Archive for February, 2016

479. Sunday 28th February 2016. Visitors get trips to the beach and leave on a jet plane…

28/02/2016

Monday 22nd February

After a late start we travelled along the M1 and crossed into NSW and continued to follow the Pacific Motorway turning off at Clothiers Creek Road, driving through interesting thick woodland to join Tweed Coast Road at Cabarita Beach. We had a late lunch of sardines on rice cakes topped with chilli dill pickles. The memory of the meal still lives with me. (Hmmm! Perhaps I meant the meal still haunts me!)

We walked to the top of Norries Headland with grand views to Coolangatta and Tweed Heads to the north, with whale watching seating at the top of a wind driven knob of land. Yes it was very windy today which still does not detract from the need for caution at the top of the sheer cliffs to the rocks below.

Doug Linda and Donnis brave the strong winds on the cliffs above Cabarita Beach.

Doug Linda and Donnis brave the strong winds on the cliffs above Cabarita Beach.

This location is as far as Donnis and I have travelled on the Tweed Coast Road. Not quite true to coastal being in its name, the road meanders along the coast then wanders back through farmland, crossing the Pacific Motorway then turns back on itself passing through small coastal villages to end at the easternmost point in Australia, Byron Bay. We had been here only once before when we were returning from Tasmania in our Toyota Coaster motorhome in late June, 2009. We spent one night in an expensive caravan park and had an expensive pizza for dinner.  It seems very little has changed since our last visit. Traffic was chaotic.

A busy Byron Bay street.

A busy Byron Bay street.

Norfolk Island Pines. Like many beaches throughout Australia these pines are an iconic fixture.

Norfolk Island Pines. Like many beaches throughout Australia these pines are an iconic fixture.

Parking meters have given birth to new parking meters all the way from the edge of town, through all beach locations to the lighthouse. The lighthouse is exempt from parking meters. Here live people collect parking fees.

Byron Bay Lighthouse. Easternmost point of Australia.

Byron Bay Lighthouse. Easternmost point of Australia.

We did not stop due to limited parking, bumper to bumper driving and it was getting late. As always this summer the weather has been perfect, provided you like hot days.

Tuesday 23rd February

Today we had an almost abortive picnic. We packed a great lunch in the Esky including ice packs to keep it cool. Donnis also packed cutlery and plates in a separate Esky. Frank picked up the first Esky, packed it in the boot and away we went. We did not discover the missing picnic materials until we arrived at our destination. Hmmm. Lids of plastic containers, a flick knife and fingers were put to good use.

First stop was Hinze Dam. Yes, we visited the dam last year but obviously Linda and Doug have not. The Hinze Dam was named in honour of a local family whose home and farm were to become part of the dam itself and is now underwater. The dam was not named after a shifty politician who was  distantly related to the family. The dam on the Nerang River had stage one completed in 1976, stage two in 1989 and stage three in 2011. The dam provides flood mitigation for people living downstream in the Nerang River Valley.

From the dam we drove to Natural Bridge

On the Natural Bridge walk with some of the Hoop Pines planted about a century ago.

On the Natural Bridge walk with some of the Hoop Pines planted about a century ago.

Natural Bridge.

Natural Bridge.

Inside the grotto. Home to a colony of bats and glow worms.

Inside the grotto. Home to a colony of bats and glow worms.

Leaving the Natural Bridge grotto.

Leaving the Natural Bridge grotto.

and discovered we had food but no plates, knives or forks. We have been to Natural Bridge before so we lunched, using fingers, before walking to the bridge and taking the loop track back to the carpark. We were interested to note many, many signs stating swimming is not permitted and heavy fines and penalties are imposed on anyone caught swimming. We saw at least three people walking the track, in their wet swimming gear and not a ranger in sight.

Interesting car with Bamboo roof racks and a bent steel tow bar.

Interesting car with Bamboo roof racks and a bent steel tow bar.

We then drove the back road to Springbrook to see the Best of All Lookouts. The temperature here had dropped from 32° at the dam to 18° at the lookout car park. The walk to the lookout through rainforest and on the cliff face itself the temperature would have been much less and the wind chill factor made standing at the lookout rather a chilly affair. No wonder there are ancient Antarctic Beech trees growing here and seem to be constantly dripping from the clouds which hover around here most days.   www.nprsr.qld.gov.au/parks/springbrook/about.htm   We had just enough time to stop at Purling Brook Falls. As the afternoon was getting late and long shadows appearing we did not attempt any of the walks.

Wednesday 24th February

Today was intended to be a lay day where we sat back and did nuffin. Donnis son Peter arrived unexpectedly so we went for a walk on Southport Beach then went to Southport Surf Life Saving Club for a beer before heading home for dinner.

Thursday 25th February

A late start saw us at Burleigh Heads and remarkably, we found a parking spot. We walked into the National Park

Burleigh Heads looking north to Surfers Paradise.

Burleigh Heads looking north to Surfers Paradise.

Doug Linda and Frank at the entrance to the Burleigh Headland National Park.

Doug Linda and Frank at the entrance to the Burleigh Headland National Park.

and followed the low walking track as far as Tallebudgera Creek and back.

Looking south to the Tallebudgera rockwall. with Currumbin and Coolangatta in the distance.

Looking south to the Tallebudgera rockwall. with Currumbin and Coolangatta in the distance.

The southern shore of Tallebudgera Creek is distinctly family oriented. The norther shore, often underwater is more popular with those not of a family group.

The southern shore of Tallebudgera Creek is distinctly family oriented. The norther shore, often underwater is more popular with those not of a family group.

Sometimes the track is closed due to falling rocks.

There are several gates to close access during periods of bad weather when there is a risk of a landslide and as happened last year, a bushfire.

There are several gates to close access during periods of bad weather when there is a risk of a landslide and as happened last year, a bushfire.

These are just some of the rocks which could tumble down the steep slopes when heavy rain undermines the unstable tallus.

These are just some of the rocks which could tumble down the steep slopes when heavy rain undermines the unstable tallus.

The dron hovering over the surf.

The drone hovering over the surf.

The drone operator.

The drone operator.

A group of schoolchildren were on an excursion and treated to a display of a drone.

A group of schoolchildren were on an excursion and treated to a display of a drone.

From there we inspected an RSL Prize Home valued at M$1.7 overlooking Kirra Beach with views all the way to Surfers Paradise in the north to Greenmount beach to the south. A window in the back of the building overlooks Coolangatta Airport. Naturally we bought tickets.

From there we drove back to Currumbin Beach SLSC and had Calamari and chips and Flathead and chips washed down with a cold beer. Our table was on a level overlooking the rocks and surf.

Friday 26th February

Today started as a lay day but escalated to a visit to Robina Shopping Centre where I bought, of all things, a smart phone. I have resisted the urge to have a smart phone until now. I bought a Samsung Galaxy A3 and have a steep learning curve to learn how to use it.

Saturday 27th February

We were all up early so we could drive Doug n Linda to Brisbane International Airport for their flight to Hong Kong.

We then visited a shopping centre for coffee in air conditioned comfort then drove to see grandson Chris play his first ever game of Rugby League. The game was played in searing heat with a hot wind blowing from the northwest.

Sunday 28th February

Another lay day.

 

478. Sunday 23rd February 2016. Canada visitors arrive and the beach beckons with Kite Surfing…

23/02/2016

Tuesday 16th February

Our new Laz E Boy lounge, ordered and paid for last November, arrived today.

Wednesday 17th February

Now for something  totally different. We attended a Tai Chi lesson today. It was held in a park at Paradise Point on the shore of The Broadwater (a few Klms further north than we usually go for a walk) our lesson had about 20 participants and was held under a spreading fig tree. The lesson lasted an hour and I was impressed by the flexibility of our teacher and how sore my muscles felt afterwards.

We were home before the real heat of the day began. It was a scorcher and was accompanied by high humidity.

Friday 19th February

In the morning Donnis went to Tai Chi while I had a Hand Therapy Session.

It was hot today, 34° even here on the coast with a good cooling sea breeze.

At midday we collected Donnis’ sister, Linda, and her partner from the Coolangatta Airport. They are visiting from Vancouver, Canada. We came home and relaxed for a few hours before going to Southport Beach for a walk late in the afternoon.

Donnis son Peter and his son Chris arrived from Brisbane. We had dinner and Peter and Chris stayed for the night. One slept on the new lounge and the other slept on our fold up foamy bed. We carried this bed on our travels 2010 to 2014 and never used the thing, either as a bed, a day bed or as a fold up lounge chair.

No plans have been made for tomorrow.

Saturday 20th February

As always when a group is asked to decide what to do today, nobody wants to decide and the day wears on. I took the initiative and decided we would go to Philips Park on Main Beach to watch the National Kiteboarding League Championships. As it turns out there was only 8 knots of wind today, barely enough to get a training kite airborne. The championships are re-scheduled for tomorrow when 25 knot winds are predicted.

Yacht with black sails cruises along a bumpy sea.

Yacht with black sails cruises along a bumpy sea.

We took our own kite

Aaaah. This is more like it. A dociled kite.

Aaaah. This is more like it. A docile kite.

Hmmm! Pete flying our small kite while Frank watches.

Hmmm! Pete flying our small kite while Frank watches.

Pete and son Chris flying our smaller kite.

Pete and son Chris flying our smaller kite.

with us and the NKL invited us to use their training kites.

Doug n Donnis watch on as Linda has her turn.

Doug n Donnis watch on as Linda has her turn.

Yes Please!

Donnis in flight while Doug n Linda watch on.

Donnis in flight while Doug n Linda watch on.

Pete enjoys his time in the surf.

Pete enjoys his time in the surf.

Pete, Doug n Linda leave the surf to start flying the training kite.

Pete, Doug n Linda leave the surf to start flying the training kite.

Wow!

...and more flying.

…and more flying.

Donnis having her turn on the training kite...

Donnis having her turn on the training kite…

Even though their kite is marginally larger than our kite it is designed for kite surfing and has three lines to the kite via a hand steering bar compared to our two lines via cord wraps.

Pete.

Pete.

Pete flies while Donnis and Chris share a hug.

Pete flies while Donnis and Chris share a hug.

Pete

Pete

At times the kite was lifting us off our feet. It was magic.

Chris flies the kite while Frank n Doug share flying tips (Doug was a commercial airline pilot)

Chris flies the kite while Frank n Doug share flying tips (Doug was a commercial airline pilot)

Chris working with a Kite Surfing Kite.

Chris working with a Kite Surfing Kite.

We were all fired up to consider taking up kite surfing.

...even the trainer is busy.

…even the trainer is busy.

Doug working hard at flying a kite...

Doug working hard at flying a kite…

It was 37° C in the beach carpark at 2pm.  Afterwards we stopped for a beer at the Southport Surf Life Saving Club then home to discover after several hours in the sun surfing and kite flying we are all sunburnt.

Sunday 21st February

Mid-morning to midday Doug and I went to the beach to watch the National Kiteboarding League Championships.

I could not resist this photo opportunity.

I could not resist this photo opportunity.

As predicted the wind was blowing at 25+ knots and the sun was as usual brilliantly brilliant.

Part of the large crowd of kite surfing enthusiasts.

Part of the large crowd of kite surfing enthusiasts.

Some of the ladies competitors.

Some of the ladies competitors.

A sporting handshake between competitors.

A sporting handshake between competitors.

In the hour or so of our stay we saw many heats of finals of both men’s and women’s events,

Some of the competitors kites.

Some of the competitors kites.

both Freestyle and Wave disciplines.

Kite Surfers in action.

Kite Surfers in action.

Kite Surfers in action.

Kite Surfers in action.

Kite Surfers in action.

Kite Surfers in action.

Kite Surfers in action.

Kite Surfers in action.

Kite Surfers in action.

Kite Surfers in action.

Kite Surfers in action.

Kite Surfers in action.

Kite Surfers in action.

Kite Surfers in action.

Lots of photos from the official site appear below.

https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.1224965110864993.1073741835.998924220135751&type=3

https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.1227573637270807.1073741836.998924220135751&type=3

In the afternoon we all drove to Peters house in Brisbane as he offered to cook a lamb roast for dinner. True to his word he did.

Great dinner Pete.

We did not arrive home until the wee hours of Monday.

ZZZzzzzz!

477. Sunday 14th February 2016. Oooh its St Valentines Day….

15/02/2016

Not much has happened around here this week. Apart from our usual walks on the beach or The Broadwater, doctors appointments, diet to lose weight (Hmmm. That was important. I started a diet a couple of weeks ago and have not had anything to report until now. Apart from the exercise I am no longer drinking alcohol – well occasionally – reduced carbs – that means potatoes, sweet potatoes, pasta, rice, cake, biscuits and breads – smaller meal portions and NO SNACKING. NO jellies, chocolate, crackers with dip, peanuts, chips or corn chips or other tasty sweet stuff such as ice cream and puddings. So far my scales report a loss of 4 Kg. Down from a worst ever 90 Kg. It could be my scales are inaccurate by a Kg but that means I may have lost 5Kg or only 3 Kg. Either way it is an improvement.) All that aside, we stayed mostly at home and avoided the heat.

Sunday 14th February

For a long, long time Donnis has wanted to attend a Hillsong Campus.  She attended a Hillsong Conference in Brisbane many years ago with her friends. She enjoyed herself so much she wanted to return. Today was first day of a new Hillsong campus on the Gold Coast and there were no excuses not to attend. A history of the church appears here   https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hillsong_Church

The church has global campuses and are linked via video to live sermons, music, prayer and so on from the Sydney office. First impressions were “Gee this is big” as we were shown to a parking spot by volunteers waving light batons. Before we entered the building we were greeted by zealously friendly greeters every few metres. We sat at the back as the noise from the speakers would seriously damage my eardrums and change my heart rhythm forever. From our last row seat to the back of the building it was standing room only. The slick service began, boom, on time and after a couple of religious songs and a G up by the locals,  suddenly the giant TV screen on stage had us linked to Sydney where enthusiastic charismatic pastor Brian Houston gave the sermon/commercial for the day reminding us of all the Hillsong campuses there are around the world including China, USA, England and Russia to name a few. He even offered their own brand of a Bible in magazine form – free as we leave the building. In closing we were reminded of putting our tithes and offerings into a special envelope. The building was packed with believers, despite the Pastors father, Frank Houston facing charges of molesting boys. The packed services and the public display of support by the church where they just brush aside any discussion on Frank Houston, clearly shows the church moves on. Afterwards we faced the same gamut of happy degreeters as we left the building. Phew! What an absolutely amazing show of spirituality. At least 2,000 people packed the building. How many churches can lay claim to that sort of patronage? Being a confirmed cynic I could not help but feel this was less a church service than a commercial to show how great the church is. In the back of my mind was a little voice saying ‘ Get em in, get em out and get their money”.

In the afternoon we went to The Seaway Beach which is located at the end of The Spit. A strong southerly wind was blowing – as it has all day. We tried to erect our new and as yet unused beach tent. It soon became a giant inflated kite and threatened to drag us off the beach. We managed to get it rolled and tied into a long sausage five times bigger than the bag it came in. Sigh!!!

This part of the beach has a long jetty running out into the ocean.

The long sand pumping jetty at The Seaway Beach also known as The Spit Beach.

The long sand pumping jetty at The Seaway Beach also known as The Spit Beach.

There are warning flags and signs not to swim in or around the jetty as twisted currents and rips can quickly get the best of swimmers into trouble. It costs $2.20 to walk onto the pier. The pier was and is used as a sand pumping platform. Despite the warnings people still jump off the end of the pier. Only a month ago a board surfer jumped off the end of the pier in rough seas. He was not seen again. It was several days before his body surfaced on South Stradbroke Island to the north.

This section of the beach is a dogs off leash exercise area and the dogs get to be umm err… dogs enjoying themselves. The remainder of several Klms of beach all the way to Burleigh Heads are either NO DOGS or dogs on leash.

Big dogs, little dogs, ugly dogs, pretty dogs, aggressive dogs, scared dogs, little dogs bowled over in the surf and big dogs scared to enter the surf.

Big dogs, little dogs, ugly dogs, pretty dogs, aggressive dogs, scared dogs, little dogs bowled over in the surf and big dogs scared to enter the surf.

This section of the beach is labelled as an "off leash exercise area". There were quite easily 100 dogs having the time of their lives. One came up to our messy beach tent and marked his territory. Grrr!

This section of the beach is labelled as an “off leash exercise area”. There were quite easily 100 dogs having the time of their lives. One came up to our messy beach tent and marked his territory. Grrr!

This active dog dragged this lump of tree around the beach waiting for the owner to throw it in the surf.and he would chase it.

This active dog dragged this lump of tree around the beach waiting for the owner to throw it in the surf.and he would chase it.

Today I found, quite by accident, a blog page by a man determined to visit and swim in all the Ocean Pools in NSW – other states have such pools as well. His blog indicates there are 60 such sites along the NSW coast. (Another blog puts the number at 100 in Sydney alone – Hmmm! Perhaps it includes harbour pools which are different)  It got me thinking. Donnis and I have visited many of those pools and photographed them. We might do a comparison of pools when we go on a road trip planned for April.

The blog link is   http://oceanpoolsnsw.net.au/mahon-pool-maroubra-nsw-2035/#comment-64

And another blog by another blogger  http://swimmingpoolstories.com.au/2013/07/the-magical-moods-of-maroubras-mahon-pool/

Yet another blogger   http://oceanpoolsnsw.net.au/mahon-pool-maroubra-nsw-2035/#comment-64

You might notice all three blogs are about the Mahon Pool at Maroubra. Donnis and I visited the pool and wrote about it at Post 454 in August 2015.

https://frankeeg.wordpress.com/2015/08/26/454-sunday-23rd-august-2015-visiting-family-friends-and-pain/

 

 

476. Sunday 7th February 2016. Airport transfers, quiet days and a big beach walk…

07/02/2016

Remember to double click on photos and double click again for full size.

Monday 1st February

The day began as overcast and hot. By 9am it was already 27° and humidity was 82%. As the day progressed, both crept up the scale. I started some garden trimming but within a half hour the sun was biting into my skin and perspiration was dripping from my brow. Time to stop.

Shortly after lunch the expected storm raced in. Big black fierce looking clouds accompanied by strong winds, thunder, lightning and rain.

Donnis started her last minute mad rush packing. Now that I am legally covered as far as my licence is concerned I can drive her to the airport tomorrow morning. She is flying to Sydney to spend a week with the granddaughters.

Tuesday 2nd February

The drive to the airport was uneventful and Donnis was there in plenty of time for her flight. I drove the M1 both ways as I consider it is quicker than driving through all the beachside suburbs and all the traffic lights.

In the afternoon there was a traffic accident on the M1. A truck hit a guard rail and jack-knifed across all three southbound lanes on a bridge over the Nerang Rivert, rolling in the process. It also knocked down a light pole onto one lane of the northbound lanes. The driver suffered a broken leg and had trouble getting out of the sideways turned cabin. The truck caught on fire. Getting out was now urgent. A good Samaritan climbed on the truck, pulling the driver through the cabin window and slowly lowering him to the waiting hands of other helpers. It was not a moment too soon. The truck exploded into a fireball. Have a look at the video footage   http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/queensland/m1-truck-crash-man-hailed-hero-after-pulling-driver-free-20160202-gmk7gf.html

Traffic backed up for about twenty Klms and the bitumen began to melt. The road was closed and traffic diverted. Motorway engineers inspected the damage as it was feared there may have been structural damage to the bridge. Late in the night the all clear was given to open the main arterial motorway again.

In the afternoon I enjoyed a splashy walk along the Broadwater.

Storm brewing behind Lands End.

Storm brewing behind Lands End.

Last weeks storm blew two boats onto the Broadwater Beach along with this navigation beacon.

Last weeks storm blew two boats onto the Broadwater Beach along with this navigation beacon.

This must be a working mans boat. He has a fold up bike to get to work.

This must be a working mans boat. He has a fold up bike to get to work.

 

Thursday 4th February

I collected Errol n Nicole from the Coolangatta Airport. It is their 10th Wedding Anniversary. Errol surprised Nicole (that was the reason Donnis flew to Wollongong) with three days at Couran Cove on South Stradbroke Island. He borrowed friend Steve boat and scooted  across the Broadwater in a strong southerly  wind but making shelter on the Stradbroke shore and followed this to Couran Cove.

Friday 5th February

The southerly wind has brought drops in temperature and some rain. Although temps have dropped it is still a comfortable 27°.

Looking back over the blog I thought it was about time I did a review.

This time in 2006 we still had the Toyota Coaster bus converted to a motorhome. Donnis was working so I drove to Marion Creek south of Mackay to enjoy a weekend camped with the Mackay Sugarloafers. For some reason this camp spot was popular with a few of the men who love fishing. The campsite is basically on a floodplain and tidal marsh surrounded by mangroves.It is mosquito and sand fly heaven. It is not popular with non fishermen.

February 2008 was a not a time for travelling in the motorhome. The first week a freak storm blew into Airlie Beach and surrounding areas. Sixty six boats were sunk and many houses unroofed. A week later 400mm of rain was dumped in a 24 hour period.  There was simply nowhere within a 200 Klm radius where the ground was not waterlogged and a sea of mud.

February 2009 was another month we went nowhere. Tropical cyclone ELLIE crossed the coast up near Cairns and dumped a crazy amount of rain on Airlie Beach. Our guttering and rear driveway simply could not cope with the sheer volume of water. Parts of our gravel driveway washed away.

Donnis and I were married on Cannonvale Beach at the end of the month.

February 2010 continued with the rain and humidity experienced at the same time every year. We celebrated our wedding anniversary a few weeks early before Donnis flew to Canada for a month.

February 2011 saw us having begun our full time travels in September 2010 but stopped for a three month housesit at Traveston on the Sunshine Coast. As usual for this time of year there was lots of rain, including the disastrous flooding along the Brisbane River. Donnis flew to Canada for a month.

2012 found us staying in a caravan park in Culcairn south west NSW while Donnis worked at a hospital at a town called Henty about 30 Klms away. On her days off we explored the major towns of Wagga Wagga and Albury on the NSW Victoria border. I was having laptop problems (the same laptop on which I am compiling this post). I was having multiple issues. The hard drive needed replacing under warranty.

This week in 2013 we were still housesitting in Guyra NSW. Donnis was in Wollongong and I was taking a tour of the many waterfalls in the area. As usual at this time of year there had been heavy rain and the waterfalls were pumping.

I had computer issues again, requiring a complete re-format which, in turn, required all my old files had to be restored via backup files and install all my programs again.

For a complete change of pace in 2014 we were back in our house at Airlie Beach, I was working at my old job and Donnis was working at a hospital at Collarenebri in western NSW. Surprise, surprise, surprise! It has been raining. Heavy rain, light rain, intermittent rain. It must be February.

Finally in 2015 we are in our house on the Gold Coast. A cyclone up north had given us a legacy of rain and big swells for the experienced surfer. Donnis arrived home from her contract nursing at Lightning Ridge and I had computer issues. I needed a new keyboard and a re-install of Windows.

The common theme through all of this review is that it usually rains in February and I have computer problems. Not this month. Touch wood.

Saturday 6th February

I woke to the sound of heavy rain on the roof. Then after a few minutes it stopped. Then started again and then stopped. Most of the morning was like this…on and off rain.

Sigh!

However…

Mid- morning I filled a backpack, drove to Southport SLS Club, determined to walk along the beach as far as possible. In reality it was not far, 7.6 Klms return. Given the strong wind, burning sunlight followed by dark clouds and rain squalls I think I did pretty good. I stopped for lunch at McDonalds Surfers Paradise.

This is an action photo. There is so much happening. Look carefully to see the activities.

This is an action photo. There is so much happening. Look carefully to see the activities.

The main thourofare through SP is The Esplanade and the main pedestrian street is Cavill Avenue. The beachfront is the place to see and be seen. On all the toilet blocks and other prominent places are iconic photographs from the 40s, 50s and 60s depicting life at this exciting beachside area. The photos are a great time warp view about life as it was. I have attached a selection of some of those photos. Mostly they are in a rough chronological order of the years depicted.

This photo and story shows the lengths lifesavers would go to come to the Gold Coast. In the 1940's roads were little more than gravel and the trip from Brisbane would take hours. These days it is a 50 minute drive on a motorway. Unless of course there has been an accident. Then the trip takes...hours.

This photo and story shows the lengths lifesavers would go to come to the Gold Coast. In the 1940’s roads were little more than gravel and the trip from Brisbane would take hours. These days it is a 50 minute drive on a motorway. Unless of course there has been an accident. Then the trip takes…hours.

Although undated this photo is probably from the 60's The style of bikini and the hairdo's  give the era away.

Although undated this photo is probably from the 60’s The style of bikini and the hairdo’s give the era away.

Can you imagine what Surfers Paradise visitors in 1967 would have thought about all the high rise we have now.

Can you imagine what Surfers Paradise visitors in 1967 would have thought about all the high rise we have now.

This photo was probably taken late 40's early 50's.

This photo was probably taken late 40’s early 50’s.

This was how life was depicted in the 60's.

This was how life was depicted in the 60’s.

This is another photo perhaps from the 40's. Child trainee lifesavers were and still are call "Nippers"

This is another photo perhaps from the 40’s. Child trainee lifesavers were and still are call “Nippers”

I can recall spending money to get changed, to hire a Surf  Plane and to get sprayed with Coconut Oil for a suntan. Nowadays we call it Sun Protection.

I can recall spending money to get changed, to hire a Surf O Plane and to get sprayed with Coconut Oil for a suntan. Nowadays we call it Sun Protection.

Look at this> Being able to park right up to the edge of the beach. Not anymore.

Look at this> Being able to park right up to the edge of the beach. Not anymore.

This is labelled the Age of Innocence for good reason. WAustralians now have the highest incidence of skin cancer in the world. Hmmm! I wonder how our statistics measure up against Hawaii?

This is labelled the Age of Innocence for good reason. WAustralians now have the highest incidence of skin cancer in the world. Hmmm! I wonder how our statistics measure up against Hawaii?

The coastline has changed dramatically over the last 50 years. Notice the use of the word "gay" has now taken on a totally different meaning.

The coastline has changed dramatically over the last 50 years. Notice the use of the word “gay” has now taken on a totally different meaning.

A stroll along Cavill Avenue.  If you look carefully at the photo you can see Nerang River in the background along Cavill Avenue. Not anymore.

A stroll along Cavill Avenue. If you look carefully at the photo you can see Nerang River in the background along Cavill Avenue. Not anymore.

By the time I was back at the car I was exhausted. With all the walking and looking around and taking photos I spent three hours at the beach. My sunburned arms and face are a legacy of the walk.

Hmmm! Lots of digging in the sand but the signs say "Dune Restoration" Seems more like "Dune Destruction".

Hmmm! Lots of digging in the sand but the signs say “Dune Restoration” Seems more like “Dune Destruction”.

Kite Surfing is very popular

Kite Surfing is very popular

Different tides and wind conditions and wave size will sometimes eat away at the sand.

Different tides and wind conditions and wave size will sometimes eat away at the sand.

in this and the following 3 photos depicts a kite surfer walking along the beach and his preparation to take off.

in this and the following 3 photos depicts a kite surfer walking along the beach and his preparation to take off.

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Kite surfing in the best of windy conditions.

Kite surfing in the best of windy conditions.

Perhaps next time I will get away earlier and try to reach Broadbeach.

And beyond.

Sigh!

Sunday 7th February

Collected Errol & Nicole from their break at Couran Cove and drove them to the airport. The rest of the day was lazy…apart from editing the many photos for this post.