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I'd heard/read mixed reviews about Surfers Paradise and was a little apprehensive as to what we'd find there. Speaking for both of us I'd say Kate and I were pleasantly suprised!

We stayed just down the coast in Miami Beach and whilst the Gold Coast from here on down prefers skyrise towers and neon lights we must have hit town around a good time of year as the streets and beaches weren't overly busy.

Pretty much the first order of business was to find a whale watching trip which we set out on on our second day in town.

The whale season begins around June and runs to November, around a 1000 or so hump back whales head north from the cold arctic waters to give birth and "get busy" with each other, we'd missed the main pod's heading north but there were still plenty around in the waters - some still going north others now heading back south.

Whilst we got lucky and spotted four whales (or the same two twice, we're not sure) the buggers were apparently sleeping and not up for much acrobatics! My suggestion of throwing in a small child to get 'em going fell on deaf ears so we were left with two rather lethargic but still awesome whales bobbing around with the odd tail slap. My photo's don't do them justice i'm afraid, by the time you've brought the camera up to take the shot the buggers have either dived down or you're left with a shot of what looks like a shiney rock...the memories are fantastic however and something we're keen to do again later in the year.

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From Noosa down surfing begins in Australia, at least it's supposed to - in Noosa it p*ssed it down and now in Surfers Paradise it seems we'd arrived in the middle of a flat spell! Undetered I was keen to hunt down a board to see me through the rest of the Australian leg of the trip.

Surfers is not short of surf shops (I guess hence the name!) and after several fruitless searches and with Kate getting more and more bored with the process we headed to an out of town retail park where a manufacturer was selling direct. I had planned to buy second hand but brand new from this place was cheaper than some second hand ones I'd spotted so I purchased my first ever brand new board! Man, it's a great feeling...just need the waves to pick up so I can get her christened, that said it does look real 'pridy' all shiney and new with no wax on.

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  • **for those that care, she's a 6'4" fish, swallow tail with three fins***

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Posted by MarknKate 20:29 Archived in Australia Tagged round_the_world

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