Thrills and queues

Trip Start Apr 28, 2012
Trip End May 11, 2012

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Flag of Australia  , Queensland,
Sunday, April 29, 2012

A combination of jet-lag and my pre-existing odd sleeping pattern wakes me at 3.45am. I'm pleased to hear the monsoon like rains have stopped. Yesterday evening Coolangatta reminded Nathan and me of our trip in Southeast Asia and year and a half ago.My thoughts turn to the following day. Will there be somewhere to store our luggage at Movieworld? Should we leave it here and pick it up at the end of the day before heading to Brisbane for the night? This is not an appealing option, girl at the desk last night told us the bus takes an hour and a half to get to the theme park. Then an idea occurs - why not hire a car for the day? It'll cost a bit more, but save time and hassle.

Our NZ timezone accustomed bodies are awake again well before 7am. We take a quick walk to the beach before sorting out the rental car. It's a stunning white sand coast and the surfers are already out enjoying the beautiful waves. All of a sudden I notice a bizarre sight - off in the distance a huge cluster of skyscrapers jutting out into ocean: Surfer's Paradise.

We drive through the entrance to Movieworld at about 9am. The gates open half an hour later and we head for our first ride of the day - the Arkham Asylum. We snag the seats at the very front of the roller coaster, our legs dangling into free air below. A hard knot of anticipation forms in my stomach as the carriage chugs up the first rise, yet nothing can prepare the mind for that first drop, the screaming sharp corners, the violent corkscrews. It's over in seconds. Buzzing with adrenaline, floating way above the platform, we collect our valuables and prescription glasses with shaking hands. 

By 3pm later we've had enough of the queues. We've done the three big roller coasters with a repeat of our favourite, called the Superman. An incredibly smooth ride, it's all about speed. Despite having already been on it earlier in the day, I'm still not ready for the extreme acceleration (from 0-100km/hr in two seconds) with which the carriage roared up to the ride's 40m apex, paused, and dropped equally fast to ground level. My mind just couldn't make sense of a rush like that. After six hours of sedate queuing, followed by a minute or so of terror, joy, thrill, screams and manic laughter, we're exhausted. Our feet and legs ache from standing and every muscle hurts from tensing as our bodies are thrown about in all sorts of unnatural ways.

For dinner we find a Vietnamese restaurant in Brisbane's Chinatown. What a meal! We haven't eaten like this since leaving Vietnam. Give Yvonne a bowl of good Pho and she's a happy girl. Aside from a slight glitch with Australian Vodafone's automated helpdesk we end the evening exhausted, full and thoroughly content.
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