Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia (map)
Houston we have a problem…
No, it wasn’t going on an around the world adventure. It was failing to do any real homework and making the assumption that it was a good idea to rent a car to see Australia. The homework should have included; what do you want to see when you get to Australia?
We knew we wanted to see the Great Barrier Reef, but failed to take into consideration that beyond that we may not need to drive all of Queensland from the Gold Coast north and back to the surrounding New South Whales Sydney area racking up 2,000+ miles with gas costs nearly $6+ a gallon.
In hindsight flying would have been the better option in consideration of time and money. But… Always look on the bright side of life! What we can take away from our experience so far?
Had we not driven we wouldn’t have gotten stuck in the worst flood to hit Queensland in centuries and we wouldn’t have gotten the chance to be rescued by Beth and Ray. Plus, when you travel by plane from place to place how can you truly say you have seen a country?
We can’t answer that question quite yet, but surely seeing it mile by mile has to bring you closer to the land and people.