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Annie Rettie Gold Coast Australia Travel Tips - Owner
Ian Dipple Lagoon near The Grand Hotel and Charis Seafoods
Marine Parade is one of the places on the Gold Coast that made me want to live here!
I love this area of the Gold Coast for ........
The Broadwater is good for young families with its little beaches, swimming enclosures, lagoon and calm water without the ocean surf.
Many broadwater activities can be accessed from Labrador boat ramp or jetties along Marine Parade.
A sealed pathway runs right along the foreshore from Biggera Waters all
the way through to Main Beach, Surfers Paradise and beyond... all the way down to Coolangatta if you really want to go that far! You will find lots
locals enjoying this area for early morning walks, runs and bicycle
Panorama from Marine Parade Labrador with Aqua on the right
Labrador is a great place to
stay on the Gold Coast as it is quite central to many things.
No ocean beach, but there is the calm Broadwater.
Watch out for the pelicans
They love to sit up high,
waiting for their fishy treats
from Charis Seafood Market
As you can tell I love Cavs, I even wrote about it as a family friendly restaurant!
Getting around the Gold Coast when staying here is defitely easier if you hire a car and most apartments do have some off street parking, but check when booking.
If you prefer not to drive yourself, there are some public buses that go along Frank Street (one street inland from Marine Parade). You can select more direct transport options to the main Gold Coast attractions and theme parks, which you will probably find faster, easier and less frustrating ;-).
There have been quite a few roadworks in the area as they upgrade Brisbane Road, but they are hopefully coming towards their completion!
Restaurants under The Grand Hotel include 360, Riviera and Kokunut Willys
Labrador Accommodation Quick Links
There are are range of accommodation options in Labrador, mostly apartment style with the higher rated and nicer ones (in my opinion) located along Marine Parade and some budget motels along Frank Street.
I am not including all accommodation in this area, just a selection which will give you a good range for this location.
Blue Waters Luxury Holiday Apartments are 4 star accommodation offering 2 and 3 bedroom apartments with air-conditioning. Located on a very quiet part of Marine Parade at Labrador. Approximately a 5 to 10 minute walk to Aqua Building Restaurants and lagoon.
Well positioned, low rise complex. Not a bad spot to base yourself for a family holiday, if you prefer to be away from the hustle and bustle of the more touristy areas.
Sandcastles on the Broadwater is 4 star accommodation offering 1, 2 & 3 bedroom apartments with air-conditioning.
Located on the Gold Coast highway it has a has good facilities and located across the road from the Labrador lagoon and Harley Park, The Grand Hotel and easy walking distance to Aqua.
a low rise or three storey walk up apartment set up, set around gardens
and the pool. Apart from the resort pool which is heated in winter
there is a spa, gym, games room and BBQs as well as an outdoor
The Grand Hotel and Apartments at Labrador
opposite the Ian Dipple Lagoon. Across road
from Charis Seafood Market and Kiosk and
short stroll to Aqua's dining choices.
A great spot for a family vacation and
central to many attractions.
The Grand Hotel & Apartments in Labrador are 4½ star rated, 1 and 2 bedroom apartments. Great position, lagoon right out the front and restaurants, cafe and bar right underneath. This a prime spot on Marine Parade at Labrador.
have balconies with shutters so can make almost another room!
Facilities include heated pool and spa, BBQ, sauna, steam
room, gym and games room.
Click here for more information about The Grand Apartments including rates and availability.
Champelli Palms is rated 3½ star accommodation comprising of 1 and 2 bedroom apartments. It is located on the corner of Whiting Street and Frank Street (which is the main through road of the coastal part of Labrador), making it convenient for public transport. It is a short walk to the restaurants at Aqua, the broadwater, Harley's Park and Lagoon, Charis and The Grand Hotel.
Facilities include a pool and heated spa, BBQ and tropical style gardens and an onsite manager.
Crystal Bay Resort are rated 4 star offering 1, 2 & 3 bedroom apartments with air-conditioning. Located on the quiet end of Marine Parade in Labrador.
We certainly enjoyed Crystal Bay when we stayed there several years ago. My only bad comment would be that the 3 bedroom apartment (and I think the 2 bedroom ones too) only have shutters that separate the small bedroom from the living space.
This can cause problems with kids sleeping! But hey, you are on holiday, so shouldn't be so much of a problem... Apart
from that an excellent spot and the apartments were well appointed when we stayed there.
Broadwater Keys Holiday Apartments are 3½ star accommodation with studio, 1 and 2 bedroom apartments. This is definitely a cheap and cheerful option. Located on Frank Street, it has a pool. Some rooms have airconditioning, some don't and some have kitchen facilities and laundry facilities, others don't but there is a communal Laundry in the complex.
Limassol Motel in Labrador is a 3½ star rated motel. It is the nicest of the motels along Frank Street in my opinion. It is a great place to base yourself, there is a small pool, but not alot of outdoor area to spread out and enjoy. It is good location for getting around using public transport and walking to the local attractions in Labrador.
Southport Tourist Park
Southport Tourist Park is located to the south end of Labardor on Frank Street. It does not have waterfront, however has a selection of cabins and basic resort facilities.
No Golf Courses in Labrador itself however, there are plenty of other Golf Courses within a 20 to 25 minutes drive including:
Family friendly beach at Labrador.
Labrador has beach frontage along Marine Parade. The Ian Dipple Lagoon opposite The Grand Hotel offers safe enclosed swimming in the lagoon. The beach here is great for the kids and parents with some shade and pretty good public toilets and shower.
Other facilities near the lagoon include
several covered playgrounds, lots of shade, free electric BBQ's, picnic
tables, Charis Seafood Kiosk (so you can get your fish and chips and eat them on the beach), The Grand Hotel (where you can grab a cold drink or have a meal) and a short
stroll to Aqua for Baskin & Robbins Ice-cream, more restaurants and cafes!
You will need to book this tour ahead of time, as there are limited numbers. I have seen it go out quite frequently and it looks like fun and suitable for most ages and abilities, but check the details to work out if it is good for you.
The closest ocean surf beach is Main Beach about 10 minutes by car.
Approximate travel times by motor vehicle - please note travel times can be affected by many factors including traffic hazards and roadworks. These are just an indication.
Directions for Car Travel
For directions and other information I recommend you use Google Maps Australia. This will open in a new window, select the Get directions tab. Type in your starting point and where you want to go. I find the format the easiest to use and follow.
Labrador Not Quite What You Are Looking For Your Gold Coast Holiday?
Labrador is a good suburb to base yourself if you prefer to be away from the hassle of Surfers Paradise. If you cannot find exactly what your are looking for but like the idea of being away from the main centres, then other Broadwater suburbs to consider include Runaway Bay and Southport.
If you prefer luxury hotels and larger resort style apartment complexes then try Surfers Paradise, Broadbeach or Main Beach.
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