Our next lap of journey see us returning back to beautiful Gold Coast. We were really blessed to experience nice weather and journey mercy till now. Before Surfers Paradise, we made a visit to Tamborine Rainforest Skywalk. It offers spectacular elevated rainforest canopy walk and skywalk cantilever.
While driving up, M&Ms started to get edgy and we decided to stop at a tavern called The Bearded Dragon for a rest. Little did we realise this place was a pleasant discovery.
Everything here is so country-style.
I taught M&Ms how to play pool. They were struggling how to hold the cue. To encourage them, I took out the rest and they were amused to discover this easier way to hit the ball.
This pig was hungry. It kept signalling to us to feed him.
M&Ms love llamas very much.
A selfie with piggy.
After lunch, we continued our drive up to Tamborine Rainforest Skywalk. The GPS was dated and we missed our destination. As the road was narrow, I couldn’t make a U-Turn. It took me about 3km before I could find an inn to turn in and reverse out.
Finally we reached! M&Ms were feeling giddy after the bumpy ride…
There is a gift shop when you enter the building.
The ticket counter is just next to the gift shop. I wanted to buy a cup of coffee to enter the rainforest but the staff wouldn’t allow me. It is to prevent people from littering.
There was an Eco Centre after we entered.
You can learn about wildlife and rainforest.
Let’s begin our skywalk! When taking pictures with mobile phone, ensure you hold onto it tightly. The floor is not sealed. It means a mobile phone can drop into the rainforest should it fall onto the floor.
You see what I mean?
After crossing the skywalk bridge, we explored the rainforest by foot. It is not advisable to bring a stroller into the rainforest as the tracks are bumpy and they consisted of many steps. It takes about 45 mins to complete the rainforest walk.
As we explored deeper, we came across a creek.
It was very refreshing to walk in the rainforest during winter season. The nice part was there were no mosquitoes. LOL.
If you have the time and are adventurous, there are many more attractions to explore in Tamborine Mountain. To know more about what Tamborine Mountain has to offer, watch this video.
The distance from South Bank Brisbane to Tamborine Rainforest Skywalk and onto Surfers Paradise is a total of about 140km.
We rented Hilton Residence private apartment at the eleventh hour. Before we reached, we had to inform the host so that she can be there to guide us how to park and access into the building and to our accommodation. Sounds cumbersome but we were “WOW” as we entered the place. It was just beautiful and comfortable. For this, I rated them 10/10 – simply awesome!
Located at 6 Orchid Avenue, Surfers Paradise, Queensland, 4217, the H Residences building is situated right in the heart of Surfers Paradise and is only about 200 metres from Surfers Paradise beach. Gold Coast International Airport is about a 30 minute drive away. Dream World is about a 20 minute taxi ride from the building and Sea World is only about a 10 minute drive.
Gold Coast Private Apartment guest have access to the following onsite facilities at the H Residence building:
– Outdoor Swimming Pool
– Indoor Heated Pool
– Children’s Pool
– Fully Equipped Gymnasium
– Sauna and Jacuzzi
– Barbeque Facilities
– Sundeck and Terrace
– Free Basement Parking
This is the building where we are staying.
M&Ms were glued to the corner of the sofa because of their favourite Disney Junior shows…
The open concept kitchen. This is wife’s favourite.
The bathroom is very clean and contemporary.
I have no preference for bathtubs. But the kids love it.
They provide washing machine and dryer.
An electronic safe is provided.
The balcony is accessible to the living room as well. It is spacious.
Beautiful view of Surfers Paradise.
Indoor swimming pool at Level 2.
We were delighted to be staying right at the heart of Surfers Paradise where all the action is. After checking into our accommodation, we headed for the beach because there were beachfront markets that night.
We were surrounded by shops, restaurants, shopping malls…so many places to explore!
Each Wednesday, Friday and Sunday night, treasure hunters, bargain spotters and after-dinner walkers make their way to the Surfers Paradise Beachfront Markets to wander along the coastal stretch of more than 120 market stalls, while live entertainers set a casual mood in their performance.
One of the largest of the Gold Coast Night Markets, the Surfers Paradise Beachfront Markets feature a variety of premium products, including fashion, jewellery, accessories, artworks, photographs, beauty products and home wares.
The Surfers Paradise Beachfront Night Markets is a must visit spot if you are visiting Surfers Paradise. Soak up the atmosphere as you take a slow walk to explore the markets. Feast your eyes on the accessories, food, gifts etc.
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