9D 7N Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia TripI went to Queensland, Australia with my wife & toddler in mid-October 2011 for 9 days 7 nights in which the first day and the last day were spent in the plane.
As we booked our flight from one of AirAsia’s promotions one year in advance, we had ample time to plan every single thing and of course, it gave us sufficient time to save enough money for the trip.
Along the way, we opted to apply for ETA online which was fast and convenient, pre-booked our meals and baggage online through AirAsia website and booked our hotel rooms and apartments at least two months in advance to take advantage of the best available price. We also purchased tickets for the theme parks, zoos and wildlife sanctuaries online as most of these attractions have better pricing available online.
We boarded our flight to Gold Coast, Australia from LCCT, Kuala Lumpur at around 9:25pm (Kuala Lumpur time) on October 15. The best part of the flight was probably the pre-booked meal on AirAsia X going to Gold Coast.
We arrived at Coolangatta Airport, Gold Coast at 7:25am (Brisbane time) on October 16 after an 8-hour ordeal.
The weather during springtime was lovely between 17 °C (degree Celcius) and 26 °C (degree Celcius) and was sunny all around except during a short stint when we were at the zoo.
Here’s the short roundup of the trip: –
Day 1 (Sunday)
Besides the unavoidable delay at the airport after we landed, the first day was pretty much a relaxing day.
After collecting our rented car from Thrifty at Coolangatta airport, we headed straight to Brisbane.
In Brisbane, we quickly parked our car at a covered car park at Cordellia St. with Secure Parking for a flat rate of A$10 before we walked to The Three Monkeys Coffee & Tea House for brunch.
We strolled towards South Bank for CityCat but we didn’t miss the attractions in Brisbane. As we reached Queen Street Mall, I purchased Vodafone Australia prepaid micro-SIM starter pack for our phone and Internet needs during our stay in Queensland, Australia before we left the city for Sunshine Coast.
At Sunshine Coast, the first place we stopped by was Nutworks and the Chocolate Factory for shopping for macadamia nuts!
After our shopping galore at Nutworks, we checked-in to our hotel at Rydges Oasis Resort Caloundra.
We had some good fun at McDonald’s Caloundra while we had our dinner as we wrapped up the day with some good coffee and cake from McCafe’s.
A1: Nissan Micra, our rented car from Thrifty car rental in Gold Coast for two days
A3: Cappuccino @ The Three Monkeys Coffee & Tea House
A4: Chocolate Cake @ The Three Monkeys Coffee & Tea House
A5: Wheels for hire by CityCycle Brisbane
A7: Jezebelle poses outside Queen Street Mall
A9: Our hotel for 2 days @ Rydges Oasis Resort Caloundra, Sunshine Coast
Day 2 (Monday)
On the second day, we spent most of our time at the Australia Zoo.
Needless to say, Australia Zoo was world-class in every aspect and we enjoyed the visit to the fullest.
B1: For our lunch at Australia Zoo, we took away sandwiches from Di Bella Coffee, Sunshine Coast best coffee but forgot the coffee!
B2: Australia Zoo, the home of the Crocodile Hunter
B3: Steve Irwin Tribute, the statuettes of Steve Irwin, Terri, Robert and Bindi Irwin
B4: Reptile keeper Lisa, posing with an iguana
B5: Australia Zoo Wildlife Warriors feeding the Saltwater crocodile!
B6: Jezebelle pets a sheep at Kids’ Zoo
B7: Sheeba the Cheetah at Africa
B8: A kangaroo at Roo Heavens
C1: Pelican is one of the many bird species at Sea World
C2: Fish of the day + XXXX Gold @ Dockside Tavern, Sea World
C5: Jezebelle flies on one of the rides
C6: Fairy penguin at Penguin Point
C7: Our ‘7-star’ hotel room @ Palazzo Versace
C8: Swimming pool area @ Palazzo Versace
C9: Marinated lamb rump with quinoa @ Vie Bar + Restaurant
D1: Buffet Breakfast @ Il Barocco, Palazzo Versace
D2: Jezebelle and Angel on ‘Tallship’ before the ship sailed out for Whale Watching Tour
D3: Our hotel @ Paradise Resort Gold Coast in Surfers Paradise
D4: The new waterpark @ Paradise Resort Gold Coast
D5: Father-daughter time: Jezebelle and I sunbathe @ Paradise Resort Gold Coast
D6: Jezebelle enjoys playing with sands @ Surfers Paradise beach
D7: It’s Surfers Paradise, baby!
D8: Vienna coffee @ The Coffee Club, Surfers Paradise
D9: Pork Steak @ The Coffee Club
D10: Yours truly @ Starbucks Coffee, Surfers Paradise
Day 5 (Thursday)
We spent nearly the entire day at Movie World before spending some time at Pacific Fair and called it a night.
E1: Family photo with Sylvester at Movie World
E2: Jezebelle and Angel are trapped in Tweety and Sylvester Cages at Kids’ WB! Fun Zone
E3: Scooby-Doo and the Mystery Inc. Gang
E4: Nachos and XXXX Gold at Dirty Harry Bar
E5: What’s Up Rock? show
E6: Ben & Jerry’s ice-cream
E7: Hawkgirl, Wonder Woman and The Green Lantern in All Star Parade
E8: Cappuccino @ Zarraffa’s Coffee, Pacific Fair
E9: Kraft Easy Mac Bacon Carbonara for breakfast, lunch and dinner for the remaining days
E10: Our apartment @ Regency on the Beach Gold Coast, Palm Beach
Day 6 (Friday)
On day 6, we spent the early part of the day at Paradise Country for Aussie Farm tour and the rest of the day at Surfers Paradise including SkyPoint for a 360 degree view of Gold Coast.
F1: Early morning sunrise at Palm Beach, Gold Coast
F2: A cowgirl demonstrates horse-riding @ Paradise Country
F3: Jezebelle pets the sheeps @ Paradise Country
F4: Jezebelle and Angel hold a lamb @ Paradise Country
F5: Q1 Resort, Surfers Paradise
F6: Aerial view of Surfers Paradise from SkyPoint Observation Deck, Q1 Resort
F7: Cookies & Cream Cheesecake and coffee @ SkyPoint Cafe & Bar
F8: Jezebelle enjoys the high view on SkyPoint Observation Deck
Day 7 (Saturday)
On the seventh day, we went to Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary and spent the rest of the day purely relaxing.
G1: Breakfast of Kraft Easy Mac and Dare Double Espresso @ Regency on the Beach Gold Coast
G2: Mini train @ Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary
G3: Zookeeper at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary holding up a poisonous snake
G4: Jezebelle and Angel pet a kangaroo
G5: A tree kangaroo
G6: A mother koala bear holds her baby
G7: A wombat is having its meal
G8: Jezebelle celebrates her birthday with a pie
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