Sunday, 18 March 2012

Gold Coast : Extraordinaire Coastal City of Down Under (PART 2)

Kicked off our third day at Cararra Market, located towards the east of Gold Coast. Something that we were looking forward to. If you're looking for something different from other places, this is the place where you should be. Souvenirs are cheaper than the one in the downtown.
Vintage local arts and fresh fruits and vegetables tempts us the most. Grabbed grapes and plums and all I can say its super fresh from farm. If you're having digestion problem while traveling like me , this is the solution. It will go away as it reached your tummy. :D
By noon, we headed up to Brisbane (again) for DFO Brisbane through Pacific Motorway (M1 & M3), another outlet to get good bargains items for Quiksilver, Nine West, Tommy Hilfiger, Royal Doulton, Esprit and Country Road. Yes, you can see loads of Aussie hotties carrying Country Road's duffle bag. :) So its trending. Hahahah..
Actualy when you're drving from Gold Coast to Brisbane for DFO, you can opt either to go on free-route or with toll. We took the chance to go on the famous Sir Leo Hielscher Bridges, previously known as Gateway bridge. This bridge was first built in 1980s and undergone upgrading projects in 2007. For more history of this bridge, read it here. Oh yes, please don't forget to pay the toll in advance. You can either pay it online or at the petrol pump (to avoid unnecessary tickets :D).
Later that day, we continued our driving journey to Brisbane City again for brisk walk around the city and Southbank, where the city beach, entertainment and art culture of the city located. First, strolled along the Queens Mall Street, the main shopping area in the city. Then, we took a break at The Coffee Club, recommended by my cousin (ex-Melbourne), Aznoor for a cuppa.
Later, a great walk over the other side of the city until the night. Having great chocolat-ey dinner at Max Brenner. I first had Max Brenner in Melbourne back in the 2006 with my good friends, Adila and Hafiz (will blog it out soon). It tastes just like the other day and its a must try if you're in the Down Under.
The tour in Brisbane ends with breathtaking night walk. In the nick of time, we managed to get to know the city. Its a lively city with modest and lovable people who lives in there. How I wish I turned back the time and re-route my uni days to Brisbane instead of Manchester. :D We drove back to Surfers Paradise and get ready for the next day extravaganza at Warner Bros. *can't wait* for Part 3 (banyak la pulakk part2 ni).. Need to learn how to keep it short and simple. Hahaha..

Note: Driving is enjoyable but somehow you might need to take turns. Lesson learnt. Huahahahah...


  1. used to go to QUT... now i'm missing brissie.. :)

    1. its a perfect place to study and work. trust me, ive been thinking of pursuing my next level of education in brisbane! hahaha... thanks for dropping by!

  2. i Miss BNE!! Perfect place to raise a young family too.

    1. Exactly! Very moderate, rich of modern family culture and great food to live with. ;)