The post with the uneasy Koala...poot
It was our 2nd day of the trip & we had to wake up very early at 8am as we need to get ready for our day tour to Paradise Country Farm. The tour bus will come around 9.10am so we quickly got ready, have our breakfast at the cafe & waited for the same Con-X-Ion bus at the hotel entrance to arrive.
We arrived at Paradise Country Farm around 10am and we didn't know what this place is all about. What I could guess it's just a normal farm but boy, I was wrong. We went to this small booth after the tour bus sent us. We exchanged our travel voucher for the tickets & boarded this tram which sent us to the main location of Paradise Country Farm. We took the area map & immediately made to this Koala photo taking area whereby we have to pay AUD$15 for 1 pose with the koala.
A sleepy koala..wake up please!
2 photos but for the same pose costs AUD$25. I actually wanted to carry the koala but Din insisted in carrying it. That means, no chance as we're entitled for 1 pose. Din carried the koala and surprisingly, the koala wasn't comfortable & it wanted to scratched my colleague's face. After much "comfort" by the koala owner, the koala settled quite well, automatically looked at the camera for a snapshot & guess what, the koala pooped on my colleague's hands.
I wanted to laugh but held on & this time, my turn to comfort him. He washed the area & we went to other attractions at the farm. We took snapshots of lazy koalas sleeping up in their tree, kangaroos resting at their open area. We even took snapshots of the tame kangaroos there.
How tame can a Kangaroo be?
Din then told me there's a live show less than 30mins. I agreed to watch this live show whereby there's this cowboy introduced about billy teas & there was this superb horse riding show whereby he & 2 other cowboy & cowgirl had to round up some cattle plus beat the clock. That was real nice especially there's this segment during the closing moments when one of the cowboy rode his horse, went past the crowd & I was lucky enough to clapped his hand..KAPOW.
After the love shows, we took photos with the horses & went to the whip snapping & boomerang show. That was quite nice too. Each boomerang thrown & if the cowboy didn't catch successfully, we were told to boo them. I love booing people. Haha. And there was another live show which was the sheep shearing.
Here's how i clapped the cowboy's hand..
What amazes me in this show was that there's this "celebrity" sheeps which make their way to the stage and they'll go to their names from the crowd's seat. The sheep shearer demonstated sheep shearing methods and also there's a nice segment whereby, the shearer called for volunteers. With these volunteers, he gave them characters and with the sheep wools that he had trimmed from a helpless sheep, he decorated on them.
It was already like noon time & the live shows were over. It's meal time! We had this bbq fish lunch & that was sumptuous. Stomach's full & you're still raring to go to other places in Gold Coast. At about 1pm, the coach arrives and we're off to Harbour Town shopping area. Knowing little of this place on our arrival, we had like 2-3hours to spare.
A pose with an old cowgirl..
Basically, Harbour Town proclaims to sell items very cheap from factory directs. While walking past the shops, I did see the items & price wise for a Singaporean, isn't too "money-friendly" but I still got some souvenirs like a Koala bear & decorative items there. Seriously, Din & I didn't buy many items here because we know we'll be heading to other places like Sydney & Melbourne in the later days.
We went back to our hotels around 5pm & it's winter period. It was very dark in Gold Coast. In Singapore, it only gets very dark around 7pm. What we know were shops in Australia closes earlier unlike in Singapore. After an hour taking a short rest, we proceeded to explore Surfer's Paradise. We walked past the shops there and shops there were still opened.
That was a good thing and we had dinner at Maharani. Maharani is a Malaysian restaurant which sells Malaysian food. To us, this reminded us of home, local food. I got myself fried kway tiao which costed around AUD$9. I can't complain too much as I'm in a foreign land due to the price unlike back home. It wasn't that bad, though, no where as good as Singapore's typical fried kway tiao. There was no surprise that a lot of Malaysians flocked to this restaurant to have their dinner as there were that many halal Malaysian food area in Gold Coast. Once, there was this family who wanted to eat there & the restaurant owner asked them if they had made any reservations. They didn't and guess what, the owner asked them to eat outside if they don't mind. I wanted to laugh by then.
After our quick meals, we still had time to venture around. We continued walking around and also went to Surfer's Paradise beach which was nice. The beach looks clean and the waves were quite large. Even Singapore waters are thumbs down when it comes to waves. I forgot to note, the weather in Austratlia is quite cold so I always wear a jacket. We head back to our hotel after that & rest for our next day trip. Tomorrow will be spending the day at MOVIEWORLD!