Taking the family away for holidays is an expensive exercise, but a Sydney mum was appalled when a nine-night hotel stay in Queensland was predicted to cost almost the same as a house deposit.
The mum was quoted over $90,000 for nine nights at the Mantra Circle on Cavill on the Gold Coast, a price she thought surely it had to be a mistake.
"This is just ridiculous," she wrote, alongside a screenshot of the hotel. "I had to share."
It's believed the price was quoted via Booking.com.
'Has to be an error'
The screenshot shows a total of $90,711 at the hotel for two adults and two children.
It's unsure the dates that the woman was trying to book for or the ages of the kids.
Although some users thought the price must be a glitch of some sort, some posted screenshots of other hotels from Wotif.com that showed prices around $30,000 for a ten-day stay.
"This has to be an error," one person commented under the post on the private Facebook group. "It should be around $6,000 for nine nights over Christmas."
"Must be a mistake," one user declared.
"We looked at going over Christmas time and the cheapest price was $30,000," another said. "I would rather spend my money in NSW."
"The rooms in that apartment had better be floor to ceiling with marble and gold taps and door handles for that price," joked another.
"And a housekeeper/ butler/ childminder/ chef too!" someone added.
Others argued it had to be a glitch; one woman said when they attempted to book it was much cheaper, showing a total of $6,300 for 13 nights over Christmas.
A look at Mantra on Cavill's website shows significantly cheaper pricing. The cheapest rate for a 9-night stay over Christmas is $5738, while a luxurious 3-bedroom spa apartment with water views is $12,233.
The pricing at the sophisticated 5-star Palazzo Versace on the other hand is quite accurate to the screenshots shared on the Facebook page. A 3-bedroom condo will set you back around $33,000 for 10 days over Christmas.
Queensland open borders early
A holiday to Queensland is now officially on the cards after Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk announced borders will reopen earlier than expected as the state nears its 80 per cent vaccination milestone.
Ms Palaszczuk said the government understood how important it was for people to be reunited with their families for Christmas, saying it's going to be "a very, very special time of the year."
The borders will reopen from 1am (Queensland time) Monday December 13.
Domestic arrivals will be able to forgo quarantine once they arrive in Queensland, so long as they are fully vaccinated against Covid-19.
Fully vaccinated arrivals will still need to provide a negative Covid test 72 hours prior to entering Queensland and can come to the state either by road or air.
People who are not fully vaccinated will have to quarantine for 14 days and can only enter the state by plane.
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