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Old Sep 27th, 2004, 08:06 PM
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cheap, cheaper, cheapest

won a trip to the Gold Coast for 2.Accommodation & flight only and the rest on our own.Will be staying in Surfers Paradise. Am worried about the exchange currency. Is A$ 1500-2000 enough for 8days/6 nites for 2 adults? Where should we go & see first. Planning to buy souvenirs for family & friends. What to buy? Have surfed the Net for mths reading on GC.Welsome advice/itinery plans etc.
"terima kasih"(malaysian way:thank you)
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Old Sep 28th, 2004, 12:22 PM
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It depends a bit on what you want to do.

Your price averages out at $AUS200-$300/day. If you just want to laze on the beaches, that'd be fine. If you start to go to the theme parks, well - that'd run out very fast.

Some trips to the hinterland may be interesting.

You would have got more responses if you had identified what area you were interested in in the title of your question, e.g. Gold coast costs. Most repliers don't bother to try and guess what you mean - they just skip over a title like yours.
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Old Sep 28th, 2004, 12:34 PM
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Well congratulations on your win and I hope that it will translate to a wonderful holiday for you.
Whether the amount you have to spend will extend for the holiday will really be up to you. There is a lot to do and see in and around the Gold Coast ( Surfer's Paradise) that won't cost you the earth if you are careful. For instance use public transport for a trip to Tweed Heads and to the Twin Towns club where you can take in a show and have a meal for a cheap price. Eat at some of the lovely cheaper restaurants ( there is one Malaysian hawker stall that I always eat at if I go to S.P. ) but the food is really good.
Do NOT buy souvenirs for family or anyone in Surfer's Paradise but get the FREE bus from your hotel which will take you to Carrara markets on a Saturday or Sunday and buy something from there at a fraction of the price. You will find many brochures at your hotel when you arrive and you can go through them at your leisure and see what you want to do.
Have a day at Sea World ( there is a free bus ) because it is really lovely, take your swim suit too because there are lovely pools and water slides if its hot. It is a great day out. Go to Currumbin Bird Sanctuary and perhaps pack a nice lunch to take for yourselves which will be nicer than the food there and much cheaper as well. You can spend most of a day there too because there are a lot of shows and you can spend time and play with the animals.
Ask at your hotel for any suggestions i.e. get a bus to Sanctuary Cove for a Sunday perhaps. They often have a jazz band there and it is lovely to wander around.
Then there is Harbour Town which is an outlet shopping centre where sometimes there are great specials - sometimes not! Again Public transport will get you there.
The Broadbeach area is great and the Oasis Centre there is fun and there are many restaurants in and around outside with sometimes market stalls and big chess games. However up on the third level of the Oasis centre is a huge restaurant which is closest to the sea and for $10 you can get a great meal there.
In the most part you should not spend more than $50 day on food unless you are into full restaurant food. Excursions and entrance fees to a lot of the things around perhaps will cost about $400 but in the main you can have fun without spending lots. If you want a nice restaurant meal and a really good few hours then go to the revolving restaurant at the Park Royal Hotel ( perhaps its had a name change) where you can put in a few hours watching the changing skyline whilst eating a nice meal.
Ask at your hotel for directions to the Rugby Clubs, Bowls club or the RSL clubs for great cheap meals like the Twin Towns area. Try some great fish and chips somewhere - $6 each but again not in the shopping centres.
You will have a great time as there is lots to do that is low cost but high entertainment. Also get the weekend newspaper which may give you some other ideas.
Make sure that you are getting you trip right to the Gold Coast and not to Brisbane and you will have to budget for the return trip back to the airport - not that that is too expensive as you can do it by bus or train but is something to keep in mind.


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Old Sep 28th, 2004, 06:01 PM
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thanks margo and liz. I was really hoping to get a reply from liz bec from yr replies, u really know gold coast well. margo,tq & realise that entrances to theme parks will coast a bomb BUT we're into that very much. In M'sia we've got many theme/fun parks that I've not been to. Would love to see & do things not available to M'sians i.e. like your fuits orchards,aboroginal places,mt Tamborine,markets etc. We live in Malacca which is nearby the sea but i'm sure the beach & sea is different there in GC. We were told we'll be staying at Mercure hotel. I believe there are 2 Mercures. I'm sure they'll give us the cheaper one. another v imp question, where can I shop for larger sizes shoes for ladies. It's oh so very difficult to buy anything more than sizes 8-9(Asian size) in Malaysia & I'm definitely not that size!! Thanks for the replies.Regards.
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Old Sep 28th, 2004, 06:10 PM
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oops sorry for the many spelling mistakes.margo, what i meant to say was we're really not into theme parks but my husband wants to go to where he can see the movie sets i.e. the old cowboy town, batman etc. is it movie world? is it worth the money? read somewhere re: lamington cake. where can I buy it? where's the best fish & chips? we're 2 simple people & have never been to Aust. appreciate yr replies.
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Old Sep 28th, 2004, 09:32 PM
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Liz is the person to best answer questions about the Gold Coast.

Shoes - my problem exactly - I don't know what Malaysian or Asian sizes translate to, but I take a size 10, and you can find them in the shops. I'm fortunate in that I live in Sydney, and we have specialist shops, where I can find a wide variety (all quite expensive, though )
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Hello again
Yes you are talking about Movie World but I don't think it is worth it really unless you are a child. I prefer Sea World which is a much better class of theme park and Dream World if you are into the Australian theme AND into scary rides.
You will be able to get larger than Asian sizes at any shoe outlet, a size 10 is fine but you need - Angle shoes in Brisbane for anything larger ( I think its Angle shoes or something like that but it is in the phone book )
Another thing you can do while you are here is take the train to Brisbane and then up to Beewah where Australia Zoo is and Steve Irwin, if you happen to like that sort of thing. The train won't cost too much and its a nice ride - you will have to get a taxi at the Beewah train station though but that won't cost much.
The Carrara Markets have a great shoe section too where you should be able to get something a lot cheaper than elsewhere - mostly Asian I am afraid but made for the Aussie big foot. I have trouble only because I never wore shoes when I was a kid ( no one ever did in the country in Queensland ) and so although I have small feet they are very wide - therefore I have to wear thongs most of the time.
Fish and chips..... This is something that you will need to ask a local about. Everyone knows where the best fish and chip shops are. There used to be a fantastic fish and chip shop just past the Sheraton hotel on the spit on the way to Sea World but I have not been there for a long time so I am not sure of that now. I reckon we have the best F& C place on the Gold Coast here on Tamborine Mountain but then those people who live along Kennedy drive in Tweed Heads would say the same.
You will find the beaches different from Malacca only because we are in the sub-tropics and therefore have more silica in the sand. The beaches here are more surfing beaches - nice to swim too mind you.
Just about any cake shop will have a Lamington for you or even Woolworths.
HTH
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Old Sep 29th, 2004, 01:09 AM
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Dear margo & liz. Thanks for the replies. I really need to buy shoes in Aust. & u've both helped. U know we wanted 2 go to Snowy Mt(fr Sydney) had we got the tickets in Aug. Have never seen real snow.I've got a fair idea where we can go.I'll get my plans done & would appreciate yr comments. Do come to Malacca & I'll be yr guide FOC.
How do I get to Tam Mt(most economical pls).thanks & regards. my e-mail:[email protected]
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Hi again
In the brochure at your hotel there should be a list of people that bring people up to Tamborine Mountain - the second Sunday of the month is the big market day and the last Sunday is the smaller one. There is a trolly that goes around the mountain to all the interesting areas on the weekends so that makes it easier for you. Alternatively look in the phone book in the hotel and ring the Tourist Information Bureau on Tamborine Mountain and they will give you the updated information on getting up here. Things change weekly with new services coming on line all the time.
Thank you for the offer to show us around Malacca. I will take you up on that if I get over there again.

Liz
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