Surfers Paradise & Brisbane

8th – 9th March 2017

I’m not sure if you know this but the sun rises super early on the east coast of Australia. How do I know this? Because I was up before it was, meaning no chance of a lay in. However, on thhis particular day it was worth it…

After our early start in Byron we headed north across the New South Wales / Queensland border into Springbrook National Park. The drive itself was gorgeous, we cruised along Numinbah Road past Mt Warning, through valleys and mountain ranges until we reached the start of the natural bridge walk. The walk took around 40 minutes to complete and allowed us to see the stunning natural bridge rock formation home to a waterfall, glow worms and bat colony.

After the walk we drove straight through to our hotel in Surfers Paradise where we ditched our bags and headed out with our group on an orientation walk of the city. Afterwards we carried on over to the Q1 tower to visit the Skypoint Observation Deck on level 77 which has incredible 360 views of the Gold Coast.

That evening we headed out into the centre to find a place to eat – we stumbled across a tiny little italian restaurant called Costa D’oro which had a happy hour (s) on all food – we were sold. After a delicious meal we headed back to the hotel to pack our bags ready for Fraser Island!!!

The drive from Surfers to Fraser was a pretty long one (7 hours to be precise) but luckily it was broken up by a few stops along the way, our first being Brisbane. On the way in to the city we stopped at Kangaroo Point Lookout which gave us some beautiful views of the brissy skyline. We were then dropped off in the city centre and had 3 hours to explore. We headed straight to the lagoon stopping at the famous Brisbane sign on the way for a group photo. The lagoon is Australia’s only inner-city man made beach and sits right on the river front and is FREE. On the way back to the bus we grabbed some lunch and also alcohol to take to Fraser.

From Brisbane it was still a 6 hour drive which meant we had a few more stops. The next was another ‘big thing’ this time it was Australia’s largest kangaroo – Matilda. We were all massively disappointed, especially Sophie as we really thought we were going to be seeing a huge real life kangaroo!!

Our last stop of the day before reaching Fraser Island was at a little town called Maryborough, home to Helen Goff, also know as P.L Travers and most famous for writing the series of Mary Poppins books. Ant our tour guide gave us a really interesting history of Helen and how the books became a film – it was so cool to learn about as I had no idea that Mary Poppins was even a book!!

We finally made it to River Heads where we caught the 6.30 ferry over to Fraser Island!!


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