Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Brisbane and Gold Coast Trip


Wow, the holiday that I have been looking forward to had finally arrived! And my trip to Queensland proved to be fruitful…There were Chean Ying, Yeu Sheng, Daniel, Nooi Hoay, Chau Wang, Ye Chia , Ryan and I…

Queensland is indeed the sunshine state. The weather is even hotter than in Malaysia.



17/11/2007~ Reached Brisbane in the evening. Had a brief tour to University of Queensland then had a splendid dinner with our guides-- Li Suan, Min Shan, Penny and Chiet Yen

In the University of Queensland...





18/11/2007~ Under the scorching heat, we had a tour around the heart of the city. There were Brisbane Museum, Southbank ( I heard that there are altogether 13 bridges across the river linking the 2 parts of the city) , Roma Street Parklands ( The flowers were captivating with rainbow-like colours) , the casino of Brisbane, manmade beach, lifestyle market, an artwork exhibition in Suncorp Stadium. I also had my first sunset watching at the Kangaroo point. And finally, Chelfi and I met and had dinner at a Chinese Restaurant in China Town. We also visited the famous and picturesque Story Bridge.








Sunset at Kangaroo Point




19/11/2007~ After bidding farewell to our friends cum local guides, we headed to Gold Coast. This was my first time staying in a Backpackers hostel and I found the experience valuable. It was clean and quite comfy despite the noise from the traffic in the morning. We met Wong, Sze Ching, Audrey and Wan Mit for dinner. I savoured a seafood pizza…yum…yum…A night visit to Main beach completed my day.




20/11/2007~ Our first theme park in Gold Coast—Dreamworld. It was really fun but I regretted starting with the most thrilling rides (the Claw, Tornado and Vortex). That was the second time I vomited in a theme park! The first time was in Luna Park when I had my orientation week for the residential hall. Afterwards, I had a relaxing day, taking photos, watching shows( have you seen tigers climbing trees? They are really agile! )and queuing for rides.





21/11/2007~ Seaworld was awesome as well. The dolphin and seal shows were fantastic. These shows which I saw when I was still a kid still manage to attract me so much! The dolphins were exceptionally graceful and adorable...I enjoyed the ride in the Ferris wheel as I took a lot of scenic photos. And, coincidentally, my uncle also happened to be on a vacation with his family, so we met and had a great time chatting and savouring home cooked food...


Yes, you didn't see wrongly! The dolphins were carrying their trainer!




22/11/2007~I have heard from the others that Movie World is meant for kids, yet I think this is one of the theme parks that I enjoyed the most... Cartoon characters have never lost their place in my heart... I managed to have pictures taken with Duffy and Bugs Bunny! And the police academy show was so hilarious!







23/11/2007~ The last theme park was the most thrilling one given my love to water- Wet 'n' Wild ... water slides eg Blackhole, Mach 5, Tornado, Aqua Racer etc filled my day even though I admit that I have swallowed a lot of water in the process... LOL...



This is the wave pool...



24/11/2007~ Who can claim that he or she has been to Gold Coast without a trip to Surfer's Paradise? The fine sand and the gentle slope of the beach enabled us to wade into the water and enjoyed the cooling sea water under the scroching sun... We also windowshopped in the famous Cavill Mall... If it's not because of the schoolies events, we would have visited the weekly market as well...


25/11/2007~ As always, we went shooping again, this time to the humongous Pacific Fair. I bought 3 Tees from Jay Jays... And I love the decorations in the mall with a playground and a lotus pond...Then, we all bid farewell to Queensland finally..



But, instead of resting in College Square, we went around and explored the city-- Williamstown ,Melbourne Central, Melbourne Museum, Sunday Market at Arts Centre, Royal Botanical Garden, Chinatown (mostly for the food!), Queen Victoria Market (for souvenirs and American doughtnut!)...


It sounds like I am really an enthusiastic traveller!


I am finally flyingback to Malaysia tomorrow..Wish me a safe journey! And, yet again, I am going to spend half a day visiting Singapore!

The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.
Eleanor Roosevelt