Australia: Brisbane, Surfers Paradise & Springbrook NP

Day 15

Up early and on the shuttle bus to make our way to the jetty where the ferry would take us back to the mainland. We were sad to be leaving but I was looking forward to what was next.

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When we arrived at Airlie Port and loaded back onto Matilda we headed south and stopped off at the small town of Gimpy ( yes that’s the name ) for our regular coffe and cake time and a quick photo with Matilda the kangaroo before driving to Brisbane for lunch.

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When we finally arrived at Brisbane us girls got our fix of retail therapy and headed across the bridge to Southbank to meet the guys at the lagoon for lunch. I really enjoyed wandering around Brisbane and taking in the sights. Although it’s a city,it has a very homely feel to it.

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We headed back to the bus to make our way further south to Surfers Paradise, or stop for the night. Once we’d checked in and done some laundry we readied ourselves for dinner at the Helm Bar. The food was tasty, the drinks were flowing and everyone was recharged ready for bowling and dancing.

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After dinner we headed to the bowling alley for a very competitive game between the whole group. Our team were even practising our game faces in between goes. Things were getting serious!

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After bowling, we headed to the night club appropriatly named Sin City. More drinks, shocking dance moves, hillarious photos and all in all a good night.
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Day 16
Surfers Paradise > Springbrook National Park

We met everyone for breakfast and after checking out we headed out to wander around the town before heading off to Byron Bay. We decided to head to the beach so we could get our picture taken with the Surfers Paradise sign which was a short walk from our hotel. When we arrived at the beach we made the most of the sun and relaxed. There were some jelly fish dotted along the beach and Alan had previously told us to swim between the flags to avoid being stung.

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After having a laugh at the beach we made our way to the SandBar Cafe for lunch before heading back to the hotel to say our farewells to Lee who was finishing his tour here and travelling on with his uncle. We were heading to Byron Bay and Lee was going to try and catch us up.

On the way we made a short stop at Springbrook National Park where you could go on a short walk and see the Natural Arch waterfall. It was called the Natural Arch because over time the water erroed the rock away and it formed, you guessed it, a naturual arch.

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The walk was beautiful. We walked along with the trees towering over us to give us the shade we were thankful for. There was a walkway down into the cave so we could get a better view.

We got some great pictures then we made our way back to the bus to head south across the Queensland – New South Wales border to our stop for the night Byron Bay.

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To be continued…

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