Treasure Island Resort at the Gold Coast | Family Friendly Camping THE REVIEW
Camping in Biggera Waters
This weekend’s adventure took us in search of the treasures hiding at Treasure Island Holiday Park.
I had a call from the park a couple of days before our arrival, confirming we were still coming and checking what time we’d be checking in. Check in time is from 2pm.
It took one hour and twenty minutes’ drive from our home on the far north-side of Brisbane to reach Treasure Island Holiday Park, or 50 minutes from the top of the Gateway Bridge. The park is really easy to find; it’s pretty much right next door to Harbour Town Shopping Centre.
On arrival at the park we were allocated our site and given keys to the side gate, which provides short-cut access to Harbour Town, and the card to open the front boom gates. We were also given the kids’ club schedule for the weekend and advised what outdoor movie was playing that night.
I have to admit, I was a bit surprised at how many of the facilities at Treasure Island require additional payment. Payment for these facilities is made via the park’s Cash for Fun cards, available through reception.
The Kids’ Club is $6 per child, per session. There are three sessions per day. Children aged four years and over can participate in Kids’ Club; however it is recommended that you book for the time slots you want. Unfortunately, because of the minimum age limit being set at 4, we were not able to leave our kids there. I did check out that week’s Kids’ Club program though and it did appear to have a good selection of crafty type activities for the kids. This particular week’s program included activities such as chocolate making, stain glass window making and beaded bracelet making.
Mini golf also requires an additional fee per round, but was closed for renovations while we were at the park, so we were unable to play. Go Karts require an additional fee, but this is quite common at most parks.
Under construction at the time we visited (December 2013), at the front of the park, is a new water splash zone. It did not appear at the time that this new area would be complete before the end of the December 2013/January 2014 school holidays. There are three existing pools in the park however, plus a toddler pool, and four spas, so there are plenty of water play facilities currently available for visitors.
On Friday evening we made our way into Surfers Paradise, approximately 9 km away, to the Surfers Paradise Night Markets which are held along the Esplanade every Wednesday and Friday night.
On Saturday we ventured over to Harbour Town for a spot of shopping. The centre is very convenient to the park and includes movie cinemas and a range of restaurant options for those who wish to eat out. On our return to the park, we hit the main pool, where our toddlers test drove the water slide. The four year old handled it pretty well; however the two year old completely lost control on her first go, and didn’t want to try again without the assistance of her Daddy. The pool does feature a range of different depths, as well as a bridge to hide under and a shaded toddler pool for the littlies. We finished off with a nice warm spa, also situated in a well-shaded area.
After our swim, we headed over to the shaded jumping pillow and, while the kids put it to good use, I tested out the Galleon’s Bar’s cocktail selection; choosing the Treasured Dream. The cocktail menu starts from $9.90. On Saturday evening they also had some local entertainment playing in the restaurant. Galleon’s Bistro has different special offers most nights of the week, as well as a set a la carte menu, including a children’s menu. It also offers a range of takeaway options, for those who just want to grab some hot chips to take back to their site, which is what we did. The large size serving is certainly that, with a lot more chips than two adults and two toddlers could eat. The restaurant offers both indoor and alfresco dining options.
Sunday was check out day for us. Check out time is 10am, so we only had enough time to revisit the jumping pillow and to try out the toddler playground, which is just the right size for little ones. Unfortunately, this playground isn’t shaded, but the bigger playground in the jumping pillow area is, which is a huge bonus. Normally, in the middle of the day, the pillows are too hot to use, but the shade meant that kids were using it throughout the whole day.
Facilities at Big 4 NRMA Treasure Island
- Accommodation Types:
- Range of Villa options
- Range of Unit options
- Range of Cabin options
- Premium powered caravan sites
- Powered caravan sites
- Motorhome sites
- Premium powered tent sites
- Powered tent sites
- Powered eco sites
- Family bathroom facilities available
- Free BBQs throughout the park
- Camp kitchen – includes indoor BBQs, fridge, microwave, elements, small appliances, sinks
- Laundry – Coin operated washing machines ($4 per load) and driers. Ironing boards in each laundry and irons available for hire from the reception.
- Games room
- Dump points
- Special needs – Access friendly shower and toilet facilities.
- Three swimming pools to choose from: The main resort pool with a waterslide, wading area and separate children’s pool. The lagoon pool, with waterfall and marked lap pool area. The riverside pool.
- Spas – Heated: Located in 2 separate areas
- Jumping pillow
- DVD Hire
- Playgrounds – two in park, one purpose designed for toddlers
- Outdoor movies – big screen set up to watch movies
- Boat ramp – in park ramp to access waterway behind park
- Water splash zone – under construction as at December 2013
- Galleon’s Bistro and Bar
- Kids’ Korner
- Basketball – Ball available for hire from kiosk with a refundable deposit
- Go Karts – $10 per hour or $50 per day. Safety helmets must be worn at all times.
- Internet – Kiosks are located in Galleon’s Bistro or WIFI (wireless) antennas are located throughout the park to provide free wireless internet access for guests.
- Mini golf – A refundable deposit is required for equipment, plus cost is $4.00 per person per round.
- Tennis court – $4.00 per 1/2 hour, $8.00 per hour. A refundable deposit is required for equipment.
Activities to enjoy at Big 4 NRMA Treasure Island
- Right next door to Harbour Town Shopping Centre, including cinemas, restaurants and fast food restaurants
- Easy access to the theme parks:
- Dreamworld 17km
- Sea World 9km
- Movie World 9km
- Wet ‘n’ Wild 9km
- Surfers Paradise and beaches close by – Caville Avenue 9km
- Woolworths and Coles both within walking distance
How to make the most of your stay at Big 4 NRMA Treasure Island
- BICYCLES/SCOOTERS/ROLLERBLADES: Allowed during daylight hours. No skateboards or similar items are to be used within the park.
- WATER HAZARDS: There is a creek/waterway directly behind the park which may pose a water hazard to small children or other non-swimmers.
- Discounts available for NRMA and Big 4 members.
- We did notice at dusk the mosquitoes tend to come out, so bring repellent or mosquito coils.
Big 4 NRMA Treasure Island Resort & Holiday Park is located at 117 Brisbane Road in Biggera Waters on the Gold Coast. You can find more information on Treasure Island Resort here – www.treasureisland.com.au
Thanks to Amanda for this camp site review!
If you enjoyed this review, please take a look at the Brisbane Kids list of Your Favourite Camping Spots for lots more recommended family camp locations to explore, like Big 4 North Star in Hastings Point, northern New South Wales. We will be adding many more campsite reviews coming to the website in the very near future.