Friday, August 22, 2014

Gold Coast Australia, recalling old memories

+ 2 hours 9am M'sia, 11am Gold Coast
  • 22.8.14 Fri   21:25 D7206 KUL 
  • 23.8.14 Sat  07:25 OOL 
  • 31.8.14 Sun 08:40 D7207 OOL 
  • 31.8.14 Sun 15:10 KUL 

  1. To bring binoculars, sunblock
  2. end of Winter 22/11C windy *wind breaker
  3. get maps and car (Malaysia driving license accepted)
  4. *travelling on toll roads, to pay within 3 days
Mercure *north up
  • Glow Worms Caves 40 mins
  • SeaWorld 24 mins
  • Broadwater Parklands 21 mins
  • Carrara Markets 4 mins east
  • Pacific Fair 9 mins east
Mercure *south down
  • Greenmount Beach Resort 33 mins
  • Airport 25 mins
  • Springbrook 24 mins, glow worms 39 mins
  • Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary 23 mins
  • Putt Putt Golf 12 mins
  • Robina 11 mins
Greenmount Beach Resort 
  • Airport 8 mins
  • Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary 14 mins
  • Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary 8 mins
  • Putt Putt Golf 25 mins
parking at theme parks is free of charge (and there are MANY lots available). The major shopping centres such as Pacific Fair and Robina also have free parking. The only place where parking might be an issue would be Surfer's Paradise (including the shopping centres) and the central area of Broadbeach (near to The Oasis). If you are driving to Surfer's, you may want to consider parking at Bruce Bishop carpark. Free parking for the first two hours.

23 Aug 14 - Mercure Gold Coast
Check-in 2pm Check-out 11am (2 connecting rooms), sofa bed set up @ 10AUD

Putt Putt Golf Mermaid Beach Attraction Voucher - (2014.08.18.1189972.5266742) 14-DAY UNLIMITED PASS 14 consecutive days of unlimited entry to Waterways, Fun Run & Jungle Trail. 2 Adults & up to 4 Children$99 buy online @ $89.10 *Bookings not required 
  • Open Every Day and Night 9am – 10pm, including all public holidays
  • Upon completion of purchase, please print the voucher or present on your mobile device on the day.
  • Open in all weather conditions with 18 Holes covered with waterproof sails.

2492 Gold Coast Highway, Mermaid Beach 
Gold Coast, Queensland 4218


  1. Head south on the Gold Coast Highway passing Pacific Fair Shopping Centre
  2. Turn right onto Crescent Avenue at KFC traffic lights


  1. Head north on the Gold Coast Highway
  2. Look out for our giant golf ball on the left hand side
  3. Enter our driveway at the Putt Putt Parking sign
Broadwater Parklands - Southport which offers picnic and barbecue spaces, a rooftop terrace, fishing off the pier, swimming, and lunchtime sports on the Great Lawn. It also has The Rockpools water playground, wide open spaces for all kinds of sports, scooter tracks and a BMX circuit plus a playground and jumping pillow (like bouncy castle). It's located off Marine Parade in Southport and is open 9am to 5pm everyday (Dec-March open 7am-7pm) but closed Tuesday mornings. 

There is also a huge shopping centre, Australia Fair, located across the Gold Coast Highway, which houses many fast food and takeaway outlets within the food court. There is a huge carpark within the Broadwater parklands which would hold approximately 200 cars. This is located centrally to the rockpools. There is also numerous car parks along the side of the road along the Gold Coast Highway. The parking is not free though, and has a 2hr parking limit. The cost for parking is $1.50 per hour.

1.Head south on Mercure Pl towards Ballah Cres 71 m
2.Continue straight onto Ballah Cres 81 m
3.Turn left onto Marriott Way 0.1 km
4.Turn right onto Kincaid Drive 1.1 km
5.Turn left onto Explorers Way 0.5 km
6.At the roundabout, take the 3rd exit onto Alexander Drive 1.2 km
7.Turn left onto Hinkler Drive 0.2 km
8.Turn right onto the M1/Pacific Motorway N slip road to Brisbane 0.4 km
9.Merge onto Pacific Motorway/M1 5.4 km
10.Take exit 66-Smith Street Motorway towards Smith Street Motorway/State Route 10/Southport 1.7 km
11.Turn right onto Smith St 0.6 km
12.Slight right to stay on Smith St 1.0 km
13.Take the slip road onto Smith Street Motorway 4.6 km
14.Continue onto Smith St 1.1 km
15.Continue onto North St 0.8 km

Sea World + Whale Watching Cruise family (AUD $325 + AUD $88 =$413.00 )

Whale Watch 10am - 12.30pm on 25 Aug 14 Monday
PLUS Sea World (Sea World entry can be used same day as your whale tour or day following, 26 Aug 14 Tuesday) Sea World Whale Watch is located at the Sea World Cruise Terminal in the carpark outside Sea World on Australia’s beautiful Gold Coast – a one hour drive from Brisbane, Queensland. Entry to Sea World is not required.

Arriving by Car
From Surfers Paradise, drive along the Gold Coast Highway north and follow the signs.
From Southport, cross the Southport Bridge, turn left and follow the signs.
From the Pacific Motorway, take the Smith Street exit and follow the signs.
*There are plenty of free car parking spaces available at Sea World’s front entrance.

Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary (free wifi @ cafe) 28 TOMEWIN STREET CURRUMBIN QUEENSLAND 4223 TEL: 1300 886 511
  • Bonus: $5 voucher per person to use in any of the parks retail outlets
  • Bonus: $5 voucher per person to use in any of the parks food and beverage outlets
  • Bonus: Buy one get one free ice cream cone at Sanctuary Cafe
  • 4 people Deal ID:  718677936 Security Code:  BBB453864E Voucher Code:  0020083TFN
  • 1 person Deal ID:  718677934 Security Code:14FC35A785 Voucher Code: 00501513C2

8:00am Lorikeet Feeding & Photo Opportunity
8:30am Crocodile Photo Opportunity
9:30am Pelican & Eel Feeding
10:00am Dr. Doo-Lots & the Creature Teachers Show & Possum Photo Opportunity
10:40am Air Asia Free Flight Bird Show & Bird of Prey Photo Opportunity
11:15am Australiana Sheep Shearing Show & Snake Photo Opportunity
1:00pm Crocodile Behaviours Show & Crocodile Photo Opportunity
2:00pm Air Asia Free Flight Bird Show & Bird of Prey Photo Opportunity
2:40pm Australiana Sheep Shearing Show & Snake Photo Opportunity
3:30pm Aboriginal Dance Show & Photo Opportunity with Dancers
4:00pm Lorikeet Feeding & Photo Opportunity
4:15pm Snake Photo Opportunity

• No booking required • Present smartphone or printed voucher on arrival • Valid hours:Mon-Sun: 8am-5pm

From the south:
Travel along the Pacific Highway onto the Gold Coast Highway at Coolangatta. From there, follow the highway to Currumbin and take a right turn at the Currumbin Hill lights into Tomewin Street.

From the north:
Follow the Gold Coast Highway to Currumbin. Follow the highway over the Currumbin Bridge and onto Currumbin Hill. At the bottom of the hill turn left at the lights into Tomewin Street.

From the M1 Motorway:
Follow the M1 Motorway and take exit 95 to Stewart Road. If coming from the south, turn right over and drive over the highway. If coming from the north, keep left when exiting. At the lights at Tugun where Stewart Road joins the Gold Coast Highway, turn left at the lights, follow the Gold Coast Hwy to the Currumbin Hill lights and turn right into Tomewin Street.
*Parking is available directly opposite the entrance to Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary. - See more at:

Mt. Tamborine - picnic / glow worm / cheese factory / winery / skywalk
You could have a picnic at one of the many scenic spots over looking the Valley below… Also there are Antique Shops to browse through (subject to opening days) along the way. Gallery Walk – Clothing Boutiques, Café’s, Restaurants, Sweet shops, Wineries, Cheese factory, and National Parks with waterfalls to fill in your day.

Robina free shuttle wed, thurs & fri,  free jet in reward card
From Coolangatta northbound follow the signs to the Pacific Highway/M1 and take exit 82 and follow the signs to Robina Town Centre.
From the Gold Coast Highway Exit the Gold Coast Highway at either Markeri Street at Mermaid Beach, Christine Avenue at Miami or Hooker Boulevard at Broadbeach. Follow the signs to Robina and Robina Town Centre is located just off the Robina Parkway.
* Please note, access into the Centre is closed approximately one hour after trade. If you require assistance for access back to your car, please ring Security on 5575 0494.

Pacific Fair HOOKER BOULEVARD BROADBEACH, 4218 QLD  get VIP visitors pack from c/s
Exit the Gold Coast Highway at Hooker Boulevard, Broadbeach. Follow the signs to Pacific Fair Shopping Centre located on Hooker Boulevard with best access in to the Centre opposite Draculas.
If you’re travelling from Coolangatta northbound follow the signs to the Pacific Highway/M1 and take exit  and follow the signs to Broadbeach which will then take you to Pacific Fair Shopping Centre.
When entering your car park of choice please refer to the signage for parking conditions including the maximum time limit for each car park.

Gold Coast Beaches 
BBQ, kite

30 Aug 14 - Greenmount Beach Resort  free limited parking
Wed-Sat from 5.30pm $10 per dish @ fagans level 3
$10 per person for a Hearty Sunday Night Roast Dinner from 5:30pm. Bookings Essential.Phone: (07) 5536 1222

  • Drive south along the Pacific Highway towards Coolangatta and we are located just on the end of Marine Parade close to the border.
  • 11am Meet Casey n family/friends at the beach across the resort for BBQ lunch.

Natural Bridge & Glow Worm Caves, Springbrook National Park
Winery 23 mins from GC airport
Gold Coast Show 29-31/8/14 Family (2 Adults & 3 Children) $45.00 Also parking is available at $10 a vehicle.

*Best Cheap Eats, Restaurants & Buffets on the Gold Coast

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