On February 4 2020, a group of 8 travelers departed Bendigo and set off to spend four nights on The Gold Coast. Upon arriving at Melbourne Airport participants used the self check-in service and away they went!
After an enjoyable flight the group collected their bags and travelled to the accommodation in Mermaid Waters. The house was huge with views overlooking the water.
The first evening was spent at the Australian Outback Spectacular, a show with characters, animals and immersive technology in a transformative arena. As well as watching the incredible show, participants were fortunate enough to meet many of the characters and animals from the performance. The three-course meal was pretty good too!
The first full day on the Gold Coast was spent at the always popular theme park, Movie World! Participants were able to get pictures taken with their favourite superheroes. They also enjoyed the Hollywood Stunt Driver 2 show, an action-packed movie making adventure with plenty of laughs and extreme driving skills. While the thrill seekers of the group rode the rollercoasters, others viewed props that were used in blockbuster movies. They also found a ride they could all enjoy together.
After an action packed day, participants cooked a barbeque at the accommodation and shared the highlights of Movie World.
Day three was wet and windy but that didn’t stop our group from exploring Surfers Paradise. Shopping in Cavill Avenue was enjoyed by some along with a trip to see the sights of Byron Bay.
On day four the group visited Dreamworld. At Dreamworld participants spent time at Tiger Island which was the highlight of the trip for many because everyone was lucky enough to get up close and personal with tigers! While some explored the park and its attractions, others went on thrilling rides. It was agreed that Dreamworld was a lot of fun!
The final evening was spent at the Miami Marketta, a thriving laneway of street food and live music. It was the perfect way to end the holiday.
It was an early rise on the final day for participants to begin their journey home full of new friendships and life-long memories.