My favourite season has come again, summer!! I like the smell of the blooming flowers in spring and the falling of leaves in autumn but I just love summer in Australia because it means going away with my family after Christmas celebration, it means bonding with my hubby and son for a quality get-away. It definitely means fun and relaxation at its best!
On boxing day, the 26th of December, we were on the road again with our goal to reach another state the following day. This time, we were heading north, Queensland was our destination. We did not leave very early since we were breaking the 12 hour trip anyway. We were just taking it easy and arrived in our beautiful stop over at around 3 PM, Coffs Harbour New South Wales. Coffs harbour is a coastline city which sits in a very unique position where the Great dividing range meets the Australian east coast. We had a stroll along the jetty foreshore which allowed us to admire the scenic harbour view.
Joseph as firefighter
Nova in Dreamworld
Nova in Gold coast 2011
We also visited The Big banana again ( we were thee in 2007 ) this time not to do tobogganing which we did before but to take a picture of ourselves again with the biggest banana in the whole world which was built in 1964. Hawaii has the big pineapple, we have the big banana down here in Australia which boast a huge banana plantation, cafe, souvenir shop and some rides. So, after a short visit to these popular places at Coffs Harbour, we called it a day and had a restful sleep to be ready to go to the sunshine state the following day.
We had an early check in to our apartment at surfers Paradise the following day, it was 12:15 in our watches forgetting the time difference of NSW to Queensland because of the daylight saving time, it was only 11:15 then. Anyway, they let us in because they saw in us the excitement to go to a theme park that day. We did not waste time and headed to White Water World when it suddenly stormed heavily but our spirits were not dampened by the weather, we still went and luckily they reopened the theme park after a half hour closure due to the wild storm. Our second day was all good and was concluded by dining out at the very lively Surfers Paradise.
Our third day was even better, going to 2 theme parks, Dreamworld and White Water World again. That day, my hubby and son had adrenalin thrill through the rides that these theme parks offered. While me and my sister in law opted to be more relaxed, riding in an original steam train while viewing the massive Dreamworld park and we also enjoyed the artificial waves in White Water World. The day ended with a beautiful dinner in the more serene but classy Robina town centre.
Our last day in Queensland was the highlight of our holiday, reuniting with friends in Brisbane which we have not seen for more than a decade. The feeling of good friendship was there in spite of the number of years we did not talk and see each other. Truly, the “heart never forgets” and “absence makes the heart grow fonder”. This time, it’s even better because our kids have started their own story of friendship. This is the beauty of life where you treasure friends and find them wherever you are
We left the Gold Coast the following day, this time destined to break the trip again in the best way..to visit another family friend at Forster. Surely, our short night stay with our friends from the central coast was of quality. We found ourselves catching up, joking around, and sharing some plans in the future. Then another restful night in their cozy place ensued.
We were back on the 31st of December in our home in Burwood and we celebrated New year’s eve with our good friends who live nearby. What a fantastic way to end our summer escapade, what a fabulous way to end 2011, ending it with heaps of fun with our friends!!