Friday, December 16, 2016

Photos from Australia, 2016, Part VI: The Gold Coast to Noosa

The next leg of my Australia road trip was probably the most boring leg.  The Gold Coast is supposedly a hip, happening place... but it didn't seem that way.  Seemed like a nice city with an over-hyped tourist district.  Many Aussies I know describe it as "Las Vegas without the casinos."  A tad inaccurate, but I get why they say that.

After a couple of nights in and around Surfer's Paradise (the suburb of Gold Coast we were in), we headed north toward Noosa and the impending Noosa International Film Festival (which I'll get to in a couple of posts).

That there's a big banana.  We stopped there 1) because I wanted to and 2) because we'd just shot a short film called "Ananas Comosus" and this was to be part of our Instagram joke.  Speaking of Instagram, go follow us: @shortpajamas

I was very disappointed to learn that the castle symbol is just the Australian symbol for historic location.  There are no fucking castles in Australia.  Except for that replica one on the way to Adelaide.  But I'm reminiscing about 2014 now.

That's a big prawn.  Not part of the "Ananas Comosus" joke.  Just a big fucking prawn.  In front of a hardware store.

Finally!  A somewhat busy beach.  The view at a lunch, catching up with friends.

Taken from the 37th floor at Surfer's Aquarius.  I had to lean over the railing quite a bit to get this shot.  Worth it.

Went to a "famous" jungle canopy walk near Mt. Tambourine that wound up a complete waste of time and money.  THIS was literally the most interesting thing on the walk.  A tree.  Grown into the railing.

Ooooh... where's that go?

There's that go!  Natural Bridge, this place is called.  Springbrook National Park.

This here is a tree know as a Strangler Fig.  Unlike other trees, this thing starts growing from the canopy of an existing tree, then snakes its way DOWN to the ground, finally taking root, and then devouring the tree that it grew down inside of it.  Yes, nature's a motherfucker.  No, I'm not making this up.

I like the way this wine thinks...

A big pineapple.  This one's part of our Instagram joke.  Oh, yeah... we're on Twitter, too.  Also @shortpajamas

Third time to Australia and I finally find Barefoot wines!!! At our villa in Noosa, no less!!!

Kangaroo sausage.  AKA, "Kangaroo snag."  Unlike other roo meats, these aren't that good.  But, I had to try.

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