We started the day with our homemade breakfast of bread toast with cheddar cheese spread and sausages.
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.
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.
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!!!
And after the super long walk, we finally arrived at Paradise Country:
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.
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.
The nearest showtime was the Sheep Shearing Show and Ram Parade:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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………
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.
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.
Our last stop was the Aussie Farmyard, where we could meet alpacas, piglets, chickens, goats, and lambs.
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.
That was the end of our day 2 trip. We were so tired that everyone slept very well that night.