The Gold Coast IPA House is a self-catering unit located within the Grande Florida Resort, Redondo Drive, Miami, Queensland – 1.5 hours’ drive from Brisbane. The Resort has some 300 units and is located on the beachfront at Miami. The location is basically at the centre of the Gold Coast, only six kilometres south of Surfers Paradise.
The Resort itself has many features, the main ones being the two large swimming pools (one of which is directly outside the IPA Unit). One of these is heated and is child-friendly, having a covered area at the shallow area in which kids of all ages can splash around in safety. Secure car parking, barbecue facilities, a games room for the children, a sauna and the location are just some of the highlights.
The IPA Unit itself has two bedrooms, the main bedroom having a private ensuite. The lounge/dining area is quite open and cool and leads out onto a private balcony overlooking the pools. Air conditioning is provided, with ceiling fans throughout. TV and DVD players are located in the lounge and the main bedroom. The lounge also has a sofa bed which allows the unit to accommodate six people at any time. For larger families extra bedding can be obtained from the Resort Office. There is also a safe in the unit for members to secure valuables.
If you are not renting a vehicle, there are various transport options available from either Brisbane or Gold Coast International Airport by either utilising taxis, busses (with a bus stop two minutes’ walk away from the IPA Unit), or trains.
The Gold Coast is the main tourist destination for visitors to Australia. A great climate, wonderful beaches, some of the best surfing in the world, multiple theme parks for the families, nearby rainforest areas in the hills behind the Coast, great restaurants and many opportunities to indulge in retail therapy.
The Gold Coast was initially founded by traders and merchants travelling north from Sydney to Brisbane. The availability of fresh water, excellent forests providing quality timber for building and rich soils for farming saw settlers initially decide on the Nerang area as a base for their endeavours. The town gradually grew along the banks of the river and to the coastline. The Miami area is geographically in the middle of the Gold Coast. It is adjacent to Mermaid Beach to the North and Burleigh Heads to the south.
One interesting item of the area is just south of the IPA house site: adjacent to the Gold Coast Highway opposite the intersection with Christine Avenue is a heritage site. The small park contains what is known as a ‘bora ring’. This was a meeting site of the then Aboriginal population who lived in, and travelled through, the area. It is here where ceremonies were held and the ground is now preserved for all to visit.
Also nearby to the Unit is the David Fleay Nature Reserve. This wildlife park has been at Burleigh Heads for over 50 years and has many varieties of Australian wildlife. Not much further down the Gold Coast Highway is the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, and this larger park allows visitors to hand-feed the birdlife, interact with the kangaroos and emus, watch the crocodiles being hand-fed and allows the tourists to have the all-important cuddle with the koala bears.
A local IPA member, Geoff Palmer, has been the House Manager since the Unit was purchased. It is also often the case that Geoff organises social gatherings and dinners for members who are holidaying on the Gold Coast. He also takes members on tours of the area, having grown up on the Gold Coast and having a broad knowledge of the community.
Contact Details & Bookings:
- Manager: Geoff Palmer
- Address: 3/452, Coolangatta Road, Tugun Queensland, 4224, Australia
- Tel: ++61 (0) 416 247 886
- Mobile: ++61 (0) 431 877 298
- email: email@example.com
- Website : http://ipa-australiapolice.com.au
- Enquiries : Enquiries and bookings can be made electronically on the website
- Tariffs: Currently the weekly (7-day) tariffs for IPA members are $600 for the low season (1 Mar to 30 Nov) and $780 for the high season (1 Dec to 28 Feb). The minimum booking accepted is for 3 nights and this tariff is $100 per night. These rates are correct up to 30 June 2016 (including all bookings made by that date).