Burleigh Heads Beach, Queensland

Monday, July 16, 2018

LAST DAY OF LUXURY

So after four days of living in luxury and being driven around sight seeing and eating scrumptious meals it was time to head home. We had been in the Southern Highlands south of Sydney a birthday weekend with our daughter, Carol and son-in-law, David.
We drove back to Sydney a different way. We set off from Bowral and headed towards the coast via the Kangaroo Valley and the town of Berry. On the way we stopped at the Fitzroy Falls.
 It was a little cold in the forest but the falls were awesome.

 It was pretty driving through Kangaroo Valley with the fog lifting.

 We stopped  for a coffee in the nice little town of Berry with its quaint shops.

It was unusual to see surf boats on a roof.

We continued on to the beautiful south coast of NSW. We stopped at Austinmere for lunch. I had fond memories of this beach because my parents brought us here every Boxing Day for a picnic on the rocks in the distance and a swim in the rock pools.

I had read about a new section of road which is a bridge over the ocean so I asked Carol and David if we could go this way back to Sydney. They were happy as they had never been on this road before.

Then we drove up the steep hill to Stanwell Tops and we were surprised to see many many para gliders and some hand gliders jumping off the cliff and soaring in the sky. It was fun to watch.
 Looking over Stanwell Park Beach

 It was fun to be here. It had changed a lot from when I lived in Sydney 60 years ago.

 Our wonderful chauffeurs for the weekend.

 This monument to Lawrence Hargraves was here before. It is in memory of the man who pioneered aeronautics. He experimented with box-kites, monoplanes and engines and shared his ideas with the Wright brothers. Much of his work was done here doing the same as the modern day paraglider. Wouldn't he love to join them and see the aeroplanes of today.



21 comments:

  1. what a trip you had!!! love the windows on that quaint shop. boats on a roof is new to me. love the kangaroo valley photo but I think it should be cow valley... Excellent photo of you and hubby

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  2. Hello, looks like an awesome trip! I like the waterfall. The para-gliders are cool. Great shots of you and your hubby and the one with your daughter. Beautiful views of the coastline from the road. Enjoy your day and new week!

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  3. You packed so much into one weekend. That trip home took you on a very scenic route. Not sure I would have the nerve to go paragliding but fun to watch.

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  4. Such a beautiful drive along the coast would let you down gently back to reality. Great photos, I particularly like the fog lifting from the vally.

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  5. It looks and sounds like you had an awesome time and the scenery is fantastic.

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  6. Looks like you really had a weekend to remeber. Thanks for sharing it with us. T'other Diane

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  7. We were in Kangaroo Valley and saw Fitzroy Falls a couple of years ago and it was a lovely part of the state, as was the south coast. It looks like you had a wonderful time.

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  8. It was nice to see all the photos! Amazing shots!

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  9. Such a nice trip with your kids and beautiful photos to remember it by. Boats on the roof are a "thing" here, too. We think Pops can't bear to give up the old boat so he puts it on the roof and calls it decor. :-)

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  10. What a wonderful trip. but is it good to be home?

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  11. It's always good to see new scenery.

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  12. Just reading back posts Diane, you certainly had a fabulous birthday trip, that was such a lovely way to celebrate. Gosh your daughter looks so much like you, she's lovely.

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  13. It looks as if your last day of luxury was as wonderful as the others. What a marvelous birthday trip you were able to enjoy.

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  14. A perfect birthday celebration with your family. It is a beautiful area. You certainly had lots to see.

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  15. What a nice trip and a beautiful sightseeing ! It's strange to see you in winter clothes while we have 30°C here ! Really very unusual. It is also very dry !

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  16. Diane, even the trip back home seemed so lovely as shown in your photos. My favorite was the morning fog. What a wonderful end to a birthday treat and its obvious all had a great time. Hope its not as cold as it looks in that last photo,

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  17. It is a lovely area, we always stop to eat at Berry too. I have been thinking about doing that new bit of road. The trouble is it is via Sydney and we always head down to the south coast using inland roads. Maybe one day when we are not towing the van I will do it.

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  18. Lovely photos of your trip. And all those paragliders, how brave, and the boats on the road were funny.

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  19. I love a good roadtrip and this one had it all! Great scenery —the ocean especially— a new road (and it looks a fun one to drive), fun little towns to explore and good company....what more could anyone want!

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