Gold Coast nearcation. Why holidaying close to home is totally awesome!

By Lauren - Gold Coast Mum


Amazing ocean views from level 54  Circle on Cavill Holiday Holiday self contained apartments Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast. Photo: Gold Coast Mum.com


Hubby and I recently celebrated 15 years together. Non stop. No breaks. 15 loooong years. Ha, I love him to pieces, but I can totally relate to that P!NK song 'True Love' some days. Ya feelin' me? ;-)

So anyway, with four children aged 5 and under, date nights are rare (but boy, do we enjoy them) so we hadn't had chance to celebrate our anniversary.
We also haven't had a family holiday in a long time so when the opportunity popped up to enjoy a family getaway at one of the world's most gorgeous destinations, we couldn't refuse.

Preparation for our weekend trip away was pretty simple. 
We packed a bag for the kids, packed a bag for us, grabbed packets of nappies, grabbed a washing basket full of other bits and pieces and threw it all in our people mover. We picked up the kids from school/kindy and off we went.

'Off we go, on our adventurrrrre!" The kids shouted (repeatedly) with excitement!

After a 15-minute journey, we arrived in Surfers Paradise, Queensland.
Not a single 'are we there yet?' to be heard.

Such an easy journey. No planes, trains, transfers or taxis. We just rocked up to our accommodation and settled in.

We scored a self-contained luxury 2 bedroom - plus study - ocean-view apartment in the North tower of Circle on Cavill in Surfers Paradise through Holiday Holiday - a holiday letting company providing luxury Gold Coast accommodation. 

We were on LEVEL 54 overlooking Surfers Paradise beach with views sweeping all the way down to Coolangatta!

Miss 5, Mr 3 and our 19-month twincesses were captivated by the amazing view - that we could thankfully enjoy from the comfort of BEHIND the glass sliding doors. 

Amazing ocean views from level 54  Circle on Cavill Holiday Holiday self contained apartments Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast. Photo: Gold Coast Mum.com
My twincesses, 19 months, enjoying the views from level 54! Thankfully they could still appreciate
and enjoy the views from behind the glass sliding doors.


We did venture out onto the balcony a couple of times, but our little monkeys put us on edge at 54 storeys high in the sky, so we retreated indoors and felt a whole lot more relaxed once the safety latches 
(positioned high out of reach of curious children) were applied to each of the doors that access the balcony.

[Just so you know - Holiday Holiday provided Gold Coast Mum with accommodation at one of their awesome apartments for the purposes of this review. All opinions are my own.]


One of the great things about the apartment we stayed in (centrally located between Cavill Ave, Surfers Paradise Blvd and Gold Coast Highway) was the fact that we could enjoy the awesome ocean views (and we even watched a pod of dolphins!) during the daylight hours. 


Amazing ocean views from level 54  Circle on Cavill Holiday Holiday self contained apartments Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast. Photo: Gold Coast Mum.com

Amazing ocean views from level 54  Circle on Cavill Holiday Holiday self contained apartments Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast. Photo: Gold Coast Mum.com




At night, the view was also magical as the surrounding buildings were all lit up - this provided a gorgeous backdrop for hubby and I to enjoy some beverages on the balcony once our children were in bed. We felt like we were 'living the dream' and on top of the world!


Amazing ocean views from level 54  Circle on Cavill Holiday Holiday self contained apartments Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast. Photo: Gold Coast Mum.com


One of the things we loved about staying in the privately-owned apartment was that we could keep to ourselves and didn't need to wait at a reception area for anything. 

The complementary secure basement car parking was handy and we could get the lift straight from the basement to our level and navigate it all easily - even with our double pram.

We popped out to get a few groceries from the Circle on Cavill Woolworths on the Ground level, and had the option of cooking our own food (or getting takeaway or dining out), and could do our laundry as required.


Circle on Cavill's facilities were impressive: indoor and outdoor pools, which we OF COURSE tested out (how lucky that we can still enjoy a swim during winter on the Gold Coast!), children's games room, gym, sauna, and steam room.



















A West-facing area near the swimming pools was a perfect spot to enjoy the picturesque sunset.
(One of the bonuses of holidaying close to home meant we could invite my Mum and Nanna over for afternoon tea. And Mum returned later in the evening to mind our children so hubby and I could have some adult time in town).



View from Circle on Cavill Holiday Holiday self contained apartments. Photo: Gold Coast Mum.com
Four generations of females (plus Mr 3) enjoying the gorgeous sunset.


View from Circle on Cavill Holiday Holiday self contained apartments. Photo: Gold Coast Mum.com



The accommodation is in close proximity to the beach, tram line, Cavill Avenue, Orchard Avenue and the beach foreshore.

The apartment (which had two portacots for our twincesses) could sleep 6 adults with a queen bed in each of the two bedrooms and a fold-out sofa bed in the study.

Photo: Holiday Holiday

Photo: Holiday Holiday

The apartment was in great condition and had everything we could need. One of my highlights (as a mum of accident-prone toddlers ha ha) was the provision of plastic cups and plastic plates for the kids – rather than risking good china etc that some hotels provide!

Our children made the most of the bath in the master bedroom - from where ocean views could be enjoyed - enjoying approximately four baths in two days because it was such a novelty to be able to look out to the ocean and other sky rise buildings.





During our weekend getaway, hubby and I, along with our twincesses, enjoyed a delicious lunch at The Surfers Paradise Beach Cafe in the heart of Surfers Paradise, overlooking the iconic beach - just a short stroll from our Holiday Holiday apartment.

The staff at the funky cafe (open for breakfast, lunch and dinner) were super helpful and even provided paper and pencils to help keep our twins amused.

Our meals were absolutely divine and it was a really enjoyable experience, having a family-friendly dining option with such a great view, service and food, being able to kick back and enjoy the surroundings.

The Surfers Paradise Beach Cafe, Gold Coast Queensland. Photo copyright: Gold Coast Mum.com



The Surfers Paradise Beach Cafe, Gold Coast Queensland. Photo copyright: Gold Coast Mum.com

Why holidaying on the Gold Coast/ close to home is totally awesome:

* Travel time:

With 4 young children, we were thankful that we didn't have to spend hours in transit. Instead, we hopped in the car and arrived at our destination within MINUTES.

* Familiar surroundings:
A nearcation is a great opportunity to explore the town/city you live in and treat yourself to activities or experiences that you might not normally do, for example, dine at different restaurants or get into the tourist spirit by participating in the tourist activities on offer.

* Close to home:
If you've forgotten to bring something, it's no problem to duck home to retrieve. 

During our nearcation, we managed to make it to hubby's game of footy nearby before returning to our accommodation.


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Watching Daddy play footy - one of the benefits of our 'nearcation'.

For those with family in the area, a nearcation may also prove handy as you may be able to call in a babysitting favour from a grandparent or two.Thankfully for us, my Mum lives in the region so, once our little ones were asleep, hubby and I ducked out to catch up with friends (who had also arranged for grandparents to mind their children) so we could have a long overdue anniversary/birthday/nearcation/new job celebration beverage and some adult time. A boogie at The Avenue (one of my favourites due to the great song list!) was also THOROUGHLY enjoyed!

* Unwind:
For me, I found it really calming to be away from the daily grind/ housework that awaits every day. (But thankfully, there was a fully-equipped laundry so we could still wash and dry the school uniforms and business attire ready for the week to come).
I also put the i-devices down and really soaked in the experience.

* Something different:
Even though we're pretty flexible and are happy to juggle events, catch ups, play dates and celebrations around nap times, it was nice to go with the flow and break the routine.
We embraced the opportunity to explore our own area and appreciate it as if we were tourists.
On our first night, after we had cooked dinner and bathed the children, we ventured down into Cavill Avenue to have a wander and stopped to enjoy the street performers which the kids thoroughly enjoyed.

* Central location:
One of the best things about staying in the heart of Surfers Paradise, was that everything was in walking distance - groceries, chemist, restaurants, shops, entertainment, the beach and more.
Also, at the end of hubby and I's night out, we didn't even need to wait for a cab. As soon as it was home time, we strolled home and relieved Mum of her babysitting duties. Too easy!

We had a wonderful time and would definitely recommend the privately-owned Holiday Holiday self-contained apartments to anyone wanting to enjoy a Gold Coast getaway, a family friendly holiday, romantic getaway or even a 'nearcation'.
With so many friends and family visiting the Gold Coast from interstate and overseas, this is also a perfect option as it really is a home away from home.For further details about Holiday Holiday and their luxury accommodation options, visit:
http://www.holidayholiday.com.au/




Check out the videos I posted on Instagram:
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Have you/ do you holiday close to home? Where are your favourite weekend destinations for family getaways?

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3 comments

  1. Ohhh I would love to holiday in QLD again. My kids have never stopped asking for a trip there. A bit too expensive for us to undertake these days. How lucky you are to live in this area!

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    1. We sure do love it here! Every day feels like a holiday when you're out and about on the Gold Coast :-) (but maybe not when you're battling endless piles of laundry).

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  2. My partner and I took a nearcation once... when we checked in to our accommodation the receptionist asked where we were from and when we told her she looked at us like we were nuts! Clearly not everyone nearcations! haha

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