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Gold Coast

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  • Day1

    Whipped off the plane and straight to check in. Same plane! Didn't even get the chance to sit down, let aline charge my phone!

  • 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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  • Day109

    Die Gold Coast wird wegen ihrer Wolkenkratzer und der vielen reichen Leute auch als das Miami Australiens bezeichnet. Auf unserem Weg zum YHA haben wir mehr als ein Haus gefunden, in das wir gerne sofort eingezogen wären - aber auch unser Hostel mit offenem Essbereich und Blick aufs Meer muss sich nicht verstecken.
    Da die Gold Coast für ihre vielen Themenparks bekannt ist, haben wir uns für ein Ticket entschieden, das gleich 3 beinhaltet, und den ersten Tag in der Warner Brothers Movie World auf verschiedenen Achterbahnen verbracht. Die Sonne am zweiten Tag haben wir für einen Ausflug zur Wet'n'wild Wasserwelt genutzt (Highlight hier war der Aqualoop, der damit beginnt, dass man durch eine Falltür in die Tiefe stürzt). Abgerundet wurde der Tag durch einen Spaziergang zum The Spit mit tollem Ausblick auf die Skyline.
    Der dritte und letzte Themenpark war SeaWorld, praktischerweise nur einen Spaziergang von unserem Hostel entfernt. Anders als die europäischen SeaWorlds, die ich kannte, gibt es hier nur wenige Aquarien, sondern große Fischbecken, Vorführungen und einige Achterbahnen. Wir haben Delfine, Haie, Pinguine und Eisbären gesehen (in unterschiedlichen Becken) und Rochen gestreichelt.
    Auf dem Weg nach Brisbane sind wir noch durch den Tamborine Nationalpark gefahren und haben dort eine Glühwürmchen Höhle besichtigt. Die Spezies kommt nur in Australien und Neuseeland vor und leuchtet heller als die europäische Spezies, so dass die Höhle unglaublich schön wie ein Sternenhimmel aussah.
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  • Day108

    In der Stadt der Reichen gibt es wahrscheinlich viele Prachtbauten zu begutachten, jedoch war das Angebot der umliegenden Freizeitparks für uns verlockender.
    Den ersten Tag unseres Freizeitabenteuers haben wir in der Warner Brothers Movie World auf den Schultern von Superman und gegen Aliens kämpfend verbracht. Da die Sonne sich am zweiten Tag mehr als ausgiebig zeigte, konnten wir in der Wet'n'Wild Wasserwelt inklusive Aqualoop, welcher mit einem freien Fall durch eine Falltür startet, ein feucht fröhliches Vergnügen haben. Am letzten Tag unserer Freizeitparktour haben wir schlussendlich SeaWorld besucht und dort unter anderem Pinguine beobachten und Rochen streicheln können.

    Auf dem Weg nach Brisbane darf man auf keinen Fall der Tambourine Nationalpark verpassen, welcher für seine Glühwürmchen bekannt ist. Da es für die Glühwürmchen tagsüber zu hell ist, wurde extra eine Höhle für sie gebraut, in welcher sie so zahlreich vorhanden sind, dass die Höhlendecke wie ein Sternenhimmel aussieht.
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  • Day16

    Ich habe gemerkt, dass Yamba nicht mein drittletzter, sondern mein viertletzter Stopp an der Ostküste war. Allerdings zähle ich Surfers Paradise nicht so wirklich. Es hat mir gar nicht gefallen. Viele schwärmen davon und man muss da gewesen sein. Ich brauche dort nicht wieder hin. Was schön war, war der Strand. Ein scheinbar endloser Strand, den man lange entlang laufen kann, aber direkt dran ist die Skyline von Surfers Paradise. Es mag das Surfer´s Paradise sein, aber es ist nicht mein Paradies! (Es gibt das ganze Jahr hinweg immer gute Wellen)
    Die Stadt sind wir in 30 Minuten abgelaufen und wussten dann auch nicht so richtig was wir machen sollten. Am späten Nachmittag fand noch ein Markt statt und das war das Highlight unseres Besuches. Wir hatten das Beste Karamell Stück unseres Lebens, waren noch am Strand entlang joggen und haben uns auf unser Zimmer verzogen um am nächsten Tag früh nach Brisbane zu fahren.

    I realized Yamba wasn´t my third last but my fourth last stop on the east coast. Well, I don´t really count Surfers Paradise. I didn´t like it. A lot of people love this place and say you should have seen it but I don´t need to go back there. What I liked was the beach. It seemed to be an endless beach which you could walk for hours. But directly next to it is the skyline of Surfers Paradise. It may be the surfer´s paradise but it´s definitely not my paradise! (You have good waves all year)
    We walked through the city for 30 minutes and then we didn´t really know what else to do. In the late afternoon there was a market which was the highlight of our visit. We had the best caramel slice in our lives, went for a run along the beach and went back to our hostel to go to Brisbane early in the morning.
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  • Day211

    In Surfers Paradise gab es ein kleines Wiedersehen mit drei von den Leuten mit denen ich in Melbourne in dem großen Shared House gelebt habe. Eine arbeitet und wohnt inzwischen dort und zwei andere kamen am selben Tag an wie ich.
    Gold Coast ist eine recht große Stadt direkt am Meer. Am Strand entlang reihen sich Wolkenkratzer und es ähnelt ein bisschen Miami nur kleiner.
    Die Stadt ist nicht so busy wie andere Städte hier und sehr relaxed. Eine typische Surfer und Skater Stadt. Einen detaillierteren Eindruck konnte ich mir leider nicht machen, denn nach zwei Tagen gings für mich schon weiter... wohin? In meine zweite Heimat! - Brisbane❤️Read more

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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