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Goin' Down the Goldie

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A May 2005 trip to Gold Coast by stomps

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Quote: Various day trips I've taken to different parts of the Gold Coast—the touristy stretch of beach south of Brizzy.

Goin' Down the Goldie

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Broadbeach Blues Festival Photo, Gold Coast, Australia
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The Gold Coast refers to most of the area south of Brisbane, from around Logan to the New South Wales border. “Gold Coast” is actually the name of a city, although it is made up by many smaller towns, most notably, Surfer’s Paradise. The area is one of the largest city areas in the country after the mainland capitals and a huge tourist destination, especially for groups of Japanese tourists. I thought this was a stereotype when I first heard about it, but the two main languages you can find guidebooks and information in are English and Japanese.The beaches along the Gold Coast are gorgeous and wonderful for surfing (or so I’m told…I’m yet to actually swim in the beaches, much less make a mo...Read More

Dreamworld

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Dreamworld Photo, Gold Coast, Australia
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For the majority of our stay in Brisbane, Dreamworld was not even on our radar since it was really just another theme park, and one that cost a lot of money to visit at that. Plus, after watching entirely too much Big Brother (Dreamworld is the home of the BB House), we had learned to associate Dreamworld with the hideously annoying BB music, and we really didn’t want that playing through our heads any more than necessary. However, when my friend was walking down the street and happened upon six coupons for half off a trip to the park, we decided we might as well go. Plus, it was a great way to procrastinate studying for those not-far-off finals!We had originally planned on driving to Dreamw...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on May 20, 2006

Dreamworld
Dreamworld Parkway
Coomera, Australia 4209
+61 (7) 5588 1111

Dreamworld

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Attraction | "Dreamworld Part 2"

Dreamworld Photo, Gold Coast, Australia
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This is a continuation of my Dreamworld review.This ride had a considerably shorter and quicker-moving line, even though it was the one thing that everyone was trying to ride. The best way I can describe this ride is an innovative swinging-pirate-ship ride. The Claw swings you back and forth like the typical pirate ship, but rather than simply going back and forth and getting higher and higher, it spins as well. Everyone sits in a circle facing the outside. While the ride doesn’t completely do loops, you do go high enough that you are literally sitting still upside down for a few seconds. I thought I would get incredibly sick on this, due to the many directions of motion happening all at onc...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on May 20, 2006

Dreamworld
Dreamworld Parkway
Coomera, Australia 4209
+61 (7) 5588 1111

Dreamworld

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Attraction | "Dreamworld, Part 3"

Dreamworld Photo, Gold Coast, Australia
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This review is a continuation of Dreamworld, part 2.The Giant Drop was indeed Giant—nearly twice the size of the DungeonDrop, the 22-story drop ride at Astroworld. Its line was giant as well, since one of the two sides of the ride, each of which hold eight people, was closed down. We couldn’t decide whether it was broken or whether they just didn’t want people using the ride to get a peek into the Big Brother House. We ended up having to wait at least an hour to get anywhere close to the beginning of this ride, which was a bit ridiculous, but again, by the time we realized the line was going nowhere, there was no point leaving. Plus, it was the only main ride we had to check off our list....Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on May 20, 2006

Dreamworld
Dreamworld Parkway
Coomera, Australia 4209
+61 (7) 5588 1111

Australian Women's Hardcourt Championships

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Australian Women's Hardcourts Photo, Gold Coast, Australia
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In January, both the men’s and the women’s tennis tours start their years in the scorching Australian summer. The men’s tournaments are centered in southern Australia—Adelaide, Sydney, and Melbourne—so I was sad that the first time I would be in Australia in the summer, I wouldn’t be able to catch any tennis. Then I was surprised by seeing advertising for the Australian Women’s Hardcourts down the Gold Coast, featuring Maria Sharapova and the comeback of Martina Hingis. I figured the Gold Coast was slightly more accessible from Brisbane than say, Melbourne, so I bought a ticket online and hopped on a train.The website for the Women’s Hardcourts, located at the Royal Pines Resort near Nerang,...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 20, 2006

Broadbeach Blues Festival

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Broadbeach Blues Festival Photo, Gold Coast, Australia
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When we found out about the Broadbeach Blues festival, we jumped at the chance to go. Not only would we get to sit on the beach and listen to music, but we’d finally get to see the Gold Coast without actually going to Surfer’s Paradise.We had no problems getting to the festival—we just jumped on the express bus to Broadbeach Pacific Fair from the Nerang train station. Once at Pac Fair, we had a bit of a look around the shops and a bite to eat before walking over to the convention centre. It wasn’t too bad of a walk, although if we had wanted, we could have caught a bus instead.The convention centre wasn’t particularly lively when we got there. There were bands warming up in the hal...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 21, 2006

Broadbeach Blues Festival
Level 12, Niecon Tower
Gold Coast, Australia
+61 (7) 55398416

Gold Coast Transport

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Cool Clouds Photo, Gold Coast, Australia
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Since Brisbane has a relatively decent transport system, in which you can get pretty much anywhere you need in the city given enough time and a propensity to change modes of transport (given it's not past midnight, in which case you’re screwed), I was amazed to see how poor the Gold Coast’s transportation system was in comparison. Coming from Houston, I don’t ask for much—just something to get me from point A to point B without having to have a car. I mean, Houston is the home of the most brilliant public transport system in the world—a whole 7 miles of light rail.Getting to the Gold Coast area from Brisbane is pretty simple. All one has to do is jump on the Gold Coast express train, anywher...Read More