We only had a few days in Surfer's Paradise and wanted to make the most of the sunshine before heading back to our cold & snowy home so we perused the brochures at our hotel for a tour that would get us out to see some of the countryside and was scheduled at night. The Glow Worm tour seemed the perfect fit, at $97 pp for 3 of us, it was quite an investment but we hoped it would be worth it, we were wrong!
While personnel were friendly and knowledgeable (including the driver, tourguides, gift shop operators), the tour itself was quite lacking. I don't understand what on that tour could be worth $100 each.
The "Glow Worm" stop was interesting, but the man-made grotto seemed a little "hokey" --all you could see were some tiny little lights stuck in around the rocks and they keep it pitch dark in there, warning about spiders all around, so who wants to look closely and try to verify if there are really any "worms"? Then we walked through the rainforest while our guides pointed out some interesting foiliage and wildlife (which consisted of a few mice and a well-fed possum in the trees above the gift shop).
The next stop was Springbrook Observatory. This was actually wierd -- a very cluttered office/gift shop area with a big telescope out back which was housed in a separate, but similarly cluttered building with a removable roof But, alas, it was too cloudy to actually look through the telescope so we were invited to sit on any number of chairs arranged in a circle around the room (everything from old lazy boys to retro kitchen stools). While the astronomer host was very nice and seemed knowledgeable (I would not know enough to question his authority), it just seemed very unreal. Again I question why this tour would ever cost $100pp - it's certainly not the watery tea and hot chocolate offered with sponge-cake at the observatory.
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