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Turtle Cove Resort, Wangetti Beach, Cairns, Australia

by Gaycation Magazine

One of Australia’s most remarkable natural gifts, the Great Barrier Reef, is blessed with the breathtaking beauty of the world’s largest coral reef. The reef contains an abundance of marine life and is comprised of over 3000 individual reef systems and coral cays. Here you will find literally hundreds of picturesque tropical islands with some of the worlds most beautiful sun-soaked, golden beaches. The marine park stretches over 3000km (1800 miles) almost parallel to the Queensland coast, from near the coastal town of Bundaberg, up past the tip of Cape York. The reef, between 15 kilometres and 150 kilometres off shore and around 65 Km wide in some parts, is a gathering of brilliant, vivid coral providing divers with the most spectacular underwater experience imaginable.

A closer encounter with the Great Barrier Reef’s impressive coral gardens reveals many astounding underwater attractions including the world’s largest collection of corals (in fact, more than 400 different kinds of coral), coral sponges, molluscs, rays, dolphins, over 1500 species of tropical fish, more than 200 types of birds, around 20 types of reptiles including sea turtles and giant clams over 120 years old.

Turtle Cove is an Adults Only Gay and Lesbian Resort, located on the beach and within very close proximity to the Great Barrier Reef. Stay here and you can experience the most fantastic piece of unspoilt paradise in the world. Turtle Cove Beach Resort is the perfect place to chill and relax, or if you can drag yourself away, the Great Barrier Reef and the Daintree Rain Forest are on its doorstep. Both of these pristine sites are World Heritage Listed and have to be seen to be believed.

You will soon find that life slows down in tropical North Queensland and this Resort is an absolute beachfront oasis located on Australia’s northern tropical coastline, neighbouring the Great Barrier Reef.

This gay and lesbian Resort has thirty rooms, all of which feature a King or Queen size bed, en-suite bathroom, individual air conditioning, ceiling fans, television with in-house video, radio, hairdryer, ISD/STD direct dial telephone with modem point, refrigerator, tea and coffee making facilities, cane and timber furnishings. All have private balconies.

The seven Absolute Beach Front Suites are exactly that, all with a private deck, King size bed, 42″plasma TV. Relax on your own private terrace overlooking the palm fringed coral sea beach with the excitement of white sand and blue ocean just a few steps from your suite.

The Coral Sea Terrace Building is set back higher on the resort. The Coral Sea Terrace Deluxe upstairs has magnificent views of the Coral Sea and beach. They feature a larger room and King size Bed, 42″plasma TV. While the Coral Sea View enjoys the same magnificent views and a Queen Size Bed and one single bed. Garden View downstairs rooms have tropical garden views, Coral Sea glimpses, Queen size bed and one single bed. The Garden View Apartment downstairs is just that and has two large decks, fully equipped kitchen, lounge/dining, two bedrooms, one queen size bed and one single bed. With such a wide range of choices, there is something to suit every vacation budget.

If you need a loving memento to take home, sunscreen or toiletries, the Resort Shop has a range of items available to guests. The Office staff can stow your jewels and valuables in the Resort safe.

Smoking is permitted only on balconies and decks adjoining guest rooms, but not inside the rooms. In accordance with Queensland Health Regulations, smoking is not permitted in areas where food is served or consumed or where drinks are served. A guest laundry is located on the ground floor of the Ocean Terrace building. Machines and dryers are coin operated and laundry powder is available from the office.

Due to the secluded location, mobile and data wireless connectivity is poor and not reliable. Coin-operated internet terminals are located in the Recreation Room and can be used for a nominal fee. A data port is located in the rear of your room phone. All communications to and from Turtle Cove are via satellite.

The Sand Bar & Restaurant is located on the beachfront.

A complementary tropical buffet breakfast including filtered coffee and a range of teas is served daily for house guests.

The menu includes a range of refreshing, light meals or if you’re up for it something more substantial the choices are many.

The tantalizing a la carte dining menu uses the best of local produce on Mondays to Saturdays. Last orders are taken at 8.30pm. And just to keep you guessing they offer specials on most nights.

On most Sunday nights, they offer a buffet barbecue and light a bonfire on the beach after dinner, conditions permitting.

Vegan and gluten-free meals are indicated on the menu, however if you have any other special dietary requirements these can be catered for with sufficient notice.

The Sand Bar is open from 10am until late to enjoy a range of non-alcoholic, alcoholic drinks, and cocktails. Depending on the buzz, last drinks are called at 11.45pm with the doors closing at 12 midnight. The bar may close earlier on evenings of low demand. Pool Service is also available during the daytime.

The Resort staff can help you to plan aqua adventures on The Great Barrier Reef or tours of the Rainforests. Turtle Cove Resort is the perfect place for a totally gay outdoor adventure vacation with spectacular beaches and scenery to enjoy.

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