Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Gold Coast: Sea World and Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary

** WARNING - Photo heavy post **

We had a couple of days together as a family on the Gold Coast before I headed off to my RWA writer's conference.  We stayed at a lovely apartment in Broadbeach - it was such a hardship to wake up to this view every morning!  I'd wake up early, make my cup of tea and take it out on the balcony - and just sit and reflect until the others woke up.

On the first day, we headed off to Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary.  I remember (or at least have seen photos of) going there as a kid myself!  There were lots of cute and cuddly Australian animals to pat or look at. 

And some not so cuddly ones as well :)  There are lots of photos of snakes on my camera - but I refuse to look at them, let alone put them on my blog!  Needless to say, I found other things to look at while the boys looked at snakes!  (Lizards are fine - the legs make all the difference!)

Billy and I also went on a High Ropes course while at Currumbin.  He found it extremely challenging due to needing a fair bit of upper body strength and having to stretch up to hold on to a lot of it, but he got through it!  (And luckily there is no photographic evidence of me in the lovely supplied overalls!)

We played Putt Putt golf that evening - this was a really fun place with 3 themed courses.  We played on the Jungle Run and the Fun Run.  I think Tiger Woods is safe - none of us are in danger of becoming professional golfers any time soon :)

The next day, we went to Sea World.

Where we watched Little Penguins being fed,

 The spectacular dolphin show,

and an impressive Jet Ski show,

Played on the coolest ever adventure playground in Castaway Bay (the best thing about it was that it was big enough for adults, so I got to play too!)

got wet on the Battle Boats and Flume ride

Met some new friends

And awwwed over the polar bears and penguins :)

After those two exhausting days, we went our separate ways.  We moved hotels, I went to my conference and Pete & Billy did things like Dracula's Haunted House, Ripley's Believe it or not, and the Waxwork Museum (including the dungeon of horrors!)

We stopped overnight at Coffs Harbour on the way home where Billy still thought it was warm enough for a swim!

It was a nice break away.


Meg said...

Looks like a great break! We have stayed at that place at Coffs before- I recognise the pool. My kids swam in it too even though it was too cold at the time :)

Suji said...

So cool! What lovely photos. Thanks for sharing them. He he, he, re legs making all the difference...I'm still laughing over that one.

Caz said...

Looks like an awesome trip! Isn't castaway bay the best thing ever? lol My boys could stay in there for days, given enough rations lol

Libby said...

Glad you had a great holiday. We love the Gold Coast. So much to see and do. Can't believe you did that adventure thing - you're way braver than me :-). My girls loved it though, and the pirate boats.

Connor Hauslaib said...

Wildlife in the Gold Coast is truly rich, making it the preferred destination next to the white sandy beaches.