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Broadbeach vs Surfers Paradise for families

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Broadbeach vs Surfers Paradise for families

We are planning to travel to the Gold Coast in Sep/Oct this year with our kids age 6 & 8. We will be doing the theme park thing, but our kids also love swimming. Our youngest is also desperate to stay in a high-rise apartment complex.

I initially though that the Chevron Rennaisance or Crown Towers would be the best properties because of their impressive pools (and height!). However, I am not sure if Surfers Paradise is the best place for a family.

I quite like the look of Broadbeach - can anyone recommend a nice high-rise apartment complex that has a decent pool complex? Does such a thing exist or would we be better to go with one of the Surfers Resort properties?

Any advice would be much appreciated.

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1. Re: Broadbeach vs Surfers Paradise for families

Well we have just come back from Broadbeach and can recommend it. A good shopping centre at The Oasis with Woolworths plus a upmarket eat street area, coffee shops, parks with play swings. The area is much better than main surfers strip as no clubs or pubs or cheap shops. Close also to Pacific Fair shops and casino.

Beach has several flag areas which you must swim in.

As to accomodation we stayed at Oceana on Broadbeach. The apartments are 4.5 star, with cable TV, laundry, air con, good kitchen etc. We would definitely stay there again.

Now just make sure when you book ask for Coral Tower as it has uninterupted beach views.

They have a large unheated pool plus a heated smaller pool, plus gym, undercover parking, reception desk and BBQ area. But the pool area would not be classed as resort type as no slides, bridges, etc etc so you may need to think about this. We spent more time at the beach.

We went to Currumbin Wildlife Park which was good (make sure you see a show such as snakes) but the best for us was Tropical Fruit World in NSW (35 mins away) but maybe your kids are a bit young - great fruit, tour of the farm, wild koalas, ducks plus some farm animals.

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2. Re: Broadbeach vs Surfers Paradise for families

Hi Kiwimum,

The age old Surfers Vs Broadbeach question!!

It really is a personal choice and honestly I prefer Broadbeach. That said,Surfers is really good also and when it comes to a hi-rise resort style pool area, then Surfers has some of the best options.

If that is what you are after, then I would probably stay up in Surfers. But perhaps not right in the centre.

How close do you want to be to the beach? Have a look at the Outrigger in Surfers and the Renaissance as you said, has a great pool area also.

Broadbeach has many stylish hi-rise apartments but none with pool areas to rival those two mentioned above.

Broadbeach is more geared towards good pools and easy access to the fantastic beaches.

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Surfers is slowly becoming the "trashy" end of town full of fast food joints, $2 bargain shops and tacky souvenir places. Go to Broadbeach without a doubt. It is only 1.5km down the road and much classier and safer at night with kids. You will also be just across the road from the huge Pacific Fair shopping mall for serious shopping.

I think the Phoenician Hotel/Apartments are wonderful right in the middle of Broadbeach, but a bit exxy. It has one of the best Day Spas on the Coast if you are into that. There is a huge Woolworths nearby so you can buy all the groceries for the family and heaps of family friendly restaurants serving child-friendly meals.

I have stayed at Crown Towers and it is a very lovely building with magnificent views especially from level 31 where I was looking over the whole district but Broadbeach is nicer.

Make sure you also go to the Q1 Tower Observation Deck at Surfers on the main highway.

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4. Re: Broadbeach vs Surfers Paradise for families

Thanks for all the great advice. I am starting to think that it may be worth compromising on a resort pool to enjoy what Broadbeach has to offer. We did stay in Broadbeach a few years ago and were a bit disappointed, but I think it was because we were staying at a resort that was a good 15 minute walk south of central Broadbeach (Diamond Beach I think it was).

Can anyone tell me which properties in Central Broadbeach are the highest? Thanks again!

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5. Re: Broadbeach vs Surfers Paradise for families

If you want somewhere ultra-modern, central, near the beach and tall then you really need to stay at AIR. About $200 per night.

Also a brand new place open called THE WAVE ON BROADBEACH. A little bit further to the beach but very central.

You will love either.http://www.tripadvisor.com/GoListDetail-i9884-Gold_Coast_Activities.html

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6. Re: Broadbeach vs Surfers Paradise for families

google www.broadbeachtourism.com and it will have pictures of blocks. Oceana goes up 15 storeys but 2 bed apartments only go to a certain height. just remember higher up means more windy. We stayed on level 4 and 50 metres to beach.

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7. Re: Broadbeach vs Surfers Paradise for families

Thanks Firebucket. I had a look at Air and it looks great, but just wondered how family friendly it would be at the pool? Our kids are well behaved but do like to jump and splash at the pool Would this be acceptable or frowned upon? Has anyone stayed at Air with kids and how did you find it? Also, does anyone know whether the Air pools are heated. Last time we visited GoldCoast in October we found the unheated pools unpleasant (even for us kiwis!) and pretty much stayed in the spa. Thanks a lot.

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Hi km,

Yes the pool is "temperature controlled' as well as having a kids pool. It is good for swimming laps in etc. It is not your over the top resort style pool. Kids are never frowned upon at the Gold Coast!!! haha

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9. Re: Broadbeach vs Surfers Paradise for families

Totally agree with Firebucket, he has wonderful source of informative suggestions regarding the Gold Coast.

So I would just go with his opinions....you will not be disappointed.

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10. Re: Broadbeach vs Surfers Paradise for families

Hi kiwimum, i was just reading your letter and thought i would let you know that my family have just returned from staying at the chevron and we loved it, perfect for kids, my son loved the beach area- we spent alot of time here. It is also good for convenience as far as having everything you need at the chevron shopping complex downstairs. We spent some time walking and went to the next suburb broadbeach, i doubt there is anything more impressive in broadbeach other than the Q1 hotel, which is on the pricey side though!! hope this helps, sarah.