Gold Coast love

Thu 22nd December 2011

We arrived on the Gold Coast today and check out this glorious beach – just minutes from where we’re staying. Can’t complain eh!

Matt

Matt says...

This isn’t a view I’m accustomed to seeing on the 22nd December. Not one you really get in England at this time of year. Miles of beach, completely deserted. Where’s the snow? :)

 
Claire

Claire says...

The Gold Coast is a huge stretch of beach on the east coast of Australia. I think I’m going to like it here!

 

Skydeck – what a view!

Sat 17th December 2011

Tonight we caught the elevator of the Eureka Building up to it’s observation deck – the Skydeck. Boy was it a great view of Melbourne! You could see for miles and could clearly make out the grid of the CBD.

Matt

Matt says...

A beautiful view of Melbourne as the sun sets for another day. It’s a long way down, about 280 meters! We were on the top of Melbourne’s tallest building, the Eureka tower.

 
Claire

Claire says...

This was a very touristy thing to do, but I’m glad we did. The view of Melbourne was stunning and we got to see the most beautiful sunset.

 

Beautiful Melbourne

Fri 16th December 2011

Tonight we were meeting friends for dinner but wandered for a while along the Southbank first. This is a gorgeous shot of the city.

Matt

Matt says...

Another day, another city! This time Melbourne. Imagine London and Brighton mixed together, that’s what Melbourne is like. I’m a big fan!

 
Claire

Claire says...

The Southbank is a very pretty walk along the river in the centre of Melbourne. It reminds me a lot of London, with it’s swanky bars and cafes.

 

On top of the bridge!

Mon 12th December 2011

It was time to take in that spectacular view at the summit. The climb wasn’t too strenuous and the view from the top was incredible.

Matt

Matt says...

The climb up wasn’t as strenuous as I expected. Once you’d climbed up the main set of ladders it was a brisk walk to the top! I’m glad I’m not afraid of heights though, a girl in our group was and she turned white as a sheet!

To top the day off I had happy birthday sang to me by twelve random people from all over the world. One to tell the grandkids!

 
Claire

Claire says...

You don’t get to see sights like this everyday at home. Wow!

 

Sydney Harbour Bridge climb

Mon 12th December 2011

The whole experience was throughly well organised.  We were given a full run down on the equipment we needed to wear and various safety procedures.

Matt

Matt says...

Today is my 30th birthday… arghh how did that happen! Not really, it’s just another year (and another check box on forms). What a perfect present from friends and family; I get to climb over Sydney Harbour Bridge! I’ll be amazing if these old knees of mine manage it! :)

 
Claire

Claire says...

I was very excited about the climb, but a little nervous too. It’s a long way up!

 
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