Nov 05

Taking a Walk on the Gold Coast

Picture it, you’re in Broad Beach on the Gold Coast of Australia and feel like taking a walk on the beach, you head north.  The next thing you know, Surfer’s Paradise is all of a sudden not far in the distance.  It’s only about 2 miles anyway.

Looking at Surfers Paradise

Of course that dismisses the idea of walking around Surfer’s Paradise or what happens when it rains…

All was well on the walk up to Surfer’s Paradise, and Surfer’s Paradise wasn’t as bad as I thought it might be.  Maybe all the young people were still nursing hang overs or getting ready for a night out.

But then I noticed dark clouds to the south, where my hotel was. I did look a little harder in the gift shops so that I would have a plastic bag to put my phone in, incase of rain.  Then I hightailed it out of there!

The sky getting dark

Speed walking on the beach sounds great, until you’re doing it and chasing a dark cloud with lightening in it.  Eventually I got off the beach, figuring I didn’t want to be close to the water when I got closer to the lightening clouds and I might be able to walk faster on a sidewalk.

I’m happy to report I made it to the mall around the corner from my hotel just in time!  Then of course I was trapped in the mall and it was too early for dinner.  I did do some shopping to kill time, but apparently spring storms last longer on the Gold Coast than they do in Florida.

The lesson, find out how much a cab costs and suck up the cost! Or have an adventure, either works.  I do wish I had a bit more time in Surfers Paradise though.

Jun 13

Peppers Broadbeach

When trying to choose a place to stay on the Gold Coast, a friend suggested I stay in Broadbeach instead of Surfer’s Paradise due to construction going on in Surfer’s Paradise.  He also suggested I stay at Peppers Broadbeach.

I will caution that Broadbeach is a quieter area, compared to Surfer’s Paradise, but there is shopping and dining in the area. As such, I think this is a better area for couples or slightly older travelers.  As I was looking for a few days of relaxation after seeing Melbourne and Sydney and before starting my G Adventures Tour, I was happy with quieter location.

Peppers Broadbeach is a fancier hotel/resort and is not cheap to stay at. But for a two-night stay it was perfect.  I’ll admit that I hesitated initially due to the price.  But once I saw the prices of other places in the area, I thought the amenities here made it worth the extra money.

My room was a one-bedroom suite (I would classify it as a junior 4 since it had an office area), with a balcony overlooking the beach.  The “room” had a full kitchen, washer and dryer, tub, shower, his and her sinks, and of course a living room.  It was a bit too much for me, though I seemed to use most of the space while I was there.  I did take advantage of the kitchen though and made myself breakfast each morning.

The resort also had a pool, lounge, Zen garden, restaurants and an attached spa. There wasn’t much missing.  There was a shopping center next door and the beach was across the street.  There wasn’t anything that you would want there, that they didn’t have, or wasn’t immediately nearby.

The entertainment system on the TV did have free and for charge movies, which I did take advantage of one night when it rained.  I also took a quick swim in the pool, which had a nice view of the beach.  The best of both worlds.

Overall Peppers Broadbeach exceeded my expectations, the resort was pretty quiet, but offered anything you could need during your stay there and I would absolutely stay there again.