Saturday, October 24, 2015

Surfers Paradise Day 5

The beaches are very well lit.


A statue of the late Lord Mayor Sir Bruce Small. Whatever you think of him, the Gold Coast would not be what it is today if not for him.


A place for $12 steaks. It is not an old building. Virtually nothing in Surfers Paradise is old.


This amphibian bus goes out into the open Pacific Ocean. I first came across such a vehicle in Budapest, but it only travelled on the Danube.


A Tiki thing. Google is your friend if you don't what it is.


We had chosen to take a lunch time river cruise on Nerang River, in behind Surfers Paradise, for which we had bought tickets the day before. Haha, I got the Seniors price of $25 instead of $29. I started to book online the day before using the tablet, but then realised that I could not print out the tickets. A few left over bread rolls were tossed to the fish at the completion of the morning cruise.


Essentially the cruise showed us houses of the rich and famous but there were some nice views.



Nice boat man, with good views behind your mooring.


Southport School is a very expensive private boys school, far more expensive than our own Scotch or Grammar. A friend had a workmate who after his divorce and when his son came to live with him, concluded he was a wayward bad  lad, and so sent him to this school to straighten him out, with some success.




I hope this is the right photo, a very expensive and luxurious boat with a dark brown hull. What an odd colour for a hull.



It is expensive to marry in this small old chapel.


The Gold Cost Highway crossing the Nerang River, the location of a number of incidents on the tram tracks.



I forgot my cap. As it turned out, I did not really spend a lot of time in the sun on the cruise, but I must think of head protection from the sun and so bought this hat. Once at work a bird crapped on me, which fell straight into my work bag and made a terrible mess. In New York, a bird crapped on my hair when we were walking to our river cruise. That was messy. Just two weeks later in one of our chosen breakfast venues in town, a sparrow on a ledge above me got me. My hat purchase was a good idea as you can see what happened.


A Surfers Segway.


His mate was on an Oxboard.



A few clouds to the north during this afternoons beach stroll.


But to the south, a massive storm. I like a good storm but sadly it stayed to the south.


I'll show you a close up of the sign in another post.


Cavill Avenue Mall. This evening we ate at the Kitty O'sheas pub in the mall. It was quite ok and a good place to people watch on our last night in Surfers.


I think this is at the top end of Elkhorn Street.


24 comments:

  1. Interesting photos, looks like a fine place.

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    1. Blogaratti, it was interesting to visit, perhaps once.

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  2. Lots of people watching. Thank you. I do love a river cruise - and will always take one if it is on offer.
    The birds decorate you and your possessions often. I think I have been hit perhaps twice in my life.

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    1. EC, the first time was years ago, but then three times in less than a year.

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  3. Don't know about there, but here it is believed that a bird using you as a toilet is an indicator of good luck. Probably for the spectators who weren't hit.

    It looks like a lovely place to relax, with people-watching opportunities galore.

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    1. Jac, yes, that is supposed to be true here too. Certainly plenty of people watching.

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  4. I feel I have had a Surfers holiday just from looking at all your pics. It certainly has a style of its own.

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    1. Carol, yes, it probably does has a style of its own. It sort of exists to feed from itself.

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  5. Cruise along the canals are interesting and enjoyable.
    Remember Bruce, had a photo taken with him, have no idea where it is..he had a vision, the vision went beyond his dreams..

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    1. Margaret, you weren't a meter maid on the Gold Coast were you and that is how you met him?

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  6. Those houses that open onto the water look fantastic. Imagine friends are coming for dinner so you tell them to moor their boat next to the back door and pop straight into the lounge room.

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    1. Hels, what fun that would be. But I don't think I would really like to live on a peaceful canal or river.

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  7. A different sort of place, not sure if it's for me but I know people who love it, my brother in law and his wife often spend winter there but they do live in the Snowy Mountains.
    Merle..........

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    1. Merle, yes, it must be very attractive to anyone who lives in the Snowies.

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  8. My nephew was a boarder at The Southport School. He didn't like it much. I see you only want to visit the Gold Coast once. I loved it as a teenager and I would visit from Sydney once a year for a few years but now that I live 40 mins away I don't go very often at all.Its too commercialised and tacky. The beaches are nice though.

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    1. Diane, we found it quite cheap for food too. While there are plenty of older people there, it is more for the young.

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  9. Andrew, I love the unusual bus. But my favourite is your hat I am sure I need this one. Waht about sending it to Poland? !!!!!

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    1. Gosia, they are only cheap hats. Next time you are in London, maybe a store will have them.

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  10. I've been hit by geese splatter so wearing a protective hat, what a good idea. They're migrating now, arriving here to over winter. All those V formations. When I hear them honking way up high, I run for cover! One guy on a Segway, one on board. I've heard those Segway boards are harder to ride than it looks like they would be. Back orders for them in this country. Have you ever been on a Segway? The river boats look very very expensive and also beautiful. Boats get me, cheap or fancy. I want to be on them, salt wind in my face.

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    1. Strayer, geese! They are big birds and so......I first saw the Segway boards in New York. They have a built in gyroscope to keep them level. They sound easier than the Segway to me. No, I have not Segwayed. Nothing quite like messing about in boats, hey.

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  11. Hahaha! You must be the luckiest chap ever Andrew.. if what they say about bird poo is true :)

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    1. Grace, the luck is slow coming.

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  12. Lovely photos of your last day. Southport School looks like one of the hidden away mansions belonging to the Hollywood elite.

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    1. River, it is a pity we could not see more of the school. It is hidden away a bit.

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