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2017/10/31 2 Days around The Gold Coast
π 2017-10-31 01:01 in Australia, Trips

After spending 2 days north of brisbane on sunshine coast, we drove down to the gold coast. The gold coast is more commercialized and has a lot to do.


nice view from our hotel room
nice view from our hotel room

partial sea view from our room
partial sea view from our room

The first day was busy with all the things I had lined up:

  • Currumbin Sanctuary
  • Surf World Museum (across the street), as a bonus
  • Superbee Honey Factory
  • David Fleay Wildlife Park
  • Holoverse, an interesting Star Trek like Holodeck simulation
  • Paradise Jet Boating
  • Aquaduck
  • 3 7D movies
  • Salute to the Light Horse Dinner Show
  • We left early-ish and went to Currumbin Sanctuary which nicely opens at 08:00 (30mn drive):


    Jennifer worked on her snake strangling skills since last time we went there :)
    Jennifer worked on her snake strangling skills since last time we went there :)


    that poor quoka was going to come see us but it got bullied by big lizard
    that poor quoka was going to come see us but it got bullied by big lizard




    the kid play area was fun for Jennifer :)
    the kid play area was fun for Jennifer :)

    they had an animal hospital where you could watch surgeries
    they had an animal hospital where you could watch surgeries

    tree kangaroos are cool
    tree kangaroos are cool

    the big red kangaroos are some of the biggest, but they're also very soft and nice
    the big red kangaroos are some of the biggest, but they're also very soft and nice

    feed the mother, pet the kid :)
    feed the mother, pet the kid :)

    they had nice emus :)
    they had nice emus :)

    Next door was Surf World Museum. Not exactly a planned stop, but we got free tickets from Currumbin Sanctuary:



    motor surf board, cool :)
    motor surf board, cool :)


    Next door, still, was a bee honey shop/museum:


    Next, I drove to David Fleay Wildlife Park, a smaller park that wouldn't be as good in theory, but they had 2 nice finds: a Bilby that Jennifer was able to pet, and a baby koala:

    they also have platypus, but we got there at the wrong time and they were not visible
    they also have platypus, but we got there at the wrong time and they were not visible

    best bilby shot I ever got
    best bilby shot I ever got

    such long ears
    such long ears

    baby koala
    baby koala

    it was learning to climb way for its mom
    it was learning to climb way for its mom

    sugar glider
    sugar glider

    Next, I drove to Holoverse, an interesting Star Trek like Holodeck simulation I found somewhat away from the main town center. It was a bit of a pain to get to, and the opening hours were non optimal (they close at 16:30, WTF?), but it was a super cool experience that cannot be had anywhere else as of yet (that I know of):

    the balls are for the cameras to see where you are, where you are looking, and where you are pointing your hand
    the balls are for the cameras to see where you are, where you are looking, and where you are pointing your hand

    with 3D glasses you get a custom 3D view that is dependent on where you are and where you are looking
    with 3D glasses you get a custom 3D view that is dependent on where you are and where you are looking


    I ducked and then had my head under water
    I ducked and then had my head under water

    the next session was a 3D game based on your body location
    the next session was a 3D game based on your body location

    Holoverse was super cool and definitely a very special experience.

    From there, it was a short drive to paradise jetboat. Honestly the booking staff was cocky and borderline bullish in my opinion (the boat driver was ok thankfully), and the boat could not go full speed due to speed limits, but it was still fun and a nice ride, although they don't allow you to take anything or take pictures (I took my gopro for a few shots, though):


    multi million dollar houses in gated water communitiies
    multi million dollar houses in gated water communitiies



    Because the day wasn't over yet :) we then barely made it to aquaduck as they cancelled their last ride of the day, but we so barely made the previous one




    sea world amusement park
    sea world amusement park






    Since we were back by 17:15, we had a bit of time to walk around town. I figured we'd skip the Ripley's since I've seen a few and there were other things to do, and instead we tried 3 movies at a 7D theatre, and then a walk on the beach:




    It was then time for another 30mn drive to see our dinner show, Salute to the Light Horse. The food was close to appalling (at least my steak was uneatable), but the show was good:





    The 2nd day was a bit easier, I booked a gold coast 4WD tour:

  • 4WD along Hillside Tracks through Eucalyptus & Rainforests
  • Mt. Tamborine's Gallery Walk, the Hinterland's Arts & Crafts centre
  • Rainforest Walk to a Tropical Waterfall
  • BBQ Lunch
  • Tree Top Walk through Lamington National Park
  • Bird Feeding at O'Reilly's Rainforest Retreat



  • we got to practise boomerang throwing
    we got to practise boomerang throwing


    we found this barely alive baby in a tree, not entirely sure what species it was
    we found this barely alive baby in a tree, not entirely sure what species it was


    wine tasting for Jennifer
    wine tasting for Jennifer

    nice walk through the shops at Mt Tamborine's Gallery Walk
    nice walk through the shops at Mt Tamborine's Gallery Walk









    very eager small parrots
    very eager small parrots




    After getting back, we still had a bit of time for:

  • Infinity attraction
  • Sunset at Skypoint observation deck
  • Hurricane's Grill for Wagyu Beef, which sadly wasn't that good
  • then an early night since we had to get up at 05:30 the next morning for an early flight
  • We had been to Infinity attraction last time in 2011, but we went back as it was fun:






    We just had enough time to get to Skypoint observation deck and made it there 15mn before sunset, which gave us nice day and night pictures:










    On the way back, we hit a market by the boardwalk:




    This eventually got us to Hurricane's Grill which I had booked in the hopes that we'd get melt in your mouth wagyu beef there, but sadly it was just ordinary and no better than a normal good steak:


    not the best wagyu ever, but still, it was a good piece of meat
    not the best wagyu ever, but still, it was a good piece of meat

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