We took a short flight from Sydney to the Gold Coast Airport and rented a car since we were three people, and it made the most sense from a flexibility and cost stand point. Luckily I was the driver, and this was the first experience I’ve had driving on the other side of the road. It was definitely odd, and I don’t think I ever really got used to it, but I came out unscathed. One thing that proved to be the most difficult was parking, for some reason the spacial recognition, just didn’t jive with me.
We made a quick stop 10 minutes north of the Airport at the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary. Here we got to see heaps of Koalas, and we even got to hold one and get a photo with one. Our little guy was named bounty and he was just a baby, although quite unexpectedly heavy for their size. Following that little high we meandered through the zoo and got to get up close and personal with Ostriches and Kangaroo’s, and even got to feed them.
We also got a chance to see a live Saltwater Crocodile feeding, and man was this guy big. He was something like 20 feet long, and just massive. Apparently, they get even bigger than that. So after some patient waiting we finally got to see him leap out of the water and snag the chicken out of the air. With a solid morning already out of the way we hopped in the car and made our way an hour south to Byron Bay.
Byron is really nice town, known for good surfing, a solid bar scene with some live music every night of the week, and a hippy kind of vibe.
I got a day out in the surf, and performed much better than expected, catching a good amount of waves, and really not wanting to leave the water. While I was surfing Dan and Grace went skydiving and said it was amazing. As all of you who know me, I’m not an adrenaline junky, so skydiving wasn’t even an option for me, even if it was free.
Monday morning we made our way to one of the larger bars in town to catch the Super Bowl, and god was that an awful game. Unfortunately, we didn’t even get to see the good commercials because they are only aired in the US.
We cut loose somewhere in the 4th quarter and got in the car to head north up to Surfers Paradise on the Gold Coast. This town i really could’ve done without, it’s a pretty commercialized, hokey tourist town, a mix of vegas and Miami, but toned down a bit.
Next stop on the great oz tour was Airlie Beach and the Whitsunday Islands.