After the ProBlogger Event, I was lucky enough to be chosen to be a participant in the Travel Bloggers Beware pop up experience, organised by Queensland Tourism. We had an incredibly FUN day, but busy! If you have one day to spend on the Gold Coast, I couldn’t recommend what we did enough.
I was a Guest of Queensland Tourism and the establishments listed below. I did not pay for these excursions or my food and I did not receive any money to write this post. All opinions are my own – because I don’t know how to be someone else.
Bike along the beach
We picked up our funky retro bikes from the lobby of the QT Hotel and rode along the beach.
A glimpse of the great beaches on the Gold Coast
View from my bike at Southport on the Gold Coast
Having worked up an appetite on the bike ride, it was time for a delicious meal at the Southport Surf Club.
Lovely breezy place to eat after a bike ride!
Then we met up with our driver and bus for the day.
The best kind of transport – one that I don’t have to drive myself!
Yep, on a full stomach of breakfast, we went jetboating. You have to be tough to be a travel blogger.
Even the wall is exciting
If a picture says a thousand words, then a video must say a million. Click here if you want to watch the YouTube video of our jet boating trip. (When the camera is pointing at our faces, I’m second from the left in the second row.)
Perhaps needless to say if you watched the video and saw our driver Duffy soaking us, we were totally drenched after this! So drenched, I even blogged about How To Be Loved After Jetboating.
Now, I have jet boated before (on Sydney Harbour) and this one kicked Sydney’s ass! Maybe it’s because the Gold Coast is semi-local to me, maybe it was the smoother ride, maybe it was a driver who really should think about a career as a comedian or maybe it was the awesome company of other travel bloggers… but I would go back and do this again in a heartbeat!
Once your adrenaline is up for the day, you may as well let it keep going. So we were bussed over to Movie World. I’ve already blogged about how this was my ultimate theme park experience for our ultra-VIP treatment. And more excitingly, for my birthday last month, my husband and I were given annual passes to Movie World! Woo! So as soon as my husband can beat his latest round of illness, we’re heading down there for more wild days.
Sing it with me “I’ve been to Movie World”…
First stop: the Green Lantern Coaster. An unnerving coaster!
Then we headed over to the Superman Escape coaster.
We finally had a chance to rest our weary stomachs as the bus took us up to Mt Tambourine for lunch. We stopped off at Spice of Life cafe.
Spice of Life Cafe at Mt Tamborine
Pad Thai at Spice of Life
Our day took a gentler turn with our visit to the Tamborine Mountain Skywalk.
Tambourine Rainforest Skywalk Entry
High above the trees
Travel bloggers working hard
At the bottom of the rainforest
Out to the edge of the forest
Beer and Cheese
We would up the day with beer and cheese at the MT Brewery.
Cheese from Witches Chase
Beer tasting. Yeah. I still don’t like beer.
Scenic Drive Home
Once we had eaten the cheese, sampled the beer and learned about the beer, it was time to head back to the QT Hotel.
Scenic drive back to the Gold Coast from Mt Tamborine
A river on the way back to the Gold Coast
Which activity would you like the best? Do you travel slow or fast?