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Trip Start Sep 01, 2010
Trip End Jun 18, 2011

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Flag of Australia  , Queensland,
Monday, November 8, 2010

We spent 6 days in Surfers Paradise just visiting the theme parks and water parks; we ended up going to all of them twice, I won't bore you with an entry for each day, instead here is one big entry for the whole week.

The first stop of the week was the theme park; there are three parks in the area: a Warner Brothers theme park, a water park and a SeaWorld which has dolphins and other animals. As Tom was getting more and more excited we ended up going to the Warner Brothers park for the day. After a quick bus ride we got to the park and Tom headed straight to the biggest ride in sight, a Superman ride that shoots you forward out of the station and up into the sky. I was feeling pretty woosy today and didn't really feel like doing anything too adventurous so I was quite happy to chill out in the sunshine for a while. After the Superman ride, Tom legged it over to a Batman ride that rockets you up a huge tower... I think it's fair to say that he is in his element here! One of the best things about the theme park was that they had loads of shows on during the day; we headed over to our first one of the day, a stunt-car show which was full of wheelspins, motorbikes and flames. During the course of the day we got to see some other great shows including a Batman street-fighting performance, a 3-D movie show and a disco dancing Scooby Doo show! There was also a parade with some of the Looney Toon, Batman, Scooby Doo and comic-book characters included. However it wasn't a very long parade and didn't have a patch on the Disney Parade at Paris! We went on a couple more rides, but our favourites were definetly the Scooby Doo Scary Coaster and the Wild West log flume which went backwards and drenched us to the bone. Luckily it was a lovely warm day and we dried out in no time... just in time to have a second go before the park closed!  

The second park we went to was SeaWorld; this one has lots of exhibits, a couple of rollercoasters, as well as plenty of animal shows during the day. The first one we saw was a Sealion show, which was very funny especially when it all started to go wrong during our second visit to the park. The Sealions kept of doing things wrong, the microphones wouldn't work, the doors wouldn't open, the pelican took a chunk out of one of the actors.... which was unforunate for him but hilarious for us. We got to see loads of animals such as sharks, rays, tropical fish and penguins. But the strangest part of the day was probably the polar bear exhibit... yes you read me right, there are polar bears in Australia. Apparantly their enclosure had been themed to replicate a 'Polar Summer' but to be honest I had my doubts; it was a scorcher of a day and seemed to look like more of a 'Baking Hot Australian Summer' rather than a 'Polar Summer'. But then again I don't know enough about Polar Bears to know whether they're too hot; we had a bit of a giggle at the announcement telling us that the Polar Bears have air conditioning, luxery meals and cool mist sprays in their enclosure- sounds like a cruise ship holiday to me! In the afternoon we got to see a dolphin show which was great; they pulled out two people to get in the water and play with the dolphins. Now considering that it normally costs about 100 to do this at the park I was detirmined to get picked during the show, so when the woman asked if anyone wanted to get in the water I started jumping about like a loony and shouting at the top of my lungs "Pick ME! Pick ME!". So confident was I that I was going to get picked I had even taken my shoes and watch off ready to get in the water. But the stupid woman didn't pick me, she picked a little boy sitting right next to me... I was gutted! It didn't turn out too badly though because as we were leaving we saw a couple of kids lying down on one of the small bridges which went over a dolphin pool and reaching into the water. When we got closer they told us that the dolphins were playing fetch with a small feather; the dolphin would bring them a feather and they would take it out of its mouth, then the dolphin would swim in a circle and come back for the feather. We managed to muscle our way in and before we knew it we were playing too... it was absolutely fantastic! We both had a little play and got to touch the dolphins; it was very difficult to get the feather out of the corner of the dolphins mouth because we could hardly reach in. When we visited the second time we saw one of the trainers playing the same game with a baby dolphin and we then realised that the only reason the dolphins had been playing with us was because they expected a fish everytime they brought the feather back to us... stupid humans, we didn't understand how to play the game!

The third park we visited was a water park called Wet and Wild. It was brilliant and we had two great days going on all the water slides and bobbing along in the lazy river. There was one slide in particular which we kept on going on where you had to lie on your stomach on a mat and race each other to the bottom; obviously we both managed to injure ourselves on it by trying to beat each other, I cut my elbow and (seeing that I was winning the race) Tom nearly knocked himself out by launching himself over one of the bumps on the slide a little too vigourously. Tom also went on a drop-slide in which he had to stand inside a little tube high above the ground and then the floor would drop out and he plummetted down the slide and did a loop-the-loop... it looked terrifying and everyone who came off it had huge skidmarks down their backs. We had great fun during our time at the park even if we did look like little wrinkled prunes by the end of the day.     
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