Well we made it to Australia! Our first stop Brisbane, although we drove right through, heading less then an hour south to the Gold Coast. The reputation of Gold Coast is it’s the Miami of Australia, although I would have to broaden that stereotype to the Florida of Australia (or specifically somewhere between Ft. Lauderdale and Miami) with all the theme parks such as Sea World and high rises everywhere. Originally we planned on spending a day here before heading further south which is known for it’s secluded beaches. However, we were so taken by hotel stay at the Sheraton Mirage Resort we reconsidered. The Sheraton is the best of both worlds. It’s located less than a mile from Surfer’s Paradise where the main shopping area and hotels are but is it’s own secluded paradise. Located right on a clean and private beach, it has a breathtaking sunset and the hotel property is a dream in and of itself. Surrounded in pools and palm trees, it’s clean, and so open and spacious.
Considering we’re staying at the Gold Coast’s only five star beachfront resort, we requested a beachfront view. The room itself is nice but knockout experience is in the property. From the entrance which has two of the largest (and most welcoming) couches — especially after a 15 hour flight) to the endless pools and palm trees that surround the property. What I like so much about it is it’s not a high hotel — it’s only 3 floors, but it’s a wide which means more grounds to walk around and explore. Plus there’s a nice boardwalk that runs along the beach perfect for a stroll along the coast.
Just to give you a contrast between the Sheraton and the hotels on the strip, you can see how secluded our property is compared to walking a mile down to the beach where all the action is.