I initially thought of ditching the idea of writing about my Australia trip but I realized it should be shared as it is something that I don’t get to do everyday. So here is the first entry (and more to go!) about my trip down under.
We arrived at Gold Coast airport on the 6th of October after a 7-hour flight from Singapore. Although their airport is a bit small for an international terminal, it is very organized and security is tight. A friend picked us up and we went straight to Harbourtown (I think it’s the most famous factory outlet in Oz where you can get discounted branded stuff) to eat and do a little shopping. I bought a nice pair of kicks from Nike outlet and a watch from Marc Jacobs. Nyahahah.. started the trip right eh?
We stayed in our friend’s house in Richlands, a suburb in Brisbane, for 5 days. Brisbane is an hour away from Gold Coast (both are part of the state of Queensland).
It was officially spring when I went there but it was so hot the temperature even went as high as 35deg. Nonetheless, the flowers and trees were lovely.
Near my friend’s house is a lovely lake (Forest Lake). We went there late in the afternoon to witness the sunset. It was breathtaking (I just felt sorry for myself coz I didn’t bring my DSLR). Living in a place like this is something that I’ve always dreamed of, very much different from what I have in the tiny toxic island of Singapore.
The next few days we drove around Queensland, touring both Brisbane and Queensland. In some days we took the train from Richlands railway station up to Brisbane’s central station which is about less than an hour away.
|Brisbane Central Station|
|Australians love to drink. My boss told me they start drinking after work as early as 4PM.|
|corporate offices in Brisbane|
|Brisbane Post Office|
Southpark is a recreational place in Brisbane. It is located in South Brisbane and houses restaurants, shops fashion boutiques and a lot more.
The highlight of my visit to Southbank is this awesome beach in the city. It's amazing how they come up with a nice idea of putting up a beach within a busy district. It may be as small as a pool but you can still get that beach-y vibe when you're here. I saw plenty of people swimming and even sunbathing on the sands like they're in a real beach. Amusing.
Queensland is a nice place. I love how big the state is, how you can move freely. I love the blue skies, the beautiful flowers and trees, the chirping of the birds. I also love that no matter how busy the central districts are, you can still find a laid-back spots where you can just relax.