Trip to Aussie Sunshine State – Gold Coast (Part 2 of 2)

22/11/2012 – Day 4

Woke up very late and spent the entire afternoon at Sea World theme park.  Here are some of the snapshots taken in the park.

Sea World @Gold Coast.

Feeding of Cormorants.

Was told most of these Pelicans were rescued from the wild.

Dolphins lagoon.

Shark Bay @Sea World.

Large sharks in the man-made lagoon.

Close encounter with shark.

Face to face with a barracuda.

A lone barracuda.

Polar bear and its tuna meal.

Jet Ski stunt @Sea World, Gold Coast.

Jet Ski stunt @Sea World, Gold Coast.

Jet Ski stunt @Sea World, Gold Coast.

Jet Ski stunt @Sea World, Gold Coast.

Jet Ski stunt @Sea World, Gold Coast.

Sea Lion Performance @Sea World.

Sea Lion Performance @Sea World.

Sea Lion Performance @Sea World.

Penguins feeding.

Waiting for Dolphins Performance.

Dolphins Performance @Sea World.

Dolphins Performance @Sea World.

Dolphins Performance @Sea World.

Dolphins Performance @Sea World.

Kids’ Playground.

Ride that get everyone wet.

T-Rex @Sea World.

Another T-Rex.

Dinosaur @Sea World.

23/11/2012 – Day 5

Went exploring Gold Coast Hinderland, Tamborine Mountain.  On our way to our first stop, Tamborine Rainforest Skywalk, we stopped by some residential area and took a few shots of the beautifully blooming Jacaranda Tree.

The first signboard that told us that we were already at Tamborine Mountain.

Beautiful Jacaranda trees and their full bloom of nice purple flowers.

Full bloom Jacaranda trees were spotted everywhere in the neighbourhood.

Tamborine Rainforest Skywalk is a short trail to a small creek consisting of a Canopy Walk above the rainforest and the Skywalk Canitlever looking down a valley.  The admission for Skywalk is a bit pricey though.

Logo of Tamborine Rainforest Skywalk.

The almost dried up creek at the end of the trail due to the dry season.

A giant bark-less tree view from the Skywalk Cantilever.

Next we visited Tamborine Mountain Distillery, a small family owned operations.  Unfortunately, visitors were no longer allowed to enter the production area due to health regulations.

Tamborine Mountain Distillery.

Tamborine Mountain Distillery.

The beautiful courtyard @Tamborine Mountain Distillery.

The beautiful courtyard @Tamborine Mountain Distillery.

The beautiful courtyard @Tamborine Mountain Distillery.

The spirits stall @Tamborine Mountain Distillery.

The spirits stall @Tamborine Mountain Distillery.

Next stop was The Cedar Creek Estate Vineyard & Winery.  Here we also took a walk through their man-made cave to see up close the glow worms.  Before leaving, we stroll around their vineyard and took some photos as well.

The peaceful lake behind Cedar Creek Estate Vineyard & Winery.

A male Water Dragon roaming on the estate. Was told he has 8 female companions.

The Water Dragon posing for a shot.

Entrance to the man-made glow worm cave.

Vineyard of Cedar Creek.

Bunches and bunches of yet to ripe grapes.

The last stop at Tamborine Mountain was a visit Gallery Walk, a street with shops and eateries on both side.

Gift shop @Gallery Walk

Shop @Gallery Walk

Shop @Gallery Walk

A cafe along Gallery Walk

Unique sign @Gallery Walk.

24/11/2012 – Day 6

Morning of Day 6, the last day at Gold, was spent on Currumbin Beach  Took a dip and waddle to the sand bank in the middle of the creek mouth.  The rest of the afternoon was back at the apartment relax and nap.  No photography at all, camera gear was allowed a day off.  The night was busy packing up for our travel to Sunshine Coast the following day.

But before we left on 25/11/2012 for Sunshine Coast, we had our last visitors, the pair of parakeets.

The pair of parakeets paid us a final visit as if they knew we were leaving.

Look out for my next post on Sunshine Coast.

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~ by grbenji on 09/12/2012.

4 Responses to “Trip to Aussie Sunshine State – Gold Coast (Part 2 of 2)”

  1. The dolphin shot (3rd pic of the dolphins) is absolutely stunning. I’m totally mesmerized by it. Thanks for sharing such a wonderful collections.

  2. Nice photos! I was just wondering how you could manage to bring your camera gear around the themeparks and take the rides.

    • I was there on weekend and it was very crowded. So went around took photos and left as didn’t want to waste time queuing for rides. Went back for fun on another weekday since I had multiple entry pass then.

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