Our Valentines Weekend at the Gold Coast Sand Safari and More


A couple of weeks ago we decided to go coastal for the Valentines Day weekend, we headed down the Gold Coast with the two boys to celebrate both Valentines Day and also Mr 11’s Birthday which is also celebrated on the day of love!  We kept the whole idea under wraps and the boys, despite my terrible efforts at keeping it secret were pretty surprised and impressed when we reached Surfers. We kicked off the weekend by checking out the Gold Coast Sand Safari, which were a series of sand-sculptures depicting the Dreamworks characters out of movies such as How to Train your Dragon, Madagascar and Kung Fu Panda (which we can’t wait to see at the movies!) The sculptures were pretty impressive and lined the esplanade, the sand artists were still working on them on the Saturday but they looked great.. what patience those sand artists must have!

Sand Safari Alex Zebra

Gold Coast Sand Safari Donkey Shrek

Whilst in Surfers we decided to go to Timezone for Mr 11’s birthday surprise, we hadn’t been for a few years and the boys had an absolute blast for 2 hours of various unlimited gameplay, best $50.00 i’ve spent in a long while.. they couldn’t stop grinning the whole time.


We stayed overnight at the Meriton Southport, which I would thoroughly recommend.  We had a lovely 2 bedroom apartment with quite a nice view, full kitchen, laundry and 2 bathrooms, it had all the mod con’s and felt like home away from home (but even cleaner).  It wasn’t close to any beaches, but it was nearby the Broadwater at Southport and was nice and quiet at night.  I would have loved to stay longer!

Meriton Serviced Apartments Southport


We took the kids out for dinner at Sharks Leagues Club which happens to be Mr 11’s favourite restaurant, because of Chinese New Year, the buffet had an Asian theme in addition to their regular menu so that was pretty good timing.  I left there feeling rather full although a little disappointed that I only managed to fit in 2 plates for main and 1 desert..


The next morning Mr 11 opened up his Birthday Pressies & I cooked up a Valentines Day/Birthday Breakkie feast for my boys.  We then headed for a swim, we had a quick dip the evening before but the boys were keen to go for another swim,  the pool at the Meriton was fantastic as it was heated, which was great because even though it was warm, pools still have a tendency to be bloody cold!  We then spent the rest of the morning hanging out at Broadbeach before heading to Pacific Fair at Mr 11’s request & who could possibly deny a boy shopping on his Birthday.. not I!




Because we had to pick up the other kids at 3pm for them to come and celebrate Mr 11’s Birthday we didn’t have a lot of time to spend down the coast but the time we did have was great.. sometimes it’s nice to just take a mini-break, relax and unwind (as best you can with kidlets in tow)  not to mention it was a lovely way to spend Valentines Day with Hubby and I’m sure Mr 11 wont forget his Birthday weekend in a very long time.



This entry was filed under: Uncategorized

Post a Comment

Your email is never published nor shared.

You may use these HTML tags and attributes <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>

  • About Me

    About Me

    Join me on my journey into my 30's with 2 kidlets, 3 stepkidlets, 1 adorable husband and one ancient home in need of a renovation transformation (coming soon!) I'm a teacher (when I go back) and i'm enjoying life day by day.. the Danielle way :)

  • Sorry:

    - Instagram feed not found.
  • Subscribe via Email

    Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

  • Contact Me

  • Previous Posts