Queensland Beach Holiday

This is where I grew up out in the outback, but and each year I looked forward to our Queensland Beach holiday. Queensland tourism has continued to grow and modernise since those days and the resorts that are around on Queensland's beaches are almost unrecognisable since those sunny days.

Sunshine Coast Queensland Beach Holidays

The Sunshine Coast always prided itself on being less developed than the Gold Coast and this kind of remains true today. The Sunny coast has scores of beaches along what seems like about 30km. Some of these are almost deserted and have small little nature parks protecting them while others are full on holiday destinations where it's hard to even find a place to sit with a bit of space at he busy time of the year.

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I was there on a beach vacation recently with my family where we visited Australia zoo and we were a little relieved to leave and return to our quieter country home. But the coast has enough charm and enough activities to make us want to return again and again. I even decided to Call the Sunshine Coast home for a number of years to enjoy the laid back lifestyle in a beautiful natural environment.

The coast can seem a little busy but not compared to many other beach destinations worldwide and certainly not compared to the Gold Coast.

Sunshine Coast Locations:

Coolum Resorts
Caloundra Resorts
Mooloolabah Resorts
Noosa Resorts

Netanya Noosa

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More information and reviews on Netanya Noosa


Gold Coast Queensland Beach Holiday

For Decades the Gold Coast has held a special place in the Australian Identity as a place of living it up, somewhere to look forward to. Millions of Australians remember going to the Gold Coast as one of their favorite memories of childhood and that is not going to change any time soon. Despite a bit of bad press in recent times their remains a thousand great ways to enjoy a Gold Coast resort holiday.

Palazzo Versace

Since it opened more than a decade ago now the Palazzo Versace has been known as one of the classier places to stay for your Queensland Beach holiday.

In a prime position on luxurious Main beach the resort showcases Italian architecture and craftsmanship.

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Queensland Island Beach Vacations

There is not any denying Queensland island resorts off surreal vacation opportunities. While not far away from the Queensland coast and with direct flights, the clear calm waters to take you a little slice of bliss.

The Whitsunday Islands

The Whitsunday Islands are the place to head if you are looking the biggest concentration of beautiful tropical islands on the Great Barrier Reef. While there are scores (74) of islands about ten have luxury resorts located on them.

Some notable Whitsunday Islands Australia

  • Bedarra Island
  • Brampton Island
  • Couran Cove Island
  • Daydream Island
  • Dunk Island (Closed)
  • Hamilton Island
  • Hayman Island
  • Long Island Resort
  • Orpheus Island

One&Only Hayman Island Resort 

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The One&Only Hayman Island Resort is a reasonable place to stay if you are looking for exceptional luxury.


Fraser Island

Fraser Island is also a bit of an iconic beach holiday spot in Queensland Australia, with sparkling blue freshwater lakes and miles and miles of beaches which people travel across in their four wheel drives. Its an excellent place to create your own vacation and go camping, and is in fact the largest sand island in the world.

More information on Fraser Island and places to stay


Cairns and the Tropical North Beach Holidays

Another place I liked enough to call home for a while was Cairns, in far north Queensland. A lot of people come to Cairns and see the mud flat on the main city area and decide Cairns is not a great place for a Queensland beach holiday. In fact the beaches out of the city ars some of the most beautiful in the world. 

The temperatures of the water in summer are quite warm at around 30 degrees and this can make it unsafe to swim because of box jellies (really dangerous. Even swimming inside the nets provided is not really safe when the box jellyfish are about. 

There are times in winter when it is safe to swim however and the water is even warm then. Only time will tell if warming water temperatures will make it unsafe to swim in Cairns all year round. Book a hotel with a pool.


Capricorn Resort Yeppoon

This is an independent review of Capricorn Mercure Resort and other top Yeppoon resorts. As an ex local this is a resort I am familiar with, and it has been a part of the local community since business man Yohachiro Iwasaki built it in 1986. Like many locals to this day I have difficulty referring to the resort as anything other than "Iwasakis". But I am not sure if Yohachiro would like what he sees when he tours his resort these days. 

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Capricorn Resort Yeppoon

The resort started with a bang - literally as someone thought it a good idea to try to blow up the resort before it even opened. Since those old glory days however, the resort has suffered a general decline and lack of upkeep, that has effected the quality of the experience. You simply can't help but notice the deterioration of what once was a somewhat spectacular addition to local holiday options.

Below in the video is the type of experience you may expect from this resort and below on the page is what we found.

Capricorn Mercure Resort Reviews


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We could have expected that the resort was not at it's best with a quick check of TripAdvisor. We as a rule don't recommend resorts that have three stars or less on their review rating scale.

What we found was that the majority of less than average reviews were well justified. 

Capricorn Mercure Resort Restaurants

The Restaurants we tried were ordinary. A $40 buffet meal in the main Billibong restaurant for which we had only mediocre expectations for, was especially disappointing. There was not too much to offer in the way of fresh, and the only meat on the buffet prime time were two little pieces of pork which I hesitated to take for risk of depriving the other dinners of any meals at all. The seafood pasta did not have any seafood at all. I guess you need to go to the $56 seafood night before they actually put the seafood in the seafood dishes - ouch.

Of the other restaurants and bars the Japanese looked the most appealing while the gift shop offered the best value. We enjoyed our visit to the burger bar on the way into Yeppoon instead - I recommend this option.

Then I am a little surprised of the popularity of the Capricorn Mercure Resorts which seems to have solid bookings off into the distant future. I can only put this down to a long distant past reputation, because every one we talked to had a similar experience to ourselves. Other guests commented on the growth on their walls and of the word of mouth disappointing reviews they have heard of from other family members.

The journey back to quality seems like a long haul for Mercure who only recently took over the management from Rydges. Golf remains the trump card for future success as well as the existing activities and features which include huge outdoor freshwater pools , tennis courts; exercise rooms, Jacuzzi, watersports and free daytime kids' club.


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