I walked to the Mall at Surfers Paradise, and in the centre was a tour booth. Chatted to the lady manning the booth but I had done most of the tours as I visit Surfers whenever I want to enjoy the beaches and the places here. Looking at prices, this one seemed good value for the price, so I booked it, even though the Booth Lady kept saying Wyndham was better. The other tour was also twice the cost, and I do not like seafood served in the open where I have to peel prawns. Chicken, ham and salad with fresh bread rolls, and the cost of $25 seemed reasonable. I decided on the lunch cruise with River Cruises, and maybe an afternoon cruise with the other.
I walked down to Tiki Village where the cruise boots moor, and there was Wyndham cruises, full of people, and nothing else in sight. I was early, so I sat there under a tree in the shade and took photos of Howl at the Moon which was opposite. It does not appear to be active at present, except for weekend Breakfast on a Saturday and Sunday.
The Cruise boat arrived, and we went on board where lunch was displayed on the side. There was a mixed salad, a pasta salad, a rice salad, some sliced ham and some finely shredded chicken, and bread rolls. I helped myself and sat at a table opposite another 2 ladies and next to me a Chinese couple. The captain, who also said he was everything else, started off, and there was a recorded tour guide as we cruised away.
As we cruised the River listening to the narrative, we passed huge millionaire owned homes of the ‘rich and famous’, beautiful architect designed homes, many with private cruisers and jetties, but none looked inhabited. They were all empty shells belonging mostly to Asians and seldom visited according to the narrative. You can tell the chinese owned and inhabited by the washing hanging out to dry.
Nov 13, 2012 – THE Chinese have taken over where the Japanese left off when it comes to … The Hong Kong-based Pacific Alliance group has also bought up a large … and Soul buildings in Surfers Paradise and The Oracle at Broadbeach.
The Cruise Boat went as far as Sea World, and there we could see the Sails Shopping Complex, the Marina and also some very expensive yachts and cruisers moored at the pier. There was also the Floating Church which costs $1,200 an hour should you care to book it for your wedding or funeral.I can just see Grandma’s ashes being cruised out at $1,200 an hour and scattered over some point special to the family.
In this area is the Fish Market, and sea birds love to hang around here waiting for a treat. There was a pelican sitting on top of a pole eyes on the Fish Market below, alert for any action. Other birds were swimming below, a gourmet dining spot because of the location
A sandbank hosted a collection of seabirds. There was a pelican standing majestically on the sand surrounded by pacific gulls, seagulls, and cormorants.