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The kids go to Hollywood

Banana benders go to bed early because the sun gets up before morning!!! I was awoken at 5.30 by this stream of light that came blaring in my bedroom window. The sunlight was accompanied by the sounds of birdlife. Here’s an idea. How about Queenslanders learn the merits of day light saving. Plenty of light in the evening and you get to wake up at a reasonable hour.

Our first day’s outing was up to movie world. We hopped on the bus that stopped outside our resort and zipped our way up to Movie World. ACW and I had been here before – and it was raining, so some of the rides were closed. This time round, the Lethal Weapon was closed for maintenance, but we were able to do everything else.

H10 was a real trouper. She went on every ride including the Superman Escape and loved every one. Well nearly every one. Like the rest of us, it will be a cold day in hell before you get us back on the Scooby Doo ride. C7 was so traumatised by it that he barely went on any but the most gentle of rides for the rest of the trip. H10 was pretty good about it though and went on the baby rides with him…

Even though she thought they were pretty lame…. 

C7 loves carousels…

 But even H10 drew the line at the Speedy Gonzales taxi service. C7 wouldn’t get off…


While he was going round and round at less than walking pace, H10 discovered the Wile E Coyote Rocket ride. I think she must have ridden that one about 10 times.

At lunch time, we managed to get front row in the Stunt Driver Show. We all thought this was great, until C7 started howling. He thought the gun fight was real and was terrified…

This is the Superman Escape ride. 45 minutes waiting in line for 40 seconds of ride. 0-100km/h in less than 2 seconds. Straight up and straight down. Even ACW was shaking when they came off that ride!

We rounded off the day with a visit to the Icecream shop. They were selling Scooby Doo bowls with 5 serves of icecream, whipped cream, nuts and cherry on top. It went down a treat on a fairly warm day. C7 offered to clean the bowl, so we could tak it home…

H10 cosying up to Speed racer …

And then they kicked us out it was time to go home.


Where have I been?

Back in March, I wrote this post, all about my birthday and how I was going to celebrate it. Then I went and celebrated, came home, C7 got sick (and while getting better, is still not fully recovered – but he is back at school) and life just kept happening. So where did I go to celebrate turning 40-ish? I whisked the kidlets and ACW off to the Gold Coast in Queensland.

We flew out of Adelaide on what was a chilly and damp Wednesday morning. We arrived at the airport just in time to find a spot in the long term carpark, check in and grab some breaky to nom on the plane. God bless Virgin Blue for having internet check in. Not only did it speed things up, but we got a whole row of 6 seats for the 4 of us! Yay!!

After arriving at Coolangatta, we caught the shuttle to our resort – and our apartment wasn’t ready. We checked our baggage and went for a walk to discover the local eateries. There were quite a few within spitting distance so we had lunch then found a really nice bakery where we were able to order our lunch for the next day. In fact, they were so good, they made our lunch nearly every day!

Once we had settled in and unpacked, we spent some time exploring the resort and then we decided to go find a few geocaches that were just up the road at Nobbys beach. We rolled up our jeans and walked the 4 kms along the beach at sunset. Having the sun set over the land and not the water was mildly disorientating for this west coast girl, but it was a really pleasant evening – and I didn’t mind the walk one bit.

We made it back in time to have wood fired pizza for tea at the resort. I had no idea that Queenslanders put the sun to bed so early! It was probably only 7pm, but it was dark! An early night was in store for us, which was just as well, because the next morning I found out why all those banana benders go to bed so early…..