beautiful beaches, blue skies, dry, warm winters and hot summers, what better destination could you choose? The Gold Coast of Australia offers world-renowned surfing and swimming beaches, theme parks, great shopping and the natural attractions of the Hinterland, with its waterfalls, mountains and walking trails. Active or relaxing, with plenty to do and plenty more places to just chill.
View from Burleigh Mediterranean Resort to Burleigh headland
So Gold Coast it is. Next step is the hunt for accommodation. It goes without saying that a beach holiday should be at the beach and with over 50km of beaches, you're spoiled for choice. Opting for mid Gold Coast between Southport in the North and Coolangatta in the South, let me introduce you to Burleigh – North Burleigh actually, where it borders on Miami.
Close enough to enjoy the nightlife of the Surfers Paradise if you choose but further south so you can enjoy the relaxed family atmosphere of the southern beaches. Burleigh beach sits on a coastline which curves between North Burleigh and the Burleigh headland (where you will find Burleigh National Park).
My suggested accommodation choice is the Burleigh Mediterranean Resort, located on the Esplanade, from which you cross the road and you are on the beach.
Access to the rooftop is by keytag, as are the other areas of the resort, including the lifts. Built as 2 towers, Burleigh Mediterranean Resort (formerly known as the Sands Mediterranean Resort) is 4 star accredited. It's under new management and has just completed (September 2012) painting of the building exterior and looks fresh and clean.
It has a small indoor and outdoor pool, sauna, fitness room, rooftop area and offers accommodation in the form of 1, 2 & 3 bedroom, fully self contained apartments, with broadband internet connection. There's complimentary secured parking too.
Staff are friendly and helpful and there is a tour desk with local information. There's no shortage of things to do in the area: Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary is a 15 min drive, the Miami Marketta evening market is 5 min drive, the beach is across the road and there's a beachfront path that runs next to the shore for walks & runs.
Walk south for about 20 mins and you'll get to Burleigh Head National Park. Here you can follow the lower path to get round to Tallebudgera Creek or the high path for ocean views, where it's common to spot whales and dolphins (whale watching season is late May to early November). Surfers Paradise is a 15min drive and so is the Gold Coast Airport. Ask about Car Hire when you book, as you should be able to secure a discounted rate which includes unlimited kms, insurance and GST.
Our relatives had a great holiday here at the end of September, 2012. Thanks to the resort for an enjoyable stay. The rooftop area is a bonus. So nice for lunch or a BBQ. We enjoyed a fun pizza evening up top.