Is it weird to associate a destination with pure happiness? Because that's how I feel whenever I think about Queensland and the Gold Coast- happy.
While growing up a lot of our family holidays were to the Gold Coast so I've got nothing but love for the place. Trips to the coast meant getting some sun, picnics, fish and chips by the beach, boogie boarding (they're called body boards now?) and most important to little Julia were the theme parks. The only
Needless to say that when I travelled to the Gold Coast with a family member a few weeks ago, theme parks were still at the top of my to do list. Yep, I'm one of those people who make 'travel lists' of things to see, do and eat. Travel lists may sound dull or un-spontaneous but they're actually really handy for making sure you get to experience the full effect of a place. Too many times have I gotten back from a trip only to discover I'd missed a huge attraction, local delicacy or famous sight- never again! I was determined for this trip to be different, and it was.
Our first three days were spent visiting three theme parks back to back, Sea World, Movie World and Dreamworld. Could we have spaced them out more? Probably, but what's the fun in being sensible?
Sadly I don't have any snaps from Movie World or Dreamworld because their main attractions are basically the thrill rides so I decided against bringing my camera. Being whirled around like a rag doll on rides doesn't exactly leave much time for photo ops. I also didn't really trust leaving my camera in one of the park lockers...I feel like my DSLR is my baby and would a mother leave her baby in a locker? God I hope not. To give you more of an idea, think Gollum and his ring when you think of me and my camera.
Luckily for the sake of blog photos Sea World is a marine animal park that's far less ride based so I was taking snaps left, right and centre.
Side note: does anyone else get a little depressed seeing animals behind big walls of glass? It was really nice seeing the polar bear but to be honest I just wanted to let it free...
When we weren't walking along the beach we were walking around the city, visiting Ripley's Believe It or Not, going to night markets, eating frozen yoghurt (the perfect 8pm treat by the way) and doing some shopping because you know, priorities.
Queensland is known for its seafood, so for me it just wouldn't have been a proper Queensland holiday if we didn't visit George's Paragon a few times (
On the night before we left, between frantically packing my suitcase I spent a good chunk of time just sitting on the balcony, admiring the view and appreciating the city lights.
Are there any travel destinations that you make you feel happy just thinking about them?