was totally fun! We got to check out nice little beach areas along the coast, and admire the beautiful coastline of Australia. It was also comforting to see cows grazing and hanging out on the acres and acres of farmland we drove past, looking happy and peaceful (unlike their American counterparts, as we read in Michael Pollan’s “Omnivore’s Dilemma).
At the Gold Coast, we explored the beach, rode and played in the waves, strolled the Surfers Paradise and Broadbeach towns, the Roxy and Billabong factory outlets, and even got to drive out to the Lamington National Park to see the forest and the wineries. Bryan claims the Gold Coast reminds him of Florida, and I wouldn’t know because I’ve never been. However, if movies are a good portrayal of what Miami/Florida is, then I would agree with him. Tall beachfront apartments dot the coastline, with many more establishments are underway – just like Florida! There is even a beach on the coast called Miami. I also saw a ton of bronzed lookin’ retirees walking the beach, as well as encountered several college kids who walked or drove around like they owned the town – just like how I imagine Florida to be like. AND it is humid, just like Florida! 🙂
The Lamington National Forest was probably the most memorable part of the trip. Sure, it was a pretty scary drive up the narrow and winding road to the park, but when we got there, we were greeted with an awesome view of the forest and by cheerful and colorful lorikeets who just wanted to play. And my favorite place of all the towns and beaches we passed by on our road trip, was Lennox Heads in NSW. The beach was easily one of the most pristine beaches I’ve visited, and also one of the least utilized (at least it was during the time we were there). It had a huge beachfront and a stunning ocean color; even the town, albeit small, was cute and welcoming.
Here are a few of my favorite shots from the trip. To view more, visit my Flickr account.
Wild mushrooms on the green meadows in Port Macquarie
Photo of us on Lennox Heads beach (taken by Darren)
The sunsetting skies @ Surfers Paradise
Lorikeets galore @ the Lamington National Forest
The Green Mountains lookout point @ the Gold Coast hinterlands
And here’s a really neat piece of surf art we got. It’s by Australian surfer/artist Garry Birdsall, who I didn’t know of until that day. He has other cool stuff you can check out at his website.