Get ready for a well-deserved break! Did you know that the Gold Coast is home to two fantastic properties offering affordable holidays for those who have served?
St George’s Defence Holiday Suites
Step into a world of beachside relaxation at St George’s Defence Holiday Suites at Rainbow Bay, Coolangatta. Established by The Reverend Canon David John Garland, the Soldiers Church of England Help Society aimed to support soldiers during The Great War. In 1916, they acquired what is now prime land near Coolangatta, establishing a refuge where soldiers found solace before departing for war. By 1918, sheds were erected for wounded soldiers’ recovery, evolving into the Sailors and Soldiers Rest Home between the wars. In June 1954, St George’s Holiday House emerged, undergoing refurbishments until 1999. In 2015, demolition marked the transition to a modern facility, culminating in the Garland building’s opening in December 2016, housing self-contained Defence Holiday Suites on the lower floors. Now operated by the Service Personnel Help Society Ltd (SPAHS), this property, right near Snapper Rocks, offers contemporary self-contained accommodations. From cosy studios to spacious apartments with interconnecting rooms, there’s something for everyone.
Discover the booking rules and eligibility details at SPAHS Booking Rules and prepare for a beachfront escape like no other. The more flexible you can be with your dates, the more likely you will secure this premium holiday accommodation at fantastic rates.
Ambassador Apartments on Chevron Island
The Ambassador Apartments on Chevron Island, overseen by the RAAF Welfare Recreation Company, offer affordable holiday accommodation for current and former Australian Defence Force members, their families, and Defence Australian Public Servants. The accommodation is a mere 100 metres from the water, offering a serene and quiet location. With the bustling Cavill Avenue and the sandy shores within walking distance, the spacious apartments provide the perfect retreat. Please note, the three-storey walk-up building provides a peaceful escape but does not have lifts. Confirm your eligibility here.
More Options, More Memories
The adventure doesn’t end there! Explore a variety of holiday options across the nation by visiting Air Force Holidays to find comprehensive information on facilities, amenities and benefits available to eligible members.