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Gold Coast

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  • Day71

    Our last big (ish) drive today and therefore our last full day with the Sweat Box. We said goodbye to the Noosa caravan park and pootled to Hastings Street, the trendy touristy street we visited on day one, and picked up some artwork for the house (which makes it sound fancier than cheap prints of Australian animals).

    Next stop was Eumundi Markets where Matt almost ran over the parking attendant which could have been a sour end to the camper adventure. Unlike the vast majority of the markets we've visited so far no one was shouting Missy Missy/Boss Man at us which was nice. There was a vast array of stores from psychics to a man selling ammo out of the back of a truck (?!) plus your more typical ones selling jewellery and smoothies. We had a bit of a binge for lunch. We both had empanadas (aka posh Greggs), Matt tried to take himself back to Vietnam with a banh mi and I had amazing calamari from a stall run by a couple from York where the other customer being served was also from that neck of the woods (today's 'it's a small world' event number one)

    We hopped back into Sweaty and headed towards Brisbane. Unfortunately for Matt I'd spotted an important landmark we had to visit. No, not a geocache, but 'Queensland's most Southern biggest thing', also known as the Big Pineapple. Inside said big pineapple were two floors dedicated to displays about the growing and canning of pineapple sponsored by a canned pineapple company and a top food observation deck. There was a sign which said as the Big Pineapple was a heritage site they had to get permission to spruce it up. Permission clearly hadn't been granted yet as it was a bit run down but coolly kitsch. Inspired, I even styled my hair into a (small) pineapple to match.

    Finally we did get to Brisbane and excitingly went to a DIY car wash and had fun cleaning Sweaty - not that he looks much better as most of what appeared to be dirt was chips and rust. Then even more excitingly we cleared out the camper and packed. Whilst drinking beer at least. Matt chatted to a guy to told us Byron Bay (our next main stop) is full of druggies, hippies and unemployed people and we watched loads of cockatiels in the tree above our freshly cleaned van. This is campsite living at its finest.

    We bussed into town and went for tapas and drinks. Brisbane has a very pretty skyline and it's a shame we're not seeing much more of it before moving on to Surfer's Paradise tomorrow. On the bus home we did have Small World moment 2 though when one of the guys from our Fraser Island group tour got on. I know we're still in the same country but what are the odds? We had a quick chat before his stop and we managed to get off at the right place for our last night in the Camper Van. Eeeek it's becoming very scarily close to the end.
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  • Day72

    It's Matt back on blog duties today.

    The day started with the unexpectedly sad return of the Sweat Box. After a ropey start with the leaky roof we've both grown to love it. It's like reversing an oil tanker and the handbrake is very dodgy but it served us proud and I reckon we covered more than 2,000km in it all in all. Think some of the sadness was also the realisation that the trip is nearly over.

    At the rental place the bloke working there had brought his dog, Diesel, to work, it had a limp and we felt sorry for it so I went over and stroked it but made my hand go black and smelly (sure you're thinking wow great story -sorry slow news day).

    After an Uber to the bus depo we made our way to Surfers Paradise. We've tried to avoid backpacker places but as we're only here for one night we booked a private room in a hostel. It's actually a room in a two bed apartment, it's ok but furnished like a young offenders institute. The helpful lady on reception told us they organise a bar crawl that starts at 10pm, given we've been in bed by that time most nights and I'm double the age of the other guests we didn't attend.

    We went to the Sushi Train for lunch (Yo Sushi knock off) and then attempted a walk down the beach but it started pissing it down so we took refuge in a Macca's (been in more McD's this trip than the last ten years combined) and used their wifi to workout we're actually staying just outside Surfers Paradise and had been walking in the wrong direction.

    After this minor setback we regrouped back at the hostel. I had a reasonably priced beer and Helen fancied a wine. Funnily enough the wine list here isn't extensive, there's one option; purchase a whole bottle of white for $9 (£5.40). This was the same cost as one glass in Brisbane last night so the only question to answer was how many plastic cups do you want with it. Helen polished off half the bottle (tasted surprisingly decent apparently) before gifting the rest to a backpacker from Sweden called Adrian who seemed a bit incredulous that someone was giving away alcohol.

    Dinner was at a Greek place where we got a mixed grill to share before a drink or two then back to the cell, sorry room. The hostel yoofs were pre drinking before the bar crawl so we'd not even stayed out past the start of their night.

    Byron Bay tomorrow (in an airbnb apartment to ourselves) to spend the weekend with some friends from back home who now live over here so we're looking forward to that and might even stay up past 10pm.
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  • Day17

    Day 18 // Drove up to Surfer's Paradise for the next part of our journey // Will be staying at Runaway beach for bout two weeks now // Beautifull view from the 18th floor // Had another great Aussi BBQ // Quick dip in the pool afterwards // Amazing view of the Surfer's Paradise Skyline at night

  • Day92

    We left Evans Head at 5.30am to get to Tweed Heads to drop the caravan off for service. It was raining so we had to amuse ourselves for the day. We went out for breakfast and lunch, did some school work at the library and stocked up at the shops. Once the caravan was ready we drove to Tallebudgera on the Gold Coast with the CP right next to the creek which leads out to the ocean. Unfortunately we had more rain but the girls loved the waterslides at the caravan park. On our last morning there was some beautiful sunshine and we had a great swim at the Tallebudgera Creek Beach.Read more

  • Day22

    Day 22 // Went to Main Beach to do some bodyboarding // Very nice day with great waves // The Trees were filled with loads of adorable parakeets // Went to the Spit after to enjoy the calm and look out over the open ocean and the city

  • Day24

    Day 25 // Went to Springbrook National Park // Walked up to Natural Bridge, a waterfall that created a hole through the rock beneath it // Walked on the Dam where all the water is kept for the Gold Coast // Went to Saint Bernards to pet the doorguards and for lunch // Beautifull view of the mountains

  • Day26

    Day 27 // Took another surf lesson at Cheyne Horans // Great sunny day with calm waves // Spend the rest of the day at the beach & walking round the city // Sat on a really nice spot under the palm trees //

  • Day29

    Day 30 // Already on the halfway point of our trip // Took our last surf lesson with the Cheyne Horan school today // Thankfully more lessons to come in Sydney & Bali // Surfing is really great // Went to see the Signs of the Time exhibit in the Gold Coast Art Centre in the afternoon // Nice but small exhibit on street art // Accidentally found a really nice & calm mini beach in the park behind it

  • Day91

    It finally stopped raining today so after a quick swim and waterslides we explored the gold coast hinterland. We drove to Purling Brook Falls an amazing 100m waterfall and also saw a natural bridge in the Springbrook National Park. Jarrad and the girls finished with a swim at Currumbin Rock Pool. We then drove to Surfers Paradise SLSC for a beer and dinner. A#mohrtravels

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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