Our Australian Adventure – The Gold Coast and into New South Wales

Wednesday we drove down to the Gold Coast, on the Queensland coast south of Brisbane. The Gold Coast has beautiful beaches and has lots of high rise condos and hotels. What a difference 40 years makes. When we lived in Australia we spent a Christmas at the Gold Coast and there wasn’t even one high rise.

This picture is one we took on the Gold Coast on Wednesday


This picture is one of my sister looking out at the Gold Coast 41 years ago!

Gold coast

From the Gold Coast we drove south, left Queensland and headed into New South Wales. It was interesting to listen to the American mid term election results on Australian radio. At one point they were talking about “accused witch Christine O'Donnell” being defeated.

Wednesday night we stayed at Darlington Beach Holiday Park in a small villa. We saw lots of resorts like this one where families could have a reasonably priced vacation on undeveloped beaches.The resort is located just north of the town of Coffs Harbour. Our villa was about a quarter of a mile from the beach so we walked to the beach. It was empty and beautiful. We collected some rocks and shells for our turtle and fish tanks.


Later We went into town and picked up beer  and a pizza. We took it back to our cabin to enjoy it.

On Thursday we made a lot of progress in our drive towards Sydney. We stopped briefly a few times. Once at the Big Banana in Coffs Bay where I got an Australian hat to replace my Sun Microsystems baseball hat which I lost in Cairns. I am a bit upset about losing it since Sun (my former employer) is no more and the hat is irreplaceable. But I love my new Australian hat.


We stopped in Nambucca Heads and went out to the Captain Cook Lookout. We were able to see hump back whales migrating south for the summer. They were very close to us and put on quite a show.

We also stopped and had a picnic at a Smokey Cape Lighthouse. It was stunningly beautiful.


We spent Thursday night in Nelsons Bay.

I am behind in posting pictures to Flickr because almost every place we have stayed recently charges a lot for uploading. What a pain!  Anyway I will upload my picture when I get home or when I can do it without spending a  fortune.

Author: marionvermazen

I am a traveler, hiker, avid reader, Sun alumnus, computer geek, Spanish and French language student, knitter and genealogist. I am retired after working for almost 30 years in the Computer Industry. I live in Reno, Nevada with my husband Duke.

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