Excitement instantly fulfilled my blood the moment I stepped my feet on GoldCoast. Goldcoast is a city full of entertainment and during the planning process I had a struggle on what attraction I should visit. There are just so much thing I could do. Relax on the Surfer Paradise beach, challenge myself climbing the highest point in Goldcoast at Skypoint, Australia wildlife encounter in Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, or mingle with lost myself in Lamington National Park or Tamborin Mountain , ooorrr be forever young at the amusement parks.
So I started to sort my original bucket list. That would be : Photos with Koala (yayy !!), and that would make Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary is a must. I also wanted to be able to oversee beautiful goldcoast from above, so I checked Skypoint building as the highest spot in Goldcoast, and last but not least I WANTED to skydive. So there it was. Although Surfer Paradise beach also a-must, but having only 6 hours in transit (before departing to Cairns), and considering the following activities will involve beaching, I unwillingly gave up Surfer Paradise and Burleigh Heads. So here’s some piece of 6 hours adventure during that day.
Once I arrived at Coolangatta Airport, I immediately walked across the arrival gate in front of central pedestrian access, because that’s where the luggage storage was. I didn’t want to travel around Gold Coast pulling my cabin-sized luggage around.
Luckily, there’s Translink. It’s a transportation network service that includes bus and tram. I used BUS 700 to get to the Broadbeach south, and then continued by Tram, and stopped at Surfer paradise before entering SkyPoint Observation Deck. All I needed to do was buying the Go Card on the airport and the top it up.
Skypoint observation deck_ ticket can be purchased online via the website, and it cost AUD 24 for general admission. If you want to climb to the top, you can also do the skypoint climb. It costs AUD 74. At that time, the climb timetable did not match with the arrival schedule, and therefore I was just eyeing around in the skydeck.
Boy how lovely the view from above was. In the 360 degree observation deck, I could see GoldCoast landscape and included its skyscraper, the coastal line, as well the arrangement. Simply beautiful.
Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary
Going to Currumbin from Skypoint was basically using the same transport backward. I used tram, followed by the same 700 Bus. The main road in GoldCoast relatively easy to understand since it connects the main attraction from north to south.
Although it was a short visit to see Koala, but I managed to see other Australian-native animals and was able to back to the airport on time for the outbound flight to Cairns.
So what about the skydive?
In the last day on Queensland, as I circled back to Goldcoast, I spared about 2 hours to do the skydive. I picked Goldcoast skydive because that’s the closest and the only provider in Goldcoast I could get and the review was good. There are so many providers across Queensland for example in Sunshine Coast, or in Brisbane and they are worth considering. If you’re not on tight schedule, Skydive in other place may be more economic.
October 25th 2014 & November 1st 2014
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