St George’s Defence Holiday Suites – Newsletter

St George’s Holiday House is being replaced by St George’s Defence Holiday Suites

This newsletter is designed to inform all past guests of developments at the old St George’s Holiday House at Coolangatta, Gold Coast conducted by the Service Personnel Anglican Help Society Inc (SPAHS) since 1917.

You are receiving this as you have previously stayed, registered to stay or made enquiries about accommodation at our facility.  Our objective remains unchanged and that is to provide subsidised holiday accommodation for all past and present defence personnel and their families at Rainbow Bay Beach/Snapper Rocks.

As you will most likely be aware our North facing outlook across the water to Surfers Paradise is an iconic location and offers a broad variety of options for holiday-makers. With direct access to Rainbow Bay, Snapper Rocks, Duranbah, Greenmount, Coolangatta beaches and the Tweed River – safe swimming on patrolled beaches, fishing, diving, surfing and long leisurely strolls are easily accessed.

Affordable dining options at local surf clubs are within easy reach. The beautiful hinterland of the Gold Coast including Mount Warning, Numinbah Valley, Natural Arch and other locations are also easily accessed, as are the theme parks for the young at heart. All this within a short drive (6Kms) to the Gold Coast International Airport – best of all we do not experience direct aircraft noise! 

Coolangatta only a short walk away, is currently experiencing somewhat of a renaissance with a re-developed shopping precinct and an abundance of restaurants and clubs, including the recently renovated Twin Towns Services Club, as well as offering plenty of other entertainment options.

Our new facilities are housed within The Garland building which has been developed as a tribute to the founder of our organisation in 1915, Canon David Garland, a Defence Force Chaplain. Garland amongst other activities is remembered as the original Secretary of the Queensland ANZAC Day Committee and is attributed with assisting to develop the ANZAC Day Remembrance Ceremony as it is known today.

The newly constructed facilities are located on the lower three floors of the building and will provide clean, modern, self-contained apartments for defence service personnel and their families. There is a mixture of accommodation types; from studio apartments, one bedroom apartments with inter-connecting rooms and two bedroom apartments. Also there are a number of enabled suites allowing for those with disabilities and the ageing to enjoy the comforts of a beachside holiday.

Currently construction is still underway – we have reached the tenth floor and a roof will not be far away however the fit-out will take some months yet. We are hopeful of being able to occupy our new facility around December but we are not yet in a position to confirm. In the meantime we seek your assistance and support to spread the word to the broader defence family – we are a charitable organisation and word of mouth advertising has always been our ‘best friend’. We would greatly appreciate an introduction to any associations of a defence nature be it Legacy, RSL sub-branches, unit associations, TPI, Young Diggers, Mates 4 Mates, Soldier On etc with a view to developing longer term partnerships.

It is expected that we will be able to occupy our accommodation in early December – tariffs for a studio apartment (accommodation for two people) are expected to be approximately $560 per weekly stay and the two bedroom apartments (accommodate four +) approximately from $1225 per week.

We will advise you of further developments and in particular specific tariffs and availability once further information becomes available.

Rosie Sawyer & David Phillips


St George’s Defence Holiday Suites


Phone: 0755361261  Mobile 0408618289

E-mail: [email protected]




  1. Keep on working, great job!

  2. Daphne & John Day says

    A great effort piloting this project.

    Looking forward to spending a couple of weeks early next year.

    Will speak to people that could be eligible to come to the Garland.
    Is it to be the same booking arrangement as before – Friday to Friday? .

  3. Daphne & John Day says

    A great effort piloting this project David & Rosie and we are looking forward to spending a couple of weeks early next year. Will speak to people that could be eligible to come to the Garland. Also is it to be the same booking arrangement as before – Friday to Friday?

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