And then.....The plan changed......again!!

Trip Start Jan 23, 2010
Trip End Jan 29, 2012

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Flag of Australia  , Queensland,
Tuesday, July 26, 2011

I left you in Coffs Harbour - from there we travelled up the coast and stayed at a wonderful place called Lennox Head - its just south of Byron Bay and in our opinion, so much nicer - less people.  After we left there, it just got busier and busier and now we find ourselves in a throbbing Metropolis called the Gold Coast.

The Gold Coast in Queensland is one of those places that you can understand why so many people have settled here and you wish they hadn't!  It has the most beautiful beaches and fabulous weather...but way too many people and high rises.  Suggestion - back home in Scarborough - don't let them do this to you there!  It is a concrete jungle here!

But let me tell you about the change of plan..... Work - Fabio had scored a nice job in Cairns, the boss asked us to pop into the head office at Burleigh Heads for a few days training and we were to hot foot it to tropical North Queensland' and frankly I couldn't wait!  We were keen to spend a couple of weeks here just south of Surfers Paradise, go to the Theme Parks and get out of here. 

Then a couple of things happened, we got delayed when a severe case of gastro swept through the family.  Oh let me tell you two words that should not be used in the same sentence - gastro and caravan!  There was never a time more so than we needed plumbing - it was grim!

During the delay, Tiger Airways were grounded, this led to the job in Cairns disappearing!  The boss had concerns of the lack of tourism and knew that head office really wanted to keep Fabio here and asked us to stay here for at least three months!  And just like that, our plans did an about turn. 

We had already purchased the Theme Park passes valid for a year and it looks like we are going to get our monies worth!  We are there all the time!!   Even I manage to go on the Rollercoasters - who knew?  Must admit it was a surprise to me - I thought the Scooby Doo ride was a ghost train - it was not until I was flung around like a rag doll, forwards, backwards and just about every which way - and I coped, that I got braver and braver. 

Poor Fabio is a bit like me, not THAT keen, however with a son like Jack, who wants to go on 'everything!' he had to put on the brave face and lead the way to every single roller coaster in every single park!  The Kamakazi was a particular favourite of Jack's, which I think they went on six times!!  Fabio's face a picture! Nowadays, we just pop there for a few hours in the afternoons. 

Adam celebrated his 8th birthday here - poor love it was the day that both Fabio and Leila had the gastro bug.  I did manage to take the boys to the famous Pizzy Park skate park - where apparently skateboarders come from all over Australia to visit, it's just around the corner from the caravan park. 

We have also caught up with more friends we met in Coral Bay who live just out side of Lennox Head.  They have this amazing property with a little creek running through it, which is the home to several platypus.  It was just beautiful and the children had a blast with their two girls - even though the water was FREEZING - they would not be put off the flying fox across the creek.  We spent a wonderful day and I want to live there!  I will not settle in a property now unless I have my own private creek!!

So as we are staying here for a few months,  Leila has joined a drama class, I have joined a drawing class.  We go ice skating, swimming, have joined the local library and on Tuesdays we go to the local primary school for some after school sporting activities. 

The homeschooling is going well and I now know terms like superlative, personal pronoun, predictive and adverb!  I know that the emblems for NSW are the Waratah - flower, Platypus - animal and Kookaburra - bird.  I could name 4 other states emblems too, but figure you are only 'so' interested!  (As am I to be frank!  But must stay keen for the children!!)

As you know Queensland is very keen to get some tourists here, they really are struggling with the downturn in the world economy, not to mention the floods and cyclone - so why not come on over - we would love to see you and I know that Fabio would love to go on the rides at the Theme parks more and more and more and more and more...........

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Tarnya on

Hi guys, great pics! We will be doing the theme parks in Gold Coast at Xmas. I am looking forward to catching up with you on 27 August, can't wait! Love Tarnya

Dazbeans, Bella Luna and kidsxxxxx on

Hi, so glad once again to see your photos and update about your lives. So glad your enjoying the theme parks, they are so much fun. As you know Mandy(when we spoke recently) you must get every dollar out of them and make the most of this time in the city of skyscrapers. Well as you know we are off to Karratha to live in a few weeks so we will speak again soon from our seachange up north...take care and travel safe..can't wait to catch up xxxxx

corinne ....... the stoner crew on

Oh how we love to read your news ..... so well crafted! shame I m so lazy at replying. eeekkkk. Byron and Lennox Head are FAB . I really smiled when I read the account of the theme parks - so ditto of our family experience. John (big gals blouse when it comes to heights) , too ventured onto scooby Doo expecting tame .... ha ha not so !!! take care enjoy enjoy . Love, hugs and smiles to you lovely people xxxx

The Rigos on

Hi Mandy, Fab and the Begolis, i am sure that the children are going to love all the theme parks time and time again. They have been so used to seeing the natural parks of Australia that they will be spoilt for a while with the theme parks. Hope that your stomach and head will cope! Love to everyone, hope to see you guys home soon.
Love the Rigolettos xxxx

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