It seems there are one or two cynical Getaway
viewers out there. Our presenters are sometimes asked if places they visit go the extra yards because they know we are filming. It was food for thought for Jules Lund, so he went undercover, which is not an easy task for a very tall and very recognisable man.
With the help of a very good mask, Jules transformed himself into elderly "Uncle Des" and mingled with unsuspecting passengers on an Aquaduck Safari on Queensland's Gold Coast. The only people in on the fun were the owner and manager. Ana Smith, the guide, had no idea she was a sting target.
"Uncle Des" played it to the hilt stumbling, feigning poor eyesight, hearing and memory, and being most uncomplimentary about the food.
Ana was the perfect and caring guide but admitted later that at times it was difficult not to laugh at some of Des' antics.
Aquaduck is a wonderful way to experience the Gold Coast from land and water without leaving your seat. Safaris start in the heart of Surfers Paradise, taking in the famous beaches and hotels before driving right into the Broadwater. From there it goes under a bridge and past impressive mansions along the manmade canals.
Children are allowed to have a drive and receive an official Aquaduck Licence Certificate. Of course, Uncle Des wanted to have a go!
It's a fun and exciting thing to do but make sure you check out other passengers.
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Queensland's Gold Coast.
Aquaduck Safaris one-hour tours are $35 for adults, $26 for children and $95 for a family of two adults and two children. Tours depart every hour throughout the day. Children are issued with a Duck Licence Certificate.
Virgin Blue has one-way flights to the Gold Coast from:
- Sydney $79
- Melbourne $109
- Adelaide $149
- Perth $249
There are limited seats, which may not be available at peak times or on all flights. Fares quoted are one-way booked on the internet. An extra $15 will be charged for phone bookings. A credit card surcharge of an additional $2 per person per one-way flight is applicable. Fares are correct at February 24, 2011, and are subject to change.
Prices correct at February 24, 2011.
For further information
Ph: 136 789
Gold Coast Aquaduck
7A Orchid Avenue
Surfers Paradise, Queensland 4217
Ph: (07) 5539 0222