So I will hold my hands up and openly admit I really haven't enjoyed it here in Surfers, maybe I could have given it more of a chance but my mind was pretty made up after the first two days and as I'm sure people would tell you...I can be so stubborn when I need to be.
There is something about this place, its a mix of the people, the mentality, the overall atmosphere that just reminds me of Magaluf or Kavos, you get the classy picture. Great if you're 17 on your first holiday with your mates or you're visiting here for a few days but to live here for a few months...erm no. Completely not at all what I had in mind for Australia or what I'm exactly after. Call me boring and yeh you're right I suppose in a way I am being, but I don't want to go out every single night and drink and get wasted in the same clubs with the same people and have the same night for 7 nights a week, blow all my money, sleep all day and have nothing to show for it except a beer gut and a double chin. God no.
Especially after the last few months what I am after and what I want to achieve has become so much more defined, I mean don't get me wrong this wasn't me anyway, I have done that whole lifestyle years ago. I have no desire to repeat it and do it again. I had my wild girls holidays, I worked abroad, I spent all my money on drink and do I want that now, absolutely not. What I want is to work hard for a few months and save up, I want a routine again after traveling, I want to unpack my bag, do a food shop and cook dinner with all my friends in our nice apartment and open a bottle of wine before going to bed in a room that isn't shared by 9 other people. Too much to ask?
So my initial plan to work and stay a month here in Surfers Paradise with my friend who has been here for two months quickly changed into a weeks too long visit and a hasty escape plan out of here. So as it stands I had a week to spend trying to enjoy this place before my bus out of here, so I made the decision to try and enjoy myself and surely there has to be some nice parts of this place right, so here's what I found...
PLACES TO EAT
- Central Bar and Restaurant, literally my favorite place I found to eat because of the amazing $10 meal deal at lunchtime and the portion sizes. Finally a place that doesn't scrimp on its lunch deal quality. These portions are big and there's a good choice of options to pick from. I always ordered the nachos, they are huge and they give you soooo much toppings, I didn't even need to order extra cheese.
This is right off the main strip, apparently on "bar street". Easy to find and everyone will know it if you need directions.
- Cardamon Pod in Broadbeach, this is an amazing vegetarian restaurant/deli. Really funky vibe and decor and so much food to choose from. Perfect for a fussy veggie like me. Some of the tastiest food I have had in absolutely ages and not too pricey.
- Jump on the bus and get out of Surfers and head to some of the places near by. There are actually some decent places to visit that are just a bus ride away and completely different vibe than the tacky strip of Surfers.
I recommend checking out Broadbeach for the day, literally the next beach along from here and only a 10 minute bus ride. We went for the day and found so many incredible little restaurants and bars you'll be spoilt for choice, and unlike Surfers you don't get that overwhelming touristy vibe.
Our day out to Broadbeach also included a random trip for tattoos and piercings- yep apparently that's culture for us, but I cannot recommend the tattoo place we went to enough. I resisted but my friend got 2 tattoos and considering it's tiny and on her finger this guy has done an insane job with the detailing. If you're after a decent tattoo parlor near Surfers then do not miss this place: Universal Tattoo.
Other places that are only a bus ride away and I heard were much better than SP is Southport,
And Brisbane is only roughly a two hour journey away on the bus and train so well worth making the effort to see tree whilst you're so close. Make a day trip of it. I'm planning to head to Brisbane on my final day here for the day. Want to make the most of seeing it whilst I am near so I will report back what I find.
There is nothing else I have really found to do here that appealed to me enough to part with my money, yes it's tourist central but it's tacky tourist central and most of the activities are so insanely overpriced it's not worth it. Apparently there's 5 theme parks to choose from but to me I could go to Alton Towers back home, I'm not going to waste money doing that here.
Be careful as well will every 3rd person along the street trying to sell you the pub crawl vouchers and pretending there your best friend and you'll go out and have a wild night together: don't fall for it, they try and charge you 100 or so dollars when in reality they can sell for 20. And is a night out here really worth even that much money.
- INFINITY FUN HOUSE.
I will admit there was one thing Maja and I ended up doing that was really touristy but actually turned out to be hilarious and that was this Infinity fun house experience. It's so hard to explain but you basically have to make your way through all these different rooms and it's pitch black. So some have like crazy strobe lighting, some have wobbly floors, shaking walls. We were in hysterics so this wasn't as bad as I thought it would be. 20dollars to go be a big kid and throw giant balls at each other...
- SPRINGBOOK NATIONAL PARK
This is a tricky one to get to because we went with a friend who had a car so without one you'll be a little screwed as god knows how you'd get here. But it's roughy an hours drive out of Surfers up in the mountains and it's gorgeous. We went for a hike to the waterfalls. Definitely worth making a little trip here, gorgeous scenery and it felt so good to be out on surfers and suddenly back in nature. Perfect.
If you are a beach babe then the beaches here are fine to spend the day lounging on and there's loads of chairs and sun loungers along the promenade you can use, I killed many hours reading books on here and trying to catch a tan. There are also pools everywhere, so if you are like me and you prefer a pool you are literally drowning in options.
- INTERNET CAFE
So I am sure you know that WIFI in Australia is a tricky one, but here's a few places you can get it:
Peter Pans travel shop near Central Restaurant has free internet and wifi for its customers. I think I have been there way too many times using their computers, but it's a much better option than buying a latte in Starbucks everytime you want to check instagram.
Failing that McD's, Pieface and Hungry Jacks all do free wifi.
Did anyone else find anything good to do here?