So this is an incredibly belated post, but Bryan and I went to the Gold Coast about 2 weeks ago! It was such a yolo kind of trip, because the tickets were cheap and we got really nice accommodation on “early bird special” so yeah. We went to the airport at like 4am, for our 6am flight to QLD. By the time we arrived it was like 8am Melbourne, or 7am QLD, but then the shuttle bus took about an hour to get to the hotel so we checked in at about 8am.
The room wasn’t ready yet, so we had to leave our bags with reception and head off to Movie World, since we booked the shuttle bus to take us there anyway. Both Bryan and I have been to Movie World/Wet n Wild/Sea World before, so we had a pretty good idea of the rides and stuff. Of course we went on the Superman Escape, tried out the Green Lantern which was pretty lame, Scooby-doo, etc. Luckily for us the lines weren’t even that long! We got to skip the queue like 3 times because we’re only a pair, instead of a big group heheh.
Nachos for lunch.
Oh my gosh guys, I highly DON’T recommend booking a shuttle bus for your travels- they’re great for airport transfer/pick up but they are so limiting in terms of themepark pick up. Firstly, the bus only comes at limited times per day (the earliest pick up time was like 4pm… so late wtf).
The worst part was that the bus was late. When it FINALLY came, there was a lot of confusion. The lady driver was nice but she was so confused and disorganised… she tried to be kind by giving people lifts to their hotels even though their booking was unlisted, but she had no route planned out and people kept getting off at the wrong places so it look literally 2 hours to get home. Bryan and I were just quiet…. people on the bus were being pretty rude to her after a while, just adding to her confusion- she was clearly very flustered. They all illegally got off at Surfers Paradise when the bus was at the traffic lights… Idk we felt really sorry for her… but also annoyed because our time was wasted LOL
The roads in QLD are tiny, and there are so many bends. There was also a lot of construction going on for the light rail network, so she kept driving into ridiculously tight spaces, having to reverse (and nearly like ran over some pedestrians WTF) and then, at one of the hotels, the bus like…scraped against the curb. -.-‘
We finally got back to the hotel, and I was so impressed with it! LOL i didn’t include pictures though because they really don’t do it justice. Oops, my bad. Should have taken more photos :P But here’s the foyer:
The hotel was really nice- everything was new, it had a sauna, steam room, spa, swimming pool and gym. Our room had it’s own kitchen with everything we needed (but we only really ate out so we didn’t use it much LOL) and the TV had Foxtel! I really like this hotel, probably the best I’ve ever been at especially for the price, but then I hardly stay at hotels anyway. We had dinner at some place in Surfers’ Paradise, and had Ben & Jerry’s for dessert. I’m obsessed with the Clusterfluff flavour… well pretty much any peanut butter flavour LOL. Bryan hadn’t had Ben & Jerry’s before, but he really liked the Cookie Dough one
The next day we decided that after that scarring bus experience, Bryan and I couldn’t be bothered with theme parks any more. Actually I only really wanted to go to Movie World anyway, because last time I went to QLD I desperately wanted more time at the beach. So that’s what we did! But first, we decided to have lunch at this place called Longboard near our hotel. Apparently they have the best burgers around and are famous for this one MASSIVE burger called the Phat Bastard.
We decided to share the burger since it sounded so goooood. Omg. I don’t know how people can eat it under 30mins, the both of us could barely even get through half of it. You can’t really tell from these photos tbh because the chips are chunky too LMFAO (why aren’t I good at taking photos sjfkfhds) but anyway in the pic below, you can see Bryan’s hand in the corner, and the glasses of drink in the background. It’s a ridiculously huge- 1.8kg burger. The patty alone was 800g.
This is a photo after we had eaten AS MUCH as we could, and the burger is still almost as big as his head LOL
So tasty but so muchhhhh. Anyway, after that we went to Surfers Paradise! The weather wasn’t that great, so we went to this huge arcade inside Surfer’s, where we spent quite a lot of time. Bryan booked a surprise Teppanyaki dinner for me, since it was our 3 year anniversary :D It was really nice and the chef made some smiley faces on the hot plate haha.
It’s kind of a blur now in terms of which days we did what. I think on the last day we walked by this sand sculpture event they had going on. There was a tent with sand sculpting tools so we decided to make something: it was supposed to be a donkey, but ended up being a wombat LOL.
After lunch at some pub thingy, we went to the beach of course, jumped around in the waves and had fun there. We were half looking out for Running Man but not really. The good thing about our hotel was that it was only a few metres down from the beach, so after the beach we went to the spa and steam room! I like steam rooms much more than saunas, I hate the feeling of a sauna drying out my face.
Finally for dinner we went to Hogs Breath Cafe, which I hadn’t been to before. It was so yummy!!! I got the special, which had like.. steak, pork ribs and chicken! LOL. So good. And we shared a strawberry daiquiri mocktail. Afterwards we took a walk down Surfer’s Night Markets which was nice. There were a lot of interesting little stalls set up and we got couple bracelets hahah.
Annnd then we went home the next day :c I want to go back, it was definitely one of the most relaxing holidays I have been on