Surfer's Paradise???

Trip Start Nov 14, 2006
Trip End Ongoing

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Friday, December 14, 2007

We headed to the Surfer's Paradise  on the Gold Coast. This is a newish town on a huge beach and very modern looking with skyscrapers akin to Miami or the Spanish beach resorts. It is ultra modern, clean and again like most new towns, i.e Peterlee lacks character and soul. We were only there one night but we felt it was enough. We saw the long, long monotonous beach and the generic night clubs, which we were told were worth the trip but seemed to be like any pub anywhere else except the bouncers were maybe more arsey. We stayed in a decent hostel however there wasn't much crack going on. The best thing about Surfer's Paradise was seeing Steve and Christine who we travelled around parts of Vietnam and Laos with. It was great seeing them and felt like it had only been about five minutes since we were taking a slow boat up the Mekong River together. They will probably kill me for slagging off their Surfer's but I reckon it is a place that could grow on you if you spent a bit longer there. I have heard a lot of Backpackers loving it but on first impressions we failed to see the attraction. The name itself is misleading as well, as I cant imagine the surf culture getting into the vibe that this town has. It is more your poser bars and lots of Asians who are the reason this place boomed in the 70s.  The beach itself isn't meant to have the best surf either.

On the night we all went out with Steve and Christine on a bar crawl organised by the hostel. Unfortunately we were refused by the bouncer. First he held Amy back for not having the right I.D. and then Jose because of his Brazilian driving license not having his date of birth in English. The bouncer failed to understand that in Brazil they speak Portuguese and it all got a bit heated at the door and resulted in Amy calling him a "fucking cock" and him telling us to "fuck of back to Pommy Land". We ended up drinking in an Irish Bar similar to every Irish bar around the world where I bumped into a lad who stayed at Manly Backpackers, who incidentally loves Surfers. Each to their own I suppose.

The next day we went to Wet and Wild, a pretty good water park but again it rained. The highlights of the day was seeing Amanda go down the Kamikaze sitting up straight, which panicked the lifeguard at the top of the slide and Shipley thinking he had won on the slide where you can race each other only to be given a false start.

After that we decided to head straight down to Byron Bay. Which we had been told is everything Surfers is not.
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