Friday, February 28, 2014

Bercuti di Gold Coast, Australia: Alpaca Farm, Lamington National Park.

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We were supposed to travel to the Gallery Walk, Mount Tamborine but didn't actually get there.
We reached the foot of the mountain but after going up the really steep road for awhile, our rented car started making noises so we decided to cancel the trip (frustrated much!) and stopped by at a small and cute town of Canungra to buy some drinks and snacks.

Cuti-cuti Gold Coast, Australia


Melancong ke Gold Coast, Australia

We traveled along the scenic winding road through O'Reilly
 to the heart of World Heritage Listed, Lamington National Park. The road here is not as steep as the one heading to Mt. Tamborine. It is really beautiful here, a stunning country side.



 



Tengok koala atas pokok di Gold Coast, Australia.

The scenery here is absolutely stunning.
We even spotted a kangaroo by the roadside and a koala on a tree branch but unfortunately we could not stop to snap their photos as the road was too narrow and there were other cars behind us.

But we still can't help it.
This place is too beautiful so when the winding and steep narrow road was clear from traffic,
we got down and snapped a photo right in the middle of the road. Even so, this photo doesn't do justice to this beautiful place, it is hard to describe the magnificent beauty here, a lush and green rainforest! Peaceful and beautiful, definitely an outstanding place.

Bercuti ke Surfers Paradise, Australia




Mama and abah with a spectacular view of Lamington National Park


And then we reached The Mountview Alpaca Farm.
Comel alpaca ni! Ada warna putih, coklat and hitam. 
such a gorgeous animal.

The funny thing was, when we were feeding them,
they started spitting on each other fighting for the food.
Well, at least they were quite well behave and tried not to spit on us!



This is Mr. Al,
the young and  handsome alpaca.
The owner brought him out from the barn so that we could get a photo of him.




Somehow when we wanted to take photos with him,
he will hide his body behind us and he just make sure only his neck and face could be seen.
But he was quite a sport and seemed like he loves the camera!
So adorable!


Mr. Al pun pandai selfie! See..he was checking himself out!

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Thursday, February 27, 2014

Gold Coast, Australia, Now and Then :)

Percutian ke Gold Coast, Australia, dulu dan kini, Gold Coast, Australia, dulu dan sekarang :)

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We have been to Gold Coast 19 years ago, I was 4 years old then and Aiman celebrated his second birthday in Surfers Paradise. 
This time we re-visited SeaWorld, MovieWorld and some parts of Surfers Paradise again.Things have changed a lot after 19 years. 

 MovieWorld has new rides and shows but BATMAN stays FOREVER.Well, who doesn't love BATMAN? My mom told me (cos I cannot recall much)  that they used to have a show where we were allowed into a studio and they showcased how a movie was being filmed. At that time, the movie was, Batman Forever! But they don't have this slot anymore nowadays.

MOVIEWORLD,
 left Summer 2014, right Winter 1995.
Aiman, mama and me.

Jalan-jalan di Surfers Paradise

MOVIEWORLD,
above  Winter 1995, below Summer 2014.
Aiman, abah and me. 

The old bushy trees are gone, replaced with new ones. And the Superman Escape roller coaster at the back seemed to take over the whole background. Gone are the blue skies! But surely, Superman ride is really awesome.

As for SeaWorld, we don't see the Dolphin Strollers at all during our recent visit. I really think the strollers are unique! And we cannot locate the statues of a row of cute little penguins greeting visitors near the Penguin Encounter entrance. They are no longer there. But they have shark bay and polar bear now and they are amazing.

SEAWORLD,above  Winter 1995, below Summer 2014.
Aiman and me.

Some trees are gone and some seemed to be replanted and amazingly, even the Walrus's mustache has turned white hahaha, dah beruban dia! Well, after all, he is 19 years older, at least.


Infront of SEAWORLD
 above  Winter 1995, below Summer 2014
Me, mama and Aiman.

They have changed the signboard at the back, promoting their latest roller coaster, The Storm!

Aiman and me on Dolphin Strollers, Winter 1995. 


Pelican Beach
Above, Winter 1995 Below, Summer 2014
Aiman
Pelican beach looked greener this time around compared to 19 years ago.


Too bad we do not have enough time to re-visit DREAMWORLD. 
Otherwise, we could have locate the same places again. Well, maybe some day we will, dream on!

DreamWorld 1995:

 
  

And maybe we should revisit other countries too,
 it would be fun tracing back memories!

GOLD COAST Australia, then and now.
Revisiting Gold Coast Australia after 20 years

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Tuesday, February 25, 2014

A Family Vacation in Surfers Paradise, Australia.


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Jalan-jalan ke Gold Coast, Australia.


Happily and safely arrived in Gold Coast, Australia.
According to the weather forecast, it would be raining the whole week,
but it turned out to be sunny all the way, hot and windy!
Perfect weather for a great family vacation.


We were happy with the apartment that we rented in Surfers Paradise,
a spacious 2 bedroom apartment with 2 extra bed provided,
enough for the six of us.


Tempat menarik di Surfers Paradise


Surfers Paradise is really an amazing place and of course surfing is the order of the day. 
Subuh lagi dah ada orang surfing.
The current was really strong but that was what made it so awesome.


There was a sand sculpting competition when we were there, 
and a night market too selling mostly arts and crafts items.
We only bought the macadamia nuts there,
didn't really find anything we need at this market, but the atmosphere here was quite nice.


One of the Sand Sculpture Statue.


Membeli belah di Harbour Town, Gold Coast, Australia.


DFO, Harbour Town


If you are a shopaholic, this is the place for you. 
But since Surfers Paradise is a tourist spot, the items are rather expansive.
At least for me it is. Maybe the items at DFO is cheaper but I found that even the items at DFO in Surfers Paradise are more expansive compared to those in DFO Melbourne. 
But then again, maybe it is just me.


My brother, Aiman had to stay an extra one night in Australia before catching his flight back to New Zealand, after the whole family left back for Malaysia. My mom made an arrangement for him to stay with an Australian family in Tugun, dekat dgn airport, senang sikit. The Oz family was nice and my brother managed to visit the Currumbin Wild Life Sanctuary while staying with them. The place is just a walking distance from where he was staying.



We planned our stay and activities here but had  to cancel a few.
We did not make it to the Tamborine Mountain because the vehicle that we rented could not handle the steep road and we had to cancel our trip to the sunflower field since they have been harvested by the time we arrived.
Nevertheless,
it was a fun vacation, good quality time with the whole family.

Mandi di pantai Surfers Paradise di Gold Coast Australia

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