Luxury Joint Replacement on the Southern Great Barrier Reef

Joint Replacement or Luxury Holiday?

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Luxury and Recovery Combined

Bargara is situated on Queensland’s Coral Coast at the Southern Edge of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef.

With a climate similar to Hawaii, Bargara is a holiday destination where tourists come to enjoy the sun and sand, the whole year round.

What Better Place to Have Surgery?

Consider having your hip, knee or shoulder replacement surgery as part of a three week all-inclusive luxury escape package for both you and your partner/support person.

Our ‘Friendly’ Facilities?

Friendly Society Private Hospital

Dr Hocking operates at The Friendly Society Private Hospital. A fully equipped modern Australian Private Hospital situated in Bundaberg, Coral Coast Qld.

Following your in-patient stay at ‘The Friendlies’, you will be transferred to the Zen Beach Retreat where your rehabilitation will continue under the supervision of the Coral Coast Physiotherapy Team.

You will enjoy both one-on-one physiotherapy sessions, and group sessions with fellow patients on the beaches and boardwalks of the Coral Coast.

How does it all work? Referral

Medical Suites

Your journey begins with a referral to Dr Hocking from your General Practitioner.

Your local doctor can then either fax a referral through to Dr Hocking (+61 7 4134 0127), or secure transfer a referral through Medical Objects.

An appointment with Dr Hocking can be arranged by either filling in the online appointment request HERE, or simply call +61 7 4111 1666.

Are You a Candidate

Painful knee

You will be asked to send Dr Hocking:

  • A completed health questionnaire
  • Past x-rays
  • Letters from treating medical specialists for any medical condition that you have

Dr Hocking and the team at Wide Bay Anaesthesia Specialists will consider your history, conditions and documents.

Where indicated, additional investigations may be requested, or consultations with relevant local medical specialists will be arranged for you after you have arrived in Bundaberg.

Should surgical intervention be indicated, a surgical date will be set and your travel arrangements will be booked.

Our Care Team

Friendly Society Private Hospital

You are not alone

At the ‘Friendlies', a local and internationally trained team of cardiologists, renal physicians, respiratory physicians, endocrinologists and general physicians can all be called upon during your recovery, should this be required.

Your Luxury Program

Zen Beach Retreat

You and your partner/support person will fly into Bundaberg two days prior to your scheduled surgery date.

On arrival you will be met by a host who will:

  • Transfer you to your hotel
  • Take you to your pre-operative consultations with Dr Hocking and your anaesthetist

Having completed the medical consultations you will:

  • Retire to your hotel
  • Enjoy dinner at the Riverside Terrace overlooking the Burnett River

The following day provides opportunities for you to:

  • Tour the health care facilities
  • Meet the allied health staff that will be working with you during your recovery
  • Attend any additional consultations that may be required
  • Enjoy a relaxing dinner at an award winning local restaurant

Your Surgery

Friendly Society Private Hospital

Your surgery will be performed in a dedicated purpose built orthopaedic operating theatre at The Friendly Society Private Hospital.

The orthopaedic ward provides modern individual rooms, each with their own ensuite for your postoperative recovery.

The post-operative beds on the orthopaedic ward are monitored, and an Intensive Care Unit is available at 'The Friendlies' for patients that require more intense nursing and medical care immediately post-operatively.

It is anticipated that you will stay at ‘The Friendlies' for approximately 4 nights.

When you are discharged from the hospital you will then be transferred to the Zen Beach Retreat to continue your recovery.

Recovery Program

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Whilst you remain an inpatient at 'The Friendlies', your partner/support person will stay at The Burnett Riverside Hotel. They will move down to Bargara with you when you are discharged from hospital. Alternately, your partner/support person can stay in one of the ocean front hotels in Bargara should that be their preference.

Zen Beach Retreat

Morning Zen Beach Retreat

Zen Beach Retreat is situated directly on the beach at Kelly’s Beach, Bargara. Here your hosts will attend to your every need, with all your meals included in your accommodation package.

Whilst at Zen Beach Retreat you will have regular rehabilitation sessions with members of the team from Coral Coast Physiotherapy including:

  • Formal physiotherapy sessions and
  • Group work with an exercise physiologist.

Having stayed at Zen Beach Retreat for a fortnight and completed your early joint replacement rehabilitation, you will see Dr Hocking for a check-up before you head home having recovered from your surgery and been revitalised by your time on Queensland’s Coral Coast.

How can your companion enjoy their stay?

Whale Watching on Hervey Bay

Whilst you are recovering from your surgery, your partner/support person has the option of enjoying all that the region has to offer**.

Activities include:



  • Golf at the Bargara Golf Course across the road or at any of the 5 other courses in the region,
  • Cycling the roads/trails of the region,
  • Water-sports at the local beaches, or
  • Fishing either off the coast or in the region’s rivers and impoundments.


Bundy Food Tours

With the Bundaberg region one of Australia’s great ‘breadbaskets’, foodies have the opportunity of touring the region’s farms and fish markets to sample the local produce.

Produce selected can be prepared for you for dinner by the Zen Beach Retreat staff.


Coral in Elliot Lagoon

For the nature lover, there is the Mon Repos Turtle Rookery, Humpback Whale Watching (both seasonally dependent) and bird watching at Baldwin Wetlands.

Excursions can also be arranged further afield to

  • The Discovery Coast, the pristine Southern Great Barrier Reef,
  • The Sandy Straits National Park or to
  • World Heritage Fraser Island.

There are many more activities which your hosts can introduce you to.

What if there is a Medical Problem During my Recovery?

Whilst at Zen Beach Retreat, a nurse is on call** to address any nursing issues that might arise, and a local doctor** is able to see you should there be any minor medical issues.

Should any major medical complication occur, feel reassured that you will be immediately re-admitted to 'The Friendlies' with Dr Hocking and the specialist medical team ready to attend.

Inclusions and additions to the standard package

Stunning Lake McKenzie – Fraser Island

** This package includes standard medical care and recovery for Australian Residents that are both medicare eligible and who have private health insurance products that include both Joint Replacement, and “Extras” packages that include physiotherapy. Your package will be created to include all your travel arrangements from your home to and from Bundaberg.

Additional charges will be incurred by patients that require:

  • Additional preoperative medical work up by local medical specialists,
  • Post operative recovery consultations with other medical specialists,
  • On-call nurse or general practitioner services, and
  • For patients that do not have extras cover which covers physiotherapy as part of their health insurance.
  • Some of these services will attract a medicare rebate which will contribute to the cost of the service

“Additional” activities whilst at Zen Beach Resort are billed per activity. Rates are available for Australian patients who do not have health insurance, and for International patients upon request.

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Activities on the Southern Great Barrier Reef around Bargara

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