This is my street and that hi-rise is on the beach front, just one kilometre away. So join me as I hop on my bike to go down to the beach for my morning walk. Bring water, put on sunscreen and a hat it is hot and sunny.
Today is a special day as it is the last Sunday of the month and that is the art and craft markets on the beach front.
Only a 5 minute ride (10 minutes if you walk) and now I tie the bike up. The beach is just the other side of the bushes, from here we will head south, next time we will go north.
I think I will wander around these markets, it is mostly local art and craft. I have never seen any Chinese or imported products here, great place to shop for gifts or Christmas presents. Be warned this could add an hour or more to the walk…
It’s a great venue under the shady Norfolk Pines and next to the beach catching all the sea breezes. They are very welcome as it is going to be hot day today.
That is my cup of iced tea waiting while I take a photo. It was delicious.
Still lots to see.
This group of Hare Krishnas passed by chanting and playing their instruments. Times have changed as a few years back they would all be in their orange cloaks with shaved heads…
This is Burleigh Beach, my local beach. It is very hot today and what better way to cool down, but you must swim between the flags as there can be very strong rips along this coast. Notice the surf life savers in their orange and yellow jackets.
That hill in the background is Burleigh Heads National Park and that’s where we will be walking round.
The surf rescue boat and team are ready for any emergencies, and the sea is very choppy today.
This is the surf club building, a great place to have a meal upstairs right on the water front. Downstairs you can have a coffee and a snack.
Further along is my favourite coffee hole in the wall. I think she has recognized me!
Notice all the seagulls on the scrounge?
This is the entrance to the National Park.
The tracks go round the hill in a figure of 8. The right hand track goes up the hill and is STEEP with lots of steps, quite a challenge. The left hand one goes round the bottom of the hill along the ocean. I am not very fit at the moment so we will go along the low track.
This gate is padlocked if the track is dangerous. You’ll see the rocks soon.
The day we arrived home a fire broke out on the hill and these gates were locked for a few days. I am interested to see how much damage was done.
Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service senior ranger Henry Waterman said about three quarters of the sloping headland had been burnt.( go to this link to see dramatic photos of the blaze)
How did these Pandanus survive?
The report was that three-quarter of the Park burnt, but in fact it was only a small section of the grass land, the bush was not effected.
These are the rocks that caused the concern. They have been like this the 16 years we have lived here and probably very much longer.
Between 20 and 23 million years ago, molten lava from numerous eruptions in this area spread in all directions, some flows reaching the present coastline at Burleigh headland. Slow cooling of the thick lava resulted in shrinkage and cracking into six-sided columns. Many slid and rolled to the water’s edge.
So let’s quickly and safely move on.
The 6 sided basalt columns line the track.
Round the other side of the hill we look over to the mouth of the Tallebudgera River. Beyond is Palm Beach and down to Coolangatta and over the border into New South Wales. The wind is whipping up the foam today. No surfers out here in these conditions.
Further along the river bank it is calmer. That bridge is the Goldcoast Highway, the major road south.
On the other side of the river is another surf club, they certainly have the best beach front positions.
This is the intersection of the 2 tracks, to go right it will be all up hill, straight ahead takes you to the Highway. I am feeling quite hot and so I think I will go back the way I came and leave the hill climb for another cooler day.
There’s the iconic hi-rise outline of Surfers Paradise on the horizon.
I think I will stop for a coffee and ice-cream at that little kiosk.
Hope you enjoyed your walk in the sun.