Friday, 5 June 2015

Ashmore Palms' Premium Palm Cottage Upgrade

The next time you are planning a holiday at Ashmore Palms Holiday Village, you may like to try the lovely upgraded Premium Palm Cottages. Featuring the latest designs in kitchen and bathroom fittings, the Premium Palm Cottages have a fresh, new interior with modern furnishings providing extra comfort for holiday guests. The images below are of the Premium Palm Cottages. We hope to see you and your family at Ashmore Palms soon!

Sunday, 10 August 2014

Environmental sustainability at Ashmore Palms Holiday Village

Have you ever wondered about the evolution of Ashmore Palms’ lush tropical gardens? Over the past 30 years, much time and money has been invested into the Ashmore Palms gardens by the Australian Illich family who have owned the property during that time. In the early 1980’s, the vegetation in the village, then known as the Ashmore Caravan Park, was sparse with no landscaping. During long dry periods, council water restrictions prevented the gardens from being watered. To alleviate this problem, numerous holes were drilled down to 200 metres to find water for the gardens and green areas. Six bores now pump water from the ground into holding tanks for a constant year round garden water supply. Today, the Village has many thousands of palm trees, beautiful and rare plants, shrubs and vines which Frank Illich and his grounds team have planted and carefully grown and manicured.

Ashmore Palms tropical rainforest walkway
Frank Illich has a passion for nature and the environment especially regarding the flora and fauna and conservation of these. His love of nature is reflected in the extensive landscaping found at Ashmore Palms. Other examples are the bird aviaries, collection of exotic parrots, recycling methods, water conservation and other environmentally aware activities that the Village undertakes. Recognised with many top garden awards by Gold Coast City Council, Ashmore Palms is a tranquil piece of paradise centrally located in a thriving metropolis known as the Gold Coast.

Ashmore Palms Rainforest Walkway
Management takes every care to recycle everything possible. Grass clippings are recycled and used as mulch on the gardens. When large trees are trimmed or removed, the wood chips are also used as mulch on the gardens for maximum water retention. The bore water soaks through the ground and is then pumped up and recycled by the bores again. Over forty plant species found in the Ashmore Palms gardens were naturally propagated by the local birds and wildlife such as Lorikeets, Ibis, Owls, Flying Foxes, Kookaburras and Finches to name a few.

Recycled wood chip for use as mulch
The management of Ashmore Palms is committed to providing and maintaining a lush, peaceful environment for its guests and tenants, which is evident when visitors take their first steps inside this unique holiday village.

Ashmore Palms Rainforest Walkway
Ashmore Palms plants and shrubs

Wednesday, 19 March 2014

Ashmore Palms' welcomes new babies!

At Ashmore Palms', we are very excited to announce the arrival of some new babies. We recently welcomed a baby Hyacinth Macaw and two baby Military Macaws into the Ashmore Palms' aviaries. They are settling into their new home very well and enjoying lots of attention from their carers, staff and guests. The exotic parrots are for the exclusive enjoyment of Ashmore Palms' guests. Did you know that Ashmore Palms has the largest private collection of Macaw parrots on display in Australia? Pictured below is the new baby Hyacinth Macaw giving one of her carers, Gloria, a high five!

To celebrate the arrival of the new baby Hyacinth Macaw, a world class sculpture featuring a mother and father Hyacinth Macaw with two babies in the log nest is currently being installed in the rain forest near the bird aviaries. Don't forget to bring your camera on your next visit to Ashmore Palms to get some photos in front of the new sculpture. We look forward to seeing you and your family here soon!

Wednesday, 12 March 2014

Ashmore Palms' Rainforest Walkway

Have you been on Ashmore Palms' rainforest walkway recently? It has undergone a 12 month regeneration program and it is looking absolutely amazing. The walkway is approximately 1.5km and runs around the perimeter of Ashmore Palms Holiday Village. Next time you are on the rain forest walkway, keep an eye out for our beautiful new pheasant!

Friday, 19 July 2013

Introducing Mickey and Minnie, Ashmore Palms' delightful young pair of Miligold Macaws.

The miligold macaw is a hybrid cross between a military macaw and a blue-and-gold macaw. The miligold macaw is a first-generation hybrid macaw — its parents are two species of naturally occurring macaws. The miligold macaw tends to inherit the intelligence and training ability of its military macaw parent as well as the good nature of the blue-and-gold macaw. You will notice from the images below that miligold macaws have the blues of the blue-and-gold macaw blended with the military macaw colours, which makes a greener aquamarine colour, with the outer wings retaining blue flight feathers. 

As there are only about six military macaws in Australia and no more can be brought into the country, we are very lucky to have acquired this rare combination.

Mickey has a lovable cheeky and inquisitive nature while his female mate, Minnie, is a bit more timid but both are settling in extremely well to her new home at Ashmore Palms. Their carers have found that they are particularly fond of warm sweet potato and peas for breakfast. Mickey and Minnie are fast becoming aviary favourites with both their carers and Ashmore Palms' guests. 

We hope you and your family can visit Ashmore Palms in the near future to meet Micky and Minnie!

Monday, 8 July 2013

Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary visit to Ashmore Palms

A big thank you to John and ranger Carlie from Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary who visited Ashmore Palms during the school holidays last week. They brought with them some exciting wildlife to show guests and to educate the children about interacting with and caring for the animals. The kids were very excited to be able to touch 'Fallon' the carpet python, a baby salt-water crocodile and a cute dragon lizard.

With hundreds of native Australian animals on display in natural bushland and rainforest settings, Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary provides a rare opportunity to see and experience our amazing native wildlife. The Wildlife Sanctuary receives no government funding and rely on revenue from park operations as well as sponsorships and donations to continue their wonderful work in educational conservation projects and the rehabilitation of sick and injured wildlife.


Sunday, 30 June 2013

Ashmore Palms Competition Winners Announced

Congratulations to all the winners of the following Ashmore Palms' competitions!

Win your family a Gold Coast holiday competition announced in Ashmore Palms' May enews:-
  • the winner is the Argue family from Victoria. You have won 5-nights for 2 adults and up to 3 children staying in a Macaw Mansion during the off peak holiday season at Ashmore Palms prior to 30th June 2014. 

Win a stay at Ashmore Palms - guests entered by completing a guest comment card during their stay at Ashmore Palms between 1st July 2012 and 30th June 2013. 
  • the winner is the Bubner family from South Australia. You have won 7-nights for 2 adults and up to 2 children staying in a Cactus Cabana during the off peak holiday season at Ashmore Palms prior to 30th June 2014.

Refer a Friend competition on Ashmore Palms' website. Both you and your friend receive $50.00 accommodation vouchers immediately and go into the draw to win a $250.00 accommodation voucher for both you and your friend. 
  • the winner is A. Scott from Victoria who referred her friend, L. Scott from Victoria. You have each won a $250.00 Ashmore Palms accommodation voucher to be used on stays of 4-nights or more prior to 30th June 2014.