|Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia. Creativity required to spend time there on a tight budget. Read on for some ideas.|
|Blue blubber jellyfish on the surfer beach near Marine Stadium|
aka "Bum's Bay." Gold Coast, Queensland Australia.
Working our way from Bundaberg to the Sydney area, we anchored in Marine Stadium, aka "Bum's Bay," a stone's throw from the Queensland, Australia glittery city of Gold Coast.*
*For more info on cruising Australia's Queensland coast, check out Endless Summer's older but still chock full of good info summary.
Beaches and parks in immediate walking distance of Marine Stadium offer swimmers, surfers, dog walkers, bird watchers, picnickers plenty of places to see and stop.
|Masked lapwing bird aka plover, which we nicknamed "The Elvis Bird." Gold Coast, Queensland Australia.|
|These crested pigeons with the mohawk-like dos and red eyes look like bird with attitude. Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia.|
*chosen because their prices were decent and they were willing to pick us up for the rental and drop off afterward
|Natives and skyscraper image, Art Centre Gold Coast, Queensland Australia.|
|Practical art. Evandale sculpture walk. Gold Coast, Queensland Australia.|
There wasn't a whole lot on display at the Art Center, though their auditorium for movies and performances is massive (plus some smaller rooms, also used for movies). Had we known, we'd far preferred to see our movies at the Art Centre than at Australia Fair mall. Even there wasn't much to see, a brief stop in the Centre makes sense if you're there to stroll the sculpture gardens.
|Oasis in an urban setting. Pond in Evandale sculpture walk, Gold Coast, Queensland Australia.|
|Chris ponders Antone Bruinsma's sculpture,|
Sophia's Seat of Initiation. The more walk around and look
at Antone's mythical sculptures, the more you see.
Though many of the sculptures lacked imagination, if I were into phone apps, I could've entered another realm to view Evandale's imaginary 3D virtual sculptures. Curious? Check out unseen GC, on exhibit through the summer of 2017.
All in all, I wouldn't make Gold Coast my destination of choice. If you're there, with car, looking for something free to do with your time, the Evansdale walk and art center is a good hour and a half stop, longer if you want to put the par course for a serious plein air work-out. Or, plan your Evandale trip around a movie.
|Par course whimsey. Evandale sculpture|
walk, Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia.
With better parking karma and a different bent for something to satisfactory for our posse of four, strolling Surfer's Paradise long beach promenade, akin to Miami Florida (and there is even an area called Miami in Gold Coast) crossed with Venice Beach, when the evening markets would've provided ample entertainment. We got a small taste in our drive-by on the way back from the Hinterlands.
Of course, if money is no object, you'll find oodles of options to empty your wallet at theme parks, rides and more, where you can do your part making Gold Coast live up to its name. It is a true playground for all ages.
As for us, we took the first weather window we could to make our way south.
|Enjoy the city view while you work out. Evandale|
sculpture walk, Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia.
This is a recent retrospective of our time, December 5-11, 2016 in Marine Stadium (aka "Bum's Bay"), Gold Coast, Queensland Australia (S27.56.790 E153.25.424). We're in Pittwater, New South Wales, Australia (S33.39.433 E151.18.051), about an hour's drive (in light traffic) and four hour's sail (in good conditions) from Sydney.
Working on catch up posts, searching for a camper van for our next nomadic home, and getting s/v Journey ready to sell.