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Gold Coast Trip Day 1

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We took 2800 photos (including video recording) in total while we were in Gold Coast, and oh my it’s so difficult to choose from so many photos and finally decide which ones that I will post in my blog.

Anyway, it was summer in Gold Coast when we visited this city, so I made sure all of us used sun block everyday before we left the house and applied after sun gel after we took our evening bath. Sun glasses and hats were also very important to protect us from the sun.

We arrived in Coolangatta Airport, Gold Coast in a bright Saturday morning on 15 November 2014, and it was also officially the start of our holiday. The airport itself was quite small and crowded. The first thing to do after we arrived was went to the toilet, filled our water bottles with the drinking water from the tap because it was going to be a long journey to our hotel, went to the Visitor Information Center to buy Go Card (it was like an EZlink card in Singapore which we would be using when we wanted to ride the bus or trams), and also went to the store to buy local phone number and internet package. We needed the internet because we would be using Google Maps during our trips. We finally bought local number at one of the mall in Surfers Paradise and not at the airport because we needed time to compare between one package to another.

The boy was ready to travel with his Go Card

The boy was ready to travel with his Go Card

Go Card is refundable at the airport at the end of the trip which would be credited into our credit card. Deposit amount for adult card was AUD 10 and child card was AUD5 and all were refundable. It was easier and cheaper to travel with Go Card than paid directly to the bus driver. We could top up our cards at any 7-Eleven stores or even to the bus driver.

Car rental was also available at the airport and we saw a long queue on the car rental booth. We didn’t take taxi (which was also available at the airport) because it could be very expensive. So we just followed the public buses sign and took buses to our hotel in Surfers Paradise area. The buses parked very closely to the departure area and it was actually very convenient to ride buses everywhere along the Gold Coast. The buses were clean, good air con,  and not many people on board so we usually could choose where to sit. Just don’t forget to tap the card when you enter and alight from the bus. Alternatively, we could also book a shuttle bus but taking the public buses was still the least expensive way to travel for us.

The bus from the airport even had a big luggage storage

The bus from the airport even had a big luggage storage

Very happy looking outside the bus

The very happy boy who said to me on the bus: “I never thought that I would go to Australia this soon. I thought I’d had to wait until I’m a teenager.” So it was like a dream come true for him

Everybody enjoyed the trip

Our first trip in Australia was finally begun

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Enjoying the bus trip

For the first hotel, I chose Artique Hotel and Resort in Surfers Paradise (more about this hotel and why we chose this location in my next post). The trip from the airport to Surfers Paradise took about 1.5 hours and we had to change bus at the Broadbeach Station which was also a tram station.

We waited for the second bus at the Broadbeach Station. The schedule of the bus could be seen above our heads

We waited for the second bus at the Broadbeach Station. The schedule of the bus could be seen above our heads

The view in front of Broadbeach Station

The view in front of Broadbeach South Station

When we finally arrive at Remembrance Drive bus stop (the closest bus stop to our hotel) , we were all exhausted and hungry. We still needed to walk to our hotel, but the boy was already a bit cranky because he was very tired, the weather was so hot and it was also lunch time. So we decided to eat first in Chickery Chick, a restaurant just opposite Remembrance Drive bus stop and which was actually very near to our hotel. The owner was a couple from Yugoslavia and (surprisingly) Indonesia with 3 children and we talked quite a lot with the wife who was from Indonesia. They were nice and the food was good too, specially the big pile of french fries and the boy’s first fish and chips in Australia.

The food portion was quite huge for us, so we usually shared the food together among us……………….except for the boy who amazingly could always finish everything. Even if he didn’t finish his food, I put it in the lunch box for his afternoon snack (like pizza, bread, or any kind of fried food).

His first fish and chips for AUD 11 and one portion of whole chicken with fries for the rest of us for AUD 22. Even after we were all fulled, we still had some leftover chicken.

His first fish and chips for AUD 11 and one portion of whole chicken with fries for the rest of us for AUD 22. Even after we were all fulled, we still had some leftover chicken.

Everyone was hungry. It was impossible to find chili sauce in Gold Coast. We usually had the food with either tomato sauce, mayonnaise,  or barbecue sauce.

Everyone was hungry. It was impossible to find chili sauce in Gold Coast. We usually had the food with either tomato sauce, mayonnaise, or barbecue sauce.

After lunch, we just needed to walk for less than 10 minutes to our hotel. We had no high expectation, but as soon as we saw the hotel and the room………..we were so in love with everything…………………I booked a two bedroom apartment with kitchen and laundry facility inside the room . The hotel was new, modern, and super clean especially the bathroom. It was a nice room and we had a wonderful stay at the hotel.

For this trip, I didn’t buy any attraction tickets online, because I didn’t want to be too occupy by our tight schedule, although the boy had already said that there are some places that he must visit. Fortunately, the hotel receptionist in Gold Coast also sold attractions tickets and the price could be way cheaper than the front gate tickets. Plus, it was also very convenient for us because we didn’t need to queue to buy tickets in the theme parks.

After arranging our stuff at the hotel, we went for grocery shopping and strolling around the area. The boy put his hat and sunglasses and asked me: “Do I look like an Australian?” and I said: “Yap!” and he replied: “It’s a good disguise, right?” And I couldn’t stop laughing………….

He does look like an Australian, doesn't he???

He does look like an Australian, doesn’t he???

In front of the signage of our first hotel

In front of the signage of our first hotel

We found these comfortable benches

We found this comfortable bench on the sidewalk just next to the hotel. We could find these benches almost everywhere actually

A quiet street

A quiet street and a nice weather

From our hotel, we just turned left and then turned right and walked straight to reach the busy streets in Surfers Paradise. The walks took about 15 to 30 minutes

From our hotel, we just turned left and then turned right and walked straight to reach the busy streets in Surfers Paradise. The walks took about 15 to 30 minutes to supermarkets and restaurants

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There were also mini-markets along the streets, souvenir shops, and an antique photo booth

We couldn’t bring things that contain milk and cheese to Australia, so we must went shopping to buy our daily needs especially milk for the boy. We also planned to prepare breakfast by ourselves in the morning, so we also bought bread, ham, and sausages. I also added some snacks to our grocery list, because the boy always needed to snack at least twice a day. I only bought biscuits that we couldn’t find either in Jakarta or Singapore, so we could taste new flavor of food. I also found cheddar cheese spread to eat with the bread which was very delicious.

My mom also bought rice because she planned to cook rice. With most restaurants served not so healthy food such as burgers, chips, pizza, fried food, etc, my mom said she must make sure that we ate vegetables at least once a day for dinner. So in order to eat healthy food at dinner time, we also bought liquid packed chicken stock, carrots, and some vegetables for salad. The chicken stock tasted nice and yummy. For fruit, we chose banana.

We also brought instant noodle and it helped a lot especially when we were already too tired to find food outside. This was also the first time for the boy to try instant noodle (indomie goreng), and he liked it a lot.

We substitute oil with butter for cooking because we couldn’t find small package of oil. We saved some small packages of butter and salt from the restaurant where we had lunch and used them for cooking. Eating outside for the five of us could be very expensive, so we really saved a lot of money by preparing our breakfast and dinner. My mom usually was the one who did all the cooking with very little help from us……………

Ice cream first before we went for grocery shopping

Ice cream first before we went for grocery shopping

Inside the mall

Inside the mall

First grocery shopping at Woolworths

First grocery shopping at Woolworths (within walking distance from the hotel)

So confuse.......there were so many nice biscuits to choose

So confuse…….there were so many nice biscuits to choose

Plain milk and strawberry for the boy and chocolate milk for daddy

Plain milk and strawberry for the boy and chocolate milk for daddy

Self service cashier

Self service cashier

After we were done with the shopping, now it was time to explore Surfers Paradise, especially along the very famous and busy street of Cavill Avenue and the beach.

We found a lively

We found a lively street just at the back (or the front) of the mall

People were everywhere and no vehicles along this street, so it was very comfortable to walk

People were everywhere and no vehicles along this street, so it was very comfortable to walk

Building

Fresh air, no pollution, and I had zero pimple problems in here although I ate junk food everyday

Ripley's Believe It Or Not Musuem

Ripley’s Believe It Or Not Museum

Busy street, but relaxed people.....

Busy street, but relaxed people…..this place was still alive even until night…….

The entrance to the mall

The entrance to the mall

The beach was just across the street

The beach was just across the street

Very crowded but amazingly super clean beach. The wind was also very strong on the beach

Very crowded but amazingly super clean beach. The wind was also very strong on the beach

His favorite thing to do: chasing the birds.......

His favorite thing to do: chasing the birds…….

and again..........

a perfect place for running around

Me and the boy

Me and the boy

Tall buildings opposite the beach

Tall buildings opposite the beach

On the way back to our hotel

On the way back to our hotel

Chasing the birds again on the way back

Chasing the birds again on the way back

Surfers Paradise was a crowded place, but we loved it a lot. The boy said he misses Surfers Paradise and especially Sky Point Observation Building. When I asked why he missed Sky Point, he said because it was the tallest building that he ever he’d ever been to in his life……..

We were too tired to walk home, so wee took the tram to Northcliffe Station which was very near to our hotel, and we absolutely loved the tram ride. The tram was clean and spacious and cool and run smoothly on the streets. We loved the tram ride better than the bus ride.

The bright yellow tram

The bright yellow tram

Enjoying the tram ride

Enjoying the tram ride

The boy closed the day by dipping himself in the hotel swimming pool and Jacuzzi, and continued by a long bath in the bathtub, then snack and dinner and bed at 8 pm……….amazing how he could have that energy for the whole day when he only slept less than 4 hours on the plane.

 

Author: cruiseoflife

Hi there. I'm from Indonesia but now live quite far away from my home country. I love cooking for my family. I learned how to cook for the first time from my mom and I believe that mom's cooking is always the best, and I do hope that my son will feel the same too even though he grows up so fast. I love Indonesian food as I grew up with it, and I promise to myself that my son, although he doesn't live in Indonesia right now, will always like and enjoy authentic Indonesian food. I make this blog so that my family will always remember our togetherness and happy time that we had, are having, and will have when we eat together and have good memories about a mother's love through her dishes. Hopefully these recipes will help other people to make healthy home cooked dishes for their families.

2 thoughts on “Gold Coast Trip Day 1

  1. wah iya pantainya bersih banget ya🙂

    • Iya, heran juga di mana mana termasuk pantai dan tempat2 wisata bersih2 bgt, termasuk toiletnya. Padahal banyak turis2nya di sini, dan jarang deh ngeliat petugas cleaning service atau tkg sapu jalan, tp herannya bisa gak ada sampah di mana2

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