The best and worst of Gold Coast
Three things that impressed me most:
1. An efficient transport system
2. Clean public toilets
3. Strangers can be nice and polite to one another
Three things that impressed me least:
1. Tourists who are angels during the day can turn into devils at night (I've seen how the people behaved at night)
2. Over-priced souvenirs, especially at Surfer's Paradise (far cheaper elsewhere)
3. A modern city that lacks a cultural soul (the place is all about the beaches and the pubs/night-life)
Ran out of travelogue space so I decided to make dune care a local custom. South of the Gold Coast has lovely beaches. The reason why they are so lovely is because they are protected by leaving the natural dunes in tact. Hubby was involved in caring for the coastline and enhancing it. He supervised 3 projects to take care of our natural flora and fauna, removing the spreading weeds and restoring the natural environment for all us tourists to enjoy.
SOUTH STRADBROKE ISLAND
The only way to this island is by Boat.
We took the 11.45am - 4.30pm cruise to the Island with Tall ship Island Adventures.
A Catamaran takes you to the Island. On the way you pass Sovereign Island, where Million dollars homes are located. As you near Sth Stradbroke, which is on you right hand side, keep your eye out for Wallabies on the beach, we saw a couple.
Here, you land at the dock. There is a bbq lunch, extra $15 (2009) set in a nice tropical setting. There is live entertainment by singing. The Wallabies seem to know when food is around, a few of them came around the tables.
INCLUDED IN THE PRICE IS...............
FREE USE OF......................Paddle Boats, Canoes, Hobie Cats, Pool Table, Beach Volley Ball.
There are over optional things to do, NOT INCLUDED IN THE PRICE..........
4wd, sand duning, parasailing, jet ski hire, doofer rides, seaplane & more.
The beach is nice, and there was hardly any people here, so you had a lot of it to yourself.
You can go back to Mariners cove by Catamaran or Yacht.
You can do the afternoon trip for $58,
Combine a Whale cruise when in season, in the morning and do the island in the afternoon for $99.
Check for offers, as THEY ARE OFTEN DISCOUNTED.
Departs from Mariner's Cove, Opposite the Sheraton Hotel on Seaworld Blvde.
Gold Coast Bus Map
Although its often easier to drive, the bus service operated by Surfside for Translink does provide a reasonably comprehensive service. Services along the Gold Coast Highway are frequent, however many routes elsewhere operate hourly or half hourly at best. Local buses are an inexpensive way to get to the Airport, theme parks, attractions and to connect with train services to Brisbane. See http://www.translink.com.au for timetables.
There is no current official map of routes. Here is a current unoffical map (made by myself) of bus routes on the Gold Coast (divided into north and south part for viewing). A larger and more printable version is available at the website below.
Fresh cakes and bread
The Main Beach Bakery is right on the waterfront across the road from the beach in Coolangatta. Here you can buy freshly made cakes with a hot perculated coffee.
They also make frsh lunches to order with a good choice of breads or rolls with crisp salads and various cold meats.