We packed out of our little studio in Melbourne and flew to the Gold Coast on 16 January for a timeshare week in Surfer’s Paradise. It was hot and humid when we got there–actually, most of the week was hot and/or humid and/or rainy.
We were surprised to discover that the timeshare, Turtle Beach Resort in Mermaid Beach, was a kid-oriented resort with all of the amenities designed for families. Our apartment was quite nice, though, with a modern, full-size kitchen and it was near an adult-only pool. A beautiful each was a ten-minute walk away; everything else was a bus or taxi ride away.
As we already knew, the Gold Coast is famous for its seemingly endless stretch of beautiful beaches. The sand is white, the sea is glorious shades of blue, and the surf is amazing.
One of the days we bought an all-day bus pass to go to Surfer’s Paradise to check it out and take a river cruise (in many Aussie cities, networks of rivers run through on their way to the sea). It ambled along the city front showing off some of the many skyscrapers, and along the residential areas with multi-million-dollar homes.
After the cruise, we wandered through the Wednesday Night market along the boardwalk. There were some intriguing locally-crafted items but, unfortunately, those that attracted us most would not have traveled well so we left empty-handed.
On the day that we left, the sky opened up—it rained so hard that we were concerned that our flight, which has been delayed, might be can be cancelled as several others had been. Fortunately, that did not happen, and we happily headed back for our last few days in Sydney before leaving on our cruise.