Here are some photos from our first day. A big hoohah greeted us at Coolangatta aiport, Gold Coast. The wife and I slipped past all the festivities to clear immigration so that we could get into our car and begin our stay.
We drove towards Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary near the airport to check it out, partly because we had an iVenture card, a kind of all-in-one tourist attraction card. It was actually quite a nice place, filled with Australian animals like birds, koalas, porcupines and wombats. And really up close.
Some of the koalas were not real lah. Naturally, every souvenir shop in Australia carries a koala soft toy of some sort. My wife was determined to buy one for the kids. I told her to hold off till we were about to go home. I guess the Koala is the Merlion of Australian tourist souvenirs.
I promised some photos of our cottage in Mount Tamborine too. Here you go, The Polish Place, run by Phil and Ania Sowter (since 1983!). It is really cozy and lovely.
Our balcony overlooks the greatest view evar. And I mean EVAR.
And at night, we had dinner served to us, made by Phil himself. It was an awesome chicken and salmon. We also had some homemade tomato soups with homemade egg noodles. Eat until cannot move.
Another novelty for us for the fireplace. It was a REAL fireplace. I felt very manly putting pieces of wood into it, to keep it going. I felt like Davy Crockett or something (cue: Davy Crockett song). With tempartures hitting 10-12°C at night, the fire was a warm and cozy thing to have.
Our evening was spent talking and watching videos on our iPad (Australia television really cannot make it). And me occasionally running down to the first floor to put another piece of wood into the fireplace. King of the wild frontier, that's me.