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    Default Gold Coast, Australia Ride



    Hi,

    I was in Brisbane for work but managed to drop by the Gold Coast for the weekend. Rented a Sym 150cc scooter for a scary AUD 120 for 24 hrs and covered about 300km.


    Route covered - Surfers Paradise, Tamborine Mountains, O Reilly, Spring Brook


    Stayed at Vibe Hotel for 2 nights


    View of Nerang River from Vibe Hotel's balcony


    Woke up early for sunrise at Surfers Paradise


    Rented a scooter from Moped City, a short walk from Vibe Hotel


    With a simple road map and clear signage, it's easy to navigate. I noticed many roundabouts in Queensland.


    Santuary Cove for the rich


    En route to Tamborine Mountains


    Visited Glow Worms Cave. Even though the cave is man-made, the larvae glows like stars in the darkened cave. It is a beautiful sight.


    A small frog, is it called a tree frog?


    Takeaway. One of the cheapest coke I had in Australia - AUD 1.00.


    Too much time on hand
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    The western track to Witches Falls was blocked. But an Australian family went ahead anyway and I followed.


    Noticed something?


    Now that's a very huge lizard


    Wild mushrooms


    A small snake. We also came across a brown snake.


    This is why the track was blocked. Leeches aplenty and some got onto our shoes. We headed back. I continued the other track to Witches Falls and was rewarded by a rather small waterfall.


    Next, I visited Curtis Falls. Tracks are clearly marked.


    Curtis Falls


    Viewpoint on Tamborine Mountains


    Took the one way road to O Reilly.


    Road hogs


    You see different types of vegetation at different elevation


    Took the O Reilly Booyong Walk


    Which includes a tree top walk on suspended bridges


    Green mountains botanical gardens

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    Met up with my colleagues in late evening and visited Conrad Jupiters for dinner and its casino. Woke up early the next day and took a morning shot before going for a quick morning ride.


    Viewpoint on the way to Spring Brook National Park


    Obligatory flower shot


    Peaceful road up the mountain


    2 tracks to Purling Brook Falls


    Purling Brook Falls


    Purling Brook Falls


    Nice winding roads


    Be careful not to hit these animals (Wallaby?) dashing across the roads


    Clear signage. At Hardys lookout, I hardly see anything. The view was blocked by overgrowth.




    Headed for Best of all Lookout


    Scenery from Best of all Lookout

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    Paid ~AUD20 to visit Q1 tower which boasts splendid views over Gold Coast




    View of Gold Coast


    Headed for the beach


    Beach view


    More beach view


    Time to go!
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    So nice the places you've visited.

    I was looking to plan a 2-weeks riding trip in Down Under too.
    But the bike rental price of SGD$150 upwards per day is a killer.
    Gotta wait and see if any of my buddies wants to drive instead.
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    For 2 weeks rental, you might be able to get a much better deal (e.g. http://www.garnersmotorcycles.com.au/road_bikes.htm).

    Yah, renting a car is cheaper than a motorcycle.

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    Thanks very much for the link.
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    Thanks to FB666Y, I remember bookmarking the link from one of his trips

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    oh no
    u again

    colombo to luzon now brisbane

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    well done with report and photos
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    upz for the trip and pics
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