Before I begin, let me first apologise for not blogging whilst being in sunny Queensland, I had a few issues with my iPad and internet and unfortunately it meant there was a lack of writing on my page for a week. But fear not, this post will try to encapsulate my week away with Ben and a few lovely friends.
Day 1 & 2 - Ben and I embarked on a little trip to Mt. Tamborine, which is a beautiful little spot (similar to Mt. Dandenong in Melbourne) that boasts picturesque views, delicious food and coffee (trust me, it was good), gorgeous wineries and lovely people. We stayed at Aaronlea Retreat and the view outside our window was absolutely beautiful. We ate at the Mt. Tamborine Winery & Homestead which is a real treat for any foodie, the produce was local and fresh and the meal was well priced and, more importantly, delicious! Mt. Tamborine also has a delicious fudge store (called Fudge Heaven) - you must go there if you ever visit, it was literally heaven!
We had a wine tasting at The Cedar Creek Estate, where for $3 per person you get to try up to 6 varieties. It's a great way to learn about wine and try wines out of your comfort zone without having to purchase a full bottle! On our last day we visited the Skywalk, which I definitely recommend doing - even if you're petrified of heights
like me. The full walk takes about 45 minutes at a moderate pace, but it is well worth the time. You will witness some amazing sights of nature, waterfalls and beautiful wildlife - it's definitely worth every cent, don't forget your camera if you do go!
Day 3 & 4 - We travelled to Surfers Paradise and stayed at the Outrigger (we stayed at the Outrigger in Hawaii during our honeymoon and thought it would be nice to stay there again), it was a lovely hotel and was walking distance to everything in Surfers Paradise which was really great. We really relaxed on these two days and spent time in the huge hotel pool, at the beach and dining at some great spots. Central Lounge had delicious lunch options (for only $10) as well as a delectable dinner menu, we dined there for both lunch and dinner and the fish of the day (which was Snapper on the day we had dinner) was divine! The Deja Vu restaurant at Outrigger was also great, we enjoyed delicious wood fired pizza and buffet breakfast there and my favourite place would have to be the Mövenpick ice cream shop - the Crème Brûlée flavour was the best ice cream I had ever had - so yummy!
Day 5, 6 & 7 - THEME PARKS! I had never visited them before, although had I gone as a child I can imagine it would have been quite an expensive trip for my parents! My favourite theme park was definitely Warner Brothers MovieWorld - it was so much fun. My favourite ride was the Superman Escape ride (although it was a little scary), and I even met Mr. Wonka and asked him for a piece of chocolate - naturally! SeaWorld was amazing also, I highly recommend the dolphin show - they are such intelligent animals and are gorgeous. Wet'n'Wild WaterWorld was great because we went on a super hot day (it also meant the lines were very long), but I can say I did the Aqua Loop (and never intend to again) and got thoroughly wet.
We also spent a night in Tweed Heads with some great friends of ours and had a great time swimming in the pool and enjoying many meals together, experiences are always fun when enjoyed with wonderful company! So without further ado - here are some pictures of the trip.
I have to say - it was a wonderful holiday and it was all in Australia!