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Week In-stagram Review #Room753

12 Comments 09 May 2014

Each week brings some new scenery and location for me – that’s just the way I like it. If you want to follow where I am real time – then on Friday I will post some of my Instagram photos from the current week. Some weeks I may be traveling somewhere exotic, and some weeks it may be less interesting – but it will give you a peek into my life of perpetual motion.

This week I arrived at #Room753 – a beautiful apartment overlooking the Gold Coast in Queensland Australia.  This isn’t just any apartment – it’s my home for the week and I can’t remember a time where I was so well taken care of and an experience was personalized for me so well.  From putting up family photos in the apartment, to stocking it with my favorite foods and drinks (plus a few Aussie staples).  Plus my week was jam packed with fun activities like surfing, stand up paddle boarding, a hot air balloon ride, opera, Vegas, and koala cuddling.  But most of all I just sat back and enjoyed the amazing views Queensland and the Gold Coast has to offer sipping on coffee and eating Tim Tams.

This part of Australia is a hidden gem – in fact I kind don’t even want to show it to you for fear that it will be overrun with tourists!  But showing you my week is my ‘job’ in the Week In-stagram Review…so here goes…

peppers broad beach

This is how I woke up this morning at Room753 – #perfection . Only one thing missing – this is one of the few times when a boyfriend may come in handy!


I love the intricate porches of traditional Queenslander homes.

tim tam

Someone should have warned me that these are addictive!


The sun finally popped out of the clouds once the balloon had landed! A lovely morning floating over Queensland!

hot air balloon gold coast

Floating over Queensland Australia on an early morning balloon ride


One of my favorite (and most emotional) things abt #Room753 is that they placed photos of my family arnd the apartment – like a ‘real’ home for me. I haven’t had family photos up for 7+ yrs! Totally brought tears to my eyes. Love this shot of me and my mom from our travels last year.


We hiked to the top of that peak in the distance today and had lunch. Yes, of course that deserves a glass of champagne! As we walked into @spicerscanopy the bubbly was a welcome site!


Sometimes being lost leads you to wonderful photos!


Aussie adorable! Holding koalas at Currumbin Sanctuary


Hello gorgeous! Isn’t she lovely- @visitgoldcoast . A beautiful morning walk on the beach!



Disclosure:  I was invited to enjoy Queensland by the Queensland Tourism Board and Room753 lodging was provided by Peppers Broadbeach..  However all the opinions expressed her are solely my own!  

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12 Comments so far

  1. Whitney says:

    Did anyone show you how to do a Tim Tam Slam? You basically bite off each end of the Tim Tam, and then use it like a straw. It’s delicious in milk, coffee, etc! There’s even a wiki on it:

    • Sherry says:

      Oh yes I’ve heard about the slam…haven’t tried it yet though…I keep eating just plain! Hopefully I will have some left to try it!

  2. Hi Sherry,
    Glad you are enjoying the Gold Coast. It is one of the highlights here in Queensland! Lucky for me I live quite close and spend a lot of weekends at Broadbeach.

  3. Deb Schaffer says:

    That koala looks cuddly! The Gold Coast looks like a great time. Consider it on my must-see list. Thanks for the pics!

  4. Dan says:

    I’m definitely lucky to live so close to such a beautiful place.

  5. Fiona says:

    Hate to break it to you and your readers but the Gold Coast hasn’t been a hidden gem for more than 50 years. Still, it’s a splendid holiday spot – 11 million visitors annually attest to that

  6. The Commodore says:

    I gather this was your first ever trip to Australia. You have us all in stitches (ie ROFL) seeing you describe Gold Coast as a ‘hidden gem’. 😀
    And as for tourists, that warning is about 30 years too late.
    Any Americans reading this should know that our Gold Coast is probably the most tourist-infested strip in the country. Imagine a 30km Waikiki with casinos, theme parks, hundreds of hotels of every star (and twinkle), strip clubs, sports bars and clientele to match.

  7. Winsor Dobbin says:

    This contains some rather silly statements. Far from being “off the beaten” track, the Gold Coast is one of Australia’s most touristy regions, much like Las Vegas is in the US.
    While it may not be well-known to Americans, it is the sixth most populous city in the country, and the most populated non-capital city in Australia. Hardly a hidden gem and almost always over-run by tourists.

  8. Hidden gem? Have you visited the same Gold Coast as 11 million plus other international and domestic travellers?
    I feel for any naive readers landing in the Gold Coast only to discover it’s about as hidden as Waikiki or Miami.
    And please don’t say the Gold Coast is unknown to Americans. A simple online search will uncover all its ‘hidden’ secrets in less than 3 minutes.

  9. Natasha says:

    The Golf Coast is a “hidden gem”?!? And you are worried about it becoming “overrun with tourists”?!? Hahahah

  10. Cyn says:

    As a resident of the wonderful and well discovered Gold Coast, I assure you there are already lots of tourists here, but I am glad that maybe the flight from LAX and DFW might now be fuller from your posts

  11. Sherry says:

    Appreciate all of the comments about the Goldcoast being touristy – yes it it – however I was not just staying on the Goldcoast – I was all over southern Queensland – and yes I’m going to say it – for the majority of Americans it’s an area they don’t ever pay attention to.
    No this wasn’t my first time to Australia either. This was my 3rd trip – the previous two were the typical American travels in Australia – Sydney, Great Barrier Reef, Melbourne. So when I arrived in Southern Queensland and traveled around Noosa, the Hinterlands,Goldcoast, and the Great Dividing Range – these were all areas which were very new to me. And not once did I meet another American. I certainly did meet a lot of tourists on the beaches – but they were all from Australia – which actually excites me as it’s a way for me to meet some people from the country as opposed to going to the Great Barrier Reef and only meeting foreigners.

    Yes the Goldcoast is very touristy and there are plenty of highrises, etc – it’s certainly not quaint – but for me it was a surprise as I hadn’t heard much about it as a visitor before. So for me all of Southern Queensland was a hidden gem. Understand that the experience is going to be different for everyone though.

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I'm Sherry, a corporate cube dweller turned nomadic traveler. I travel to off-the-beaten-path destinations to bring you unique travel experiences and photography. But it's not just about travel, it's also about life experiences of a middle age wanderer.
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