Awesome Gold Coast Trip
By guest author: Mark Tomich
There is a saying the best trips are the ones you don’t plan. Though I consider myself a spontaneous person, I haven’t taken a spontaneous trip since my early twenties, if you don’t count trips to the bar. They are usually very spontaneous. And rewarding, too, though the planned ones can be just as good.
Anyway, for a couple of years now I have wanted to take a trip with my brother. Unfortunately, we are both very busy and there was no way we could synchronize our vacations until recently.
We were born in Melbourne, but our family moved to Brisbane when we were kids. Our parents took us to the Gold Coast and I remember it being very beautiful, but I suspect most of the images I consider memories were planted there later in life, as it usually happens with childhood memories.
However, I had remembered the distinctive smell, the glow of those beaches and the incredible sunsets and I was looking forward to re-living those childhood memories with my brother.
I was surprised when Mickey just called me up out of the blue, gave me a travel voucher, said that “it’s now or never” and
asked told me that I’m up for a trip to the Gold Coast. I checked with my boss, arranged to finish some urgent stuff before our short vacation, and off we went!
For whatever reason, Mickey and I do not surf. It is not easy for an Aussie who grew up in coastal cities to admit that, but it is how it is. So, I was very surprised when, upon landing, he insisted that a visit to one of the surfing capitals of the world must include catching a wave or two. “Come on, don’t be a grandpa”, he said in response to my hesitation to make a fool of myself. “If I can do it, you can do it”, he said, tapping his beer belly with a smile.
So, we asked around a bit. The beautiful thing about Gold Coast is that you don’t need a map or a tour guide – everybody we came across was more than willing to give us directions and some advice. We hit the beach in Surfers Paradise, rented boards and started surfing.
When I say “surfing”, I actually mean clinging to the boards as our lives depended on it, occasionally mustering up the courage to try to stand up. We did manage to ride some waves eventually, though the rides were very brief and had less than dignified endings, usually consisting of us being thrown heads down into the water. It was fantastic, I must admit!
I felt like a kid and I can’t even imagine what it must be like to surf when you actually know what you are doing, but I intend to find out as soon as possible. Yes, I am hooked – I already got myself a beginners board.
Seeing as both Mickey and I are movie lovers, we couldn’t miss a chance to check out the Warner Bros. Movie World, the only movie related theme park in The Land of Oz.
Before even landing on the Gold Coast, we agreed on not avoiding places that may seem a bit childish. No one knows us here anyways, so why not indulge ourselves, even if we come out looking foolish.
Movie World was a perfect example. This time I, as the older brother, took initiative and took my younger 28-year old sibling to take a picture with Batman, after which he dragged me to Wild West Falls Adventure ride. It was unforgettable (not our video btw).
Movie World is a perfect place to bring your kid or to bring out a kid in you, as very few people will be able to resist the Hollywood magic laid out in Disneyland-style, suited for older audience as well.
Since both my brother and I live in a big city and love nature, one of the things we knew we were going to visit ware natural attractions. Upon checking out the official tour guide on the Internet, we picked out a few of the many places suited for a nature lover on the Gold Coast.
The diversity of landscapes is incredible, and the Tambourine Rainforest Skywalk was particularly beautiful, though we simply didn’t have the time to see more than several similar places.
TRS offers sublime views from a rain forest canopy, backed up by extensive information about the wildlife, if one is in a mood to read. Only a place that is beautiful and that has a highly developed tourism infrastructure can hope to offer a visitor such a magnificent experience.
We left the Gold Coast after three days, feeling like the vacation went by in a couple of hours. That place still has great sentimental value for us, now backed up by things we experienced as adults, which only strengthened our desire to go back again as soon as possible.