- 1 Turtle Beach Resort Gold Coast
- 2 SUPER DOOPER FUN
- 3 Take a look inside
- 4 with “Roaming Gnomies” Juliette, Sarah & Kate
- 6 The essential insider info
- 7 Key points of interest
- 8 Did you know?
- 9 Eat and Drink
- 10 Our Top “Family Friendly Mermaid Beach” insider’s tips
- 11 Google map link
- 12 The Inside Scoop
- 14 All the Essential Gold Coast Info
- 15 Juliette, Kate and Sarah’s Turtle Beach Resort Gold Coast Toadstool Rating!
- 16 Roam the Gnome™ Stamp of Approval!
- 17 Thank you to Juliette, Kate and Sarah, and their mum and dad Lisa and Brad, for taking the time to share your fabulous find with us!
SUPER DOOPER FUN
Take a look inside
with “Roaming Gnomies” Juliette, Sarah & Kate
When you drive along the Gold Coast Highway in Mermaid Beach, there’s a big resort on your left hand side where you can see a BIG blue waterslide. It’s the Turtle Beach Resort Gold Coast, with it’s own mascot pair of turtles, Shelldon and Shelley. We’ve always wondered what was behind those towering walls and now, with thanks to our intrepid Roaming Gnomies – Juliette, Sarah and Kate – an inside tour!
The essential insider info
Turtle Beach Resort Gold Coast is MASSIVE. If you want a bespoke personalised style of accommodation, this is not the place for you. However while it is one of the biggest resorts around, the layout of the place helps to make it not so imposing or restrictive. There are a number of long separate apartment buildings, in a side-by-side configuration and all of the facilities at the resort are placed in amongst the buildings and trees. Vegetation and landscaped gardens help to soften the blow of the size of this place. The greenery creates shadows, hidey holes and natural screens that build a sense of separation between apartments and people, but walking around from swimming pool to tennis court to kids club, you can’t help but get a sense that this place caters for the masses.
But kids, like Juliette, Kate and Sarah LOVED the place. To them, it’s like one big friendly neighbourhood, where they could make friends with other kids from all around Australia. (Sydneysiders and Melbournites are big fans of Turtle Beach Resort it seems.) Juliette, Kate and Sarah’s favourite place at Turtle Beach Resort Gold Coast was a tie between the Splash Zone, Turtle Beach Resort Gold Coast’s new waterpark features 4 water slides, 2 toddler slides, a hilarious dumping bucket, (get ready to giggle and roar with laughter!), water cannons and a water spray, and the central pool precinct.
In the central pool precinct, there’s also something for everyone! It’s a bit like an offering for Goldilocks & the Three Bears. There’s a pool that’s TOO COLD, a spa that’s TOO HOT, and one pool that’s JUST RIGHT. Oh, and a tiny baby pool just right for wee little baby bears, complete with a fairytale toadstool that showers the little ones with water spray. The girls spent their time running (or quickly walking- running’s not allowed!) between the Splash Zone, and the Central Pool Precinct, only to stop off at the The Deck Restaurant & Bar in between when their mum and dad made them stop for something to eat! (Tip: the pizza is good!)
The girls liked Club Turtle Kids Club too, but once was enough, especially as only some of the staff were friendly and others were seen to be ‘mean’! (Their parents want to put in their two-cents worth to say that Turtle Beach Kids Club was not as accessible as advertised, with so many children vying for places during school holidays, not enough sessions being run during the day, nor at times when the parents actually want to use it. It also cost $25.00 per child aged 4-12 years for a 3 hour session which soon added up when you have three kids!)
Their parents loved that it felt pretty safe for kids 6 years and up to move around fairly independently. Everyone has to carry an ‘entry’ card to get in and out the resort, making it difficult (but not impossible) for strangers to get in and out, move between, or access the interior of many of the apartment blocks. They loved being able to leave their belongings such as towels, goggles, boogie boards and water play toys out on the ‘terrace’ of their Family Suite without concern that things might go missing. They even left the apartment unlocked at times while they swam, with no concern about theft of wallets or phones – something they wouldn’t do at other Gold Coast resorts they’ve stayed in.
The kids loved the facilities Turtle Beach Resort Gold Coast so much that the family found it hard to find the motivation to go out and enjoy local Gold Coast attractions! Leaving all the awesome on-site facilities seemed a bit pointless but they persisted and made it to Dreamworld at least!
Key points of interest
The fully self contained, family friendly accommodation is available in 1,2,3 and 4 bedroom apartments, each with a balcony or patio that overlooks 4.5 hectares of lush gardens. The combination of quality accommodation and exceptional guest facilities makes Turtle Beach Resort uniquely different.
- Air-Conditioned and heated living areas
- 40 inch flat screen TV in living area, 28 inch flat screen TV in master bedroom
- DVD player
- Foxtel including complimentary movie channels
- Ceiling fans in bedrooms
- Full kitchen facilities including oven, cooktop, microwave, dishwasher and all crockery, cutlery and cookware
- Laundry facilities including washing machine, dryer, clothes airer, iron and ironing board
- Either a balcony or terraced courtyard (Hot tip: book a ground floor apartment – just for the ease of getting in and out. Those 2nd and 3rd story apartments are a nightmare!)
- All bed and bathroom linen provided (pool towels available for hire)
- Cots, high chairs, bed rails, strollers and prams available for hire (24 hours notice required)
- All bathrooms with shower/bath combination
- Complimentary in room safe
The Resort features:
- Four separate swimming areas, including wading pools and one adults only retreat
- Pool water slide at the roadside pool precinct and a children’s playground. (Hot tip: You need to keep a close eye on your kids at this playground as although it is ‘gated’, the entrance and exit tunnels lead straight into the pool area. Kind of silly! Especially as once they go inside the playground, the kids are out of sight. Do not move from the entrance/exit tunnel – it’s the only way to monitor where they are.)
- Four spas, one in each pool complex
- Two saunas
- As we’ve mentioned, the Club Turtle Kids Activity Club (for kids aged 4 – 12)
- 15-hole putt-putt golf course (fees apply) – the putt putt course winds its way around the resort parallel to the pathways and in front of many apartments! It’s really quite a classic sight!
- Arcade games room with coin-operated video and table games
- Floodlit tennis court (fees apply)
- Fitness room with the latest equipment
- 22-seat cinema with 4 showtimes daily
Did you know?
- Turtle Beach Resort Gold Coast has newly renovated Two Bedroom Family Suites. Perfect for the kids, each apartment has an Xbox and Xbox games!
- Free secure undercover car parking
- There’s even a DAY SPA on site! Oh Hooray for Chelonia Day Spa! Click here for the massage menu
- Turtle Beach Resort has it’s own Tour Desk for bookings, tickets and transfers to attractions and airport
- Turtle Beach Resort Gold Coast has FREE wifi. Yay for wifi!
- Each apartment has limited toilet paper! Be sure to stock up when you do a shop or you’ll pay exorbitant prices at the convenience store.
- Turtle Beach Resort has their own APP, available here from Google Play for Android phones. Through the app, you can pre book tours, car hire, taxis, and transfers plus more!
- Before you book elsewhere, join Turtle Beach Gold reward membership program – it offers substantial discounts on accommodation when you book directly with the resort using the online booking engine so worth a compare -make sure you join Turtle Beach Gold and enter your unique promotional code for added savings. You will receive member offers and pre-released specials to your email, as well as regular newsletters keeping you updated with the latest resort changes, updates and information too.
Eat and Drink
- There’s no need to leave the resort unless you want to! – The Deck Restaurant & Bar located by the Splash Zone, is open daily for meals, woodfire pizza, snacks and drinks. Click here for the The Deck menu
- Another option on site is to buy fresh food at ‘Fresh and Tasty’ convenience store – open from 7.00am till 8.00pm daily.Click here for the Fresh and Tasty menu
- But if you do want to cook, there’s 9 BBQ entertainment areas too
- Ice cream too. Melt-in-your-mouth Ben and Jerry’s ice cream is available from ‘Fresh and Tasty’ onsite convenience store
- There’s an organic shop RIGHT NEXT DOOR for all your on-the-go healthy snacks like chilli macadamias, perfectly popped popcorn, and an array of chips and dips.
- Just across the road, you’ll find a small shopping complex with Doughnut Time, Mermaid Sushi (best in the area!), Subway, Noodle Box and a burger joint.
- Celebration time? The Cheesecake Shop is just a few hundred metres away to your left. Along with a few cafes (take your pick), a Chinese grocer, and a newsagent/paraphernalia emporium.
- Keep walking north, and in 10 minutes you’ll find the family-friendly Sizzler Buffet Restaurant, Putt Putt Mini Golf Mermaid Beach, Pancakes on the Rocks, and KFC.
- As for supermarkets, Turtle Beach is smack bang in the middle of two – Woolworths supermarket is located on the bottom floor of the Oasis shopping centre, about a 7 minute drive north but we’d suggest parking and getting in and out is easier at Miami Coles, heading south past Miami High School. It’s on the right hand side of the GC highway opposite the Miami Shark Bar. Aldi is there too, on the beachside of the highway. If you don’t have a car, you can order online and have your groceries delivered to you for a fee.
Our Top “Family Friendly Mermaid Beach” insider’s tips
- While there, pick up a copy of Haven or Kids on the Coast to find about all the local events and happenings.
- The Gold Coast Sun local paper has listings of free events and community gatherings also. For up to date info, check out the GC Sun facebook page too.
- Bring a stroller. The whole of Mermaid Beach is stroller and pram friendly – super flat, and with pathways to walk on. You can take the stroller on public transport without much hassle.
- A car is useful here, but not necessary. Just be prepared for longer-than-normal walks – about 500 metres to the beach, a few kilometres to Broadbeach and the G Link tram, a few kilometers south to Nobby’s Beach. Walk via Hedges Ave up next to the beachfront where you can people watch fit-and-fancy GC life as it happens.
- The beach is approximately 300-400 metres so walking distance. Mermaid Beach Surf Club is located approximately 1 km to the North with Nobby’s Beach Surf Club located approximately 1 km to the South. The beach directly opposite the Resort is council patrolled all year round.
The Inside Scoop
If heading South:
On the M1/Pacific Highway take exit 71 – (Nerang-Broadbeach Road) to merge onto Nerang-Broadbeach Road/State Route 90.
Slight left onto State Route 90.
Turn right onto Gold Coast Highway/State Route 2 and keep driving straight.
Make a U-turn at Heron Ave and drive straight.
Turtle Beach Resort is on your left.
If heading North:
Merge onto the M1 via the ramp to Pacific Motorway/Brisbane.
Take exit 89 – (Tallebudgera Creek Road) and merge onto Tsipura Drive.
Turn left on to Tallebudgera Creek Rd and continue on to West Burleigh Rd.
Take a slight right to stay on West Burleigh Rd.
Turn right onto West Burleigh Rd/State Route 80.
Slight left on Gold Coast Highway/State Route 2.
Turtle Beach Resort is on your left.
How far is Turtle Beach Resort from the airport?
Turtle Beach Resort is approximately 20 minutes from Gold Coast Airport/Coolangatta and approximately 80 minutes from Brisbane Airport.
How far away are theme parks and attractions?
Most of the theme parks are off the M1 motorway, approximately 25 – 30 minutes drive North from the Resort.
Seaworld is located in Main Beach about 15 minutes from the Resort.
Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary is located approximately 15-20 minutes South of the Resort.
Turtle Beach Resort Gold Coast runs daily private shuttle bus transfers to all theme parks.
Can you hire strollers/cots/high chairs etc. from the resort?
Turtle Beach Resort Gold Coast has cots/strollers/highchairs available for hire for $9 each per day. There are also bed rails available for $5 per day.
All the Essential Gold Coast Info
- Click here for Roam the Gnome’s GOLD COAST CITY ESSENTIALS page including arrivals info, how to get around, and train, bus and tram info, etc.
Juliette, Kate and Sarah’s Turtle Beach Resort Gold Coast Toadstool Rating!
Roam the Gnome™ Stamp of Approval!
Turtle Beach Resort Gold Coast is cool if you don’t mind masses of people – think shoulder-to-shoulder (literally!) in the central precinct spa during peak times. Our tip: visit outside of school holidays when you can so you have more of the place to yourself.