After Movie World, the next day we went to Paradise Country which aims to show case the Australia farm.
The kids had a good time doing gold sieving. Ernest and Esther were so excited finding interesting looking stones. They did not find any gold but they had a good time.
They also tried opal mining which they also liked. It was a very structured setup, there were little opals embedded in clay balls and these clay balls were then placed into holes in the walls which are then covered with compacted sand. Each of these holes were numbered and contained a random number of clay balls ranging from 1 to 3. All the kids had to do was to use a small hammer and knock away the compacted sand to reveal the clay balls. Then they had to break up the clay to reveal the opal which after cleaning was rather nice.
We also watched a short show where they demonstrated the making of tea and bread by the cowboys. Then it was off to another short show about horses and its usefulness to the cowboys.
The last show of the day was one about the sheep. There was the mandatory sheep shearing which was interesting for the kids.
After Sea World, the next day we went to Movie World which is actually pretty close to Sea World. Movie World was really nice for Ernest since it had all his favourite super heroes like Green Lantern. Esther could not go for some of the rides due to height restrictions so Ernest did not take them as he wanted to ride them with Esther. So the kids went for more of the kiddish ones which is probably less fun.
The Hollywood Stunt Driver 2 was a very good show and everyone loved it. It was really exciting to see the bikes fly through the air and the cars to drift around. The kids and Pauline absolutely loved it.
After coming back to Surfer’s Paradise from Tangalooma, the next day we went to Sea World. The kids had lots of fun at Sea World. There was not a lot of people around so it was really nice to walk about. Compared to congested and packed Singapore, it was a great experience to move around without the need to queue too long for anything.
The kids took full advantage of this by taking the rides over and over again. Pauline and I were too chicken to take any of the rides, so settled for looking at the kids have fun.
One of the attraction was a high confidence area where one could don a harness and move around balancing on beam and ropes up high. I had to accompany the kids since Esther was too small for this. And boy was I afraid. I have this thing with heights and being up there with nothing but the harness and walking on narrow beams was really too much. But I braved it with Esther and she had a good time.
We stayed at Sea World the whole day. There were lots to do and the kids were exhausted by the end of the day.
After the Carrara Market, we went back to Surfer’s Paradise where we spend the rest of the day walking about.
On our free day, we decided to visit the Carrara Markets. This is a huge open area where there are a large number of stores selling all sorts of stuff.
There is Luke’s Reptile Kingdom which is like a mini zoo for lizards and snakes which the kids really enjoyed.
Ernest and Esther also had quite a fair bit of fun with the Bungy Trampoline. The trampoline was always something that Esther likes.
Esther also did a face painting which she was fond of.
Here are some photos.
On the second day, we spend the whole day with the Southern Cross 4WD tour which brought us to the rainforest. It was a very different experience being in a temperate rainforest. It looks similar but the differences in temperature makes it rather nicer.
We took the time to visit Superbee Honeyworld which was pretty educational for the kids. The take home message is that almost everything that we saw in the Bee movie is wrong. Here are the ones which I can remember:
- All worker bees are females, males do not really work.
- There is no such thing as Pollen Jocks since the males do not really work.
- Males do not have a stinger.
- Not all bees die after they sting.
The thing they did get right was that bees are critical for pollination which ensures the survival of plants.
Here are photos that we took outside the place.
After a tiring 8 hour flight we finally reached Gold Coast. We took the opportunity to take a quick photo before the airport folks came at us.