Think Australia’s Gold Coast and the first thing that comes to everyone’s mind will be its glorious sun, golden beaches and of course hot bikini babes and hunks. This modern city of glittering high-rise buildings built around superb beaches, including the world renowned ‘Surfers Paradise’ is Australia’s sixth largest city, and the second largest in the state of Queensland. The Gold Coast also happen to be the gateway to some of Queensland’s best natural attractions and Brisbane! Hop on and experience the adventures (and misadventures) on a road trip from Gold Coast to Brisbane as we explore these 2 cities on wheels.
Soak In The Sun & Fun At Gold Coast
We touched down at Gold Coast and decided to just chill out for a day on the beach. Hey, we just arrived at the very place where ‘bikini’ was born so give us a break!
Not born of surfers’ lineage, we resigned to just suntan and babe watching on the golden sands. There are series of festivals and events almost every month of the year showcasing some of Australia’s best sporting talent. You get to see surf life saving champions in action, join Australia’s iron men and women the ‘Coolangatta Classic’ ocean swim and watch the world’s best surfers compete at the Quicksilver & Roxy Pro.
To cool ourselves down after an afternoon of glorious sun, we strolled along the breezy promenade where locals set up stalls to peddle their crafts and wares at Gold Coast Night Bazaars. This is one of the best places to get souvenirs for your relatives and colleagues!
Get Tipsy On Mount Tamborine
Early next day morning, we invested in a decent automobile and zoom off 28 square kilometres away to a plateau in the Scenic Rim, Gold Coast Hinterland, south-east Queensland, Australia!
We spent the late morning sampling fine wines at Mountain Tamborine Vineyard and Winery. Award winning wines sold exclusively here includes the famous Black Shiraz, Tehembrin Merlot, Daisy Chardonnay,Chocolate Port, Show Reserve Muscat and Ruby Port. We can’t be happier. Cheers!
To get ourselves ready to be on the road again, we visited the surrounding handicraft and antique shops to walk off the alcohol. Don’t drink and drive!
A Blessing In Disguise?
Our car brakes got burnt after hours of driving up and down the steep slopes of Mount Tamborine. As we pull over by the side of the road to dial a mechanic over, Fox & Hound – a charming medieval restaurant was discovered. Smacked in the middle of nowhere, this comforting restaurant provided us solace while we wait for the mechanic to get his ass over. By the time the car is fixed, the sky was already dark. Reluctantly, we decided to call it a day and head back to Gold Coast.
The Great Sunshine Way To Brisbane
Day 3 saw us driving down the Great Sunshine Way to the city of Brisbane for a late morning brunch. There are tons of great places for brunch in Brisbane. Au Cirque, The Little Larder or Pony Cat are some of the few good ones that we stopped over. These are some of the best places to check out beautiful people.
Do Your Marketing At The Farmer’s Market
We gobbled up our brunch fast to check out the freshest local produce at Brisbane Power House Farmers’ Market. Taking place every 2nd and 4th Saturday of the month from 6am to 12pm at the forecourt of Brisbane Powerhouse, this market ranks 22nd in Australia and 1st in Queensland for Gourmet Traveller’s Top 100 Gourmet Experiences Poll 2010. None of us can manage a fish so we settled for some strawberries to enjoy at the back of the car.
Sunset At Mount Coot-tha
To end off our last day on the roads, we drove 7 kilometres west of Brisbane to Mount Coot-tha. On a clear day, this 287 metres peak allow visitors to see all the way to Moreton Bay in the east and the Glass House Mountains in the west.
The sun set here early at around 5pm in the evening. The crimson sky makes it an unforgettable memory.
A road trip from Gold Coast Australia offers limitless fun and excitement! Are you ready to start planning for your next road trip to Aussieland?
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