welcome to the sunny `Gold Coast´ .. one of the most beautiful parts of whole down under !! i found a really nice place to stay there via workaway again .. a young family with 4 children living in `Gilston´ in the northern hinterland of the `Gold Coast´. i stayed with them for one week & fell instantly in love with the family their homemade pancakes & especially with the `Gold Coast´ itself !! after thinking of the `Sunshine Coast´ as the place to be the `Gold Coast´ just blew my mind & i could literally never imagine a better place to live than out here. beside of looking after the children helping with some washing & garden work we explored some amazing places together !! as the kids still had school holidays we spent a lot of time on the outside .. swimming, sunbathing & maybe a little bit of sunburning :)) we visited `Surfers Paradise´ .. the main attraction of the `Gold Coast´ spent the afternoon on the main beach ate ice cream & tried not to get stung by one of the jellyfish (at the moment there are a lot around here .. just to bother all the kids while school holidays i guess .. haha). we also went to `The Spit´ .. the point where the canals which lead through whole `Surfers Paradise´ flow into the sea .. the best lookout to watch all the surfers with the amazing skyline of the `Gold Coast´ in the background !! we went to play golf all together watched a polo cross match & went to a fancy beach resort called `The Royal Pines´ to go swimming & drink slushy `Pina Coladas´ .. all in one: i had such a blast with this family !! even if i am not the best or experienced one with looking after children i really enjoyed spending time with them & in the end it was even hard to say goodbye to these adorable sweeties. anyway i didn’t even tell you about my personal highlight yet: one evening we went to `Burleigh Heads´ which is located a bit further south on the `Gold Coast´. we walked along the beach collected sea shells & had the best fish & chips ever !! by the way `Burleigh´ is such a nice district .. lot of fancy cafés shops & especially people :)) a lot of them are coming there just to spend the evening sitting on `Point Burleigh´ having picnic watching the sunset with an amazing view all over the skyline of `Surfers Paradise´ which literally looks like out of a phantasy story !! so this is what we did & i was just so amazed by the special atmosphere when the sun went slowly down behind the skyscrapers .. everything seemed so unreal. all the surfers were still out in the water everyone was having a drink chatting & enjoying the evening & i just thought: wow .. i am just living a little dream somewhere on the east coast of australia !! as one week at this amazing place was far NOT enough time i spent another 1o days a bit further down on the `Gold Coast´ in a beautiful hilly area called `Elanora´. once again my expectations were exceeded !! my new workaway place for helping with some gardening turned out to be another pure paradise .. a wonderful old house in the middle of a huge garden property surrounded by bamboo & deep forest with lots of wild living animals. in the evening we fed all the colorful birds, had dinner on the terrace & enjoyed the stunning view all over the coast line. woah .. the never ending story of the golden aussie lifestyle !! anyway there was a lot of work to be done out here. as the garden was pretty big & not fully planted yet me & the other workawayers had to deal with loads of gardening work !! most of the time we were about 4 to 5 helpers .. a new experience which i really enjoyed .. it is always funnier to work in a group, isn’t it ?! especially if the english guys you work with are teaching you how to bake the perfect scones :)) plus another new thing: i had to work 23 hours per week but could decide on my own when i wanted to start & stop working & had the chance to plan my free time which was pretty cool, too. most of the time all of us started working right after breakfast at 8 am .. mulching, planting, filling all the flowerbeds up with soil, fertilizing the plants etc. & trying not to get too sunburned :)) in the afternoon everyone decided on his own weather to work or go to the beach. i really enjoyed the location of my workaway place .. 1o min to the next beach & 2o min to the national park .. so of course i went to the beach or on a hike almost every day !! i explored the beautiful `Springbrook National Park´ saw loads of stunning waterfalls hiked the `Warrie Circuit´ & made it to `The Pinnacle´. together with the other workawayers i went to `Cooly´ or better `Coolangatta´ & enjoyed the day sunbathing swimming & surfing in `Rainbow Bay´. we also went to `Currumbin Beach´ visited the `Elephant Rock´ & watched the `Ocean 6´ competition. we hiked up to the two peaks of `Mount Cougal´ .. one of the most challenging hikes i did around here so far. we watched the most colorful sunsets, met some cute wallabies & well .. just had such a blast !! anyway my personal highlight was visiting `Byron Bay´: this beautiful place was a one hour drive away from here & is famous for all its fancy cafés shops & beaches but especially for the amazing national park !! we hiked along cliffs, explored lonely beaches, visited the famous `Cape Byron Lighthouse´ & got some amazing views all over the coastline of `New South Wales´. by the way my recommendation for having a coffee or a brunch in `Byron Bay´: the `Bayleaf Café´ .. soo good !! well .. that was pretty much all about my last few weeks .. hope you enjoyed my unstructured `short´ update about my journey through down under :)) at the moment i am planning my further travel route & searching for my next place to stay. anyway it will be so hard for me to say goodbye to the `Gold Coast´ but there is always more to see .. i will keep you posted !!