Our original accommodation fell through on arrival and Mariners North was one of the options the hotel suggested to us as having a comparable arrangement available. We viewed a couple of 2 bed apartments before settling on one. The location is towards the southern end of the Strand near Tobruk Baths and a short walk to "the bucket" which is a large and impressive water play area. It's a comfortable level walk up the beautiful Strand to Gregory St - approx 10 - 15 mins (?) and about 20 mins to the fishing pier and basketball court etc. Gregory St is where most of the nearby eating places seem to be located and importantly this includes CBar which is a very nice good value eating spot on Gregory St Headland. I would also consider it walking distance to Reef HQ and that area to the south via the old Strand.
The apartments we looked at both had large airy living areas, laundry and full kitchen. We were very impressed with the design of the one we took as it facilitates cross ventilation so most of the time air con wasn't required in our apartment even in February, if anything it tended to be bit too cool and we would keep one balcony door shut. There were two balconies one on the northern side giving views across the beautful gardens to the islands and up the Strand, the second south towards the old Strand across what is currently a construction site. Each balcony was provided with seating. The northern facing balcony had a table and four comfortable chairs. The southern balcony had two cushioned chairs and a small table between them. Our apartment had 1 main bedroom with queen and ensuite bathroom and access to the southern balcony. . There was a second bathroom and another bedroom with two single beds. Some apartments also have a sofa bed. There was a seprate laundry. 2 TVs and pay TV also provided. All floors were tiled. All this for the very reasonable price of $AUS 185 a night over a four night stay for 4 people.
Some apartments have stair access and others are accessible by elevator our apartment was off the lift lobby as we were travelling with my mum who is mobility impaired. You might need to be specific about access if this is important to you. The stairs were quite steep we felt and even the lower level apartments have one flight of stairs.
The pool is lovely and right on the water. The gardens are also beautifully maintained. Tiny frogs live around the pool. Only about 2 cms long they have an impressively loud croak. If you're swimming at night keep your eyes open for them. We were lucky enough to spot one on the edge of the pool and watched him croaking for quite a while. His little body puffing up to work his very impressive vocal sac. SOOOO cool. There is also a tennis court, however I'm not sure about supply of raquets and so on. Might be worth asking if you want to play while onsite. There is a small bbq area near the pool.
Much of the furniture was new in our apartment, however the main bed's attachment to the bedhead was distressingly wobbly. Not particularly a problem on my own in that room but I don't think I'd have been happy if I was travelling as a couple. There was also a strange faint high pitched whine when someone flushed one of the toilets, but that was fine once we figured out what it was.
On the whole we were extremely happy with this accommodation for the price we thought it was excellent value. We would definitely stay here again.
Sorry I didn't think to photgraph the interior, but I have attached one of the view.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Mariners North Holiday Apartments offer Absolute Ocean Front accommodation in Townsville. Every apartment is fully self-contained , with two full sized bathrooms, a spacious open plan living area and a generous private balcony with stunning ocean views. They come complete with air-conditioning, large modern kitchen, laundry, Austar TV, DVD, security access and secure undercover parking. Venture outside your apartment and enjoy a range of resort style facilities including a saltwater pool, spa and full size tennis court, all set within tranquil tropical gardens. The Strand is right at your door step offering the Waterpark, Childrens Playground, patrolled beaches; BBQ area,Rockpool, Cafes, Restaurants, cycling & walking tracks. ... more less
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