The Lodge: Arrival Lodge – Gold Coast.

Situated in the heart of the Gold Coast CBD, close to the world-famous Surfers Paradise and within walking distance of shopping centres, restaurants and bars, Arrival Lodge is a bright accommodation. With an in-ground swimming pool surrounded by sunbeds, holidaymakers can sit back and enjoy the famous Queensland sunshine on site or take a short ride to local attractions.

Guests can unwind in bright rooms featuring contemporary decor and take advantage of the large, commercial stainless steel kitchen with modern conveniences. The on-site TV rooms are equipped with comfortable lounges and communal televisions, while the outdoor balcony offers plenty of outdoor space to sit and enjoy the lush surroundings while soaking up some heat.

The Area: Gold Coast

A glittering stretch of golden beaches fringed by soaring skyscrapers, the Gold Coast is a vibrant holiday destination where buzzing bars and nightclubs sit alongside glitzy boutiques and a thrilling multitude of action-packed theme parks. Just north of the centre of the action, Surfers Paradise, lies Southport – a relaxed suburb with soaring views across the Broadwater and back to the glittering Gold Coast skyline.

Head straight to Surfers Paradise beach, where folks can take a surfing lesson, embark on a soft-sand run or just have a good old-fashioned splash in the blue waters. Walk up to the Esplanade, where food can be found in every form under the sun and trendy boutiques offer up clothing, gifts and home wares at a range of price points or move through to Elkhor Avenue for designer stores including Gucci, Louis Vuitton and Prada. Try the foot of Chevron Renaissance or the DFS store on Orchid Avenue for fashion chains, or wander the leafy beachside boulevards for a relaxed high street shopping experience.

Outside Southport, whole days can be spent at any number of famous Gold Coast theme parks like Seaworld Dreamworld, Wet ‘n’ Wild, Warner Bros Movie World and even Tropical Fruit World. Slightly further afield is the “green behind the gold” Hinterland, which can be explored on a day trip to Tamborine Mountain or Currumbin Valley. By night, put dancing shoes on and hit the myriad bars, pubs and clubs within close reach.