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Review 5423: Agnes Water Beach Club, Apartment
1bed/1bath apartment in Agnes Water, Australia
July 2012, 5 nights
Agnes Water is a small beach-side village about two hours drive from Gladstone or Bundaberg. Really in an isolated spot.
The apartments are near a road and next door to the shopping centre so there is a fair amount of traffic passing. The apartments facing the street are not very private, particularly the balconies. The units at the back are much more private.
It is a few minutes walk to the nearest beach (a surf beach).
There were cafes and a restaurant within walking distance and the shopping centre is right next door. It has all the usual village shops and you can find most things you need there.
Walking towards the beach you pass a cafe and there is also one in the caravan park, which is right on the beach.
The apartments are in a two story building (no lift) with 36 one and two bedroom apartments. Half the apartments face the street and the other half are behind them. All apartments have large balconies or courtyards with an electric BBQ.
The balconies facing the street are not at all private but that did not worry us. We were there in winter so it was a bit cool to sit out on. The ones at the back had afternoon sun so would have been warmer.
We used the BBQ but ate inside because of the cold and cool breeze. It would have been wonderful in the warmer weather.
There is a lovely pool with chaise lounges around it. There is also a large BBQ area and outdoor setting overlooking the pool, ideal for families with children.
The furniture was in reasonable shape although the sofa was not comfortable as it was also a sofa bed.
The apartment was clean. There was a sofa and a chair for seating. There was no dining table inside but there was an outdoor setting on the balcony.
The queen size bed was comfortable with nice linen and towels.
The bathroom was off the bedroom. The bathroom was quite large and had a washing machine and dryer in the corner. We had the end unit so I think the bathroom was an odd shape because of the design of the building.
There was a full kitchen with good quality equipment. The kitchen was in an open plan room, which looked over the living area and onto the large balcony.
Problems or Bonuses
We expected there to be a table and chairs inside the living area. We used the BBQ on three nights and it was too cold to sit at the outside table. We had to balance the meals on our knees or lean over the coffee table. In warmer weather the table outside would be ideal.
The sun hardly touched the balcony except for a tiny corner very early in the morning. It would have been lovely to sit out in the warm and read. I did sit by the pool in the afternoon sun each day but the balcony would have been better for me.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
The onsite people were pleasant and helpful. On the first night we blew a fuse and rang down for help and they promptly arrived and fixed it. The fuse box was in the neighboring apartment that could be accessed from our living room and locked for just the two of us, but available for families to make it two bedroom.
We had an Internet price for four nights at AUD$115/night.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
We would stay here again but I would ask for an apartment at the back for more privacy, and at that time of the year, the afternoon sun.
There are not many apartments in the town as it is still an unknown paradise. They did not have electricity in the town till 1987.
We had booked four nights and liked the area so much we extended it to five nights.
Things to do in this area
We loved the next little town called 1770 (after Captain Cook) and drove there each afternoon (about 10 minute drive) to watch the sunset with a glass of wine. There is a hotel there as well where many people sit at a bar and watch the sun set. A nice way to finish the day!
We ate at the hotel one night and the food was very good. They have a courtesy bus to pick you up and drop you home. We also had a very good breakfast on the verandah on our last day looking out at the view over the water..
There is a surf beach where we watched people having surf lessons.
We played golf at a private course which was fun for golfers.
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