When I think Gold Coast, I usually think theme parks but last weekend I discovered there is another park worth mentioning. Treasure Island Holiday Park has activities, entertainment and great accessible accommodation to boot. We arrived at the park with high expectations because friends had talked it up so much. I wondered if it would live up to the hype.
I can report we had a fabulous three night stay at the park and would have happily stayed longer.
As soon as we pulled up at the park I could see great attention to detail with the pirate theme carried throughout, including swords for boom gates. Kids love these small details which inspire their imaginations.
We stayed in Pandanus Villa 605 which is a two bedroom purpose built mobility access villa. A gentle ramp provides wheelchair access from the parking space to the front door.
Walking inside we were immediately impressed with the modern decor and spacious open plan lounge, dining and kitchen.
The kitchen is well designed with room under the sink for a wheelchair user, cups and plates in a drawer with easy access. The dishwasher, washing machine, dryer and small appliances are all at a good height for wheelchair access. This is one well thought out kitchen.
The villa sleeps four people. The main bedroom has a king size bed, television, reverse cycle air conditioning and a ceiling fan. This is the room that has been designed for wheelchair access with room to transfer from wheelchair to bed and a sliding door to the lounge room.
The second bedroom has two single beds and reverse cycle air conditioning but there is not a lot of room for a wheelchair in this room.
The bathroom in the Pandanus Villa is situated between the two bedrooms with direct access from both rooms. It is spacious and well designed for wheelchair users. It has a hand held adjustable shower, large shower bench, room under the sink for a wheelchair and grab rails. Wheelchair accessible bathrooms are often cold because they are large but the heat lamps in this bathroom provided lovely warmth for my morning showers. Now I know why the meerkats at the zoo always look happy under the heat lamps in winter, I think they are on to something.
DINING AND LOUNGE ROOM
The kids were happy with the entertainment options in the villa. A flat-screen television with access to foxtel (pay tv) brought a “yay” from AJ and a dvd player ensured there was something to keep BJ quiet for his early morning wake-ups. The park also has a jam packed schedule of weekly kids activities including art and craft (a nominal fee is charged), outdoor movie nights, scavenger hunts, bingo, mini golf championships and more. There is absolutely no excuse for a child declaring, “I’m bored” when they stay at Treasure Island. If they did, I think I’d be declaring it time for them to walk the plank.
The villa has an outdoor barbecue and dining setting which looks out to the surrounding gardens. I would love to tell you that I sat out there in the morning with my cup of tea, reading the paper which was delivered to our door but sadly our schedule for the weekend was so full that there was no lingering over breakfast on the balcony. It was up and out the door. Maybe next time.
We took full advantage of the park’s facilities. AJ loved the pedal cars at Ocean Beach Holiday Park so when she spied them at Treasure Island she was immediately planning when we would be having a go. We took two double pedal cars out – boys versus girls, not that we are a competitive family or anything.
BJ is quite tall and seemed concerned by the natural wobble of the seat. He opted for a short ride but the rest of us had an absolute ball. It is a fantastic way to discover all the hidden corners of the park. Hubby and AJ went off together and AJ took great delight in giving me the grand tour of all the pools and facilities when it was my turn. It was also a lovely way to get to know all the neighbours with people waving, saying “hello” and making comments to me like, “I wonder who is enjoying that more?” Clearly my child-like enjoyment of the pedal cars was showing.
On arrival guests can purchase a “Cash for Fun” card which is used for the kid’s activities at the park. NRMA members receive 50% off activities which means double the fun. If you are a member make sure you take your card with you and show it to reception staff at check in. The double seated pedal cars we used are $10 an hour for non NRMA members or $5 an hour for members. Other activities which attract a small fee are mini-golf (not wheelchair accessible) and the craft at the kids club.
As a parent I thoroughly appreciate the thought which has been put into where the activities are located. There are plenty of chairs and shade for parents supervising children at the different activities. Sun lounges are available near the water park and Galleon’s Bar and Bistro’s verandah is a great place to sit to watch kids wearing themselves out on the jumping pillow. It also gave parents a good opportunity to socialise with other families while having a coffee, or when the sun went down something stronger.
The jumping pillow was busy at all hours. Kids clearly couldn’t wait to be on it with lots of littlies there in their pyjamas first thing in the morning.
Shipwreck Shores Waterpark is a fantastic space and loads of fun for the adventurous and the more cautious. For the dare devils, nothing beats the anticipation and thrill of the bucket filling with water and the drenching that results from the tip. There are plenty of fountains and quieter water features for those who like gentle play.
I was absolutely thrilled to find out that the park has a beach wheelchair available for guests to use. This makes the water park accessible to all and is a thoughtful inclusion ensuring that this is a truly inclusive getaway for families.
SWIMMING AT TREASURE ISLAND HOLIDAY PARK
Everyone likes to have options and three pools within the park means that there should be a pool to suit everyone.
The main pool, which is a magnet for families, has a water slide (there are stairs to the top of the water slide) a sunken ship with water cannons to shoot your fellow pirate swimmers and three areas within this pool.
What I really like about this pool is the shallow entry and no stairs which makes it easier for BJ. One side of this pool is heated to a very comfortable temperature which is welcomed in winter. Although Queensland is warmer than the southern states a heated pool is still a bonus.
LAGOON POOL AND RIVERSIDE POOL
If you are looking for a quiet swim, there are two more pools located around the resort. Both are well suited to couples or to a child who benefits from a calmer environment. The Lagoon Pool features a waterfall and the Riverside Pool is more like a regular backyard pool in a garden setting.
DINING AT TREASURE ISLAND
We had an early flight to the Gold Coast so I was ravenous by the time we arrived at the park. We headed straight to Galleon’s Licensed Bistro and Bar where I managed to polish off a delicious hamburger and chips (a slight slip up in my healthy eating plan). Prices are similar to cafes with a hamburger and chips $13. The family meal deals seemed popular with an offer of $29.90 for up to 2 adults and 2 children for the buffet breakfast and the curry buffet. Each night there is a theme. Pizza, Pasta and Bingo night looked good to me with the buffet costing $17 per adult and $9 for children. Happy Hour in the bar is between 5pm-6pm every day.
We had lots of fun while staying at Treasure Island and although it has a pirate theme I think that the layout of the park’s facilities makes this a good choice for couples as well as families. We were staying on a long weekend so there were lots of families and the atmosphere was friendly and relaxed.
The reception office at Treasure Island Holiday Park has stairs up to it and no ramp. The park staff are aware this is an issue for guests using a wheelchair and are looking into a solution for the future. In the meantime the staff are happy to make arrangements if you are a wheelchair user needing assistance at the time of check in and check out. Phone ahead and explain this to staff and make arrangements for them to meet you at your car if you do not have any fellow travellers who can do the check in process.
If you would like to know more about the NRMA member benefits when staying at Treasure Island head to their website.
You can learn more about Treasure Island Holiday Park and the great facilities they have for guests here.
We would like to thank Treasure Island Holiday Park for hosting our stay. We had a wonderful time and as always, all opinions expressed are my own and relevant to our experience at the park.
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