This week we decided to turn Melbourne Cup Day into a long weekend – I mean, who has a public holiday on a Tuesday anyways?! So we jetted off to the Gold Coast for four days of sun, sand and adventure. We couldn’t believe it had been 4 years since our last visit, so we were well overdue! We have already done the theme parks and such before, so decided to give them a miss in favour of exploring the Hinterlands.
Our flight in was super early last Saturday, meaning we arrived in Coolangatta at like 7 in the morning! We pretty much headed straight for Mount Tamborine. Wow. Just wow. We went on the Rainforest Skywalk, with its platforms high up in the trees; fell in love with Gallery Walk – especially the German Cuckoo Clock shop; and took to a couple of the National Park walks as well.
And that was just day one!
During our mini-getaway we also had to see what was new in Surfers Paradise – quite a bit, actually – where we stumbled into some of these guys. I have to admit I didn’t recognise them right away and when I did I got a little starstruck, watching from a distance while they posed with braver fans than I. #facepalm
Every morning we got up early and walked around Coolangatta, where we were staying. The days were warm and sunny and the nights relaxing and carefree. We love the GC!
First things first – if ever you plan on taking a ferry from Venice to Croatia – my pro tip for you would be to make sure you know where the ferry terminal is! And I mean, really know – the maps didn’t help us at all, and long story short, we spent way too much time stressing, sweating, dragging our suitcases and getting lost – only just making it in time to board. Not fun.
Once settled on the ferry everything was hunky dory, and although we arrived in Rovinj at 10pm to pitch darkness, the car park security guards were super helpful and called us a cab. One of them even got us water to drink – fantastic first impression of Croatia!
Rovinj is just beautiful! While planning our trip, we were disappointed that we wouldn’t have the time to stay in Dubrovnik or Split, but after wandering around Rovinj for a short time, we were so glad our trip bought us here. The ‘Old Town’ is compiled of cobbled streets and a quaint harbour, with a pretty church towering above it.
So the other day we decided to head out and visit Brighton Beach. Both Dunedin and Christchurch (where we have lived previously) have Brighton Beaches, so we thought we would see what Melbourne’s has to offer.
The Beach Huts here are amazing! Apparently one alone costs more than any house I could ever afford, and they are mostly used for storage. What gives?! Although it would be extremely handy to only have to bring your lunch the next time you took a family trip to the beach, I’m not sure I could justify one unless I win lotto.
These huts line the Middle Beach at Brighton and are all painted in bright, vibrant colours. Because it was such a nice day, we took our time and got plenty of snaps of the huts, sand and water before sitting down and enjoying the views for a while. Real Life is Hard.