Good Morning Gold Coast!!
All ready to explore! Second on the itinerary was a trip to Pacific Fair Shopping Centre and Robina Town Centre in the day. By evening, we dropped by Surfers Paradise to check out the Beach Front Night Market to shop for more stuffs.
Pacific Fair and Robina Town were rather far from our stay and positioned at the opposite end of the theme parks we were going to. Jo made it a point to visit these two cenres in one day and not to spend more than half a day.
It is really easy to get around in Gold Coast. We (by we I meant Jo hehe) depended on the pamphlet by TRANSLink for map and timetable a lot. If you need to refer to the map, you may go here. ☺️
From where we stay in Stanhill Drive to Cavill Avenue (where you can find tram stations, Coles, Woolworths and food joints) is only 5 minutes walk away. Glad we have chosen the right location!
To Pacific Fair we go from Cavill Avenue!
Pacific Fair is positioned 500 metres from the Broadbeach South station so it is really convenient to get there. Pacific Fair’s Myer is like Metro in Singapore. Basically you can get affordable labeled items and if you’re lucky, you might be able to buy some items off their promotional/seasonal sale. We looked up our itinerary and tried to slot Pacific Fair in on one of the days when we won’t be doing anything much. Obviously we saw some things we liked and wanted to go back.
Next, we made our way out back to Broadbeach South station. The same station has a bus stop nearby. We walked over to bus stop D and took on bus 751 to Robina Town. Robina Town is like another Takashimaya. It is HUGE!! Nothing caught our eyes except for Pandora being so much more cheaper than in Singapore! So if you have plans to visit Australia, get Pandora! However, we didnt buy any because we were not into Pandora.
We were lost in Robina! Yaaass! Lost in the building, couldn’t find the exit. Robina Town is big and if you can’t remember your way in, you’d need help from the locals or got back to the directory map. We didn’t regconise the exit and obviously we were lost! We wasted so much time going up and down Robina Town. When we were finally out, we took a bus and passed by Harbour Town! Guess what? Jo wanted to take a look but we forgot that it was close to 05:00 PM so we had to take a bus back to Surfers Paradise. At least we had known Harbour Town’s location.
By the time we reached Surfers Paradise, it was almost night! We walked around and most of the Halal joints we could find were selling kebabs or baking pizzas! There were of course other food joints but we weren’t really hungry to try real food. (I meant rice and noodles!) So a kebab for each one of us. Oh and let me tell you, food in Gold Coast can be quite costly! A kebab here can cost AUD 7.00 to 9.00 each and for every sauce and condiments that you want to add on to your kebab, it is with a charge of AUD 0.50 each. You should do fine without the condiments really!
You can see it for yourself. The kebabs were BIG and tasty!
Over to the beach!
The market is no different from the pasar malam we have back in Singapore.
Most of the vendors were selling local items, handy crafts and home made nougats. It was only Wednesday, we have Friday and Sunday to patronise the Beach Front market again.
To end the night, we walked back to our apartment and chilled with the snacks and bites we bought from Coles and Woolworths yesterday. Lepak!! 😎
Before we turn in, we gonna make some calls and send texts to our loved ones back at home just to keep them updated and let them know we are doing F I N E and
not planning to come back! Hahaha!
So when asked what did we do past 05:00 PM. My reply would be “jalan-jalan cari matsaleh!” 😂
Second day, we’re loving and enjoying the slow paced culture here. We were constantly greeted by friendly locals. We wish we didn’t have to go back!
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Trams and buses guide. With your go card, touch on at the card reader located at every station platforms. When trams arrived and there are people disembarking, doors will open and you can board the tram. Otherwise, to open doors, you need to press on the button. Likewise when alighting. Upon alighting, touch on the card reader again at the next station platform.
For buses, you touch on the card reader in the bus exactly like how you do it with the buses in Singapore.
Beach Front Night Market will be up on every Wednesday, Friday and Sunday night starting from 03:00 PM to 08:00PM.
Pacifir Fair and Robina Town operates daily from 09:00 AM to 05:30 PM except for Thursday where they extend the time to 09:00 PM. Sundays operating time is shorter, they start from 10:00 AM to 04:00 PM.
(Singapore should learn from Australia!)
So you may want to plan your days ahead and know when to shop and when to visit the places of interests!
Be sure to keep a lookout for the promotional theme parks passes as you go along. We got ours off a booth in Pacific Fair. You should get a ticket for three parks at AUD 99.00. We are pretty psyched for tomorrow! More on Gold Coast, soon!