Welcome to Surfers Paradise, the glitz and glam capital of the Gold Coast. Filled with beaches, bars and skyscrapers galore. A rather flashy town that I unfortunately, didn’t get to spend a lot of time exploring.
OZ Vlog #8: Contiki Beaches and Reefs- Surfers Paradise, Australia
You can’t expect to travel for a month, meet over 100 different people from around the world without getting sick. Well, that is exactly what happened at Surfers Paradise. Even though we had an entire day to spend there, all my traveling finally caught up with me.
Gold Coast Rainforest
However, I did manage to roll out of bed in time to do a Mountain Trek Adventures 4WD tour of the Gold Coast Rainforest.
It was interesting to see the difference between this sub-topical rainforest and the tropical rainforest up at Cape Tribulation. Cape Tribulation has a much more ancient jungle like feel, where as the Gold Coast feels more like the typical tropics.
After our rainforest walk we got a chance to swim in a small lagoon, which in hind sight was probably not the best idea when you currently have a cold.
Skydive Gold Coast
This was my second time skydiving. At approximately 10,000 feet it was around 35 seconds of free fall, a bit shorter than my previous skydive in Queenstown. Regardless, the views were top notch and very different from each other.
As a bonus I got a chance to steer the parachute- a very scary experience.
Once all the plane jumping was complete, it was off to Dracula’s, a burlesque, cabaret comedy dinner show. I was actually really disappointed that I couldn’t film anything for you guys because this show was hilarious. There was singing, dancing, drinking and playfully poking fun at certain members in our group, including a brilliant Justin Bieber and Brokeback Mountain reference thrown around.
Definitely one of my highlights of the trip so far. Guess if you ever come to Surfers Paradise you’ll have to go and check it out yourself! :P As long as you enter with an open mind for all things odd and different, you should have a very enjoyable experience.