Sun?? cloud, sea and a show

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Flag of Australia  , Queensland,
Thursday, January 28, 2010

First of all there are only a few photos for this entry...I do not gamble so there are no photos of casino hotel etc.. and there is no photography allowed in the show arena...

Well, my Christmas pressie to me Dad was a ticket to see the 'Australian Outback Spectacular' show down on the Gold Coast.  We booked in for 2 nights at Conrad Jupiters and although the weather was not great (due to cyclone up north) we had a ball.

The casino is cool...its no 'Vegas' but all the sparlking lights and glitz and glamour have a certain effect on can def have fun here...

We enjoyed walking along the 'strip' and had lunch in a great pancake house called Pancakes in Paradise.  Great food though a bit expensive...following that we went onto have a pint in the Hard Rock Cafe for the craic.  I love the Hard Rock Cafes and always look for that special bit of memorabilia that stands out.   In this one it was a framed napkin on which the lyrics of 'she sells sanctuary' by  'the Cult' were written, penned by Ian Astbury himself. 

Now onto the highlight of the Gold Coast visit...
The Outback Spectacular!!!

The show is set in an enclosed 1000 seat, sand-covered, rectangular arena. Now imagine a mob of cattle, horses and sheep thundering into the arena, seemingly out of control.

The first act of the Australian Outback Spectacular has a group of 22 men and women on horse back following the "wild mob" into the arena. They introduce themselves to the audience as belonging to one of two stations (stations are what ranches are called in Australia), either Wondoola Station or Austral Downs (which happen to be real stations).

The audience is split in half, and depending on where you are seated you will "barrack" for one of the two stations. You get a free stockman's hat with a coloured hat band to identify your station.

Next you get to watch some unbelievable horsemanship. The skill of the riders and horses, the way they control the stock and the stunts are breathtaking.

Those riders are some of Australia's leading stunt riders, and some of the horses have never seen any cattle or sheep before they started their training. They are performers, spectacular performers I may say...

Act two of the Australian Outback Spectacular has more working scenes, now including working dogs but also vehicles and motorbikes, and as if that wasn't enough in a closed arena there is also a helicopter swooping down on the audience...

You do get to catch your breath between the two acts when you learn about the history of the Australian Outback through video clips (of course with state of the art lighting, sound effects and orchestral music) while you are served your "traditional Australian barbecue", which is anything but traditional....its the best steak I have tasted in Australia

Dad and Hugo met a guy in the casino called Chris O'Connor (wine sales rep from NSW) and he remains good friend to this day.  (He hooked up with us in Sydney also with his lovely girlfriend, Narelle)

We had alot of fun and have decided not to try to make Sydney in one trip but have an overnight or two on stop Coffs Harbour.

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