Day 58 - Enjoying the Gold Coast

Trip Start Sep 30, 2012
Trip End Jan 09, 2013

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Tuesday, November 27, 2012

After a lovely sleep we awoke to the sun shining and Daiji offered to take us on his boat for a cruise down the canals. He has a fantastic boat that has a whole contraption to lower it into the water right off the pier just at the bottom of his house. Totally cool. So we hopped on board and Captain Daiji took us for a cruise along the canals that are a big part of the Gold Coast allure. It was super interesting to see all the different houses along the water's edge. Some amazing homes with many fancy boats parked outside. Daiji pointed out some homes, restaurants and landmarks along the way. The weather was perfect and we had a great time enjoying being on the water.
We then returned to Daiji's house and Anton helped him take the boat out of the water and give it a hose down. At around lunchtime Daiji kindly dropped us off in Surfers Paradise on his way to a meeting. He had suggested that we go to the 77th floor of Q1 for an excellent view of the coast. Q1 is the tallest residential building in the world. We bought our tickets and caught the elevator that takes less than 30 seconds to get to the 77th floor. There is even a panel on the roof of the elevator that shows how fast it ascends. Crazy!
The view was incredible and they've done a really great job of pointing out interesting spots and sharing the history of the Gold Coast with interactive displays. We found it very interesting to read about all the famous people involved in the Gold Coast history. Tess particularly enjoyed the fact that the bikini was invented by a clothing designer living on the Gold Coast. The design was very scandalous at the time and the designer beat great odds to get bikinis accepted. But they were a hit!
After our Q1 visit we were starving so headed along Surfers promenade to the strip of fast food joints. We decided we had to try kebabs which were Anton's late night munchies during Uni days. Wow were they enormous and delicious. We sat on the promenade, enjoyed our lunch and watched the beach activity. It's what Australians call Schoolie time at the moment which is the equivalent of our Matric holiday time. So there are masses of crazy teenagers walking around trying their hardest to be cool or silly or both. It makes for great entertainment. We spent some time lying on the beach and watching some people learning to surf. The strip of beach here is truly impressive. It stretches for kilometres in both directions and offers the most amazing sandy beach and fun sea experience. What a super place for a holiday.
We then enjoyed a stroll back to Daiji's house and plopped into his pool. His house is in such a perfect location. Right on the canal and only about a 15 minute walk to the beach and the restaurant and pub hub. Daiji got home from his meeting and we chilled for a bit before heading out for some dinner. The Schoolies had taken over Melba's - a local bar, restaurant and club spot - so we went to a Japanese restaurant that Daiji often frequents. We let him do the ordering and he chose some delicious dishes. He has spoilt us rotten and we have had such a lovely time. We only hope he'll come visit us soon in SA so we can spoil him back.
After dinner Daiji headed off to a Farewell party and we took a walk around Surfers to see some of Anton's old haunts. Shooters, a bar and club that Anton and his mates used to visit, was one of the spots we visited. But there had been a fire there the night before and the place was cordoned off. We were disappointed but Anton said the place had changed so much it wasn't quite the same. Anyway we did find a fun Irish pub and enjoyed a few pints of beer and cider while listening to a guitarist playing some all time hits. It was also great fun watching the Schoolies coming into the bar and playing silly buggers.

Then we took a lovely stroll home and enjoyed being able to walk in the street at night. We so wish we could do it more in SA. Another great day in Oz. It's going to be hard to leave tomorrow.
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milly on

loving the posts guys - you looking so healthy and happy - keep the adventures coming!

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