Studying in Australia for 1 1/2 years from 2005 to 2006 gave my family and me a lot of weekends to explore Brisbane as well as the Gold Coast and the Sunshine Coast in Queensland.
Travelling by public transport and going to theme parks is not a problem as you can plan your journey by simply logging on to Translink, a website which gives you the schedule and what buses/trains/ferry to take and where to take it.
Fortunately for us, since I was a student then I got a concession fare with a 50% discount, my daughter rides for free as she was less than 6 years old then. It's only my wife who pays full fare.
It takes about 1 1/2 to 2 hours one way to get to the theme parks in Gold Coast, so a day trip there coming from Brisbane is possible. We usually wait for discount vouchers found at the back of grocery receipts to save some from the entrance fees.
It was only through browsing my multiply account that reminded me to post these photos. Multipy by the way will no longer be supporting the photo sharing by the end of the year but will focus instead on e-commerce or something to that effect
This has the fastest and wildest rides among the three parks. Unfortunately, most of them cannot be ridden yet by Angel at the time because she was too young.
This is also the place where the Australian Big Brother is being shot.
|watching a show of sponge bob and friends|
|taking a ride from blue clues|
|kids will surely be familiar with nickelodein|
|taking a breather from all that walking|
|photo ops with kenny, the dreamworld mascot|
|angel meeting new friends in the train on our way back to brisbane|
Cartoon lovers would surely love this place as you get to see your favorite cartoon characters from Warner Bros and there is also a parade in the afternoon.
|watching a stunt show of police academy|
|the cast of police academy|
|with bugs bunny and marvin the magician|
|the cast of harry potter without harry|
|the catwoman and the bat kid|
|taking a rest|
|with of the members of the justice league|
|bugs bunny with angel and friends|
|we found the cape crusaders and batgirl in an alley|
Sea WorldThis theme park was the first one we visited in the Gold Coast. With Vangie and Angel not more than 1 month in Australia, we didn't waste our time exploring right away the theme parks.
|watching a dolphin show|
|the pond where the sharks and other fishes are kept|
|the sharks can be seen just like in aquarium|
|bird rehabilitation area|