Wednesday, 12 March 2014

East Australia 5-Day Roadtrip: Day One and Two

5 Day Itinerary in East Australia

Read Day 3 here
Read Day 4 and 5 here

Left: Road trip from Sydney - Right: Destinations covered
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Day 1

Since Australia is a large country, most people recommend taking a domestic flight to save time but during the time I went (at the beginning of the year), the flight prices were high so we opted to road trip instead.

Hence the first day we drove from Sydney to Brisbane which took 12 hours. The weather is much hotter and dryer than in Sydney. We had a few stops including one at Richmond Valley. The hotel in Brisbane was booked already so that is why we went there but the activities for Day 2 actually took place nearer to Gold Coast.

Richmond Valley
We stayed at the Brisbane Watermark Hotel and it was very comfortable. The rooms were quite large and very clean. I also enjoyed the breakfast with the fresh croissants, bacon, eggs and more.

Day 2

In the morning we drove 2 hours to Paradise Country Farm where we spent most of the afternoon. There are a lot of tourists here as it offers the opportunity to see many animals that tourists are curious about. You could take a photo holding a baby koala for AUD$20.

After taking a lot of photos of and with the adorable koalas we walked around to see the other animals. There were emus, kangaroos, and sheep.

There were also different shows by the staff from tea-making, bread-baking to horse-racing. We got to try the tea and bread which made for a good light afternoon snack.

Racing performance
The last activity of the day at Paradise Country was sheep shearing. All the sheep were well trained and we saw many different types all with different wool. Shearing looked like it was painful for the sheep but they were actually very compliant and relaxed.

Sheep shearing
You can spend the rest of your afternoon at the Warner Brother's Movie World with lots of rides for youth. We didn't go because I have already been to similar types of amusement parks before which were bigger.

Movie World
It was a short day activity-wise. We ate dinner then drove some more to Gold Coast where we stayed the night.

Read Day 3 here
Read Day 4 and 5 here
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