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Road Trip: Australia (Part 2)

This is the second part of a two-part post, the first part can be read here.

Gold Coast

We stayed at an apartment at Surfers Paradise in Gold Coast. We were there at around this time last year, and it was “schoolies” time in Australia. From Wikipedia:

Schoolies or schoolies week (also known as leavers' or leavers' week in Queensland Surfers Paradise and Western Australia and coasties in the Australian Capital Territory) refers to the Australian tradition of high-school graduates (also known as "schoolies" or "leavers") having week-long holidays following the end of their final exams in late November and early December.

If you like to party along with the schoolies, then it’s the perfect time to visit Gold Coast. Otherwise it’s not the best time. However, they usually go out at night time for drink and party, so we can still enjoy the beautiful beach during the day.

Surfers Paradise beach minus the schoolies is just heaven, hence the name.Surfers Paradise beach minus the schoolies is just heaven, hence the name.

The next day after we reached Gold Coast, we went to Dreamworld theme park—of course. We were there last year before the tragic accident that claimed four lives few weeks ago.



We visited Brisbane for a few hours. It’s a very nice city with nice weather (I’m looking at you, Melbourne).

Brisbane City Hall.Brisbane City Hall.

Port Macquarie

We headed back to Melbourne after three nights stay in Gold Coast. First stop is Port Macquarie.

Port Macquarie Town Beach.Port Macquarie Town Beach.

Nelson Bay

The next stop is Nelson Bay. Quiet place to relax.

Nelson Bay viewed from a lookout.Nelson Bay viewed from a lookout.

Blue Mountains

The next stop is Blue Mountains. It’s further from the coastal line with breathtaking natural beauty. The most famous place to visit here is the Three Sisters.

The Three Sisters.The Three Sisters.

One of the Three Sisters.One of the Three Sisters.


The last stop before we’re back to Melbourne is Canberra in the Australian Capital Territory.

Parliament House in Canberra.Parliament House in Canberra.

Australian War Memorial.Australian War Memorial.

Australia is a really big country and has a lot more to offer, from beautiful beaches to breathtaking rocky mountains. One day, when the time and money allow, we’re going to visit the rest of Australia. One day!

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