So here I am.. Half way through my Australian adventure. With it also being spring break here at UTS, in addition to me having no exams! (yay!) I have two weeks to do whatever the hell I want! Therefore I decided I better crack on with what I came here to do (besides the studying) – Travel! See more of Australia and not just Sydney’s nightlife. To be fair the whole building of our residences could be called a ‘scene’ ; bar, club or party, whichever, there’s always a party of some kind going on on a nightly basis where I live. Often of a ‘fancy dress’ type which I find the best!
My trip is a long one, 12 days. Can’t remember the last time I had more than 10 days continuous holiday, so it Is a welcome sight. It’s going to be an amazing trip filled with lots of adventures. As part of it I have booked 10 day organised trip throughout Queensland East Coast starting from Brisbane and all the way to Cairns visiting amazing Whitsunday and Fraser islands, rain forests, white water rafting and the much dreaded bungee jump. But as if that wasn’t enough, I decided to extend my trip a little bit prior and past the organised tour. My first stop became: Surfers Paradise.
After partying with Geordie Shore in Sydney and no sleep I set off to Sydney Domestic Airport for my 6am flight. The pleasant surprise is that they do not check or limit liquids that you can bring on the plane, but they do swipe you’re bag and yourself all over for explosives residue. Now that’s exciting!
As soon as I hit the seat I fell asleep all the way until we had to bring our seats to upright position for landing. Quickest flight ever. It took me good 2 hours to get from the airport to ‘Surf n Sand’ Hostel where I was staying for the night. It’s literally one minute walk from the beach! So there I went as soon as I checked in and spent the rest of the day building my base tan for adventures to come! Now I remember from my Surf Camp I did in March, we’ve been told that Surfers Paradise wasn’t exactly that and there’s better places to surf. I found their waves to be amazing and rather powerful and although I did not go surfing in Surfers Paradise as one would presume, I had a cool play with the waves which hit me hard a couple of times and washed me up on shore. With sun going down behind the skyscrapers that line up the beach just after 5pm it felt like winter is near and it is. Not that it’s cold or anything, it’s still good 30 degrees, , but that it’s getting darker sooner.
Feeling tired with no sleep I turned down the offer to go on a massive ‘Backpackers Night Out’ where all backpackers get together and go on a big night out with endless drinks and free entry to numerous bars. So if you find yourself in Surfers Paradise, be sure to join in on the fun. Although I came for a beach bumming day before my crazy holiday begins. I did venture out In search of food, but instead ended up sitting on the beach listening to crashing waves and enjoying the peace. There is something about the ocean.. Don’t know what exactly, but I could sit there for hours sometimes thinking and sometimes with my mind going completely numb just enjoying the moment. I did, however, meet some locals and ended up being out in the only gay club they have in Surfers Paradise – Escape. Now that made me think gays are endangered species on he Gold Cost. Besides our group of 8 , there were maybe 20 other people and in a venue of it s size that looked so empty especially when half were always in the terrace smoking. There was a fair bit of fun with games similar to Take Me Out, just with a curtain in between the bachelor and the contestants. And obviously they were guys, and ten time less of them. At the end of it there was McDonald’s. On the beach. Must’ve been the best McDonald’s I have ever had.
Having overslept my check out I rushed out to do my last bits of sightseeing. I went up to SkyPoint Observation Deck which is 77 floors up and has the views to die for. In comparison to most tall buildings I’ve been in, the views rarely vary its just the roofs of buildings for miles. However, here in Surfers Paradise, you can see the beach, the canals that are 9 times longer than Venice apparently, mountains and endless ocean. It’s fascinating. And the building actually is the tallest residential building in Australia or the world, can’t remember for sure. I couldn’t resist to go back to the beach for a couple of hours after that and I seem to be getting tanned. Love it! I did manage to miss a bus to Brisbane as they do not run between 1-6pm so had to get a train, with a 40min bus journey to get there first. This journey seems to be taking forever, but I will use the time to write some postcards. I have 12 hours to explore Brisbane. That’s including the sleep , so I better Hurry!