Ciarán & Elaine's Travelog

Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Surfers Paradise

We arrived in Surfers around mid-day and we're shocked to see how commercial it was. Full of high-rise buildings, neon lights and so crowded! The beach was beautiful though and the surf huge but it was a really windy day so we decided not to go for a dip.

Spent the afternoon exploring the town (shops, shops & more shops!) then drove onto the town of Coolangatta for the night 'cause there was nowhere to stay in Surfers. Driving past a beach on the way to Coolangatta we spotted about 4 whales swimming south. We jumped out of the van and ran over to the edge of the water to watch them go by. This was so great that we decided we'd like to do a proper 'whale watching' trip. It's whale migration season at the moment and we've seen tonnes of whales breaching and tail slapping at loads of different points along the coast so it will be great to see them up close.

The next morning we headed back to Surfers and booked a tour with Whales in Paradise. We spotted about 12 whales in total which was really brilliant. Unfortunately they didn't come very close to the boat though but it was still fantastic to see them. They we're absoloutely huge, the guide told us that they normally grow up to about 17 metres - wouldn't fancy falling overboard when they're swimming by!


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