On our last afternoon on the Gold Coast I decided, as the weather had turned beautifully sunny and blue again, that I wanted to go up the QI Observation deck to have a look at the city from a slightly higher perspective! I don’t really know why the other three weren’t that bothered and would rather look around the shops, but I ended up going myself and had the loveliest morning enjoying some alone time! I stood at the bottom of the 322.5 m high building, tilted my head all the way back to see the top and felt a bit giddy with excitement that I would be up there in less than 5 minutes! The lift was so smooth you wouldn’t have known you were travelling up the entire building in under 50 seconds. At the top the views of city, beaches, boats and the ocean through the beautiful large glass windows was breathtaking. The viewing platform was so elegant with it’s own restaurant and bar, where I let myself buy a lemonade to drink whilst taking in it all. I must admit, I did feel very classy sitting there on the high chairs drinking icy lemonade whilst peering down on little ant humans below. I watched as the mid morning surfers took to the waves and new beginners starting their surfing lesson.
After spending a good hour taking in the views in the tower I joined my friends again in town and we enjoyed a little beach time before heading onwards to Stradbroke Island! It was such a surreal experience to sunbathe on a white, sandy beach with towering skyscrapers behind. The heat and the force of the sun was becoming more and more apparent as we had continued northwards, and that day was the first of many to follow where feeling the the sand with your feet was like treading on hot lava! Dipping into the cool water was such a pleasure when I finally had to give into the heat and run into the sea!
Our next campsite was on Stradbroke Island, a beautiful island that we had found online as the perfect getaway between the Gold Coast and Brisbane where we wanted to spend New Years Eve. This place is famous for it’s diverse marine life, as well as interesting land based fauna and flora. From the island the brochures talked about spotting whales (in season), dolphins and dugongs! On arrival to our campsite (after initially going to the wrong one) we quickly set up the tent and had dinner. After dinner we spotted a HUGE moth around the benches that was as big as your hand and as fluffy as a little mouse! It was like holding a little baby pet!