My main intention for going to Surfers Paradise was to visit Warner Brothers Movie World.
I met various celebrities.
Witnessed Hollywood stunt drivers.
And rode some cool rides.
That evening I found a street with an interesting name.
My mission today was to make it from Kavi’s place in Windsor, New South Wales to Surfers Paradise on the Gold Coast, Queensland.
I saw this unusual sign at Windsor train station.
Got to Sydney airport and boarded my Virgin Australia flight to Brisbane.
Landed at Brisbane airport about an hour late due to delays.
Finally got to the Surfers Paradise from Brisbane airport on public transport 2.5 hours later, apparently it’s only an hour driving. Weather wasn’t the best but I had a pretty decent view.
Later that night I went for a wee wander.
Today was the day of the Soundwave Festival in Sydney. As I was checking out a band I’d never heard before at stage 2, a flood warning appeared on the screen.
Bullet For My Valentine drew a massive crowd at stage 1 when they performed early in the day.
Slayer are one of the longest running and most respected metal bands in history and it’s become pretty standard to hear someone shout out “Play some Slayer!” at any rock/metal gig these days.
I found it amusing when the lead vocalist Tom Araya asked the crowd “Are you ready to have some fun?…WAR ENSEMBLE!”
Linkin Park, I think, played to one of the biggest crowds on the day.
Also caught full sets from Anthrax, Stone Sour, Killswitch Engage, Blink 182, The Offspring, Paramore and partial sets from Dragonforce, Fozzy, Tomahawk, Kyuss Lives and Periphery.
Paramore were one of the bands affected by the floods on stage 2. Their performance time got reshuffled and ended up playing last or headlining stage 2 while Metallica headlined stage 1. They were truly surprised at this and thanked the crowd repeatedly for being there.
After enjoying a good sleep-in, I joined Kavi taking his kids swimming at Hawkesbury Oasis. Though I didn’t partake in any water activity, I did bear witness to a person rocking speedos which surprised me. I thought no-one wore speedos anymore, I was wrong.
Kavi introduced me to his 4 years old pet python, Sapna and I learnt that she’d live to around 30 years old and eventually grow to over 8 feet in length. At the time she wasn’t very sociable as she’s getting ready to shed her skin.
Later that day, Kavi lent me his car and I drove to the airport to pickup my mate Val who was joining me for Soundwave tomorrow. While I waited for Val to clear airport security, I picked up some light reading from the airport WHS store.
After picking Val up, I heard that fireworks are let off over Sydney harbour on Saturday evenings so we drove through central Sydney to find them. Navigating central Sydney streets was such a mission we ended up calling it a night and headed back to Kavi’s place in South Windsor.