Monday, January 10, 2011

The Gold Coast Holiday - Part 1!

We have just come back from a two week holiday catching up with family and friends in the Gold Coast. I took a lot of photos as to be expected, so thought I would break the posts up for the blog. It's usually a sunny part of Australia but at the moment large parts of Queensland are flooded, its the wettest summer in 150 years or something like that. We had a few days of sunshine... Our accommodation was right on the foreshore so we could walk to the beach.

Little bit different to our days on Rottnest. Lots of people, lots of different languages heard as you walk along the sand and the lifeguards! And shadows from the skyscrapers on the beach.

New Years Day saw us all heading to Australia Zoo. It was great and raining but we brought a $3 plastic poncho at the shop and everything was okay. The rain actually kept the crowds down so that was good for us. We had come such a long way we weren't going to let some rain dampen our spirits! I was excited, the girls were excitied just as much! We walked in the gates and up the first path straight into the elephant feeding. Grace was there popping carrot into his trunk and exclaimed afterwards it was like a big vacum cleaner!

We then headed to the Crocoseum. It was amazing! Terrie, Bindi and Bob were all there. Bindi sang a few songs, Bob then sang one and then the show with the crocs started.

Terrie feed him......

And then Bindi feed him too. Note the flying bit of meat mid air! We did see Bindi later walking through the grounds with a minder giving some boy and his Mum a private tour, no photos of that, we were to star struck and only managed to say "Hi Bindi" as she walked past and to her credit she said hi back and smiled at the girls.

Then we went and saw the Tigers which impressed Grace so much she has decided to be a tiger handler when she grows up.

And also Grace managed to pat a koala's bum! It was a busy day, we were there all day and it was fantastic. the grounds and animals are all immaculate, I'd go back there in a flash. Next blog post, Seaworld!


  1. Just read the first installment of your holiday in Qld. The photos are great, and I think that is Peter with Grace patting the koala. It is great that you have been able to catch up with Julie and Peter. Andrea contacted me at Christmas and I have suggested I go down to Mandurah and meet them at the ice cream shop, my shout, and I can get to know the children. Auntie Jenny turns 60 this Wednesday and there is a party/bbq at Catherine's on the Saturday afternoon. My friend Norm turns 84 on the same day and I am taking him to lunch at the Esplanade Hotel, Fremantle, and have a small present for him. It is so hard to know what to give him and it is so soon after Christmas! I read in the West that Kununurra is celebrating its 50th anniversary on Feb 10th. Love to you all, GAC

  2. So jealous, wish we could of come. Oliver would love that elephant, will tell him to ring Grace and ask her about it.

  3. anonymous cos I can'r figure out how to get in!

  4. Wonderful photos Helen, sounds like you all had a great holiday!

  5. Looks like you all had a great time