Surfers Parasite

Trip Start Jul 16, 2012
Trip End Ongoing

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Flag of Australia  , Queensland,
Saturday, January 11, 2014

After our disastrous inland trip to avoid the rush on the Gold Coast, it was finally time to face our fears and confront the monster that is the Gold Coast during the school holidays. I am not sure if I have already mentioned this but the summer holidays in Australia run for 6 weeks during December and January.  We were particularly unlucky as Queensland holidays start 2 weeks before NSW and NSW finish 2 weeks later so in all we had to endure 8 weeks of school holiday madness.  During the school holidays most families basically pack their car, boat, caravan, household contents and children and relocate to a camp site for the whole 6 weeks.  Seriously they have their sofa and washing machines set up on their terrace, there is no messing around.

Our first gold coast campsite was so chock-a-block, but this worked in our favour as we were upgraded to an ensuite campsite which meant we had our very own shower and toilet cubical, which was absolute bliss and definitely beat walking across the campsite in my pj's in the middle of the night for a wee.  However our joy was short lived when we noticed how close we were to our neighbours.  Basically this family had one of these magical caravans that pops and fold out in every direction and had an awning from every corner so their outdoor kitchen and dining area was right next to our slab that we park on.  In order to avoid being too close for anyone’s comfort we decided to park on our patch of grass instead leaving the slab as a nice gap to give everyone some space.  Sadly for us our thoughtfulness was wasted on the huge screaming family of drunken bogans when they arrived home from their day out and led by their arrogant mother started to play football on our slab so every 2 minutes La Toya was smashed with a football.  Hmmmm perhaps being broken down in Warwick wasn’t so bad after all.

So having crossed over the border into NSW we needed to make one quick trip back over the border to go and visit Surfers Paradise.  This renowned holiday hotspot is home to a lovely beach which sadly was filled to bursting point with people and sits under the shadow of a metropolis of highrise hotels and apartments.  Paradise it is not.  Having been so spoilt with the most stunning clean, and empty beaches down the coast, it is beyond me why anyone would choose to come to this mad house.  We spent the vast majority of our visit driving in circles trying to find a parking spot and after a few pictures on the beach and a Mr Whippy ice cream we were done and ready to get out of there.

Our next stop of the day was for our now compulsory afternoon tea, we had heard some great reviews at D Bar Café which has great views back over Surfers and is right on the border, I felt like a time traveller skipping and hour back and forward jumping over the border.  I can confirm that the coffee and cake at D Café were just as good as the view!

One think that we very quickly noticed in NSW was that the roads are terrible, in Queensland we didn’t really think about it, but on our journey home we actually pulled over as we thought we had a flat tyre, turns out the roads were just plan awful!

After one more night enduring the bogan family from hell, we were out of their and onto our next stop, the hippie capital of the world – Byron Bay.
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