Travel Theme : Short

I am back home for a while so today I would like to take you with me on a SHORT tour around the canals of the Goldcoast. The tourist and theme park capital of Queensland.

So welcome aboard this rather short boat…

Welcome aboard

Welcome aboard the Jindalee

The Goldcoast became popular as a tourist area in the 1930’s when people travelled south from Brisbane to enjoy the beach and surf of this fabulous area. Developers saw the potential and in the 1950’s and 60’s major development took place to drain the swamp (now more politically correct to call it wet-lands) and create a network of canals.

The sections that lined the canals had water views and became exclusive and expensive millionaire properties. This two hour cruise aboard the Jindalee (Click the link for more details of price and times)gives you a close up look at some of these palatial homes. (maybe we will get to house sit in one of them!) Image of some of the canals from Google images


Our captain is a very relaxed sort of a bloke.

Our captain is a very relaxed sort of bloke.

Space for the super yacht of the wealthy to moor at the end of the garden

Space for the super yacht of the wealthy to moor at the end of the garden

Ok now how many million$ will you offer for this one?

Ok now how many million$ will you offer for this one?

Marina Mirage exclusive shopping centre all the exclusive boutiques can be found here

Marina Mirage shopping centre for the wealthy, all the exclusive boutiques can be found here



A more homely style, but on the large size. What do you think?

A more homely style, but on the large size. What do you think?

I wonder how often these boats go out to sea?

I wonder how often these boats go out to sea? A few million dollars resting here…



After being served a cup of coffee and scone we arrived back on dry land to catch the bus home…

I hope you enjoyed your cruise with me and a brief look at the way the wealthy live on the Goldcoast.


Cruise over to Ailsa’s blog, “Where’s my backpack” to see how other bloggers have been caught short.

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34 thoughts on “Travel Theme : Short

  1. Only heard of the canals two years ago. Did not realise it was a ‘wetland’ in previous years


    • Thank you for commenting. A lot of the Goldcoast area is flood prone and insurance premiums are very high, especially since the last floods in 2010 and 2011. I’m not sure if they would allow all the drainage now-a-days. Wetlands are slowly disappearing every where


  2. This is like Miami and Fort Lauderdale with very similar architecture too! I’d love to live by the water again (did so for a couple of years in South Africa) but can’t afford to now. Lovely photos PP.
    Jude xx


    • I think they have a covenant in the sale of water side properties that they have to build BIG expensive houses. I would like to live near the water and build a small cottage, but the building plans would not be approved


  3. this would not load last night, and i am so glad that i tried again now! i LOVE that first photo of Jack!

    you’re slamming out some beautiful posts as always!

    i think that you two should look for a house sitting opportunity in ecuador! we need to find a way to shorten the distance between here and there!



  4. How lovely, I’m feeling all nautical now! 🙂


  5. poppytump

    A bit of an eye opener PP ! Gin palaces .. mansions …
    But really … I think small can be quite beautiful too 😉


  6. Thanks so much for the delightful tour, Pommepal. Some seriously wealthy people live around there. The Gold Coast is aptly named.
    PS; This AD visiting from my new blog. 🙂


  7. Nice to look at, so thanks for taking me along 🙂 I would not want to own a house that large personally.


  8. Joan and Terry Watson

    How did yo find your lovely garden when you got back???


  9. I like your house so much more. I’m not a huge fan of steel and glass boxes though!


    • No I agree Cindy I think they feel very cold and impersonal, I prefer the old character filled homes. Maybe it is an age thing!!! 🙂


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  11. Wow, I guess there’s no shortage of money there!!


  12. Enjoyed this – a life very different o my own!


  13. Great post! These places are so far removed from my world I find it hard to imagine what the people wo live in them are like.


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