Gold Coast Journals

Zorbing: Like a Hamster in a Wheel

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A January 2006 trip to Gold Coast by stomps

Zorb Australia Photo, Gold Coast, Australia More Photos
Quote: A brilliant new adventure sport that involves rolling down a hill in a plastic ball full of water.

Zorbing: Like a Hamster in a Wheel

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Zorb Australia Photo, Gold Coast, Australia
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When I was in Rotorua, NZ, the one activity I had to do was zorbing. Unfortunately, I managed to miss the last shuttle bus and totally missed out on my chance to do this bizarre adventure sport. Later, when in Brisbane, I was very excited to find out that zorbing had an outpost on the Gold Coast, which was a much more reasonable day trip than New Zealand. However, my friends that were studying abroad with me thought I was a bit crazy and compared the sport to being a hamster in a wheel, and therefore did not accompany me on a trip down there. I did not want to zorb alone, since I felt it would be much more fun with friends, so I never got to try before departing the land down under.For those t...Read More

The Dry Zorb

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Me Zorbing Photo, Gold Coast, Australia
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The package that James purchased, which he obviously refused to tell me the price of but I’m sure was in the $200 range because of the prices I saw listed in the office, consisted of a dry ride for each of us, a hydrozorb for each of us, and a hydrozorb together. Instead of having the dry ride, our package stated that we could choose the “Wash Cycle” instead—but this option turned out to not be available, since the wet, strapped-in zorb had run off the course and now had a large hole in it.I got to go first, being the “birthday girl,” so I was taken on a very bumpy ride up to the top of the zorbing hill, which actually had two parts to it. The part of the hill that we rolled down was just a st...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on May 18, 2006

The 2-Person Hydrozorb

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Us Zorbing Photo, Gold Coast, Australia
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The hydrozorb offers something completely different from both strapped-in zorbs, since you are free to move (and splash) around the zorb as much as you like. There is also a unique challenge to this kind of zorb—if you run down the entire hill (maybe 150m long) without falling over once, you win a free zorb ride of your choice. However, since zorb rides are fairly expensive at around $40 a pop, it’s obvious that this isn’t as simple as it sounds.The guy at the front desk, who organized who got sent up the hill next, gave us a choice of taking our hydrozorb for two either first or second. He said that maybe if we went together first, then we would get used to the feel of the zorb a bit bet...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 18, 2006

The Individual Hydrozorb: Me

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Us Zorbing Photo, Gold Coast, Australia
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For our last round of zorb rides, James and I both had individual hydrozorb rolls. Since I had gone first on the first roll, and because I think James just wanted to laugh at me not standing up first, I went first again. By this point, the rain had really set in and it was absolutely peeing it down, which was supposedly good for my attempting the Hydrozorb Challenge since the roll down the hill would be slightly slower. However, as much as the zorbing guy was trying to make us believe that everything was in our favor and of course we could win ourselves a free ride, I was fairly certain that neither of us were miracle workers or had Velcro feet.The setup for the individual hydrozorb was pretty...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 18, 2006

The Individual Hydrozorb: James

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James Zorbing Photo, Gold Coast, Australia
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This review is a continuation of The Individual Hydrozorb: Me.James did pretty well in the challenge, although he was convinced he did pretty poorly until he saw the picture I had taken with him at least 10 or so meters down the hill and still standing up! Although he didn’t make it much farther than that, and didn’t quite win the free zorb ride, he made it at least twice as far as I did. Unfortunately, I couldn’t give him a free zorb ride for that and the zorbing director didn’t quite feel it merited one either. Once he fell over, James decided to do the opposite of what I did—rather than knowing he won’t be able to stand up again and just kicking back, he instead did everything he could to g...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 18, 2006