QLD

OAKS OASIS, CALUNDRA

In between Paul’s hectic touring schedule, we planned a way to all meet together for a short family trip to Caloundra while Paul had some work commitments in Brisbane. We chose Caloundra for some down time for Paul, some fun for the kids and a much needed catch up after him being on the road over the last few weeks I thought I would take the opportunity to review the resort and its facilities during our stay.

 

LOCATION:
The Oaks Oasis Resort is easy to get to from Brisbane (1 hour) or Sunshine Coast (30 mins). We hired a car and and hired two car seats for the kids, which is always a must for us. 

 

WATERPARK:
The main feature was the huge waterpark that had slides, fountains and interactive sections and this was the absolute highlight for the kids. Because of the size of the waterpark there was no fight for a sun bed or shade which is a big tick for me, along with the licensed kiosk in the gated area where you could get snacks, lunch, pizza or a cheeky ice-cream for the kids. The water is lightly heated which I loved. The cold never bothers kids but every adult was also in the water going down slides.

 

ACTIVITIES:
There is a huge jumping pillow near the waterpark as well as 18 hole mini golf, tennis court, sandpit, playground, trampolines, climbing frame and volleyball, so there was really no need to leave the resort. There is another lovely pool and spa away from the waterpark, next to the bar and restaurant. Note; the accomodation does not have a kids club.

 

ACCOMODATION:
For a holiday park, it was actually really quiet and tranquil the accomodation areas are well laid out. Accom ranges from hotel rooms to 3 bedroom villas. We booked a 2 bedroom apartment so that Chloe had her own room and Harvey would sleep in our bed. But we were lucky enough to be upgraded to a 3 bedroom villa for our stay. It was exceptionally clean and new. I hired everything. I went through reception and there use an external company. The high chair was $20, portacot was $50, baby gate was $20, stroller $30. Our villa had everything. Tv and air con, patio deck, washing machine and dryer and full kitchen. And so spacious. In the apartments and villas, dishwashing liquid, powder and washing machine powder is provided. 


REFLECTIONS RESTAURANT: 

This restaurant and bar is set on the beautiful pond.

Breakfast: A buffet breakfast is available daily and it was quite extensive. It’s $25 a head per adult and kids 3 and under eat free. It’s a good spread. We mixed it up and had breaky in the accom some days and the buffet on others. 

Lunch: The restaurant is closed but a full a la carte menu is available at the kiosk at the waterpark.

Dinner: The restaurant opens at 4pm. I was impressed with the dinner menu and yummy wood fire pizza. There is a kids menu that was pretty popular and they bring them an activity pack to keep them busy too. The restaurant were very helpful to cater for gluten free options where possible and other dietary requirements on request. 

 

BOOKING:
if you book direct with the hotel, you can sign up to MYOAKS on their website and get benefits like discounted rates on the website, kids eat free, free wifi etc. We usually go direct with the hotels when we book but on this case we went with another 3rd party site as we had some accumulated points we could use.

 

SURROUNDING AREA:
Caloundra is a lovely little beach town. Just a couple of minutes walk from Oaks Oasis is Golden Beach, which marks the start of a 25km Coastal Walk. We hired a boat from Golden Beach and went exploring which was an incredible afternoon. Highly recommend it. Kings beach is absolutely worth a visit with its ocean baths at one end, water fountains and a playground. There is an abundance of cafes, shops and restaurants along the boardwalk. Bulcock Beach was terrific for kids with green grass and picnic tables, just across the road. There is a little fishing deck next to

Bulcock Beach. Last time I was here, I bought a basic fishing kit and loved it! All the beaches were best visited at low tide with kids. We also visited the local markets stalls which run Sunday on Bulcock Street. 

 

Woolies and Dan Murphy’s are just across the road from Oaks, so you can stock up on essentials. There is also Stockland shopping centre a couple of minutes walk. 

 

VERDICT:
Oaks resorts have an abundance of accommodation around Australia. With the Oaks Oasis in Caloundra being voted in the top 10 resorts for kids in Australia, we knew we were onto a winner. We really didn’t need to leave the resort but Caloundra is a beautiful town and has a lot to offer. You will see a common theme with my travelling these days. We look for hotels or resorts with amazing facilities and activities for the kids, because if they are happy, we’re happy. 

*this review was not sponsored, nor was our accommodation provided.