I had really wanted to take the kids to the Gold Coast and the theme parks for quite some time now, but it was always financially out of reach to do a holiday like this. As soon as we were able to, I did some poking around on the internet and found a holiday package that included flights and accommodation. I found the package through the Discover Australia website and it came in at just under $470 each person. For this price we were flying to the Gold Coast from Sydney and staying for 7 nights at Q1. I was unsure what Q1 would be like as I hadn’t done much research into hotels at this stage. So I rang my sister and as soon as she said that was somewhere that she wanted to stay, I knew it was going to be perfect.

The drive up to Sydney was very uneventful and we get to the airport really early. We board our Jetstar flight and off we go. In a little over an hour later, we arrive at Coolangatta airport and we are ready to start our week away! We are all super excited by this stage!

We pick up our hire car for the week, a Mitsubishi ASX, and load up for the drive to the Gold Coast. Crossing the bridge at Currumbin, we haven’t even driven halfway to Surfers Paradise, we see our hotel purely because it’s so big! We arrive and check in to find out we are up on level 41 and we have a beach-facing room. Not bad for such a bargain! The room is so much bigger and better than I thought it would be!

The views are spectacular, from all directions! Beach, canals, city. I could just stand around and look out the windows for hours.

Since we’ve arrived later in the afternoon, there isn’t time to go out adventuring. Because of this we just go into Surfers Paradise to find some dinner and pick up a few essential supplies. We end up choosing teppanyaki at Zushi. This is the first time the kids and I have been to teppanyaki. We are pretty excited… until we start having food thrown at us! Amy was a little scared whenever the chef threw the eggs! Of course I ended up wearing a raw egg. Oh well, it’s all part of the experience, right?


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