Quoin Island starts taking bookings for holiday stays

QUOIN Island Retreat is opening its doors to holiday-makers for the first time, with people being able to make accommodation bookings from Thursday.

The resort has been operating full-time for the past year as a venue for weddings, conferences, bands and its own events.

But until now, people were unable to make bookings for accommodation separate from the events at the retreat.

Quoin Island Retreat events manager Richard Gilmour said the destination would be ideal for people looking for a weekend getaway, given its distance from the mainland.

"It will be a nice little escape, and being a short harbour cruise from Gladstone people can get into holiday mode quicker," he said.

"It's a relaxed island where they can spend some time with the family."

The facility includes a beachside pool, tennis court and recreational room with ping pong tables, poker and board games.

Mr Gilmour said the current owners bought the property in 2009 after it was left abandoned for 14 years.

They spent the past 18 months renovating the property and have been hosting events for the past 12 months.

Some of the events that have been held on the island include INXS tribute band INXSIVE, as well as regular Sunday sessions.

The entertainment hub was also booked to host Gladstone's first ever Mardi Gras, but the event had to be moved due to bad weather.

Those looking to make a booking can do so online or by calling Quoin Island Retreat.



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