Summer storms, swells and challenging surf

The temperature climbs up to and over 30 degrees and the humidity rises.

Summer has arrived in Australia.

A dangerous swell is forecast and people are warned to stay away from the ocean. King tides are eroding the sand dunes in front of million dollar properties causing concern to the owners who demand the city council “do some thing about it”…..

The council refuses. I applaud that decision…

It is a brilliantly sunny day so I take my camera and bike to the beach to record a photo essay of “my” beach in one of its very capricious moods.

Welcome to my home town…

Burleigh Beach, Queensland, Australia…

Burleigh Beach

Burleigh Beach

This is the popular corner of the beach for families. The area safe for swimming is marked by red and yellow flags and has surf life savers patrolling. The hill is Burleigh Heads National Park, with walking tracks around the ocean front and up through the bush it is a popular place for walking and jogging. To complete a perfect day out there are free BBQs and grassy park areas for picnics or just relaxing.

Burleigh Heads is a top surfing spot, it produces clean sweeping waves and surfers flock here when the swells are forecast. International surfing competitions are held here in March.

That night a storm cell swept across our North-East corner bringing thunder, lightning, winds and in some places hail. The Goldcoast missed the storm centre with only 5mm of rain falling, but the thunder roared and crashed making me shudder and the lightening flashed across the sky for hours.

I am pleased to be under a roof during this season and Matilda will wait a few months before we hit the road again…

burleigh beach

burleigh beach

burleigh beach

burleigh beach

burleigh beach

burleigh beach

burleigh beach

burleigh beach

I tried very hard to insert a slide show, but it didn’t happen 😦

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28 thoughts on “Summer storms, swells and challenging surf

  1. I have to commemt on the awesome surf shots!


  2. You are amazing pommepal, with a new approach to viewing Burleigh Beach.


  3. Am so sorry to have dropped of the radar this month. Had an unexpected death in the family, but am catching up on me blogs this week.

    Happy New Year!

    Have been so inspired by your blog and beautiful photos. If I ever get to visit me mate in Sydney, will also plan a cuppa with you two.

    Hugs & lots of luv,


    • Sorry to hear your sad news. I would really love it if you ever get this way, and we are home, to have a cuppa. Best wishes for 2013 🙂


  4. Joan and Terry Watson

    Yes we sure live in a perfect place, have a great Christmas and Happy 2014


  5. Your beach looks like a great playground, Pommepal. We also had damage to expensive homes along our beach, but they just had to live with the loss of their swimming pools and half their gardens. The sea is king, and not to be dictated to. 🙂


    • This area is one of the top tourist spots in Australia I feel so lucky to live here. I love travelling but always enjoy my down time at home.Yes you cannot dictate to nature it always has the last word


  6. Fantastic photoes, you have captured the atmosphere perfectly.


  7. 40 degrees forecast for our Christmas Day in Perth – yes, summer has arrived, with a vengeance!


  8. Burleigh Heads is an absolutely beautiful place. It’s very dry here in the far north but I don’t want the wet season to start too soon because I’ve got a house to rebuild :).


  9. What beautiful photos! Thanks for sharing them.


  10. those are some serious waves! it’s great to see the cityscape and the trees near the shoreline.
    i’ll bet it feels good to be home and in one place for a while, even though matilda’s a great home away from home!


  11. No thunder and sun here but lots of winds and rain


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