DAY 7 June 8th

DAY 7: June 8th

Our hotel gave us a complimentary buffet breakfast for having to change rooms because there wasn’t a mattress on the sofa bed. It consisted of eggs (any style), bacon, fruit, cereal, toast, muffins, baked beans, huge whole mushrooms, pancakes, specialty coffee and teas. Extremely delicious!

The rest of our BC team, Alex & Shauna Bell from Kamloops, have arrived and are traveling down to the Gold Coast from Brisbane by train so we are headed to the Varsity Lakes train station 24 km from Coolangatta.

Oh my, 5 adults and 7 suitcases of varying sizes plus bowl bags stuffed in a Kia Sportage. Thank goodness it is only a 17 minute drive to the house we have rented for 16 days.

What great accommodations! The large house is divided into 3 separate units, each with their own entrance. The main part has 4 bedrooms, 7 beds, 2 bathrooms, laundry facilities, large patio area with dining table and BBQ. The other 2 units are 2 bedroom apartments at the back of the house overlooking a small garden area.

There are 13 people (9 bowlers) sharing the house at a cost of $410 each for our whole stay. In the garage there are surf boards, paddle boards, bicycles we can use. A 5 minute walk in one direction to the end of our street gets us to the great sandy beach and going the other way are numerous restaurants and small shops.

We took a trip over to Pacific Fair Mall to get some groceries.  While there Jaymee tried an intriguing dessert called Banana in Pajamas – banana whipped cream wrapped in a slice of bread. Quite tasty!

After settling in we all went to the Broadbeach LBC, which is the main venue for the Open, for a fun drive / runner competition. Each player paid $10 to use 2 bowls for rolling . There were 3 steps to the competition each involved throwing a runner to hit an object:

1st aim at a bowl set at the 2m mark

2nd aim at a jack (known as Kitty) set at the 2m mark

3rd aim at a jack diagonally set in the opposite corner of the green

In order to move onto the next step the player has to complete the previous step.

About 70 bowlers participated then was reduced to 22 then down to 10 then down to 2 who had completed step 3 so a step 4 was created where the jack was set diagonally closer to the centre of the green. The winner received $850.

Home we went without the prize unfortunately but a good time was enjoyed by all!

Back of the house


Main house

Upstairs main house


Back garden

Overstuffed car

Banana in Pajamas