Gold Coast – Brisbane – Sunshine Coast | Part 1/9

Day 1

Why the sky here is so blue?

Our first bffs trip to oversea. After 1 year preparation, we all gathered at the LCCT for departure. Tagging along with us were my bf’s family (husband+2 kids) and lots of backpacks and luggage. Our DIY trip started off with me, my bf sitting down in front the check in counter, to unpack and repack the luggage (read: Overweight luggage). Things like this happened when we failed to weigh our bag using the right weighing scale.

From LCCT to Gold Coast, the flight took around 8++ hrs, but most of the time, we just sleep through the journey. (Tips:Fly during night-time, save your $$$ – accommodation, food, annual leave and keep your sanity checked as usually (and hopefully) the kids will sleep throughout the journey). There were long (but moving) queues at the immigration, so while queuing we chatted with other travellers. We took almost 1 hour from disembarking from the flight, immigration, claiming the baggage, and quarantine before arriving at the arrival gate. But we were happy! All food that we brought have passed the quarantine inspection. (Tips: 1. make list of food+ingredients. 2.if too many ingredients, include the photo of the label. 3.pack in one bag. 4.no meat, dairy product, fruits. 5. properly packed and sealed foods.)

There were 2 legs for our trip. 1st leg was 4 days 3 nights at Brisbane followed by 5 days 4 nights at Surfer Paradise. We rented our Kia Grand Carnival from Avis Car Rental during the Matta Fair. Our accommodation at Frisco Apartment, Brisbane was reserved via Booking.com whilst the one at Surfer Paradise was via Airbnb.com.

From Coolangatta airport, we headed to Byron Bay. The Byron Bay was located at the South Wales, 1++ hour drive from the airport. I came across this place via a travelblog. And we were so glad that we included it in our itinerary. As the view was breathtaking plus it was quite breezy afternoon. Am gonna write no more..lets the photos do the talking.

byron bay01

That was so serene . .

parking fee

You can get cheaper rate by parking at the downhill. But you gotta climb walking the slope lah.

Byron Bay is located at the far-northeastern corner of the state of New South Wales

Byron Bay is located at the far-northeastern corner of the state of New South Wales

The Cape Byron Light House aka Rumah Api

The Cape Byron Light House aka Rumah Api

The light house from other view

The light house from other view

We continued our journey to Frisco Apartment at Brisbane. Checked in and have a good rest before walking for almost 20 minutes to the Brisbane Southbank for scrumptious dinner at Nandos.

The best Nandos so far.

The best Nandos so far.

Night view from the Southbank.

Brisbane Southbank view

Brisbane Southbank view

Santos LNG Festival

Santos LNG Festival

Eye of Brisbane?

Eye of Brisbane?

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