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  • Day31

    Day 31/72: A day on the Gold Coast

    November 27, 2018 in Australia ⋅ ☁️ 23 °C

    Today we went down to the Gold Coast for the day, an area known for its extremely long beach and surfing. We didn't know exactly what we were going to do there, but got the train (equipped with questionable savoury muffins) there to have a look around.

    The journey took just over an hour, and from the train we took a tram which went down the coast, about 1km from the beach front. We got off early and walked to the beach. It wasn't something we'd seen before. Dotted along the coastline, right on the beach front, were areas that looked like major cities, with skyscrapers, but were really the size of large towns! It was quite odd, walking along the soft sand, watching the waves crashing and being disturbed by the wind, and then looking right and looming above you a 70 story building. It's always nice to be back on a beach, and we wandered along the sand towards the city. The sea was relatively choppy and the weather cool, so there were very few people surfing but we could see how the beach would be ideal for it.

    There were areas of swimmers, so after a while we put down our stuff and jumped in. The waves, however choppy for surfers, were great for swimming and diving around in, and we spent a good while body surfing and diving through the waves.

    After we'd got cold and hungry, we got out and the sun came out to dry us off, we sat and read our books for ages, until about 3 when we went to a beach front cafe to have burgers and iced tea/coffee. The burgers were fab and suitably full we went back to the beach to do some more reading. The sun began to drop behind the buildings so we gathered our stuff and as we walked back up the beach towards the tram, we had a mini photo shoot in the light between the gaps in the skyscrapers.

    We got the train back to Brisbane and as we were heading back to the hostel, decided we needed something small to get us through to breakfast, so stopped at a churros cafe we'd seen the day before and had, well, churros. They were very good with the dark and white chocolate dipping sauces and we sat on the street, reading and watching the world go by. We ended up staying there, getting more iced teas, for a good hour and a half and left only when they were closing up the cafe!
    A very relaxed day overall, our last full day in Australia! The time has flown by and it seems so odd that we're going onto NZ already! We've had a fantastic time in Australia though, and before the flight tomorrow we're going to do some more wandering, and look around Brisbane for the morning/lunch.
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  • Day123

    Gold Coast - Happy New Year

    January 1, 2019 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 24 °C

    Wir wünschen allen ein tolles 2019 🥳🍾.

    Wir grüssen bereits vom 2019 und es ist fantastisch - freut Euch 😉🙋‍♂️

    Das Ende des Jahres und der Start ins 2019 erholen und geniessen wir an den schönen Beaches der Gold Coast. 😎😴🍲🍷Read more

  • Day132

    Hallo Queensland

    March 2, 2019 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 26 °C

    ▪️Haben heute die Grenze von New South Wales zu Queensland überquert und somit auch eine Zeitzone
    ▪️Sind nun eine Stunde näher an Deutschland, es sind "nur" noch 9h Unterschied, anstatt 10h :D
    ▪️Fuhren an der Gold Coast entlang zur Küstenstadt "Surfers Paradise" - das Dorf mit Hochhäusern :P
    ▪️Kaum Infrastruktur, sehr leise, keine Menschen, aber überall Hochhäuser, die scheinbar Hotels sind
    ▪️Der Strand, die Gold Coast, ist der Wahnsinn - mit der Skyline von Surfers Paradise ähnelt es Miami
    ▪️Haben uns von den Wellen treiben lassen bis es heftig angefangen hat zu regnen
    ▪️Futterten bei Domino's eine Pizza und bei "Pancakes in Paradise" einen Pancake :P
    ▪️Waren noch einkaufen und sind gegen 18Uhr (zum ersten Mal im Hellen) auf unserem Zeltplatz "Canungra Creek Reserve" angekommen, wo die Nacht insgesamt 22AU$ kostet
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  • Day25

    Coolangatta

    November 18, 2019 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 24 °C

    Fingal Head, ein Dorf im äussersten Nordosten von New South Wales und ca. 5km südlich der Grenze zwischen New South Wales und Queensland. Vom Lookout Point hatte man eine Aussicht auf zwei fast menschenleere Strände und die Skyline von Coolangatta. Nachdem die Grenze zu Queensland überquert war, wurde die Zeit um eine Stunde zurückgedreht. In Coolangatta am Greenmount Beach badeten wir zum ersten Mal im Meer, lagen im weissen Sand und sahen den Surfern zu. Während die Mittagssonne brannte, kümmerten wir uns ums Einkaufen, Campingplatz suchen und Mittagessen. Am Strand von Kirra Beach war nicht viel los, da die Sommersaison noch nicht begonnen hatte. Den Abend beendeten wir mit einem Spaziergang durch die Strassen von Coolangatta.Read more

  • Day26

    Springbrook Nationalpark

    November 19, 2019 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 27 °C

    Der Springbrook Nationalpark, welcher sich im Gold-Coast Hinterland befindet, war das erste Tagesziel. Er gehört zum Unesco-Welterbe Gondwana-Regenwälder Australiens. Ausser einer glibrigen Echse war leider kein spezielles Tier mehr zu sehen. Die Wanderung führte uns zu den Twin und dem Rainbow Fall. Die Wasserfälle waren eher klein, da es in der letzten Zeit sehr trocken war und wenig geregnet hatte. Vom Regenwald gings dann direkt an den Strand. Dort sichteten wir eine tote Schildkröte, welche anschliessend von einem Bagger im Sand vergraben wurde. Am späteren Mittag führte uns das Navi zum Campingplatz oberhalb vom Surfers Paradise, wo wir für die nächsten zwei Nächte verweilen werden.Read more

  • Day27

    Surfers Paradise

    November 20, 2019 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 27 °C

    Surfers Paradise ist der wohl beliebteste Ortsteil von der Gold Coast, welcher für seine Skyline und dem kilometerlangen Sandstrand bekannt ist. Momentan findet hier gerade die Schoolies Week statt, eine jährliche Veranstaltung, bei der tausende High-School-Absolventen (Schoolies) aus allen Landesteilen in die Stadt kommen, um den Abschluss der Prüfungsphase zu feiern. Nach einem kleinen Einkaufsbummel im Stadtzentrum und einem super Zmittag im Vapiano ging es für uns dann in 42 Sekunden hoch hinaus auf das SkyPoint Observatory Deck, wo man einen 360 Grad Ausblick auf die Gold Coast hat. Da das Billet den ganzen Tag gültig war, gingen wir Abends nochmals auf das Deck. Den Sonnenuntergang konnte man aufgrund der vielen Wolken nicht sehen aber die Aussicht war trotzdem super.Read more

  • Day28

    Bye Bye Gold Coast

    November 21, 2019 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 25 °C

    Wir liessen Surfers Paradise hinter uns und steuerten den ein wenig unterhalb liegenden Burleigh Heads Beach an. Das Meer dort war wesentlich ruhiger jedoch hatte es quallenähnliche durchsichtige Glibber im Wasser und am Strand. Marco und die Einheimischen schien das jedoch nicht gross zu interessieren, doch ich hatte ein wenig länger bis ich im Wasser war. Falls Jemand genauere Informationen bezüglich diesen Glibbern hat, dürft ihr mir gerne Bescheid geben. Von der Sonne aufgetankt fuhren wir ins Pacific Fair Shopping Centre an der Gold Coast. Unsere einzige Errungenschaft war eine Flasche Wasser. Püntklich auf den Feierabendverkehr fuhren wir mit unserem Apollo nach Newmarket, einem Vorort von Brisbane.Read more

  • Day31

    Surfers Paradise

    April 2 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 26 °C

    Nachdem alli Campingplätz uf Grund vom Coronavirus gschlosse sind, hemmer üs dezue entschiede es airbnb z'miete. Vo det us hemmer no bizli öpis chönne entdecke bis mier üs denn nach langem hin und här und dur die immer verstärchtere Regle, schwären Härzens dezue entschiede hend üse flug zrug id Schwiz
    z'bueche😥
    Die letste Täg hemmer denn de Jucy no chli usgrumed und die restlich Zit in Quarantäne im airbnb verbracht und üs det chli verwiled.
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  • Day14

    House Sitting

    October 25, 2019 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 25 °C

    To be able to own a vehicle we need to have a CRN (Customer Reference Number) this will allow us to register the vehicle. Sounds very bureaucratic and time consuming. We need various identification, passport, two bank cards etc.

    When we arrived at the offices we were given the forms to complete, plus forms for Mike to complete to verify our address, plus a queuing number similar to a delicatessent’s. Before we had managed to get half way through the form we were called to window 3. 10 minutes later, all sorted. The brits would have been able to make this process far more tortuous and time consuming.

    Unfortunately getting a SIM card for our old Nokia was not so simple. The Nokia works OK in England. Our iPhones have plans that allow roaming, using the 8GB data, unlimited call to UK and 500 minutes of international calls - we are sorted. Unfortunately it’s expensive for anyone within Australia to phone us, therefore we need an Australian SIM. Our Nokia is only 2G, that’s fine because we don’t need any data, but there isn’t a 2G network in Australia 😡 so we need a new phone. The Vodafone store do sell them $60 but don’t have any in stock, they do have the $159 available. The same story in Telstra store. The second hand phone store only sell upmarket phones - all with 1 or 2 day battery life whereas the cheap keypad phones can be left on standby for weeks. The suggestion is to go and get a phone from a supermarket.

    Target is a big store, but no staff. When Mike eventually found some staff, they could sell us a phone, but couldn’t tell us about the various plans ... The Telstra store could tell us about the plans but didn’t have any of the cheaper phones so back to Target to buy the phone and try to sort out the plan online.

    We had arranged to go to the house we will be sitting at 7:30 pm. M&R meet up with friends each Friday evening at 5pm at a bar in the small shopping complex near the house. A drink, back home for something to eat and then back to 19 Akuna Street for introductions and to be shown around.

    This area of Brisbane is hilly. It was very steep walking up their drive, not easy for Bun in a skirt. Kami and Andrew are both teachers, well Andrew is a school chaplain which is a pastoral rather than a religious position. They have two kids, Hayley and Lochlan (Lachlan?). The house is 4 bedrooms, two with en-suite, an open plan kitchen/sitting room, a large balcony, back garden and swimming pool. This looks like a tough assignment for 4 weeks, but someone has to do it. Our ward is Penny, a 6 year old black Labrador cross Kelpie. She is very affectionate. Penny has her own dog door and spends much of her time on the balcony. 2hrs 15mins later and a number of games on a board game I hadn’t played before, we left and went home feeling quite happy about where we will be over Christmas and that the kids will have somewhere to stay too.
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  • Day23

    Week 3

    January 24 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 30 °C

    Hi loves ♥️
    Week 3 is already over! To be honest we started this week a little tired and exhausted. The partynights and adventurous days in Byron Bay left their traces. Also we were a bit disappointed about our english progress. Our teacher is really strict in grammar but he‘s not really interested in our speaking skills. We are more than thankful for our Swissfriends but they don‘t really maintain our progress.
    As the most of you know, we were searching for bicycle the last three weeks and now we finally found them! 🙌🏽
    On thursday, tobias a schoolmate from switzerland which lives with his aussie-girlfriend, invited us to a home party! It was a really funny evening! And good for us we where forced to speak english the whole night! Even though, we partied till late, on friday we were ready for our kayaking and surf lesson 🏄🏽‍♀ .
    We started with the kayaking and saddly it was really boring... therefore, the surf lesson was so much fun! Everyone remembers how fendi said that she’ll never surf? Well, she did it and even if we got a lot of bruises i think it wasn’t the last time for us🏄🏽‍♀.

    The quiet week was followed by a adventurous weekendtrip, read more about it in our next post...

    Love and miss you
    xoxo Fendi & Meret ♥️
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You might also know this place by the following names:

Gold Coast, Goudkus, غولد كوست, Горад Голд-Кост, Гоулд Коуст, Ora Marbordo, گلد کوست, חוף הזהב, गोल्ड कोस्ट, ゴールドコースト, გოლდ-კოსტი, 골드코스트, Gold Kostas, Goldkosta, Голд-Кост, Gold Coast i Queensland, گولڈکاسٹ, Голд Коаст, கோல்ட் கோஸ்ட், గోల్డ్ కోస్ట్, 黃金海岸, 黄金海岸

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