Wow just wow. I never thought Australia would be for me to be honest but the Gold Coast has pleasantly surprised me. I have had no true desire to visit until my partner had work here and we decided to do some exploring. We drove from Hervey Bay, and yep I slept the whole journey- this is pretty standard from me. I have been really pleasantly surprised about how beautiful some parts are and how much character there is. My favourite so far is where we stayed in the Surfers Paradise area on the waterway for Christmas. I love being on the water and spotted my dream house out here on the waterway, set back with some sand surrounded by palm trees- serious vision board material and great timing for me to start working on my goals for this year!
We hired a yacht on Christmas Eve and spent 5 hours out on the water which was so much fun- very different to my usual festivities. It was pouring with rain on Christmas Day so I cooked a roast instead of a bbq ( I was secretly happy as I loveeee a roasty). We saw dolphins swimming past the house which was just such a surreal amazing Christmas Day experience.
My highlights and things I recommend are:
- Breakfast at the Grocer and Grind which was probably one of the best kale, avocado and egg brekkies I’ve ever had, with just a really cool vibe and super healthy options.
- Lunch or Afternoon tea at the Crowne Plaza revolving restaurant with amazing panoramic views.
- A romantic dinner on the Gondola.
- For a drink it would be worth stopping at the Versace hotel which is where the ‘I’m a Celebrity get me out of here’ show contestants get to stay- this overlooks the water and is beautiful.
- A shopping trip to Pacific Fair is worth it for a nice indoor and outdoor mall which has a really good mix of high street stores eg H+M and high end such as Louis Vuitton.
- A trail walk at Burleigh Heads with incredible sea views when you get to the top of the trail. This is around a 25 minute walk.
- A visit to the Q1 building which is the tallest building in Australia and 7th tallest residential building the world is worth it for the views, probably on a clear daytime would be the best in my opinion rather than the night when we went.
I still haven’t changed my mind about the service here in Australia- they are super laid back so don’t expect the best and be prepared to ask a few times for things you want as things are easily forgotten here.
Thanks so much for reading and the next blog post coming will be on Sydney.
– CASEY PAUL