Australia is All Spaced Out.

It is worth pointing out that here in Australia everything is a little spaced out. And I’m not talking about “Alice in Wonderland” space out, I mean the distances between places.

I was reminded of this on Saturday when we decided to nip down to Broadbeach for a bite to eat and a stroll around. You see, I’ve been to Surfers Paradise several times but as somebody said to me the other week “you don’t want to go to Surfers, go to the next beach along, Broadbeach, it’s much nicer.”

So that’s what we did on Saturday, can’t beat the beach in the middle of winter here in Australia. It was a beautiful sunny day, with temperatures hitting around 21/23° C. Broadbeach is an hour and a quarter’s drive from our place. Back in England I wouldn’t have dreamt of driving that far for a stroll and some food. I lived in a small town called Billericay and within 30 minutes I could have got to Southend, Leigh, Rayleigh, Canvey, Hadleigh, Benfleet, Basildon, Chelmsford, Wickford, Romford, Grays, Laindon….. all of them small towns in their own right.

Here though, towns are much further apart. So if you want to go somewhere different, you’ll need to travel further than you were probably used to travelling back in England. But you do get used to that and eventually accept it as the way it is.

So what was Broadbeach like? When we got there, we discovered it was the first day of restaurant week.

Broadbeach: Restaurant WeekSo we sat down and had our lunch at the Broadbeach Bar and Grill…..

Broadbeach restaurants…… and took advantage of their $10 lunch offer. Very nice it was too.

Then we went and checked out the beach…………

Broadbeach beach……. which was certainly not as built up as its neighbour over at Surfers Paradise, which you can see a little further along ……….

Surfers Paradise

Surfers Paradise not far away

As with a lot of beaches in Australia, just make your way through the path from the beach……

Next to the beach… and you’ll find that somewhere near, there is a park for the kids…..

The park near BroadbeachThis park was much bigger and better than this photo gives it justice for.

So, if you are a testosterone filled 17-year-old surfer dude looking for some action baby, stick with Surfers Paradise. If you are a more mature couple, perhaps with a sweet little six-year-old girl, it’s Broadbeach for you.

It’s certainly Broadbeach for us.

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  • BobinOz July 26, 2010, 9:01 pm | Link

    Hey Ida

    You’ve just given me one of those nostalgic moments too, you’ve reminded me of English winters. Grey, grey, grey…..

    Winters here are just gorgeous!

  • Ida Australia + Sweden July 25, 2010, 12:45 am | Link

    Oh thank you for that nostalgic trip 🙂 We used to live in Broadbeach and I just loved it. When we move back to Australia it will be somewhere around there. So beautiful and it’s winter time. That’s how a winter should be not like England and Sweden grey grey grey and cold. Have a great weekend.

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