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Gold Coast Trip Day 2: Paradise Country

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We started the day with our homemade breakfast of bread toast with cheddar cheese spread and sausages.

First, put the bread in the toaster

First, put the bread in the toaster

Add Kraft Cheddar Cheese Spread on both bread and add 2 sausages, plus one glass of milk for the boy

Add Kraft Cheddar Cheese Spread on both bread and add 2 sausages, plus one glass of milk for the boy

Breakfast in front of the TV one a cold Sunday morning

Breakfast in front of the TV on a cold Sunday morning

We planned to visit Paradise Country that day. I didn’t choose to visit theme parks on Sunday because I was afraid of the crowd, and there was super long queue in one of the theme park that we saw during our journey to Paradise Country.

Basically, there was no direct bus to Paradise Country. The easiest way to go there was by car or taxi, or like we did, walked for about 1.1 km. Yes, seriously, we walked 1.1 km from the nearest bus stop to Paradise Country and then another 1.1 km from Paradise Country to the nearest bust stop. We saw nobody else walked to Paradise Country, only us…….

We took the bus to the theme parks, and the bus stopped at Wet and Wild first and then at Movie World. Nope, we didn’t go to Movie World as my son preferred Dream World, but we didn’t waste the opportunity to just take picture in front of the big Movie World Signage.

The entrance to Movie World

The entrance to Movie World, the three of us in red……..

My sister in front of Movie World

My sister in front of Movie World

We stopped at Movie World, which was the wrong decision because we were supposed to walk from Wet and Wild stop. Ouch, now we had to walk back to Wet and Wild, turn right, and walked straight until we reach Paradise Country. It was a very hot day, so the walk seemed like forever.

What??? Must walk back there??? No problem! Keep smiling!

What??? Must walk back there??? No problem! Keep smiling!

Too bad the other didn't think so. It was sooo.....hot that my son was very grumpy during the journey

Too bad the other didn’t think so. It was sooo…..hot that my son was feeling very grumpy during the journey.

Although it was very hot, the view was magnificent actually, so I kept taking pictures during the walk. It was also the only way to make the journey seemed faster, and besides we were in Gold Coast and never know when we will be coming back, so let’s take pictures!!!

Nice view

Wet and Wild slides behind me. The queue to this theme park was extremely long. I think it was due to the extremely hot weather that day. Even one of the tour guide that we met said that the weather usually wasn’t so bad like that day.

Wet and Wild slides behind me

Can you see that even the animals wore some kind of clothes to cover their bodies?

It was so hot that the horses needed to be covered........

It was so hot that the horses needed to be covered……..

Nice view, isn't it?

Nice view, isn’t it? There were sheep, goats, cows, and horses behind me

And after the super long walk, we finally arrived at Paradise Country:

And no, we were not there yet! This was just the car park area, we still needed to walk for another 10 minutes........

And no, we were not there yet! This was just the car park area, we still needed to walk for another 10 minutes……..

Phew..............at least we were near..........

Phew…………..at least we were near……….

Paradise Country is (as it is said in its brochure……….) an authentic Aussie farm giving the visitors the opportunity to experience the traditional Australian bush culture. The ticket prize was quite expensive though in my opinion, but hey……in Gold Coast all tickets were expensive………….at least according to us.

First, we watched Stockmen and Sheep Dog Show. We watched how the stockmen and their dogs round up a flock of sheep, were shown of how to throw a boomerang, milk a cow and see how to crack a stockmen’s whip.

As you can see from this face expression, it was a very funny and entertaining show. In fact, all shows were funny and entertaining

As you can see from this face expression, it was a very funny and entertaining show. In fact, all shows were funny and entertaining

A magic cow, who could

A magic cow, who could produce chocolate, banana, and whisky flavor milk…………….hahaha…………….

The dog

The dog round up a a flock of sheep

Show how to throw the boomerang

Show how to throw the boomerang

Crack a whip

Crack a whip

After the show, we could take picture with the animals. I was surprised that this time the boy was brave enough to touch all the animals, something that he had never done before.

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Super cute boy with his new kangaroo hat. The lady before us who also took picture with the cow was so shocked when the cow dropped his poop while she was touching the back of the cow. She run to he friend and the stockman laughed so hard and said to the lady “Did you do that?” Oh it was hilariously funny…………………….

With Tex the farm dog

With Tex the farm dog

Sheep, and lots of them......

Sheep, and lots of them……look how he touched all the three animals………….

Took picture with the horse cart

Took picture with an authentic horse drawn wagon from the early outback era, kind of remind me with the book “Little House on The Prairie”. By the way, I tried to look for that book again in the book store and library, but had no luck. I want my son to read that wonderful story too but don’t know where to find

The nearest showtime was the Sheep Shearing Show and Ram Parade:

It was not an easy job from what we saw

It was not an easy job from what we saw

I thought

I thought the sheep must feel thankful because he didn’t feel so hot anymore

Our next stop was Koala, Kangaroo, and Emu Enclosures. We took some handfuls of kangaroo’s  food which was provided for free to feed the animals. We could feed all the animals except the koalas because as my son said to me “We can’t feed the koala you know, because they only eat eucalyptus tree.” Ok, noted.

Sleepy Koala

Come here emu...........

Come here emu………..

Feeding the emus

Feeding the emus

He liked feeding the kangaroo a lot

He liked feeding the kangaroo a lot

Getting closer and closer to the kangaroo

Getting closer and closer to the kangaroo

Brave enough to touch the kangaroo

Brave enough to touch the kangaroo

It was so difficult to take him out from this area and to have lunch. He really enjoyed and liked to see, touch, and feed the animals

It was so difficult to take him out from this area and to have lunch. He really enjoyed and liked to see, touch, and feed the animals

Barbecue lunch with the choice of fish/chicken/beef and all you can eat salad, rice, spaghetti, potato, and watermelon.

Barbecue lunch in Outback Restaurant with the choice of fish/chicken/beef and all you can eat salad, rice, spaghetti, potato, and watermelon. And they served iced water, yessss that cold refreshing water that even the boy drank lots and lots of cold water even though he usually never liked iced water. Funny thing we never find lemon tea everywhere, I guess it’s not common in Australia.Soda drink like coca cola, fanta, sprite was everywhere, but no lemon tea.

After lunch, we went to see the Dingo and as a big fan of all kind of animals, the boy was very pleased to see many kinds of Australian animals and almost never failed to stop and read all the information about those animals displayed on the boards.

Meet Dingo

Meet Dingo

We were given one free ticket to do either opal mining or gold & gemstone mining. The boy first chose opal mining, but after we heard explanation that it was super hot inside and also dark, he changed his mind to gold mining.

Opal mining in the cave? No thanks.

Opal mining in the cave? No thanks.

For this gold and gemstone mining, we were given 1 package of sand which included some stones (that were shaped and colored like gold and other gemstone), then we must filter them in the water to separate the sand from the precious stone.

He was so focus and persistent in doing this job.......under the hot sun........and took the stone one by one with his hand

He was so focus and persistent in doing this job…….under the hot sun……..and took the stone one by one with his hand

So the others decided to help, because if not we would had been stuck in here forever doing this gold mining thing......

So the others decided to help, because if not we would had been stuck in here forever doing this gold mining thing……

When the other party finally got bored waiting for the goldboy to finish his job, we decided that it was time to take tons of pictures…….again………

The

Old fashioned well

We want REAL GOLD!

We want REAL GOLD!

Does it really look like an old gold mining place?

Does it really look like an old gold mining place?

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Nope, this is not water to wash my hands, but to filter the stones

Gold Mining

Finally finished and collected all his precious stones

After we were done with this gold mining business, it was time for the next show, which was billy tea and damper bread. While waiting for the show to get started, we took pictures again around the show area.

Antique Car

Antique Car

All red

All red

Some memorabilia from old Australian horse carriages

Some memorabilia from old Australian horse carriages

There were lots of places to take pictures with

What kind of bread did they sell in that cart years ago?

The super hilariously funny billy tea show

The super hilariously funny billy tea show

And daddy was one of the participant...........

And daddy was one of the participant………..

We could taste the billy tea and damper bread (with raisin inside) after the show

We could taste the billy tea and damper bread (with raisin inside) after the show

Every body was hungry..........this raisin bread did look sooo yummy.........

Every body was hungry……….this raisin bread did look sooo yummy………

Even this boy who didn't like raisin was willing to try

Even this boy who didn’t like raisin was willing to try

This was how he ate the bread..........dipped in his tea, hahaha.........

This was how he ate the bread……….dipped in his tea, hahaha………

the boy dip the bread inside his tea and that was how he ate the bread which he said he liked it a lot

the boy dip the bread inside his tea and that was how he ate the bread which he said he liked it a lot

Then we went to the stock horse arena to see the horsewoman performed riding demonstration against a motor cycle. Who won? The horse of course...........

Then we went to the stock horse arena to see the horsewoman performed riding demonstration against a motor cycle. Who won? The horse of course………..

The boy was also participating in holding the flag for the motor rider to grab

The boy was also participating in holding the flag for the motor rider to grab……………..

The boy was also participating in holding the flag for the motor rider to grab

The boy was also participating in holding the flag for the motor rider to grab

The boy took picture with the horse after the show

The boy took picture with the horse after the show

We rested for a while after the show in the front house (a traditional Aussie homestead), it was the place where we bought our tickets and there was also a souvenir shop inside.

Nice old house

Nice old house

Old country house that we dream to have someday. We've been reading stories about the children who lived in a farm house (Enid Blyton's books) and

Old country house that we dream to have someday. We’ve been reading stories about the children who lived in a farm house (Enid Blyton’s books) and we are imagining if we also live in a place like those children

Beautiful flowers

Beautiful flowers

Our last stop was the Aussie Farmyard, where we could meet alpacas, piglets, chickens, goats, and lambs.

Welcome to Aussie Farmyard

Welcome to Aussie Farmyard

We saw no one else besides us in this area

We saw no one else besides us in this area. Behind the boy are alpaca and a little lamb

He loved to give milk to the baby goat (kid) although he was frightened of the aggressive and hungry

He loved to give milk to the baby goat (kid) although he was frightened of the aggressive and hungry goats. Since there was no one inside, the staff offered us for the second round of giving milk to the goats

All the goats were hungry

All the goats were hungry

Pat the goat gently

Pat the goat gently

Six bottles in total

Six bottles in total

Another animals in Aussie Farmyard

Another animals in Aussie Farmyard

Taking pictures with the sheep before finally going back

Taking pictures with the sheep before finally going back

Even though everyone was very determined to take taxi on the way home instead of walking for 1.1 km, but in order to save at least AUD 25, I told the boy that I would give extra AUD 5 for him so he could buy more souvenir if we walked home, and he agreed. So although daddy persuaded him to call the taxi, he refused because he said he wanted to get his extra AUD 5. I know he was very tired but I admired his persistency. I felt that the walk back was faster maybe because the weather wasn’t so hot anymore and we were going down instead of up the hill. He was so tired that he slept on bus until we reached the bus stop near our hotel.

After dinner, we (me, daddy, and my sister) continued to explore the Surfers Paradise area at night. The restaurants were closed at around 9.30 pm and the bars started to open around that time. The streets were still alive and we still saw many people on the streets.

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Full house restaurant across the street

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Hard Rock Cafe

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The Beatles Memorabilia inside Hard Rock Cafe

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Chinese Restaurants inside this area

Souvenir shop

Souvenir shop

Shopping at Coles

Grocery shopping at Coles Supermarket at Renaissance Tower (30 minutes walking from the hotel). I have to say I like Coles better than Woolworths and I don’t know why…………..

That was the end of our day 2 trip. We were so tired that everyone slept very well that night.

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 2: Paradise Country

  1. wah gak ke movie world ya… gak ketemu marvin the martian dong.. hahaha

    • Movie world isinya batman superman gitu, anak gua gak tealu suka, lagipula ridesnya yg buat anak2 juga sedikit bgt kebanyakan roller coaster yg ekstrim2 gitu dan kita gak ada yg berani naik, hehehe…..

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