Brisbane / Gold Coast
Trip Start Jul 16, 2009
15Trip End Oct 08, 2009
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Just had a 3 day weekend which was quite nice! Flew to Brisbane on Sat morning and right away boarded a bus to get to the Australia Zoo (Steve Irwin zoo). That is the only part of the weekend with which I was somewhat disappointed unfortunately! It took me about 2.5hours to get there (was supposed to be 80 minutes), it cost $54 to get in, it was quite smaller than I expected (I was ready to head out after about 3 hours) and it then took about 3 hours to get back to Brisbane. Don't get me wrong, it wasn’t all bad! The Steve Irwin memorial they had was pretty cool, and they had a huge area with wallabees and kangaroos that you could feed which could’ve kept me entertained the whole day! They also had a couple of red pandas on exhibition from china, sooo adorable!! I usually don’t mind travelling alone, but for the first time wandering through the zoo by myself I wished I had company
Got to the Gold Coast around 12:30pm… one word: WOW! The gold coast is made up of several beaches, all gorgeous and miles long! I was staying at the Crown Plaza in Surfer’s Paradise, the most touristy/popular beach. I went to walk around the beach for a while totally amazed! The weather was about 32 degrees on Sunday and 34 degrees on Monday, but not humid at all so the heat was just lovely! I walked around the beach for a while as well as the shops at Surfer’s Paradise, and took an Extreme JetBoat ride… awesome!!
On Monday morning, I took a busy down to Burleigh Head, another nice beach area along the coast that has a lot of rocks along the edges.. not a nice beach to lie around at, but definitely a nice area to look at! I grabbed a coffee and just walked along the beach for a while. At this point, I realized that I’d been on the go non-stop and decided it was time for a break. That’s when I decided to go back to Broad Beach and do the pancake for about 5 hours! I got some nice fish and chips on the beach and ate that while looking at the waves (AND the hot aussie men running along the beach!). It’s crazy to think that it is possible to get a vacation to a location with weather like this for a weekend trip! The flight there and back was only about $150, so it’s definitely very accessible. The end of the day unfortunately crept up on me sooner than I would’ve liked (doesn’t it always?!) and I made my way back to the airport to head back to Canberra. Overall, had an amazing and very relaxing weekend!!!
It is already Tuesday night here, and I am leaving for Sydney with Sonia after work on Friday night and will only be driving back into town on Monday morning. We’ll be doing mostly beachy stuff and going out, which is great since they’re the 2 aspects of Sydney that I haven’t had the chance to enjoy yet. It’s crazy to think that I only have 2.5 weeks of work left and only 2 weekends left before heading off on my trip.. time is really flying by!!!