Famous hotel gets a new beach body for summer

Queensland’s Stradbroke Island Beach Hotel has undergone a $500,000 winter makeover in the lead up to the peak holiday season.

The renovations, to be completed in November, are aimed at delivering an elegant rebrand and refurbishment to the popular watering hole.

While the original hotel, built atop Point Lookout in 1962, was replaced about ten years ago following a $20 million rebuild, the latest renovations should see it through to the next decade with the popular Waves bar, Manta Ray bistro and hotel accommodation all receiving a refresh.

The property’s Gold Coast-based owner and developer Bob Hill said the scope of works included painting, landscaping, lighting, furniture and decking.

“The Stradbroke Island Beach Hotel has built a strong following over the years and we have some very loyal customers, who return for their summer holiday every year,” Mr Hill said.

“We want to reward that loyalty and ensure our business continues to grow and thrive by providing the best, most up to-date facilities we can.

“This renovation shows our commitment to the island and our confidence in its tourism market.”

Mr Hill said the conference, function and wedding side of the business had grown substantially in recent years and they had recognised the facilities needed to be updated in a highly competitive market.

Stradbroke Island is a popular destination throughout the year, particularly with nature lovers in the winter months who flock to the hotel in the hopes of seeing whales frolic in the waters off Point Lookout during their annual migration from Antarctica to warmer waters along Australia’s east coast.

“Stradbroke Island is the closest place to Brisbane where you can watch the whale migration from land,” Mr Hill said.

“You can sit in our beer garden and see one of nature’s truly extraordinary spectacles.”

The hotel design is inspired by another popular sea creature, the manta ray, which live in colonies off the island. Configured in the shape of a manta ray, there are seven buildings in the complex.

It includes a main bar, bistro, beer garden, gaming room, TAB, function room and the island’s only bottle shop, as well as hotel rooms and 3-4 bedroom self-contained apartments with Coral Sea views.

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