We took the afternoon Emirates flight from Singapore. The upside to this arrangement was that we arrived for a good night’s sleep (our kids don’t do well on overnight flights). The tickets are significantly cheaper as well. The downside is that you will arrive past midnight and will have to prepare to make your way to your accommodation by cab or Uber. There will be no airport shuttles or trains at that time.
It is worth mentioning that Emirates has a child-friendly policy with activity packs and toys for the kids upon boarding. We also had a couple of Polaroid photos to commemorate the flight, courtesy of the airline.
We arrived in Brisbane past 12 midnight. Clearing customs was quick at this hour. After collecting our luggage, we were on a cab to the Brisbane Pullman Airport Hotel. Do note that the hotel is NOT walking distance from the international terminal. There is an airport shuttle to the hotel available during the day and evening.
We booked a room with two double beds which we joined up to get a huge bed which the kids were delighted with. The hotel room was modern and spotless. There were also attentive and provided a portacot. The next morning, we enjoyed breakfast at the hotel cafe. It had a small but reasonable selection of hot and continental breakfast choices. The breakfast was included with the room. Otherwise it would be pretty pricey on it’s own. However, the service was brisk and excellent.
The domestic terminal car rental services is a stone’s throw from the hotel. We checked out of the hotel and picked up our rental car. And off we go to Goldcoast!
Our first stop was lunch at Charis Seafood. There’s no seating inside the shop. But plenty of tables in the park surrounding. There’s also a sheltered playground for the kids. Pelican feeding happens behind the restaurant at 130pm daily.
We stayed at Rhapsody Sea Resort at Surfer’s Paradise. Pay a little additional for the room upgrade to a high floor ocean-facing room. It is worth it! The views were phenomenal. In addition, the hotel has a deck on the roof (level 41) with great views of the surrounds. In fact, with such great views, we decided we didn’t need to go to Skypoint in the end. The room was clean and has a well-equipped kitchen. The only downside was that sponge and detergent was not supplied. So we had to clean everything with the dishwasher.
We finished the day with grocery shopping at Woolies and dinner at Betty’s burgers (they have officiall outranked Grill’d as our favourite burgers in Australia).
View from the apartment at level 37
Waking up to great views of the Pacific Ocean
Cross the road and you’re on the beach