We moved to the Gold Coast from Cowra eight and a half years ago as we thought their would be better educational opportunities for our kids than a small country town could offer. We have never once regretted our decision to move and life here has been good to us.
One of the things we love about the Gold Coast is that there is so much to do. As Brenden has been working away a fair bit at the moment we haven’t seen much of him, nor has there been any camping recently. So Saturday afternoon we decided to head into Surfers Paradise for a late lunch and a walk around.
The kids chose Sizzlers which is just down the road from Surfers Paradise at Mermaid Beach. Being early afternoon it was fairly quite. Get there after about 5pm and you might have to wait half an hour to get a table as it is very popular with families. After lunch we drove back into Surfers Paradise and found a park. This can be tricky as most parking spots are metered and you will get fined if you don’t pay. But at $2.90 an hour its not to bad. No Meter Maids anymore – they are just for show now!
The weather here over the last couple of days has been almost perfect and there were lots of people out walking and running. There were even a few hardy souls in the surf. There has been a lot of bad press about the Gold Coast lately with beach erosion and crime being high on the list of topics.
Yes there is a fair drop down onto some sections of the beach although other parts look fine. Judging by the amount of people around this afternoon it has is not stopped people using the beaches. As for crime, I think it pays to be aware of your personal safety no matter where you are and I wouldn’t be comfortable walking around anywhere late at night. However during the day and early evening there are always lots of families walking around. We see people just out enjoying themselves and we have never had any problems.
Surfers itself has been undergoing a face lift for a few years now. The beach front esplanade is a great place to walk along. There are plenty of seats and beach access along this stretch as well. There is still quite a bit of development going on with the recent completion of a Hilton Hotel as well as the beautiful Soul development.
A Friday/Saturday night stay will set you back in the vicinity of $700. I think camping might be cheaper! A key feature that has recently been installed on the esplanade is a surfboard with a clock in it that is counting down the days and hours until the Gold Coast hosts the 2018 Commonwealth Games.
Across the road from the beach, in Cavill Mall there are ample restaurants and coffee shops. All offer a huge variety of food at varying prices and types. We headed to Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream for a late dessert. Of course there are also plenty of nightclubs around which kick off a bit later in the evening continuing on until the wee small hours.
I really did enjoy my afternoon out and I do love everything about Surfers Paradise. It is a beautiful spot and I am happy that we live here.