To Like or Not to Like?

Gold Coast

This was the day-trip I was eagerly anticipating during our recent visit to Brisbane.

The water was gorgeous, the beaches were pristine, the weather was lovely and the weekend market was nice.

BUT, the characterless glass and steel structures dotting the coast, somehow detracted from the allure of the seaside for me.

It just wasn’t what I had imagined it to be.

A bit disappointed, we decided to head up to the Skypoint observation deck, located on the 77th floor of the Q1 building.

As I soaked in the 360 degree panorama from inside one of the three tallest buildings in Australia, I held my breath.

Behind the row of high-rises, the suburbs stretched out – tree-lined “islands” intricately patterned by snaking waterways, softly lit by the setting sun.

THAT is where the real magic of the city lay.

It just wasn’t what I had imagined it to be.

P.S. Yes, I DO realize the irony. If I go again, I think I might try the aerial route to enjoy the views – The choices range from hot air balloons to helicopters and even a Tiger Moth plane.

P.P.S. According to Wikipedia, Gold Coast has over 260km of canals – over 9 times that of Venice. This area was once wetlands, drained by the Nerang River, which have now been converted into artificial waterways and islands. Most of the Brisbane locals we later spoke to, recommended a trip to the beaches in Sunshine Coast instead. Seems the “over-commercialization” of Gold Coast is not very popular here.