With Ivor visiting us from the U.K we decided to get out of Sydney and head up to Queensland and The Gold Coast. These first few pictures are actually from our trip up to Plam Beach in Sydney when we stopped at Narrabeen Lakes and hired a pedalo and a paddle board. I have only included these because Jimmy fell off the paddle board, which is very difficult to do - although easier when you're trying to show off.
Anyway, off we went to the Gold Coast. As soon as we'd landed and checked into our apartment we headed to Wet 'n'Wild! Possibly the best water park EVER! Being a Friday it wasn't too busy and we managed to go on all the rides at least twice, some maybe four times. The Tornado being out favourite and coming in at a close second was some sort of speed flume where they enclose you in a capsule and after a suspenseful wait with a countdown the floor quite literally disappears from beneath you and off you go, at what felt like 100mph - it was Ace.
After an eventful afternoon we went to check out what night life Surfers Paradise had to offer. It was as expected, mostly full of drunk 18 year olds and stag dos. We found a quieter Irish bar (which we frequented a few times) with a live band, who did an excellent rendition of Land Down Under.
The next day we drove up to Australia Zoo, Steve Irwin's zoo. Unlike most zoos the animals were more free roaming, and it was a little more like a sanctuary. The crocs however were behind fences! The highlight of the day had to be watching the crocodile show in the Crocoseum(!) and seeing one devour a whole pigs head. The sound of the croc chowing down into that is something we'll never forget. That evening we found a Brazilian restaurant to try out, which didn't disappoint before heading to our favourite Irish bar.
The Gold Coast has over 60km of beaches, so it would have been rude not to spend some time chilling on the beach. No matter where you are the beach seems to go on for ever. It really is beautiful.
On our final evening we stocked up on a variety of meats and the boys happiliy took to the BBQ. After dinner we wandered up to Surfer's to watch the sunset over the river we wandered back along the beach - getting a pretty nice view of surfer's lit up behind us. The sand also doesn't burn your feet so much in the evening so it was much more pleseant than walking along it in the day time.
On our final day we went for a few games of mini golf in the morning. Ivor and I let James' win both times (he is very competitive and we thought it best). We then drove along the coast, stopping at a number of different beaches on the way. At Burleigh Heads we took a stoll in the small national park, which took us up out onto a cliffs edge, where there were some great scenic views. We lost count of the number of different beaches we'd stopped at before we made it back to the airport.