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Whale Watch Ocean Beach Resort

3.5 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

Rather than travel overseas this year, my family wanted to stay somewhere close. We chose a 'Premium Oceanview Apartment' at Whale Watch Ocean Beach Resort. Each apartment at the Resort is individually owned, and unique in its furnishings and style. The size of the apartment was great - 3 bedrooms with large living and kitchen areas - and it was clean. Unfortunately, there was a leak from an unknown source that made the carpet in the second bedroom wet. The ad for the Resort stated that "all of the Premium Ocean View apartments have views of Main Beach and down toward the Gold Coast". This was a key reason we chose to stay there, but unfortunately it's a bit of an over-reach. Our view was of trees (with the ocean in the background). We could see the beach if we sat in a particular spot and looked through the trees. This was disappointing, but not as disappointing as: 1. hearing every move, and scrape, and bump from the apartment immediately above us (I had to speak to the occupants above us, but to no avail); 2. hearing people sat outside on the balconies in the evening and late into the night - the noise was due to the configuration of the apartments where balconies in one wing face the bedrooms in the opposite wing; and 3. the office being closed when people are most likely to need it (Sat afternoon and Sun), particularly to utilise the 'games room' (basically a table tennis table and pool table). My children were keen to play but had no bats, balls, or cues. The Resort appears to be undergoing a facelift - it needs it, as it looks tired compared with other facilities close by. We will go back to the Island, but regrettably will not stay at the Resort as it is not value for money.

We stayed in number 16, it was a 2 bedroom with a view of the forest and ocean. Very spacious and comfortable beds. The apartment was clean and well looked after. Would definitely recommend this as a place to stay.

The good....A lovely location, right near a patrolled beach. The not so great... The building is not really built to allow a proper ocean view from all units. No WiFi??? Isn't this 2017? Even camping grounds have WiFi these days. Unit 16 is in need of maintenance. The fly screen doors have had their rollers removed, rather than replaced. This just means they fallout out when you try to open them...bit useless. Lastly, the office is not attended all weekend... Will be too bad if we need anything.

Stayed just 2 nights with family, but is the3rd visit for my parents who love the place. We stayed in ocean front apartment on 2nd floor, gorgeous views, very peaceful and easy access to beach for a walk/run. The pool area is well maintained, was nice for a dip & relax on sun lounger. Room was tidy and clean, with everything you need to feel at home. Enjoyed the brief stay, would return.

Great apartments - beautiful beach views. We were a group of 6 ladies - some walkers, some swimmers, some readers. The walking track along the cliffs to Cylinder Beach was wonderful. Plenty of space in the apartment to do you own thing. Watching the sunset, meals and wine on the deck - a perfect way to finish each day.

Walking into this beautiful 3 bedroom appartment (unit 40) there was definitely a wow factor. The unit lived up to all our expectations. Very spacious, well appointed and with a stunning view of the beach....Loved having our evening meal on the balcony with the wildlife grazing below. Pool, spa and bbq facilities were uncrowded and a pleasure to use.

Family of three adults and three children. Beautiful customer service, nothing was a problem - which we found very unique for the island. Other places we dined at and visited really lacked customer service, maybe they're just sick of tourists. Only stayed for an extended weekend, can't wait to go back for 10 days to really enjoy the quite beaches all within easy walking distance. The unit kitchen was well stocked with cooking utensils etc and the unit itself was an unusual designed, but worked really well and quite spacious. Great size pool with spa and BBQ area.

5 Friends catching up in the most perfect surroundings. We have returned to this resort a number of times over the years and it still remains the best destination to chill out. We stayed in unit 20 and the views are amazing.Thoroughly recommend and we will definitely be back.

This was my first visit to Stradbroke Island & I really enjoyed it. The resort is located just up the hill from the magnificent beaches, The Gorge Walk, Surf Club & a little shop precinct. We stayed in one of the rooms with ocean views which was nothing short of spectacular. The 3 bedroom was very comfortable & very neat. The only negative comment I would make is we found it to be not too noise/sound proof from unit above us. We heard a mobile phone set to vibrate tone go off above us to give an indication of the "poor" sound proofing. All in all, it was a really enjoyable stay.

This was my first trip to Stradbroke Island. A group of us stayed for the weekend in one of the Garden/National Parkside apartments. We were lucky and had a partial view of the beach and ocean which was beautiful. The location is brilliant, close to The Gorge Walk at Point Lookout which is a must do for sure. We saw lots of wildlife - kangaroos, birds, whales, dolphins, sea turtles and more. The apartment was self contained and had everything you could want - there was plenty of room for the five of us. Being individually owned apartments you can never be sure what you are going to get - being picky, the only bad things I could say would be the kitchen could have more kitchenware, the lamps in the main bedroom and seats for the outdoor setting could be replaced. But these things aren't a deal breaker. The staff where friendly and helpful. I'll definitely stay here again.

Room options

1 bedroom Garden National Park Side Apartment

Queen 1 | Twin 2 | Sleeps 2

2 bedroom Garden National Park Side Apartment

Queen 1 | Queen 2 | Sleeps 4

3 bedroom Garden National Park Side Apartment

Queen 2 | Sleeps 6

1 bedroom Ocean Side Apartment

Queen 1 | Twin 2 | Sleeps 2

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

63% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 114 reviews