Surfer’s paradise on the Gold Coast was the next stop for us and we were staying at the Vibe Hotel. I don’t know if it was due to the fact that I’m somewhat of a “flashpacker” at best or if it was just the weeks of slumming it but the highlight of this area was the hotel. After a quick tour of the town, I came to the conclusion that I wanted to spend the bulk of my time in our room and taking in a little luxury before our next stop.
I wasn’t alone on this opinion as the ones I was rooming with (my trusty 2 sidekicks all the way from Alice Springs) felt the same way. This area resembles Miami a lot more than it does paradise (sorry, for the dig on Miami…). It has overcrowded and mediocre beaches and was a tourist destination done up in that amusement park sort of feel. It was commercial and nothing to write home about. The feeling of the area was best summed up by my Irish lads roomie, “Girl, look at that body!”. Even though the area was less than desirable, it allowed me to take the time off needed to recoup for the remainder of the trip.