First a warning: If you smoke, don't come here. If you don't smoke, enjoy the smoke-less environment here! The entire place is smoke-free, so you don't have to worry about walking through smoke hazes as you make your way to the kitchen or pool or BBQ or anywhere.
At first, I wasn't sure that we had arrived at the right place - it looks just like a house on a regular street. But it was right and the flashpackers/resort is behind the original house. It is an interesting design to have a regular house at the front and then to have built a two-storey accommodation building behind, but it works. If you are after a quieter retreat, and one that is not too pricey, then this is it. As soon as you walk around the back of the house, you see the "resort" area and considering its smaller space, it is well designed - there is no wasted space.
The building is new and everything is well maintained (so far), although the wallpaper everywhere takes a bit to get used to - particularly the snake skin print on the floor of the upstairs hall. It seems to work well, though, as it helps keep things clean and is easy to clean. We stayed in the King Room and while it has a king-sized bed, the room itself was not overly large. (Apparently it was significantly bigger than the queen room, but that would mean the queen room is quite small.) The room had standard amenities - bed, TV, lights, bar fridge, small sofa, small table, ensuite. The cool thing in the room was that the lights and ceiling fan were controlled with a remote - no more getting out of bed to turn off the lights or change the fan setting!
We didn't use the communal kitchen or living area because we didn't stay in the flashpackers/resort much of the time - mostly just to sleep, but it looked clean and serviceable. The pool looked great, although there is no shade from the sun (this is something that could be improved). The BBQ area looked good as well - again, we didn't stay in for meals, so I can't say if it was really good or not. The sandpit area was great - I really relaxed there and was able to finish some laptop work easily in the relaxed atmosphere. There is free wifi available, but I didn't use it because I already had my own connection.
The owners are friendly and gave a lot of advice, but at times it was too much advice. They mean well and have good intentions and want to give you as much information as they can so that you enjoy your stay. After the initial checking in and a few chance meetings between the house and flashpackers/resort, there was not much interaction, though. This was fine for us as we didn't need/want it, so it helped make it feel like we had a private place to stay and be away from the world.
The only negative is that the distance to the beach is underestimated and we were given directions that were a shortcut, but did not feel safe at night when we didn't know the area. We were told that the flashpackers/resort was only 600-700 metres from the beach along a path through a park. We decided that after driving 9.5 hours, we would walk to dinner because it should have been relatively close. It was on dusk when we left, but it got dark very quickly and we soon found ourselves walking through a mangrove in the dark (with no street lighting) on a concrete path that turned to a dirt track. It was not comfortable and it took about 30 minutes to walk to dinner rather than the 10-15 minutes that we expected (and were told). It really didn't help that the path was unlit and we were in a new place, so we didn't know if it was safe. On the way home from dinner, we decided to stick to the streets and it was 2.3km according to Google Maps.
Overall, though, the flashpackers/resort was what we wanted - a quite place, clean amenities, not frequented by some of the typical types of backpackers, and comfortable. It almost felt like we were staying in a guesthouse rather than a flashpackers/resort. A nice stay~
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Coral Inn Yeppoon is a short-term boutique accommodation and holiday destination. Appealing to guests wanting convenience and something out of the ordinary. Chill out in a relaxing atmosphere with swimming pool, barbecue and fully equipped commercial kitchen and TV lounge. All rooms are modern and quiet with their own en-suite, a flat-screen TV and fridge. Free WiFi and homemade breakfast a la Carte is available. The property is conveniently situated in the heart of Yeppoon just a 2-minute drive to Yeppoon Main Beach. Close proximity and within walking distance of: Yeppoon Central Shopping Centre (500 m); Yeppoon Fore-shore, with Restaurants, Cafe’s, Shops & Pubs; Yeppoon CBD; Library and Yeppoon Central Hospital. The coastal town of Yeppoon offers beautiful beaches of the Capricorn Coast. The whole coastline is protected by the Southern Great Barrier Reef and the Keppel Bay Island Group located only 13 km offshore. The Capricorn Coast has some of the most picturesque and safe swimming beaches in Australia. ... more less
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