Our trip to Australia’s Gold Coast and Surfers Paradise was spectacular! We couldn’t figure out if the area was named for the golden sand or the big bucks the area obviously attracts.
Surfers Paradise was the absolutely perfect beach. It seemed to stretch forever. We got there by bus transfer from the Port of Brisbane. The ride was less than an hour and a half from the ship. Driving along the highway we were struck by all of the familiar businesses: IKEA, Target, and (of course) all of the fast food restaurants we generally see in Every Town, USA.
We also noticed all of the park lands and green spaces in the cities. The Gold Coast was loaded with beautiful green parks too. The Esplanade at Surfers Paradise was shaded with trees, grassy areas, man-made shade, and public art. There large sculpted, permanently installed lounge chairs on the promenade that served the sun bathers. We even saw an amazing treed park on top of a two story parking garage.
We changed into our bathing suits in the cleanest public restrooms I’ve ever seen (especially at a beach!). Then we just dropped our beach bag on the sand and ran into the surf.
The huge waves were crashing and had quite a powerful drag.
Life guards were plentiful and their stations were loaded with every type of equipment you could imagine (picture those beach lifeguard/rescue TV shows). I’ve never felt so safe – both for our personal safety and our belongings on the shore. It was a blast. We stayed in the surf for as long as we thought we wouldn’t get burned…
All in all, it was the perfect day for our stop at the Port of Brisbane, Australia.
We hope all is well with all of you.
Have a wonderful yesterday! Love to everyone! – Jody & Greg
On to Sydney!