About this listing
As the beautiful swimming beach stretches south it transforms into a spectacularly accessible landscape of smooth rock pools which fringe the base of Burleigh Head National Park. All easily explored, and a great spot to watch the surfers from!
Welcome to Burleigh Heads!
We (Graeme & Vivien) have a comfortable bedroom available in our two bedroom apartment in the beautiful 2nd Avenue Beachside Resort located right opposite the great Burleigh Heads beach.
The room contains two single beds. You also have your own private bathroom, free wi-fi availability and use of our kitchen during your stay.
We are located on level 8 so the height is comfortable and not scary. Our building has an outdoor pool as well as a newly renovated indoor area incorporating a well heated pool, hot spa and a great sized steam room. The resort also has a full sized tennis court as well, should you wish to avail yourself of yet another opportunity to exercise!
If you would rather share a double bed instead of having two singles then you may wish to check out our good friends Bob and Dee who are on Level 12 and also have a listing with Airbnb as they may have a vacancy for the time of your enquiry. They have a great unit and are a really fun couple to boot!
Street parking will be a must, and we have middle of the road parking in Second Ave as well as curb side parking on the Gold Coast Highway.
If required we do provide free use of a loan GPS that you can use to assist you with any sight seeing which you may wish to do during your stay.
There is great public transport via Surfside Busses to either Surfers up north or to Tweed Heads down south. If you use the public transport system then you may wish to buy a Go Card as that offers the cheapest travel costs, and can be used on the bus, train and in Brisbane the water ferys' as well. The cards can be purchased from most 7/11 convenience stores as well as other outlets. The closest 7/11 store to us is on the corner of 5th Avenue and the Gold Coast Highway.
The Gold Coast airport is some 15 minutes south, and apart from taxis, Surfside Busses (bus 777) which leaves from outside the Domestic Arrivals area and a Shuttle bus which leaves from outside the International Arrival section of the airport.
If you want the cheapest transport from the airport then we recommend that you buy a Go Card from the GC Tourist Shuttle bus desk.
During your stay you can then top-up the Go Card on-board with the bus driver, but you need to do that before you tap-on and do remember to tap-on and tap-off every time you get on and off the bus.
At the end of your holiday you can take your card back to the GC Tourist Shuttle bus desk and you will receive a refund on any remaining credit, as well as your full deposit.
The GC Tourist Shuttle bus counter is also the place to go to pick up free brochures for discounts and the 'Get Around Guide'.
The Gold Coast Airport transport and Information desk is right outside the International Arrivals and you can see their friendly staff for either the Surfside Buslines or Gold Coast Tourist Shuttle tickets.
The Surfside bus number 777 leaves from directly in front of the Domestic arrivals/baggage collection area at the terminal and the bus runs to Broadbeach South Terminal every twenty minutes between the first and last flights of the day, connecting to other services on the Gold Coast Highway. that runs from the airport right up past our Resort at Burleigh Heads to Broadbeach - we are the second stop after the main Burleigh Heads stop, and the stop is called 'Second Avenue' and our Resort is directly across the road.
The bus departs 01, 21 and 41 minutes past the hour every hour during the day except for public holidays when you would need to check with Translink to confirm the departure times.
Should you decide to catch the Shuttle service the cost will be around $20 each however you may find that you would rather get here quicker and arrive right at the front door of the Resort by taxi at a cost of approx. $45 for the two of you.
If you are travelling by train from Brisbane you would catch the Gold Coast train and exit at the end of the line at Varsity Lakes and then catch the number 765 bus service to The Pines exiting at the Second Avenue bus stop which is less than 100 metres from the resort.
For all public transport information please ring Translink on 131230.
When it comes to attractions, the Gold Coast is full of them and they range from Theme Parks to the Outback Spectacular horse show, fishing cruises to even Whale watching (in season) PLUS so much more.
As for food, there is a nice Take Away place across the road for the quick hamburger or serve of fish and chips and we also have two top surf clubs and a number of eating places within walking distance.
For those of you who prefer some vegetarian food there is a great shop in James St Burleigh Heads called Govindas Pure Vegetarian and a number of our guests have commented on how good it is. Then, if you want to really go up market, we even have a revolving restaurant in Broadbeach that not only provides great food but also great views of the coast and hinterland.
We guarantee that apart from working on your tan you will love chilling out here as there are plenty of books and DVD's to keep you going should you wish to do nothing but kick back and relax!
To give you another perspective of our location, please do a search on 2nd Avenue Beachside Apartments for a link to the official internet site for our Resort. (Please be aware that this is just to give you an idea of the surrounds only and is not meant to indicate the facilities that we can offer within our unit).
Likewise, you may want to check out the social internet site that requires all members to have a timeline and check out the listing page of 'Australia' as there is a set of 16 photos of the Gold Coast under the heading of '72 hours on the Gold Coast' that will give you another aspect of this great area of Queensland.
Before you consider staying with us we ask that you not be offended if we ask upon your arrival to see proof of your identification, and we must also add that we are reluctant to rent to people with brand new Airbnb profiles that do not contain a photo.
In return, from our end we also undertake to post a 'guest review' on how we felt about your time with us, and as you may already be aware, you have the same opportunity to do the same with us. By doing this we trust that we are assisting everyone else when it comes to future bookings, both for you as a guest and for us as hosts.
Now for some back office information. Should we pre-approve your booking you can accept this instantly for 24 hours by clicking the Book It button in the message thread of our reply to you. If however the pre-approval has expired, you can simply send a reservation request as normal and that will allow us to approve it as a Special Offer.
It’s important to remember that any pre-approval is not a confirmation of your booking as you must still agree to the terms of the reservation and submit payment information to Airbnb, following which the reservation will change to “Accepted” in Airbnb's records.
Finally, if you would like to have anything clarified further we can be contacted as follows: Graeme (phone number hidden), Vivien (phone number hidden) (If ringing from overseas then remove the 0 and substitute +61)
As far as the Resort goes you will be able to have full access to all the facilities that the Resort has to offer, these include:
Outdoor cold pool
Indoor heated pool (32C average)
Indoor spa (38C average)
Indoor steam room (45C max) and
Interaction with Guests
As both Viv and I work, our time available to spend with guests does vary but we do make ourselves available to assist you as much as possible bearing the above in mind.
The Esplanade strip at Burleigh Heads is definitely quieter and as my grandmother would say, 'more refined' than the hurly burly of Surfers Paradise which is only some 20/30 minutes north by bus and light rail from us.
Our resort is close by to the local primary school which on the weekends plays host to a great farmers market every Saturday morning and a general market once a month on the Sunday morning.
The Burleigh beach is about as unique as a beach can be. As the beautiful swimming beach stretches south it transforms into a spectacularly accessible landscape of smooth rock pools which fringe the base of Burleigh Head National Park. All easily explored, the natural landscapes are a short walk from each other and are all adjacent to the James Street cafe precinct. Kick back at Burleigh with fresh fish and chips and admire the coastal vista.
Translink through the local Surfside Bus company runs an extensive service that has the Gold Coast Highway as its backbone, and there are regular busses throughout the day that travel from Tweed Heads in the south to the new Interchange at South Broadbeach and then travel by light rail to Surfers Paradise and also Southport and beyond in the North.
The use of the local 'Go Card' is recommended as that offers the cheapest fare structure and can be used for both the Gold Coast and Brisbane areas.
It cannot be used however once you have gone down south into NSW, as it is only available on the Queensland side of the border.
Other Things to Note
Arrival and departure times.
We are fairly flexible on arrivals and departures as we like to assist guests enjoy their time at Burleigh Heads no matter how short or long their stay is. The catch is that we both work and we do want one of us to be home to welcome you to our place on your arrival, so please do not be disappointed if we cannot allow you access at the time that you would like.
Another thing to take into account is that often we have a check out and in on the same day. This has not been a problem in the past, but all we ask is that you give us time to clean the bedroom and bathroom before you occupy your room. Your luggage can be left in the Lounge area in the meantime, while you kick back with a coffee or stronger and enjoy getting to know the Resort and the beautiful surrounds.
We don't believe in many house rules as we believe that the type of guest that uses the Airbnb system is well educated and well seasoned pursuer of great holidays, and accordingly knows how they should act in most given situations.
Nevertheless here are some points that we would ask you to respect:
. We would appreciate no smoking within the unit as well as on the balcony.
. Music in the Lounge area to be via headphones unless we all agree otherwise.
. The shower and bath taps MUST be turned off tightly after use as if not a mystery puddle will quickly appear under the hall carpet. :(
. Resort rules are definitely to be adhered to, this is especially important as often what we do can impact on others and we want everyone who stays in our Resort to have a great holiday experience.
Please use the simple worry and stress free guide, 'if in doubt...ask'.
. The Fire evacuation sign and diagram are on the inside of the front door to the Unit and you are encouraged to familiarise yourself with the escape route and meeting place.
. Maximum stay can be negotiated.
Our weekend at, Sound of Waves, at Second Ave. Burleigh Hds. was great. Saw a beautiful sun rise. Graeme our host utterly spoilt us and went above and beyond to meet our every need. The fruit and iced coffee drinks were delicious. Thank you for the memories. Dorothy and Brian.
This was a booking with a difference, as young Lacey made the booking to enable her grandparents Brian and Dorothy, who also live on the Gold Coast, to have some time out from their hectic life and to be able to get away for a weekend. It appears that Dorothy heard about our place from a mutual friend and asked Lacey to check us out on their behalf. They were a joy to have as guests.
My time with Graeme in 'Touch the Waves' in Burleigh Heads was fantastic. Graeme would have collected me from the airport but I chose to hire a car, not only because I was staying a week and had many places to go to but I knew there was parking in the street outside the building. Yes I am 'adopted' family but Graeme & Viv are wonderful hosts. I had my own room with a bathroom next door that was for my exclusive use. Apart from staying with family which is great I could not afford to stay for a week in a block off apartments of this caliber with a view like this on the Gold Coast. I had full use of the kitchen, so I bought food and was given fridge space. I cooked some nights and other nights either had cooked chook and salad or went out. I came and went as I choose, just like being at home. Hosts know their area so it was good to get ideas and advice from Graeme. One of the best was to get a 'Go' card to enable me to go on public transport. So instead of driving to Surfers, battling traffic and struggling to park, I took the bus (almost at the front door) then the light rail, no hassle and I could watch the scenery go by. To purchase the card I walked 10min to the local 7/11 and a few minutes later I was ready to go. Did I always listen, no, I asked about a particular market and Graeme said no, it's c & n (cheap and nasty). I went anyway. Well it was c&n with a small amount I was interested in. Didn't stay long and went elsewhere. The apartments have 2 brochure stands near reception with heaps of ideas of places to go and things to do. I loved the flat walks along the beach as where I am in Melbourne it is all up and down hill. I walked to the local shops where there are heaps of places to eat, clothing stores, supermarket, op shops etc. walked to and through the National Park. Just a hint, did not take note of the tracks and came out at a different spot, absolutely lost. Saw a road way in the distance (I was up high) that was really busy and wove my way through side streets towards it and found my way back, that helped me get over my 10.000 steps! Graeme and Viv have Foxtel and heaps of DVDs but I only thought of TV at night as I wanted to be out there enjoying the walks, sunshine, views and seeing things that are different from home. There is traffic noise at night which I am not used to but I slept like a log in a very comfortable bed. I had a great holiday and after tasting Airbnb will happily look to using it for other holidays both here in Australia and...
Graeme made us felt welcome and show us around the apartment and we are enjoying stay at his place. Thank you for your hospitality, Graeme.
Had a very pleasant stay and we were definitely blessed to be hosted by Graeme. Apartment is at a great location, overlooking the beautiful burleigh beach. The room and bathroom are very clean, neat, and comfortable. The beds even came with heated blankets to keep us warm during the night. The heated swimming pool and the spa/jacuzzi pool at the ground level made the stay even more relaxing! We were free to use the kitchen and tea/snacks were stocked up for us. Graeme is an excellent and warm host. He prepared us breakfast and caught the beautiful sunrise with us before our morning flight back home. He also gave us a little fish magnet souvenir to take home. It was a very comfortable one night stay at this homely place, and would definitely love to be back. Thank you so much for your excellent hospitality Graeme!
Loved the personal message that young Pei Ling sent us:
'Hey Graeme! Isaac and I had a great time staying over at your place. Loved how clean it is, the beautiful view from your apartment, the heated swimming pool, the decor of your apartment, and definitely the comfortable beds!'
Yep, got to love that!
This is the best stay I have with airbnb so far. Graeme was took care of our well being and experience very well. The sunrise view of the ocean is fantastic. We miss the heartwarming breakfast on the balcony and Graeme's lovely souvenir. We will definitely want to with Graeme again when we revisit Gold Coast.
Graeme was a great host to myself and my friend. He was very welcoming of his home and gave us great advice for all the hot spots nearby. Would highly recommend
We spent a good Time at Their place. The view is beautiful from the balcony. Graeme & Vivien are very good hosts.
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About the Host, Graeme
I am a 67 year old and married to my wife Vivien for over 40 years. We moved from Melbourne to the Gold Coast over six years ago and are really enjoying the weather and the lifestyle.
When it comes to exercise I do enjoy the odd game of tennis as well spending time one day a week outdoors at the Mosaic Baptist Church where we attend as members. I also do some part time afternoon and evening cleaning work at Kings Christian College which is also located in Burleigh Heads.
I am also working on expanding a small personal 'set and forget' web site that we believe will become well known over the next few years.
In relation to music I love the big ballad sound such as the early Bee Gees, as well as the Rolling Stones, Beatles, Abba and the list goes on...
For reading I do enjoy motivational and self help books as well as the occasional science fiction.
We also enjoy Timeshare as it not only allows us to travel but we also know that we will have a certain standard of accommodation, however, since we have become involved with Airbnb we are looking at having some future short term stays with fellow Airbnb hosts when we travel.