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rip report - Brisbane/ Gold Coast - 15 Aug to 22 Aug 2014

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rip report - Brisbane/ Gold Coast - 15 Aug to 22 Aug 2014

Hi there

Just wanted to share our trip in case anyone finds the information helpful.

Bit of background – we are a family of 6 (2 adults + 2 kids [6 yo/3yo] + 2 seniors) from Singapore and for the 8 days we drove around in a rented car.

15 Aug : Flew into Brisbane International Airport at about 7am; collect car from Avis and drove to Gold Coast.

: Quick stop at Yatala Pies en route. The steak, cheese and bacon pie was phenomenal.

: Checked into Air on Broadbeach. Grocery run at Woolsworth next door for daily necessities (toilet paper, dish washing detergent, tissues, etc) and food.

: Kids went to the beach and playground opposite the apartment while the adults took turns to sleep off their jet lag. Had a great dinner at O-Sushi near the apartment.

16 Aug : Rained all day so we hid at the Pacific Fair Mall which is large and has an outdoor playground.

: Carrera Markets – try the churros from a Spanish food stall there. I think it cost A$5 for 5 pieces, not including the dip. Very yummy with a cup of flat white. Shopping wise, we might have gone on a wrong day since it had rained – few outdoor stalls were open and the indoor stalls were nothing to shout about.

: Dinner at Rocks on Broadbeach. Service was very good.

17 Aug : Breakfast at Le Café Gourmand at Mermaid beach – a must try.

: Short drive to Currumbin Wildlife Sanctury – nice place for the kids. Compared to the Singapore Zoo, Currumbin seemed a little sparse, but it was interesting to see the indigenous animals in real life. The sheep shearing show was short but entertaining.

: Dropped by Superbee Honey world across the street. Nothing to see because there was no bee show that day; bought a couple of jars of honey and left.

: Lunch at Burger Me Fresh near the Gold Coast Airport. Great food at a cheap price. Limited seating at the restaurant so perhaps better to eat on the go.

: Drove about an hour to reach the Byron Bay Lighthouse which was beautiful. Carpark at the lighthouse costs $7 so for those who can walk, perhaps park at the foot of the hill and take a walk up. Wonderful view of the sea and the sun setting.

: Walked around the town area thereafter, had coffee and drove back to Broadbeach before the skies turned dark. Too bad we missed the Sunday market by the time we arrived.

18 Aug : Sea world whale watching + Sea world day. We bought tickets from Fun.com.au and Themeparks.com.au respectively. Staff at the cruise centre were extremely helpful. We went out on a day with strong sea sickness warning and they recommended some bracelets which you would wear to help reduce sea sickness – they cost A$20 each but seemed to have done the trick.

: Sights and dinner at the Surfers Paradise Surf Life Saving Club. Food was alright and relatively cheap compared to other restaurants we ate in.

: Bought bread for next day’s breakfast from a breadshop called Breadtop; very similar to Breadtalk that we have in Singapore.

19 Aug : WB’s Movie World. Used the same passes purchased from Themeparks.com.au

: Dinner at Baan Pong Thai at Mermaid Beach. Inexpensive and delicious Thai food. Tina who was tending the restaurant that day was delightful.

20 Aug : Mt Tambourine – 45 minutes drive from Broadbeach. Visited some cellar doors and Cedar Creek Falls which was beautiful. I would recommend visiting Fortitude Brewery for the beautiful location; have a beer and some food at the restaurant.

: Skypoint – admission is a little pricey (A$33? for grown ups) but the 360 deg view was amazing.

: Had pizza for dinner at Costa D’oro at Surfer’s Paradise. As we have come to expect, service was wonderful; food was not too bad too.

: Stopped by San Churros for some hot chocolate (tip : share a mug – the chocolate is intense and thick!) and churros.

21 Aug : Checked out the apartment and drove back to Brisbane.

: Stopped at Harbour Town for some shopping along the way. (about 30 minutes from Broadbeach)

: Arrived in Brisbane and took a walk along Queen’s Street Mall.

: Quick dinner at a Chinese restaurant (called Jackpot or something – food was so-so) and checked into Novotel Brisbane Airport. The Woolsworth opposite the hotel is open for 24 hours!

22 Aug : Last bit of shopping at DFO (Harbour Town was a lot better) before leaving Brisbane.

We thoroughly enjoyed our trip and people there were extremely helpful to us, seeing that we were travelling with young children (our son is in a wheelchair). Tip for Asian families with small appetites like ours – the food portions in Oz are huge! The 6 of us would usually split 3 main courses and 1-2 appetizers and still have leftovers. So when in doubt, order less food – you can always get more later and it leaves room for dessert!


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1. Re: rip report - Brisbane/ Gold Coast - 15 Aug to 22 Aug 2014

Hi Littlesoc

Thanks for your very interesting & informative Trip Report. I'm glad you & your family had such a good time. We get a lot of enquiries from families going to the Gold Coast & I'm sure your report will be very helpful to others.

May I ask how you found the places you went for wheelchair access?

Unless we or someone in our party is in a wheelchair, we tend not to notice things like ramps, doorway widths, spaces in restaurants & wheelchair accessible toilets. They are really important aspects when someone is in a wheelchair though - so any information or impressions you can pass on would be very useful & appreciated.

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2. Re: rip report - Brisbane/ Gold Coast - 15 Aug to 22 Aug 2014

Excellent and informative report Littlesock. Thankyou :)

We tend to get a lot of visitors from Sing and Malaysia so all your tips will be well received.

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3. Re: rip report - Brisbane/ Gold Coast - 15 Aug to 22 Aug 2014

Hi, Bokhara - happy to comment from the wheelchair perspective.

Most of the attractions we visited (except one - below) all had wheelchair access. There were ramps in the places we went to, and the lifts were spacious enough to accommodate us. In Singapore we always had to wait a few turns at the lifts because there are just so many parents with strollers, but we never had such a problem in BNE and Gold Coast. The people were also all very kind and offered to let us cut the queue.

The one place that we couldn't find wheelchair access was at the Carrera Market. Luckily it was a short flight of stairs (just 3-4 steps) so we could carry my chair up. It was raining that day and we had just wanted to get out of the rain so we might have missed any ramps.

Restaurants aisles do tend to be quite small and narrow so that took some maneuvering. In most cases it was not a big problem since the wait staff seat us near the entrance where there was more room.

Disabled toilets are also quite easily available in places we visited. Because my son is young, most of the time we used the baby changing rooms and those were also widely available and clean.

A tip for passengers on wheelchairs when travelling by air, not just to BNE but to anywhere in general - request the ground crew to allow you to board earlier than everyone else so that you can get settled before the crowds come in. We flew SQ and the BNE crew were very nice to seat us before they start boarding everyone else. Having that extra 15 minutes was a godsend especially with a fidgety and nervous kid.

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4. Re: rip report - Brisbane/ Gold Coast - 15 Aug to 22 Aug 2014

Thanks for TR Littlesocks, I thought this was funny >> Tip for Asian families with small appetites like ours – the food portions in Oz are huge! << have you been to the US, their portions make ours look small.

And I loved the bit about having a pie just after arriving, probably around morning tea, you have a stronger stomach than mine :o)

It was a shame bout the weather, my wife arrived in Brisbane the day you left, she said some of the days were very wet.

Hope to see you back, with better weather.


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5. Re: rip report - Brisbane/ Gold Coast - 15 Aug to 22 Aug 2014

What an awesome trip report! It's always really lovely reading how everyone's trips went, so, thanks for the write-up. Very informative! :D

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6. Re: rip report - Brisbane/ Gold Coast - 15 Aug to 22 Aug 2014

Thank you for your helpful report, it's also great to hear you had a great time.

7. Re: rip report - Brisbane/ Gold Coast - 15 Aug to 22 Aug 2014

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