Hello again from Australia. Since I just told you about all my travel plans in my second last blogpost, I'm so excited to now actually be able to share some impressions of my first big adventure with you.
Jana, Nina and I went on a weekend trip to the Gold Coast and had two really great days filled with fun, adventure and lots of new memories. On Saturday we started our day with a Whale Watching tour and it was the best decision. Just being at the sea again and feeling the warm ocean breeze would have been enough, but when we saw the first whales I couldn't believe my eyes! If you ever happen be somewhere around the coast near Brisbane between May and October you really shouldn't miss a tour like this. They actually aren't even that expensive and it's just an unreal feeling to see animals of this size so close to you. We booked our tour with reefjettours and I can only recommend them.
Eventually, we checked in into our hostel in Surfers Paradise and directly went to the beach to enjoy the last sunny hours of the day. After that we got back to the hostel and went out for the night. To be honest, I have to admit that Surfers isn't my kind of dream holiday destination. It has its own kind of vibe, but in general it's mostly about shopping and clubbing and therefore deserves its name as the Vegas of Australia. I'm still glad that I went there, but I don't think I would go there again for a whole weekend.
I personally preferred the part of the Gold Coast we visited on Sunday: Burleigh. After a supermarket-breakfast at the beach, we drove up to Burleigh heads to do a short walk through the national park and got rewarded with some pretty incredible views. Long sandy beaches, cristal clear water, good waves and palm trees are what I've always associated with Australia - and that's exactly what you'll find there. Australia's scenery is just incredible and although there were quite a lot of people at Burleigh Beach, the whole atmosphere was just a lot more relaxed.
So after staying at the beach for a few hours, we started our way back home and planned to stop at some waterfalls. Even though it took us a little bit longer to get back to Brisbane, it was totally worth it. The drive up the hill offered spectacular views and Curtis Falls were absolutely beautiful as well.