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The Gold Coast chronicles.

10 Oct

Came back from Gold Coast already, and I miss every bit about the place right now.. And it’s been a week plus.

For starters, 1 of the biggest things that I miss about Gold Coast is the weather. Okay, in part it’s also because it’s spring now, and hence the temperatures are awesomely cooling. Think natural air-con! Even at 29C, I don’t feel like I’m about to melt into a mush because the humidity level there is around 50+%, in comparison to Singapore’s 90% (did I get the figure right?).

The only catch is that nightfall comes pretty early – the sun started to set around 5plus, meaning that by 6pm Australia time (translates to 4pm Singapore time), it’s dark already. Something that I still find a little hard getting used to initially, but then again that’s seasons. At least from what I know, summer means that daylight would be way longer, but correspondingly hotter too.

This post is going to be a very long one, with lots of visuals, so yep! Food aspect will be done another time because this current post is already very long, and I don’t want it to be too confusing and hard to read!

Day 1 of touching down in Brisbane (and subsequent 1 hour bus ride to Gold Coast) was mainly settling into our hotel, and exploring the area around our hotel to find out what was interesting, and what we could have for lunch/dinner, since breakfast was provided by the hotel every morning (:
It was made even better when we reached our hotel, Hotel Grand Chancellor Surfer’s Paradise, to find out that we had been given a free upgrade to the Deluxe room from the original Standard room that we’d been assigned initially! πŸ˜€ For our home away from home for that week, it really had a homely feel πŸ™‚

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This was the amazing, amazing views that greeted us when we looked out from our balcony :’) how blessed we were, to get a room that has the best of both worlds in terms of the view – how often would we get the chance to look out from the balcony and have BOTH the ocean view and the city view!? Behold the great beauty of the Pacific Ocean!

Day 2: Dreamworld!

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This, is known as Wipeout. It involves a lot of crazy turns and being upside down at 1 point in time. As with all roller coaster/motion simulator rides, this is definitely NOT for the faint-hearted/motion sick people. Or alternatively, if you’re up for the challenge, do it with your eyes closed if you don’t want to risk throwing up! (: I did that and it worked! The thrill was honestly very worth it!

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We spied a koala sleeping amidst the branches! πŸ˜€ And yes, the best part was that we got to touch and hug the koala! πŸ˜€
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The national treasure of Australia, literally. What’s Australia without kangaroos?

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Dingos! They look like dogs, but they actually belong to the wolf family.

Day 3: Movie World!!

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This was before we went up to Green Lantern – our first roller coaster in Movie World, to ‘warm up’ for the other rides ahead!
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Austin Powers lookalike!!

So I passed my phone to a random girl to help us snap this shot and what happened subsequently was hilarious, when the girl accidentally pressed something on my phone and the camera function timed out.

AP: ‘She’s trying to log into your Facebook! She’s trying to hack your Facebook and type a funny status! Don’t trust her!’
Well, that was the general gist, and we kept laughing throughout it all.

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Arkham’s Asylum! Yes, for those who don’t follow movies very closely, this is from Batman! The number of twists and turns here is insane, and our feet were literally dangling in the air for this ride as we were once again, turned upside down at some points too.

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DC Comics!

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1 of many parades in Movie World.
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Hollywood Stunt Drivers

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This was Wild West Falls! The slide can’t really be seen, because my main purpose in snapping this pic was to show the beauty of the rainbow whenever the ride takes the slide down, the big splash of water would make the rainbow appear πŸ˜€ The angle of the slide is incredibly steep (nearly 45 degrees?), and both of us were completely drenched when we slid down it!
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Behold, Superman Escape! By far, the most epic ride I’ve ever taken in my life. #achievementunlocked
That drop was absolutely insane, and the roller coaster doesn’t crawl to the top before the sudden drop – it’s a rush throughout it all!

I have to admit that this was a huge step for me, because in general I used to be quite scared of roller coasters ’cause I didn’t feel I was cut out for the crazy adrenaline stuff. It’s really thanks to Jem, who kind of pushed me out of my comfort zone to go for them even though he knows that I’m scared of them, in addition to the fact that I HAD to have the time of the month during it. But nonetheless, I still survived it! πŸ˜€

Day 4: Paradise Country!

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First time milking a cow!!

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JUST LOOK AT THE AMOUNT OF WOOL ON THIS MERINO.
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Sheep shearing in progress!

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This horse is called Country Boy (: Gentle soul. BUT his poop comes in huge globs and is INCREDIBLY smelly. Enough for us to retreat from his stable while covering our noses!
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We managed to finish touring Paradise Country by early afternoon, so by around 3plus PM Aussie time, we were back at Surfer’s Paradise. We also couldn’t miss out Skypoint Observation Deck, also known as Q1 (Queensland 1). The view was absolutely breathtaking – so much so that the word ‘breathtaking’ really doesn’t do it justice. My photos honestly couldn’t do much to emphasize its beauty, in part because I don’t think I’m a very good photographer.

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The building is 77 storeys high! :O

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Bird eye’s view!
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How majestic and magnificent the Pacific Ocean is (:
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We actually saw the sun set right in front of our astounded eyes :’) Slowly but surely setting, inch by inch. Such an incredible sight to behold, not to mention that this was actually my first time REALLY seeing the sun set in front of me. And to share such a moment with a special someone really meant the world to me :’)
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So many people were crowded around the windows where the view of the sunset was, to get photos.. Totally expected of everyone to try and snap pictures, because this was such a grand sight to behold πŸ™‚
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Day 5: Pretty much of it was spent chilling, and exploring. And riding the waves, literally!

Day 6: Hot-air ballooning! Which unfortunately failed on this day, because the wind conditions were too strong and the balloons couldn’t inflate properly despite much efforts from the crew and the pilots, so we had to postpone it to the next day.. But even then it was worth it because we got to see another part of Australia that we’d never known about at all – Beaudesert!

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Lots of cows and horses grazing in the fields nearby πŸ˜€
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The town of Beaudesert! So quiet (in part because when we were there, it was around 8AM Aussie time), but yet so simple in terms of the lifestyles πŸ™‚ It was really amazing to be in this little town, albeit for a short while. It’s 74km south of Brisbane, and the drive from our hotel to Beaudesert took nearly 2 hours.. The look of the town really reminded us of a town from a movie scene, for some reason.

Waking up at 3AM Aussie time was honestly not fun, because we slept for only 4-5 hours.. So needless to say it was really difficult to get up. Not to mention that it was incredibly cold out as well – probably below 20C? And the winds were incredibly strong too.

We decided to do a dinner cruise too – very impromptu plan, but am really thankful that it worked out very well πŸ™‚ It was a beautiful experience, albeit cold because the temperatures always dip further at night. For A$69, this is something that really was enjoyable, not to mention new to us as well!

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This was from Marina Mirage, where the cruise boats are docked at.
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Yes, this is actually a church! It looks like something out of a fairy tale or Christmas story hahahahaha πŸ™‚
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View from the boat (:
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Interior of the boat, where the seafood buffet dinner was spread out. And the empty space was actually the dance floor! (:

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Please ignore my look here.. I honestly look very cui because I was so tired from lack of sleep. Oh and this gentle giant is the guy who’s in charge of the cruise operations, and he hails from New Zealand! He also was the main entertainer (singing) throughout the cruise too πŸ˜€

Day 7 (Last Day 😦 ): We managed to do hot air ballooning again!! Thankful that this time round the weather was in our favor, and so the flight was very successful πŸ˜€

Although it meant that we had to wake up at 3AM again zzzzzzzzzz. This time round I totally fell asleep on the bus, en route to the fields where the flight took place, because I was way exhausted and could feel the sore throat bug coming to me thanks to insufficient sleep and excess of heaty food :\

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Inflation in progress
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And up we go!
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I tried out the paranormal function on my iPhone.. Can’t say this was the best though, because I really wanted to enjoy the breathtaking view in front of me.
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Cattle grazing
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Post flight, this was how the balloon was stored :O And it was really NOT easy to stuff the deflated balloon into the bag – it took a lot of effort!
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Horses grazing πŸ™‚ The hilarious thing about these horses was their reaction when the hot air balloon basket, already loaded up onto the truck, was near them, and our pilot pressed the lever that would set off the flames – the horses all skittered away! It was quite amusing to watch them run away hahahahahahahaha.
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O’Reilly’s Winery! Yes, a Victorian style winery. Incredibly beautiful and peaceful, but really cold!
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I honestly didn’t look forward to going back to Singapore.. Everything about Gold Coast was so idyllic, not to mention so chillax and peaceful.

 
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Posted by on October 10, 2013 in Jem, travel

 

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