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481. Sunday 13th March 2016. High rise viewing, skate boards and bouche…

13/03/2016

Monday 7th March

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We spent a lazy Monday morning then joined Tony and Dawn while they looked at a new high rise unit at Labrador overlooking the Broadwater and some views of the Gold Coast Seaway.

View from 4th floor unit on the Broadwater at Labrador. Ruined by traffic noise.

View from 4th floor unit on the Broadwater at Labrador. Ruined by traffic noise.

The views are delightful but that is tempered by constant, loud, annoying road traffic noise. Although the balcony views really are something special you would become a prisoner in your own unit – unless of course you could find a way to disregard the noise. It meant living inside 90% of the time and would require the use of air conditioning almost 24 hours a day, summer and winter.  Dawn was keen to buy. Donnis Tony and I held back our enthusiasm which was dampened by the traffic noise.

Tony and Dawn took us out for dinner and instead of the Yum Cha originally proposed we went to a pasta and pizza franchise. That was our first and last visit.

Tuesday 8th March.

Tony and Dawn were due to leave this morning but agreed to have a look at the new Waterpoint Apartments being built next door.    http://www.realestate.com.au/project-waterpoint+residences-qld-biggera+waters-600008633   Although further back from the beach than the apartments we saw yesterday, the build quality is much better and no traffic noise. They finally hit the road at 1pm and have a few hours drive ahead before they stop for the night. It was great having your company and we look forward to seeing you when we hit the road later this month. Stay tuned for details.

Saturday 12th March

Today I dropped Donnis at Robina Shopping Centre while I continued on to Elanora. I wanted to see the National Skateboarding Championships, part of the Bleach Festival and the Bowlzilla Sport Music  & Art Festival at the Elanora Skate Park. The competition is part of the Australian Skateboarding Federation programme of events for 2016.

Elanora Skate Bowl including the famous "pipe".

Elanora Skate Bowl including the famous “pipe”.

Inside the pipe.

Inside the pipe.

I know next to nothing about skateboarding although I will admit to making my own when as a teenager I saw skateboarding in a Surfing Movie. Friends and I dismantled our skates, screwed them to a piece if pine and away we went. After a few near misses with cars on a steep hill we drifted back to surfing which was more friendly if you fell off the board.

I digress.

The actual skate bowl is well set up and challenging.

This competitor was feeling the heat and his shorts show the rip from an earlier fall. At least his underpants are labelled "Saturday" so he knows what day it is.

This competitor was feeling the heat and his shorts show the rip from an earlier fall. At least his underpants are labelled “Saturday” so he knows what day it is.

It is in good condition and is one of a handful of skate bowls which has a full pipe (tunnel). I saw a number of broken arms in the audience and some on skateboards.

Skaters become airborne.

Skaters become airborne.

This one is a bit further airborne.

This one is a bit further airborne.

This was, I think, the youngest and shortest skater showing his skill sliding across the lip of the bowl.

This was, I think, the youngest and shortest skater showing his skill sliding across the lip of the bowl.

Another airborne.

Another airborne.

Every competitor wore a yellow wristband. Look carefully and you can see almost every person in the audience wears a yellow wristband. Very few skaters wore safety equipment and the number of near misses and falls suggests some skaters have not learned any lessons. 120316 skate6Although advertised as a family event some of the skaters threw bad language (and bad sportsmanship and manners) around in full view of spectators. I was surprised to see older skaters

This guy must be close to being the oldest.

This guy must be close to being the oldest.

This one also could be the oldest...if he lives that long. He had more falls than anybody else.

This one also could be the oldest…if he lives that long. He had more falls than anybody else.

alongside teenage boys and girls while even younger skaters showed what can be done when you have no fear. (Also mum and dad have to pay for the equipment and hospital fees)

Here is the youngest competitor again.

Here is the youngest competitor again.

It was a typical hot summer day (although it is Autumn) with lots of humidity.

This seemingly impossible position ended with a great reverse and exit off the opposite lip.

This seemingly impossible position ended with a great reverse and exit off the opposite lip.

Lots of action photos were taken.

Sunday 13th March

We have had rain, mostly at night, all this week. Today has been raining on and off while temperature has plummeted from a hot 31° to a less hot 28° although humidity levels are high. In the afternoon we played bouche or bolle in our park.  It was a nice friendly afternoon between rain showers.

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.