Posts Tagged With: Burleigh

Very early morning start to capture the beauty of sunrise.

It was 5am the birds were awake and singing their joy at the start of a new day. The lorikeets with their  chatter almost drowned out by the kookaburra family’s infectious and unmistakable, manic laughter, the raucous crows and sweet warble of the magpies all herald a new day is dawning as the grey light filtered through the blinds.

Looking out at the pink light spreading from the horizon we jumped on our bikes to race down to the beach to catch the sunrise over the ocean. It was pure magic.

I would like to share with you our early morning, 2 hour, photo shoot at Burleigh Beach. I took 243 photos. Jack took 295 photos….

It took quite a while deciding what to put in this post. I hope you enjoy your early morning stroll with us…

5-30am and here comes the sun

5-30am and here comes the sun

Such lovely soft morning colours

Such lovely soft morning colours

Capturing the moment. So pleased I got up early (Photo by Jack)

Capturing the moment. So pleased I got up early (Photo by Jack)

Wow...

Wow…

Fishing, notice how many rods he has...

Fishing, notice how many rods he has…

Capturing it on his Iphone

Capturing it on his IPhone

Another stop for a chat. This husky had pale blue eyes. (Photo by Jack)

Another stop for a chat. This husky had pale blue eyes. (Photo by Jack)

Tractor grooming the beach

Tractor grooming the beach

Freshly groomed and clean beach ready for the tourists

Freshly groomed and clean beach ready for the tourists

3 fit surfers

3 fit surfers

Had to stop and chat and tell them they will be in my blog...(Photo by Jack)

Had to stop and chat and tell them they will be in my blog…(Photo by Jack)

Surf life saving lookout, notice the beach erosion from recent storms

Surf life saving lookout, notice the beach erosion from recent storms

Miami headland and surfers sky-line

Miami headland and surfers sky-line

Seagulls in the sun

Seagulls in the sun

Seagull taking off

Seagull taking off

Fishing boat headin home

Fishing boat heading home

Pandanus

Pandanus

Taking the dog for a walk

Taking the dog for a walk

Surfers Paradise sky line

Surfers Paradise sky line from North Burleigh Headland.

Breaking waves and spray

Breaking waves and spray

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Categories: Australia, Burleigh, Goldcoast, Ocean, photos, Queensland, sunrise | Tags: , , , , | 21 Comments

Weekly Photo Challenge : Home

Weekly Photo Challenge this week is HOME A great opportunity to show you the beautiful place I live in. The Goldcoast is a favourite tourist destination. It boasts sun, sea, sand and a terrific climate almost year round.

Today, a perfect Sunday, brought out the people in their thousands. We drove along the coast looking for a parking spot and a place for lunch. We marvelled at the colour of the ocean the crisp white surf rolling in, all ages enjoying this beautiful weather. But parking was non-existent, eventually we spotted a car pulling out, right in front of the Currumbin Surf club, a perfect place for lunch.

So in we went, camera in hand to show you some of our day in this place I call home. Some of the photos in this gallery are from previous photo trips a couple are of our garden and a couple I just like, so added them as well .

I hope you enjoy this slice of my home…

Categories: Australia, Goldcoast, home, photos, Queensland, Weekly photo challenge | Tags: , , , , | 44 Comments

A walk in the park

Burleigh Heads

Burleigh Heads

This National Park is  small, only 0.30 of a square kilometre, but it is an ideal walking track. Positioned right in the heart of the Goldcoast with the ocean along it’s border and the Tallebudgera River curling around the other side. There are two tracks to choose from, the flat ocean front walkway or the steeper track up and over the top. A favourite, challenging track for runners.

My favourite time is late afternoon. The sun has dipped behind the hill and the bush creates a cool inviting place to walk.

Start of the walking track

Start of the walking track

So I would like to take you for a walk in the park. This area was formed by volcanic action 23 to 25 million years ago and now supports a littoral dry rainforest that only grows along the ocean and in rich basalt soil. The distinctive Pandanus tree dominates the first part of the track, with their strange fruit formations.

Pandanus fruit

Pandanus fruit

Beware

Beware

 

Watch for falling rocks

Watch for falling rocks

High up the slope there are still signs of ancient volcanic action. These unique 8 sided volcanic rocks are only found in one other place in Australia. These were formed millions of years ago when a volcano half spewed them out then stopped in mid flow. The track is closed when we have heavy rain (which hasn’t happened for quite a while) as they still crash down and block the track.

This is an old rock fall

This is an old rock fall

Volcanic rocks line the track

Volcanic rocks line the track

This little fellow made us stop in our tracks and sneak up close for a photo. He did not seem too worried and posed nicely before scurrying away into the rocks.

Water dragon

Water dragon

 

Hello little fellow...

Hello little fellow…

As we round the corner and pass through the rock and rainforest area, the mouth of the Tallebudgera River comes into sight, with views  south to Coolangatta and the New South Wales border.

There is a walk/bike track runs all the way to NSW and beyond. A very easy flat, scenic, safe ride. From the northern end of the Goldcoast to the border is 40 kilometres.

Mouth of the Tallebudgera River

Mouth of the Tallebudgera River

Tallebudgera River

Tallebudgera River

This side is a popular and safe area for families. The Goldcoast highway crosses the bridge and in the distance you can see the misty outline of the Hinterland, but that is smoke haze…

Paddle boarder enjoys the calm water

Paddle boarder enjoys the calm water

We sit for a while and watch the activity and talk to a couple of tourists before turning back for home. Feeling relaxed and rather lazy we decide to go back along the ocean track. The challenge of the mountain does not appeal in this hot weather.

The same track but the view is quite different when we go in the opposite direction. The first thing we see is this busy boy…

Bush turkey

Bush turkey

He was busily digging in his old nesting mound. This male had built this big mound of leaves and debris to incubate his eggs. In spring he would’ve rounded up a number of females to lay their eggs in his mound then with loving care he would monitor the heat each day, using that yellow wattle, and either add mulch to heat it up or scratch some off to cool it down. The females just left him to it!! Once hatched the chicks are on their own and father can go back to his solitary life of bachelorhood till next spring

Going back, views across the ocean

Going back, views across the ocean

Views of Surfers Paradise

Views of Burleigh

Burleigh only has a few high-rises, but Surfers Paradise is the tourist hub of the Goldcoast and it is packed with apartments and hi-rise buildings. The tallest building you can see in the photo below is the Q1 apartment. When it opened in 2005 it was the tallest residential building in the world at 88 floors. It has since been surpassed by a building in Dubai. But is still the tallest in Australia.

Zoomed in on Surfers Paradise

Zoomed in on Surfers Paradise

The sun is setting and time to go home. The Goldcoast is a maze of canals, lakes, rivers and waterways. On the way home we pass one of the lakes and just had to stop as the sun dipped below the horizon in a blaze of glory.

Sunset

The sun has gone but left a silver lining.

The sun has gone but left a silver lining.

I hope you have enjoyed this walk around our beautiful national park. I will be back soon with another look at one of the unique features of this place I call home…

 

 

 

 

 

Categories: Australia, Burleigh, Burleigh Heads National Park, Goldcoast, Queensland | Tags: , , , , | 19 Comments

New year. New format. New me???? (Well maybe not new me)

I am loving having a cable internet connection, it is SO fast.

It is hot outside, so what better thing to do than explore the WordPress options. Have you had a browse through them lately? The number of theme options is mind-boggling. I am a Pisces and one of their characteristics is indecision, procrastination, inability to make up my mind…

 I have travelled and been blogging for over 3 years now and thought it was time for a change, a new look, a new direction. What better time to start than at the beginning of a new year. Well over an hour later this is what I decided on.

For the next 3-4 months I will be at home. It is too hot for me to travel and stay in Matilda. That will not stop me exploring, as this area of Australia is a tourist hot-spot. So I will venture out, camera in hand, and show you some of the beauty and interesting things in the South-east corner of Queensland.

The new header is the beach I call home, Burleigh Beach on the Goldcoast. In the distance is Burleigh Heads National Park.

Burleigh Heads National Park walking track

Burleigh Heads National Park walking track

In the coming days I will take you for a walk around this cool, shady and historical bush area in the very centre of Burleigh.

Categories: Australia, Burleigh, Burleigh Heads National Park, Ocean, photos, Queensland | Tags: , , , , | 29 Comments

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 😦

Categories: Australia, Burleigh, travel | Tags: , , , | 28 Comments

Burleigh Heads National Park walkway

How quickly we have settled back into routine, back home again for a short while after the last house sit.It is now early morning walks along the beach and around the beautiful Burleigh Heads National Park walkway. Only a short 20 minute track but it does have a hilly bit. The luxury of  spending time in the garden, rediscovering our favourite eating places and the Saturday farmers market with such fresh produce. Visiting friends and family Christmas flashed by and here we are on the threshold of 2012. The fantastic travel experience of the past two years is now a memory and a hard drive full of photos, and a promise to myself to sort them into some sort of order. Nearly 30,000 of them!!!

But already we are making plans for the next trip…

Five weeks from now we will be winging over to New Zealand to visit family and friends and time permitting discover some of the areas we missed when we lived there. This time Matilda will stay at home and our challenge will be fitting all we need for 2 months into a small back pack as we have decided just to take the 10kg carry on limit. We have not made plans apart from visiting family and so want to stay flexible. Maybe we will use the buses and trains, maybe hire a car. Without a lot of baggage it will make it easier to get around.I love the unknown in travel and leaving yourself open to whatever may happen. We also are very keen to do some couch surfing, a great way to meet the local people.

So New Zealand here we come….

 

Categories: New Zealand, travel | Tags: , , , | 5 Comments

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