Room evaluation: Tessa’s on the Seaside, a well-located Gold Coast lodge with out the push of Surfers Paradise

Bilinga Seaside may not be the primary stretch of sand that involves thoughts when planning a Gold Coast getaway however the suburb presents the identical picture-perfect coastal scenes because the Surfers Paradise drag, solely with more room to put out your seaside towel and a much better likelihood of nabbing a carpark.

The place

Tessa’s on the Seaside lives as much as its title, with solely a pedestrian walkway mendacity in the way in which of the seaside. Gold Coast Airport is a four-minute drive away, or lower than 2km in case you resolve to stroll, making this a handy in a single day choice the place you may effortlessly transition from baggage declare to the water in quarter-hour or much less.

The property is one in all a number of retro-themed accommodations at present having a second throughout the ditch. The Sixties-built property has been refurbished with a modern-day palette whereas nonetheless paying tribute to the previous. The intense orange Volkswagen Transporter parked out the entrance offers you an concept of the relaxed summery vibe.

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The check-in area doubles as a cafe and bar.


The check-in space doubles as a restaurant and bar.

The house

The lodge is cut up throughout two ranges, providing 15 terrace, seaside view and poolside rooms. It is all clear traces and whitewashed partitions, with pretend grass, festoon lighting, palm tree motifs and potted cacti bringing a slice of Palm Springs glamour.

Company test in out the entrance subsequent to the communal deck space – good for absorbing the temperate Queensland climate. The geometric courtyard in salmon pink attracts you into the guts of the property the place friends can park their automobile, stroll by means of to the seaside, or entry the pool.

The room

As the one visitor on-site for the night, I used to be fortunate to attain an improve to the Sandy Toes Seafront King. The bottom-floor room is one in all two on the entrance of the property providing spectacular seaside views and a calming wave-breaking soundscape to match.

Guest rooms are fresh and bright.


Visitor rooms are contemporary and brilliant.

The king mattress is about beneath a jungle-style function wall, whereas a small lounge house has room for a three-seat sofa, espresso desk, mini fridge and kettle – all of which appear to be they’ve barely been used. The ensuite has additionally been refurbished with contemporary lick of paint and new fittings, however getting the bathe head to spray water in a single path was close to unimaginable.

The out of doors space is enclosed by white picket fence with the turf dwelling to lounge seating and matching solar umbrellas. After dropping my bag within the room, it was a 30-second stroll out the sliding door, by means of the gate, throughout the walkway and onto the sand dune accessway. On return an outside faucet by my room helped to scrub off many of the sand.

The facilities

If you happen to don’t fancy dragging seashore grit again into your room, the lodge additionally encompasses a magnesium lap pool, which is alleged to be gentler on the pores and skin and nice for assuaging aches and pains. The check-in space doubles because the on-site cafe and bar, serving espresso, cocktails and snacks between 6.30am and 8pm. Boxed breakfasts will be additionally pre-ordered. Given my late arrival and early departure I didn’t get time to check out both. Bikes and stand-up paddleboards can be found for rent.

Siblings at Kirra is a short drive away.

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Siblings at Kirra is a brief drive away.

Price stepping out for

The seaside. Operating all the way in which from Currumbin to Kirra, the wide-open Bilinga is thought for its surf, lack of crowds and quick access from the primary highway. You additionally get views again to the primary Gold Coast skyline.

For a good meal, head south till you’re virtually on the NSW border and also you’ll discover Siblings at Kirra, a sprawling new pink and white eatery in a former Pizza Hut. The restaurant is about proper beside the seaside overlooking the boardwalk. Go to for the tiki cocktails and native seafood.

The spotlight

This easygoing lodge is all in regards to the location. I set my alarm to catch the solar rising over the seaside and the blushing sky didn’t disappoint. Regardless of being so near the airport, the air visitors noise additionally appeared to mix into the ocean.

Only a pedestrian walkway sits in the way of the beach.

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Solely a pedestrian walkway sits in the way in which of the seaside.

The lowlight

Scheduled to depart from Brisbane Worldwide Airport reasonably than the very handy choice throughout the opposite aspect of the freeway meant that it was a two-hour journey to the terminal throughout rush hour. Regardless of having a wash post-beach, I nonetheless managed to seek out sand between the sheets.


A retro-modern, well-located Gold Coast lodge with out the push of Surfers Paradise.


Double rooms at Tessa’s on the Seaside begin from A$300 (NZ$329). A Sandy Toes Seafront King room will set you again $550. See:

The author was hosted by Tourism and Occasions Queensland.

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