Surfers Paradise

My friend’s greatest desire on this trip to Australia was to go whale-watching. I had thought to go to Hervey Bay for it, but we just ran out of time. Fortunately, it’s available much closer to home, at the Gold Coast. We booked a tour for her using information found online that offered half price tours, but rang up the tour provider directly. They said they no longer had the half price ones but would do adults at child’s prices, which was a good saving.

We drove down to Surfers Paradise early, as we’d been warned about the road closures for some race on the weekend. Needless to say, we got there way too early! We walked around a little bit and had a coffee and I showed my friend how to use shutter priority on her camera so that any whales she managed to photograph weren’t motion-blurred. We had fun photographing passing cars and people’s hair blowing in the wind.

Then she went on the tour and I was at a loose end for the next 3 or so hours. I walked around Surfers a bit and went looking for lunch. I took a photo of Sky Point, since we’d be going up there later:

Sky Point Q1 Tower seen from the beach
A restaurant that had a good rating on Tripadvisor wasn’t open for lunch, sadly, so I ended up at an Irish pub overlooking the beach and ordered the special (fish and chips, of course!) and a Guiness, and just watched the world go by for a while.

Surfers Paradise
I walked back to where I was to meet my friend and chilled out some more.

Gold Coast Broadwater views
Once my friend was back on land, we went to have some lunch (for her) and Japanese dessert (for me) and then coffee while we waited for it to get a bit later, so that we could be at Sky Point for sunset.

I had really been looking forward to going to Sky Point for the views across the Gold Coast and Hinterland from up there and the photos I would be able to take. I was very disappointed to find that the $21 per person admission didn’t include clean windows. They were quite dirty and the grime and glare made for very poor photos.

Views from Sky Point

Views from Sky Point

Views from Sky Point

Views from Sky Point

Views from Sky Point

Views from Sky PointEven so, since I was up here and wouldn’t be coming back, I made my poor friend wait so I could take sunset and night photos anyway:

Views from Sky Point

Views from Sky Point

Views from Sky Point

Views from Sky Point
After that we went to Bistro Lamp, a Japanese restaurant nearby, since my friend had never been to a Japanese restaurant because they are so expensive in Germany. The prices here were very reasonable and although the restaurant was quite small, it had quite a Japanese atmosphere. I’d definitely recommend it if you’re looking for an affordable Japanese dinner.

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