A WEEK ON THE GOLD COAST

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.

Our first view of the Gold Coast shoreline

Our first view of the Gold Coast shoreline

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.

Beachfront--the flags indicate where swimming in safe...surfers rule everywhere else

Beachfront–the flags indicate where swimming in safe…surfers rule here

Beachfront looking toward Surfers Paradise--note pine trees along shoreline instead of palm trees....

Beachfront looking toward Surfers Paradise–note pine trees along shoreline instead of palm trees….

Surfers Paradise 

Beachfront at Surfers Paradise--reminded us of South Beach in Miami

Beachfront at Surfers Paradise–reminded us of South Beach in Miami

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.

Cruising into row of $1M+ homes--note city front skyscrapers in the center background

Cruising into row of $1M+ homes–note city front skyscrapers in the center background

River house

River house

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Another river house–interestingly, many of these are holiday homes that are rarely occupied!

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.

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Rain before takeoff at the Gold Coast airport

View of Sydney coast--on the left is the Pacific Ocean, in the right center is Sydney Harbour

View of sunny Sydney coast a couple of hours later–on the left is the Pacific Ocean, in the right center is Sydney Harbour

 

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