I hope you have had a great Christmas this year. To be honest hasn't really been the best summer so far in many parts of Australia, but after years and years of drought, it has been a welcome relief to finally have some water. A little too much water now - I think many of us are thinking it would be nice if someone could turn the tap off so we could get back to enjoying summer..
However, there are still some good Aussie getaways to be had! We recently had the opportunity to head up to the Queensland Gold Coast for a bit of a pre-Christmas family getaway, which was a great time away. Somehow, I find it a really nice alternative to go away before Christmas - no maddening peak-holiday crowds, and it is a nice relaxing way to lead into the holiday season. And it is a lot cheaper!
So, we packed the car (yep - we drove!) and fuelled up for the drive up the coast. Stopped a night at Coffs Harbour - staying just 100m from the "Big Banana" (it's a bit sad to see the attraction past it's prime..) - before continuing the drive up to Surfers Paradise. I much prefer to take the 1hr 15min flight up, but it was nice to have the car while up there!
Anyhow, we decided not to do the over the top theme park thing this time, but did spend a day at White Water World (next to Dreamworld). Unfortunately we picked one of the two days it rained during the week we were on the coast, but had a great time. Would love to go back on a hotter day. Maybe next trip. Anyhow, the kids are 9 & 6, and the park offered something for everyone, so it was an awesome day.
Most of the stay was at Peninsula Apartments, which used to be the tallest building on the coast in the pre-Q1 days. Just a couple of blocks from Cavill Avenue, so quite a good location. In some ways it doesn't really matter where you stay - there are so many options these days with the skyline seemingly forever changing with an endless array of new developments. I must admit, we were left wondering when does it ever get to the point where there is too much development? Anyhow, our accommodation at Peninsula was on a high floor, so it was great to watch the summer storms out over the ocean!