9D 7N Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia Trip

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I 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

Queensland Australia Trip, Day 1

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

A2: Wheel of Brisbane

A3: Cappuccino @ The Three Monkeys Coffee & Tea House

A4: Chocolate Cake @ The Three Monkeys Coffee & Tea House

A5: Wheels for hire by CityCycle Brisbane

A6: Brisbane CityCat ferry

A7: Jezebelle poses outside Queen Street Mall

A8: Nutworks and The Chocolate Factory

A9: Our hotel for 2 days @ Rydges Oasis Resort Caloundra, Sunshine Coast

Day 2

Queensland Australia Trip, Day 2

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

Day 3

Queensland Australia Trip, Day 3

Day 3 (Tuesday)
We traveled down to Gold Coast on the third day. The first stop was Main Beach after returning our rented car at Surfers Paradise, we hopped on to a Surfside bus to Sea World!

After our adventures in Sea World, we checked in to Palazzo Versace, had our dinner at Vie and retired for the day.

C1: Pelican is one of the many bird species at Sea World

C2: Fish of the day + XXXX Gold @ Dockside Tavern, Sea World

C3: Bert and Ernies Island Holiday show @ Sesame Street Beach, Sea World

C4: Fish Detectives show

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

Day 4

Queensland Australia Trip, Day 4

Day 4 (Wednesday)
After breakfast at Il Barocco, we spent half-day in the morning for whale watching and the rest of the day at Surfers Paradise.

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

Queensland Australia Trip, Day 5

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

Queensland Australia Trip, Day 6

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

Queensland Australia Trip, Day 7

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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