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Showing posts with label Gold Coast. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Gold Coast. Show all posts

Wednesday, August 1, 2018


During the school holidays, Sonya and the boys flew from cold Melbourne and we spent a week on the Gold Coast in an apartment at Burleigh Heads Beach. 
 Sonya loved the apartment and the view of the beautiful beach across the road.

 We unpacked and took the boys for a walk along the boardwalk and onto the beach. It was getting late and a bit cooler.

 The next day they were keen to play on the beach.

 Banjo even went into the water.

 I enjoyed watching the clouds

 and takng arty farty shots but its not easy getting up again at my age.

The Melbourne family enjoying the Queensland sun.

 One day we went to the river. After that I returned home but Sonya had a voucher for a free night at the Star Casino Hotel, so I dropped her there before going home. That morning she had a call from husband, Bernie, saying that he was back from USA and he would fly to Brisbane to spend the weekend with his family. Bernie had been given the voucher together with many other rewards because the TV series he stars in (Wentworth) won 3 Logi awards.
Needless to say, Sonya and the boys were very happy to see him. A few days later they flew back to cold Melbourne.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017


Last week we went to The Spit at main Beach near Southport on the Gold Coast. It is a 40 minute drive from home. It was a beautiful sunny Spring day even though we are still in winter. We walked out to the end of the spit, which is a rock wall protecting the boats leaving and entering the seaway, a body of water between the mainland and South Stradbroke Island.

 We walked past the entrance to a small beach where the surfboard riders access the surf.

 Then we walked along the spit to the end where there is a little lighthouse. The man is pointing across the opening to the seaway. Below is what he saw.
 South Stradbroke Island is behind the other rock wall.

People enjoyed relaxing in the winter's sun.

We could see the towers of Surfer's Paradise in the distance.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014


Yesterday we went down to the Gold Coast to Rainbow Bay for a teachers' reunion at a friend's holiday unit. Our friends, Ann and George, have a unit on the 14th floor.
 The view was stunning.

 The surf was very good for board riders even though it is winter there were many riders in their wet suits. They either walk out on to the rocks and jump in or else they walk though a channel next to the rocks. This was a week day and we wondered how many of these riders should have been at work, but when the surf is up...........

 After the fabulous seafood lunch and the guests left we were asked to stay for a sleep over. So we were privy to the sunset.

 The next morning the surf board riders were out in force taking advantage of the waves whipped up by the wind. All the above shots were taken from the 14th floor.

But then we went for a walk to get a closer look at the crashing waves and the adventure seeking board riders. TOH stayed on the boardwalk while Ann, George and I walked along the sand. It was windy but when we rounded the headland we had to take off our sweaters.

 There were plenty of female board riders too.

I have been trying to get used to our little Canon G1X camera as it is smaller to take on vacation than my DSLR. I was pretty happy with today's practice.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012


Every winter good friends of ours, Ann and George, rent an apartment for a month at Rainbow Bay. While there they organise a staff reunion of the 90's era of Kuraby School. So we drove down to Rainbow Bay at the southern end of the Gold Coast. It takes about an hour. 
 It was a beautiful winter's day with the sun shining. The view looking south from the 14th floor was magic.

 Looking straight out across the bay we could see Surfer's Paradise in the far distance. I used a telephoto lens to bring it closer.

 Looking left around the bay was beautiful too.

We ate, drank, talked and relaxed all day with our old friends from working days. That night TOH and I were invited to stay overnight.

 In the morning the sea was calm and very clear and there were people swimming ....brrrrr too cold for me.

We came down from our tower and our friends, Ann and George took us for a walk around the rocks. It was quite warm. We didn't need sweaters.

 We returned to the apartment for lunch and some exciting whale watching. 

These paddle board riders were in for some fun. They spotted the whales and paddled towards them.

 They were a long way off and my zoom wasn't powerful enough but hopefully you can see the back of the whale poking out and the dark shadow underneath.

The whales turned around and swam back towards the paddle boarders, who flopped down onto their boards , put their legs up and paddled like mad. There is a boat behind the whales and the board rider is to the left  sorry he is just a dot.

Sunday, February 5, 2012


School kids having a surfing lesson.
Silvana is a young lady visiting us from Switzerland. She is backpacking her way around Australia. Her grandmother was in the same class as Bill at school in Thun, Switzerland.

 Silvana emailed from Noosa and asked if she could call in. We invited her to stay.

So we have had a busy few days showing her some sights.

Firstly we took her to the Gold Coast, stopping in at Southport and Coolangatta.

Surfers Paradise from Snapper Rocks

George, Laila and Silvana

On the way home from the coast we called in to see friends, Laila and George, who have just moved into an Eco-Village in the Currumbin Valley.

All the houses are sustainable. They have solar panels for electricity, they have rain water tanks for water and recycled water for toilets and laundry.

The architecture provides natural air flows and air conditioning is unnecessary.  The house is surrounded by an organic garden and a green belt strip is between every house.

There are no cats or dogs allowed but there are plenty of kangaroos.

It is a great concept.

View from Laila's window
The next day we went into Bribane and caught a City Cat from South Bank Parklands for a cruise up and down the Brisbane River .

 Then we got off the Ferry at River Side and walked though the Queen Street Mall and had lunch.

 We walked over the Victoria Bridge back to South Bank and we stopped by the Wheel of Brisbane.

Then we drove up to Mt Coot-tha for an overall picture of our huge city of Brisbane which sprawls as far as the eye can see. Silvana enjoyed the tour.

Sunday, October 17, 2010


Friends asked us to spend a few days with them in their rented holiday apartment at Rainbow Bay, which is a beach at the southern end of the Gold Coast near the border of NSW.
We had a great view from the 14th floor, looking north towards Surfer's Paradise.

It was cold and windy, as a winter's day returned to interrupt our Spring. The wind flattened the surf and the surfers are forever sitting and waiting for a good wave.

They were having fun so we went down......

...to get a closer look.

This area is called Snapper Rocks and the dare devil surfers jump off the rocks and paddle out to behind the rollers. These fellows are trying to pluck up the courage.

Some more come to give support. (C'mon jump I want a photo!)

They are taking a long time to decide..

..in the end they think better of it...maybe next time.