Five Star Vagabond

Super travel tips, all road tested by David Herd. I'm an Australian guy who moved to Thailand in 2011 & still travel the world as often as possible.

Sydney City Boats Beaches Harbour

April 18, 2017 by David Herd | 0 comments

Driving south from Gosford to Sydney.

Sydney City Boats Beaches Harbour Sydney City Boats Beaches Harbour were all waiting for me after my leasurely drive down the east coast from Surfers Paradise in QLD. 

It was a great drive down from from Surfers Paradise  to Sydney stopping at Kingscliff, Yamba, Port Macquarie, Forster-Tuncurry, Gosford & Coogee. Also dropped into Maroubra which is a place I have not seen for over 50 years. Just click on the links to see my photo blogs.

The historic Roseville Cinema

Sydney City Boats Beaches Harbour On the road between Hornsby & Sydney is The historic Roseville Cinema on the Pacific Highway, noted for its art deco facade. It became Traynor’s Picture Palace in 1919, but did not become a full-scale cinema until 1936. Roseville Cinema was renovated & updated to two screens in 1995.

Approaching the Harbour Bridge

Sydney City Boats Beaches Harbour Not too much traffic on a Sunday morning.

World famous Sydney Opera House.

 photo 690bbf5c-dc12-4dd8-baae-2d2062b7ccc4.jpg A fabulous iconic Sydney landmark.

Sydney City Boats Beaches Harbour

Sydney City Boats Beaches Harbour Huge ships dock at Circular Quay because they are too tall to go under the Harbour Bridge.

Naturally Bill had to climb it. ๐Ÿ™‚

Sydney City Boats Beaches Harbour Being an ex Para Military man who has made over 500 parachute jumps my friend Bill Austin naturally had to climb to the top of the bridge, and what an amazing view he had from there.

Sydney Harbour Ferry

Sydney City Boats Beaches Harbour Circular Quay ferry terminal.

The famous Sydney Harbour Bridge.

Sydney City Boats Beaches Harbour Openned in 1933 it is certainly Australia’s best known landmark.

 Holiday Inn Old Sydney

Sydney City Boats Beaches Harbour For a very good room rate at the Holiday Inn walking distance to Circular Quay just book through THIS LINK.

From the Manly ferry

Sydney City Boats Beaches Harbour After leaving Circular Quay we pass the Opera House on the way to Manly.

Rose Bay 

Sydney City Boats Beaches Harbour These boats are moored at the Royal Motor Yacht Club of NSW.

The Sydney Harbour foreshaw

Sydney City Boats Beaches Harbour Sydney harbour is quite amazing, certainly the best in the world.

Arriving at Manly

Sydney City Boats Beaches Harbour About a 45 minute journey across the wonderful harbour.

My lovely friend Sue from Shanghai

 photo b79831e0-efcd-44db-92d9-0d9e8d1c0c65.jpg A beautiful summers day at Manly.

A little further north.

Sydney City Boats Beaches Harbour Dee Why beach is about 7 kms noth of Manly.

For a good place to stay 1/2 way between Manly & Dee Why just book through THIS LINK.

Lets jump to the South side of the harbour

Sydney City Boats Beaches Harbour Here is the city skyline from Watsons Bay.

Doyles on the Beach

Sydney City Boats Beaches Harbour On this the original site, Doyles opened Australia’s first seafood restaurant in 1885.

Catalina Restaurant Rose Bay

Sydney City Boats Beaches Harbour Family-owned waterfront restaurant known for its upmarket seafood dishes and open veranda bar.

Next stop Bondi Junction

 photo a3af92d0-64ad-4994-bd1c-6a5c94d52436.jpg The junction is very quite indeed of a Sunday. 

 Maroubra Beach

Sydney City Boats Beaches Harbour This trip I skipped Bondi Beach & went further south straight to Maroubra. For lots more photos just follow THIS LINK.

Back a little north to Coogee

Sydney City Boats Beaches Harbour More photos HERE.

 Ronin Hood Hotel Waveley

Sydney City Boats Beaches Harbour 

ORIGINALLY BUILT BY TOOTH & CO. IN 1938 & RECENTLY RESTORED TO ITS ART-DECO GLORY, THE ROBIN HOOD HOTEL IS LOCATED ON THE CORNER OF BRONTE AND CARRINGTON ROADS IN WAVERLEY (CHARING CROSS).

Wonderful antique pub signs

Sydney City Boats Beaches Harbour When I was growing up I remember these great signs were on most Australian pubs. 

Typical old Australian home in Waverley.

Sydney City Boats Beaches Harbour I would hate to think what it’s worth today, Sydney prices are outragious. 

House prices in Waverley

Sydney City Boats Beaches Harbour As you can see you need plenty of money to live in Sydney. ๐Ÿ™‚ 

My road trip from QLD has ended

Sydney City Boats Beaches Harbour My Honda rental car never missed a beat, time to head to the airport.

Apex Car rental

Sydney City Boats Beaches Harbour It’s worth checking their promotional prices, ofter you can get a terrific rate to relocate one of their vehicles. In my case I rented for 6 days at $19 aud per day. Picked it up at Surfers Paradise & dropped it off at Sydney airport.

A great trip down the coast.

Sydney City Boats Beaches Harbour

Certainly one of the world’s great coastlines.

A Qantas kerosene canary

Sydney City Boats Beaches Harbour However I’m flying Singapore Air which leaves Qantas for dead.

Novatel Brighton Beach

Sydney City Boats Beaches Harbour As we taxi out you can see the Novatel at Brighton, so if you want to stay near the airport just bokk through THIS LINK for an excellent rate.

Siam Sunset

Sydney City Boats Beaches Harbour An hour away from Bangkok we have a beautiful sunset. Thanks for visiting my Sydney City Boats Beaches Harbour photo blog.

                     Here are some more posts to check out
 
             Sydney                               Paris                                   Bangkok
Sydney Opera house        Paris hotel        Grand Palace Bangkok
             Tokyo                        Rio De Janeiro                        Budapest
Tokyo        Copacabana        Buda Castle
             London                            Beijing                            Capetown
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Blue Sky Red Earth Coober Pedy Opal Mine

April 14, 2017 by David Herd | 0 comments

Incredible landscape

Blue Sky Red Earth Coober Pedy Opal Mine Blue Sky Red Earth Coober Pedy Opal Mine, nowhere else in the world have I seen colours similar to outback Australia. Red earth, blackened trees and a beautiful blue sky.

I took three Japanese students, Yukako, Megumi & Noriko & travelled from the Gold Coast in Queensland, through Broken Hill  NSW to Cooper Pedy on the first leg of our journey on the way to Uluru aka Ayers Rock.

Excitement

Blue Sky Red Earth Coober Pedy Opal Mine The girls started clapping wildly when they saw the kangaroo sign so you can imagine how excited they were when they saw a live one.

Here we are in Coober Pedy

Blue Sky Red Earth Coober Pedy Opal Mine You know when you are near the town when you see all the mounds of dirt & gravel.

OK, what are we waiting for?

Blue Sky Red Earth Coober Pedy Opal Mine Let’s go & check out this underground village. 

My trusty Holden Commodore was our transport on our marathon journey all through the Australian Outback we traveled 7,300 kilometers  which was around 82 hours behind the wheel. 

Mini mountains everywhere

Blue Sky Red Earth Coober Pedy Opal Mine Coober Pedy is a town in northern South Australia, 846 km north of Adelaide. The 2011 census showed its population was 1,695 (953 males, 742 females, including 275 indigenous Australians). The town is sometimes referred to as the “opal capital of the world” due to the quantity of precious opals that are mined there.

 Men at work

Blue Sky Red Earth Coober Pedy Opal Mine This was our first indication of work happening around the mines.

Blue Sky Red Earth Coober Pedy Opal Mine

Blue Sky Red Earth Coober Pedy Opal Mine As you can clearly see not all the people live underground.

 Opal capital of the World

 photo 594a05c9-2ec2-49a7-b40a-dccf5dd15fa6.jpg There are quite a few opal shops, restaurants and a variety of accommodation ranging from four star to backpackers and caravan/camping areas.

Desert Cave Hotel

Blue Sky Red Earth Coober Pedy Opal Mine

The hotel has rooms above ground and in underground caves, this relaxed hotel is a 14-minute walk from the Big Winch Lookout. For an excellent discount just book through THIS LINK.

Big Winch Lookout

Blue Sky Red Earth Coober Pedy Opal Mine The famous historic Big Winch Scenic Lookout with 360 degrees view of the town.

Is this Coober Pedy art?

Blue Sky Red Earth Coober Pedy Opal Mine To be honest with you I have no idea what it is. ๐Ÿ™‚

On the other hand….

Blue Sky Red Earth Coober Pedy Opal Mine This may well be the brother of “Tin Man” from The Wizard of Oz. ๐Ÿ™‚

 On the subject of movies

Blue Sky Red Earth Coober Pedy Opal Mine This monster was apparently part of a movie set that has been abandoned and left here as a talking point.

 We have finished the first stage of our Journey.

Blue Sky Red Earth Coober Pedy Opal Mine

Next stop is Uluru aka Ayers Rock.

Thanks for visiting my Blue Sky Red Earth Coober Pedy Opal Mine photo blog.

           Brussels                            St Tropez                                    Verona

Manneken Pis           photo St Tropez 21.jpg          Juliet's house is in a courtyard off Via Capello. photo Verona107.jpg

          Amsterdam                         Barcelona                        Monte Carlo

    Amsterdam      Plaza de Catalu photo PlacadeCatalunastatue.jpg          Monte Carlo Casino

                     Florence                         Lisbon                              Zagreb

          The old bridge    Lisbon    Main Square Zagreb

                                  Great hotel room rates anywhere in the world if you book
                  through these links below.  Book now & pay later, with free cancellation. ๐Ÿ™‚
                              Bangkok Hotels                    London Hotels
                         Amazing Bangkok busses               Mowbray Court hotel
 
Pattaya webcam
 

Thatโ€™s all folks

David Herd Thailand

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Surfers Paradise Road Trip South Australia

April 13, 2017 by David Herd | 0 comments

Surfers Paradise Road Trip South Australia

Surfers Paradise Road Trip South Australia Surfers Paradise Road Trip South Australia reminds me of the last frontier and a great road trip I took in 2003. Three Japanese students, Yukako, Megumi & Noriko & I travelled from the Gold Coast in Queensland, through Broken Hill  NSW to Coober Pedy in South Australia, a fascinating opal mining town where most of the population live in underground houses, then on to Ayers Rock and back home to the Gold Coast via Hervey Bay where we went whale watching. On our marathon journey all through the Australian Outback we traveled 7,300 kilometers  which was around 82 hours behind the wheel. 

The above photo is at Tenterfield on the New England Highway.

Peter Allen Motor Inn

Surfers Paradise Road Trip South Australia This famous Australian singer son writer was born in Tenterfield. For a discounted room rate just book through THIS LINK.

Listen to Peter sing one of his famous songs about the Tenterfield sadler.

The first stage

Surfers Paradise Road Trip South Australia

Across  NSW to South Australia.

In the middle of NSW

Surfers Paradise Road Trip South Australia Our first day on the road, we will overnight in Broken Hill.

Trades Hall in Broken Hill.

Surfers Paradise Road Trip South Australia The Trades Hall is Broken Hill’s most historically important building. 

Broken Hill in outback NSW.

Surfers Paradise Road Trip South Australia Broken Hill over 1,100 km (680 mi) west of Sydney and  surrounded by semi-desert.

For a very good discount on a Broken Hill hotel just book through THIS LINK.

Typical outback building

 photo d33b4a09-a6bd-4229-af6e-90fb1c3fe733.jpg In the 19th and early 20th century Broken Hill was home to a community of Afghans. Afghans worked as camel drivers in parts of outback Australia, and they made a significant contribution to economic growth when transport options were limited. The camel drivers formed the first sizeable Muslim communities in Australia, and in Broken Hill they left their mark in the form of the first mosque in NSW (1891).

Wilmington South Australia

Surfers Paradise Road Trip South Australia Wilmington is a farming community, known for sheep, wheat and barley, but more recently for the planting of olive groves.

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Wilmington is 305 kilometres north of the state capital, Adelaide.

This was at Byron Bay near the start of our journey.

Surfers Paradise Road Trip South Australia Such lovely young girls,  Noriko Megumi & Yukako. Thanks for visiting my Surfers Paradise Road Trip South Australia photo blog. Next stop is Coober Pedy.

        Brussels                            St Tropez                                    Verona

Manneken Pis           photo St Tropez 21.jpg          Juliet's house is in a courtyard off Via Capello. photo Verona107.jpg

          Amsterdam                         Barcelona                        Monte Carlo

    Amsterdam      Plaza de Catalu photo PlacadeCatalunastatue.jpg          Monte Carlo Casino

              Florence                         Lisbon                              Zagreb

          The old bridge    Lisbon    Main Square Zagreb

             Great hotel room rates anywhere in the world if you book
                  through these links below.  Book now & pay later. ๐Ÿ™‚
                              Bangkok Hotels                    London Hotels
                         Amazing Bangkok busses               Mowbray Court hotel
 
Pattaya webcam
 

Thatโ€™s all folks

David Herd Thailand

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Flynns Beach Port Macquarie NSW

April 1, 2017 by David Herd | 0 comments

Flynns Beach Port Macquarie NSW

Flynns Beach Port Macquarie NSW

 Flynns Beach Port Macquarie NSW is about 500 metres long and sits beteen to rocky headlands. Located about 3 kms from the city centre & about a 7 minute drive.

Surf lifesaving club

Flynns Beach Port Macquarie NSW

Includes a cafe where you can relax and take in the view of the beach and the ocean.

Pick up your supplies here

Flynns Beach Port Macquarie NSW There is a grocer with a liquor situated close to the road leading down to ther beach, pick up your local newspaper, a bottle of wine & a few beers then enjoy your day at Flynns Beach Port Macquarie NSW.

 If you really want some great food.

Flynns Beach Port Macquarie NSW  These oysters were $15 a dozen & the prawns cost $10, both were as good as anywhere in the world.

Fresh seafood here.

Flynns Beach Port Macquarie NSW On the Hastings river in the centre of town here is a shop selling fresh seafood.

Location

Flynns Beach Port Macquarie NSW Just a 7 minute drive from the centre of town.

Holiday Park

Flynns Beach Port Macquarie NSW A beautiful park beside the breakwall at the entrance of the Hastings river. 

Just north of Flynns beach

Flynns Beach Port Macquarie NSW The entrance to the Hastings River, featuring the painted rocks of Port Macquarie.

 Flynns Beach Port Macquarie NSW

Flynns Beach Port Macquarie NSW Jagged rocks at Flynns Beach Port Macquarie NSW.

Trees cling to the cliff

Flynns Beach Port Macquarie NSW

Interesting trees hanging on to the cliff at Flynns Beach.

Beautiful Flynns Beach

Flynns Beach Port Macquarie NSW A perfect location to relax and enjoy yur day.

Flynns Beach Resort

Flynns Beach Port Macquarie NSW

Located adjacent to the beach, for a great room rate just book through THIS LINK.

Thanks for visiting my  Flynns Beach Port Macquarie NSW photo blog.

It was a great drive down from from Surfers Paradise  to Sydney stopping at Kingscliff, Yamba, Port Macquarie, Forster-Tuncurry, Gosford & Coogee. Also dropped into Maroubra which is a place I have not seen for over 50 years. Just click on the links to see my photo blogs.

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              Sydney                               Paris                                   Bangkok
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               Tokyo                        Rio De Janeiro                        Budapest
Tokyo        Sabai Resort Pattaya budget hotel        Buda Castle
           London                            Beijing                            Capetown
Kings road Chelsea        Sabai Resort Pattaya budget hotel        David Herd Thailand

           

Great hotel room rates anywhere in the world if you book
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Surfers Paradise Sydney Road Trip

March 28, 2017 by David Herd | 0 comments

Chevron Island Surfers Paradise

Surfers Paradise Sydney Road Trip

Surfers Paradise Sydney Road Trip Surfers Paradise Sydney Road Trip seeing lots of friends & in particular caught up with Karen Greenwood an old girlfriend from 1991, 26 years ago. As you can see see still looks fantastic. ๐Ÿ™‚ So many great memories came flooding back, it was certainly wonderful week Surfers Paradise. We are at Franks seafood cafe on Chevron Island.

Here we are 26 years ago.

Surfers Paradise Sydney Road Trip

I could’t resist posting this photo from 1991. 

Melbas on the Park

Great week Surfers Paradise Australia

I first visited this iconic bar on New Years Day 1982, 35 years ago. The reason I am so sure of the date is it was the day after my unforgettable NYE on Sydney harbour with my overloaded boat being showered by sky rockets.

First stop Kingscliff only a 40 minute drive.

Surfers Paradise Sydney Road Trip

Just a quick stop for a very good breakfast and some photos.

Breakfast at Kingscliff

Surfers Paradise Sydney Road Trip The name of the cafe was Kettles On & the breakfast was excellent.

Miles of deserted beach at Kingscliff

Surfers Paradise Sydney Road Trip Certainly an idealic place to live.

Kingscliff to Yamba

Surfers Paradise Sydney Road Trip

About a 2 hour drive to Yamba on the Clarence river, this is my first visit to this pleasant little coastal town.

The sea was angry that day my friends….

Surfers Paradise Sydney Road Trip Many thanks to Gearge Castanza. ๐Ÿ™‚

Discounted room rates at Yamba through THIS LINK.

 Mexican

Surfers Paradise Sydney Road Trip Strangely Mexican food has never been on my list of favourites.

Mexican! That’s not a Mexican, this is a Mexican.

Surfers Paradise Sydney Road Trip

My apologies Pablo.

Yamba to Port Macquarie

Surfers Paradise Sydney Road Trip

A 3.5 hour drive with a stop at Grafton for a Maccas.

Old habits die hard…

Surfers Paradise Sydney Road Trip Over the years I think I have stopped here at Grafton 20 times for a strawberry shake.

 

Surfers Paradise Sydney Road Trip, Port Macquarie.

Surfers Paradise Sydney Road Trip The mouth of the Hastings River in Port Macquarie.

Centre of town

Surfers Paradise Sydney Road Trip Port has quite a large shopping centre & a population of 80,00 & growing rapidly.

Expected growth

Surfers Paradise Sydney Road Trip

A very popular area with a good climate and about a 4’5 hour drive to Sydney.

Port Macquarie to Gosford.

Surfers Paradise Sydney Road Trip

With a brief stop at Newcastle to say hi to my old mate Barry Madden.

Barry Madden

Surfers Paradise Sydney Road Trip Barry & I worked together in the mid 90s with NRMA as financial planners. 

The Settlers Tavern Gosford

Gosford Central Coast near Sydney

A terrific T Bone at Settlers Tavern at 2 Hely Street, West Gosford. They have a great menu for a local pub, check it out on THIS LINK.

Early morning workout

Surfers Paradise Sydney Road Trip It was aperfect Sunday morning for a workout for these rowers.

Gosford to Sydney 

Surfers Paradise Sydney Road Trip

The final leg of my Surfers Paradise Sydney Road Trip.

Maroubra Beach

Surfers Paradise Sydney Road Trip One of Sydney’s famous southern beaches.

Chaotic Coogee Beach.

Surfers Paradise Sydney Road Trip Late afternoon & most people have gone home or to the pub. ๐Ÿ™‚

For a great room rate in Coogee or anywhere in the world just book through THIS LINK.

Classic Australian pub picture

Surfers Paradise Sydney Road Trip This is the Robin Hood hotel at Waverly, however years ago these fabulous pictures were found on most Aussie pubs.

It was a great drive down from from Surfers Paradise  to Sydney stopping at Kingscliff, Yamba, Port Macquarie, Forster-Tuncurry, Gosford & Coogee. Also dropped into Maroubra which is a place I have not seen for over 50 years. Just click on the links to see my photo blogs.

Thanks for visiting my Surfers Paradise Sydney Road Trip photo blog. 

             Istanbul                  Budapest                        London

Galeta Tower     St. Stephen's Basilica       Walkie Talkie London    

          Mostar                           Dubrobnik                            Split

Thailand Europe Vietnam Japan        Dubrobnik cable car        David Herd Thailand                     

                 Saigon                            Zagreb                          Vung tau

Thailand Europe Vietnam Japan        Main Square Zagreb       Vung Tau

         

                                    Great hotel room rates anywhere in the world if you book
                                                through these links below.  Book now & pay later.
                                                                 Plus free cancellation .๐Ÿ™‚
                                                       Bangkok Hotels                    Pattaya Hotels
                                                  Amazing Bangkok busses               Amazing Bangkok busses
 
Pattaya webcam

 

Thatโ€™s all folks

David Herd Thailand

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Busy Chaotic Coogee Beach Sydney

March 26, 2017 by David Herd | 0 comments

Busy Chaotic Coogee Beach Sydney

Busy Chaotic Coogee Beach Sydney

 Busy Chaotic Coogee Beach Sydney where on a sunny weekend thousands of people head for the pubs & restaurants as well as the famous beach. 

Beach or the pool

Busy Chaotic Coogee Beach Sydney Decisions decisions, the answer is whatever you prefer. ๐Ÿ™‚

The pool & surf club are an iconic landmark

Busy Chaotic Coogee Beach Sydney What a fabulous setting, absolutely breathtaking. Located right beside the Coogee Surf Life Saving Club.

The main attraction is the beautiful beach.

Busy Chaotic Coogee Beach Sydney This is around 5pm so most of the crowd have gome home or to the pub.

Rock pool at northern end of Coogee Beach.

Busy Chaotic Coogee Beach Sydney Late afternoon as the sun sinks in the west. 

Copacabana or Coogee

Busy Chaotic Coogee Beach Sydney Seeing the beach volley ball always reminds me of Copacabana where I have been lucky enough to visit 8 times between 1999 & 2010.

This is what brings the crowds

 photo b30bc5ef-4740-408b-8740-b4fc2117f03c.jpg Magnificent Coogee Beach.

Wonderful views from these homes.

Busy Chaotic Coogee Beach Sydney Can you imagine how much it would cost to live here?

The average Coogee home price is $2,627,000 for a house & $1,o39,500 for a condo. However these overlooking the ocean & beach would be double that.

 Here are serviced apartments for rent.

Busy Chaotic Coogee Beach Sydney Amazing location overlooking the beach, ideal for a long stay. Use THIS LINK for an excellent room rate.

Would you prefer to stay in a Dive?

Busy Chaotic Coogee Beach Sydney Don’t be fooled by the name, the location is fantastic overlooking Busy Chaotic Coogee Beach Sydney. Book the Dive Hotel through THIS LINK.

Picnic in the park

Busy Chaotic Coogee Beach Sydney Check out the seagulls waiting for some scraps. ๐Ÿ™‚

Or have a BBQ

Busy Chaotic Coogee Beach Sydney Cooking facilities are available here.

 Coogee Bay Road

Busy Chaotic Coogee Beach Sydney Lots of restaurants, cafes & flash cars.

Lots of sidewalk cafes

Busy Chaotic Coogee Beach Sydney Plenty of places to eat in Busy Chaotic Coogee Beach Sydney.

Coogee Bay Road

 photo 26a9af44-ad4f-459c-ab95-78d6af6f61e5.jpg Busy Chaotic Coogee Beach Sydney.

Busy Chaotic Coogee Beach Sydney

Busy Chaotic Coogee Beach Sydney

As you can see the traffic is bumper to bumper & finding a car park is like winning the lottery.

 Coogee Bay Hotel

Busy Chaotic Coogee Beach Sydney One of the most famous hotels in Sydney and possibly the busiest.

Sunday afternoon session

Busy Chaotic Coogee Beach Sydney Noisy and busy at the Coogee Bay Hotel.

Coogee Pavilion

Busy Chaotic Coogee Beach Sydney  Coogee Pavilion is a multi-storey dining destination created by Sydney hotel baron Justin Hemmes.

 Surf club entrance at southern end of the beach

Busy Chaotic Coogee Beach Sydney What a perfect day for taking photos.

Southern end of Coogee

Busy Chaotic Coogee Beach Sydney Grand Pacific accommodation & the Barzura Cafe.

Coogee Crown Plaza

Busy Chaotic Coogee Beach Sydney Sunday session at the Crown Plaza.

Crown Plaza is a great location 

Busy Chaotic Coogee Beach Sydney           photo 130dbc35-3887-4945-983d-07135ef5f163.jpg          Busy Chaotic Coogee Beach Sydney

Great views over the beach from this excellent hotel, Use THIS LINK for a terrific discount on a room with a view.

The older side of Coogee

Busy Chaotic Coogee Beach Sydney Many parts of Coogee are quite ancient as you can see, probably worth several million as a devlopement site here in Arden Street.

This one is certainly worth preserving.

Busy Chaotic Coogee Beach Sydney Not sure if it will be kept as a private recidence or a guest house.

Overlooking Coogee Bay

Busy Chaotic Coogee Beach Sydney As you can see Coogee is quite hilly.

Important safety message

Busy Chaotic Coogee Beach Sydney When on the beach in Australia make sure you always use sun blockout, wear a hat & swim between the flags.

In recent years I have had many skin cancers removed, doctors tell me the damge was done many years ago before I turned 16 years of age. In those days we NEVER wore hats or used sun protection.

Thanks for visiting my Busy Chaotic Coogee Beach Sydney photo blog, before you leave please check out Maroubra Beach which is a few kms south of Coogee.

 

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Maroubra Sydney Beachside Suburb

March 25, 2017 by David Herd

Sunday in Maroubra

Maroubra Sydney Beachside Suburb Maroubra Sydney Beachside Suburb located 10 klms south of the city was so busy on this beautiful sunny Sunday. Just finding a place to park the car was a major frustrating excercise. 

Maroubra Sydney Beachside Suburb

Maroubra Sydney Beachside Suburb Some of the expensive apartments overlooking the beach. In fact the average price of an apartment in Maroubra is around $850,000, however those in the photo would be more than double that. The average house price in the suburb is $1,840,000. 

Here is what makes Maroubra famous

Maroubra Sydney Beachside Suburb Without a doubt Sydney’s beaches are among the best in the world. In my opinion the only country that can compare is Brazil, especially Florianopolis.

One of Sydney’s best surfing beaches. 

 photo 78c4c95e-9690-4c20-8bb0-43ea127655cb.jpg Everyone is waiting for a wave to ride.

The blue building is the surf club.

Maroubra Sydney Beachside Suburb You can clearly see the lookout tower where the lifesavers keep a close eye on the swimmers.

A favourite photo

Maroubra Sydney Beachside Suburb You have the camera man, the babe doing excercises, the Bra Boy heading for the surf & a couple just watching the action.  Bra Boys are a notorious surf gang, at their home beach Maroubra.

In December 2005 riots broke out between Muslum gangs from Sydneys Western suburbs & Eastern suburbs surfers. Follow THIS LINK for details. Contrary to popular opinion I personally was proud of the Aussie surfers that day.

That’s a huge zoom lens

Maroubra Sydney Beachside Suburb No doubt tis guy is a serious photographer. ๐Ÿ™‚ 

 Important safety message

Maroubra Sydney Beachside Suburb When on the beach in Australia make sure you always use sun blockout, wear a hat & swim between the flags.

In recent years I have had many skin cancers removed, doctors tell me the damge was done many years ago before I turned 16 years of age. In those days we NEVER use sun protection.

A great family enviroment

Maroubra Sydney Beachside Suburb What a place to grow up & to have fun on a magificent beach like Maroubra.

 Sidewalk cafes

Maroubra Sydney Beachside Suburb Similar to every other Sydney beachside suburb sidewalk cafes abound.

Dive Hotel

Maroubra Sydney Beachside Suburb A great view from this boutique hotel overlooking Coogee Beach, just book through THIS LINK for an excellent discount.

Location

Maroubra Sydney Beachside Suburb

As you can see Maroubra lies south of other fanous beaches such as Bondi & Coogee. 

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Gosford Central Coast near Sydney

March 24, 2017 by David Herd

Brisbane Water

Gosford Central Coast near Sydney Gosford Central Coast near Sydney is located on Brisbane Water just 80 km north of Sydney. Growing up in Sydney this area was where our family would spend our annual holidays.

Breakfast at Tommys Cafe at Gosford

Gosford Central Coast near Sydney Before driving to Coogee in Sydney I decided I needed a good breakfast.

Scrambled eggs & avocado

Gosford Central Coast near Sydney On Turkish toast of course. ๐Ÿ™‚ TripAdvisor rate #6 of 101 Restaurants in Gosford.

A delightful spot in Gosford Central Coast near Sydney

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I wish I could find Turkish bread in Thailand.

Perfect sunday morning in Gosford

Gosford Central Coast near Sydney From Gosford it’s just a short cruise to the magnificent Hawksbury River, 

Starship Cruises

Gosford Central Coast near Sydney The “Lady Kendall” will take you on a 2.5 hour cruise for $37.

 Gosford Sailing Club Club

Gosford Central Coast near Sydney Located on the foreshore of Brisbane Water. Check it out through THIS LINK.

Shooting some photos

Gosford Central Coast near Sydney

I never go anywhere without my Canon. ๐Ÿ™‚ 

A perfect place for a picnic

Gosford Central Coast near Sydney A lovely waterfront park beside the sailing club.

Central Coast Stadium

Gosford Central Coast near Sydney The stadium has picturesque views over the Brisbane water.

Quality Inn the Willows

Gosford Central Coast near Sydney Just book through THIS LINK for an excellent discount.

The Settlers Tavern

Gosford Central Coast near Sydney

A terrific T Bone have Settlers Tavern at 2 Hely Street, West Gosford. They have a great menu for a local pub, check it out on THIS LINK.

All the meals were excellent

Gosford Central Coast near Sydney My friend Geoff had the pasta & his fiance Nana ordered a huge meal of steak & seafood. Geoff is a regular visitor to Thailand, follow THIS LINK to see his 50th birthday party.

Time to head south to Sydney.

 photo 104e1d4a-d0ad-48f8-bf12-4b38ae059e25.jpg The last leg of my road trip is just a short drive south to Sydney along the Pacific Highway. 

And here I am approaching the bridge.

 photo b119b4a1-15c6-4189-aa09-b130e87f80c8.jpg It’s been a great drive down from from Surfers Paradise  to Sydney stopping at Kingscliff, Yamba, Port Macquarie, Forster-Tuncurry, Gosford & Coogee. Also dropped into Maroubra which is a place I have not seen for over 50 years. Just click on the links to see my photo blogs.

Thanks for visiting my Gosford Central Coast near Sydney photo blog.

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Forster Tuncurry mid north coast NSW

March 24, 2017 by David Herd

Arriving at Tuncurry

Forster Tuncurry mid north coast NSW Forster Tuncurry mid north coast NSW was my first stop on the way from Port Macquarie to Sydney in March 2017. A population of over 18,000 people it is a holiday destination for many Sydney siders who are only a 4 hour drive away.

Over the bridge to Forster

Forster Tuncurry mid north coast NSW The bridge is 631 metres long and was built around 1956, prior to that it was a half hour ferry trip between the two towns.

 View from Forster to Tuncurry

 photo 5dd06420-381d-4d35-82f1-6591cdbef9d2.jpg It is really a magnificent looking structure.

A fiserman & a pelican

Forster Tuncurry mid north coast NSW Who is going to catch the first fish? My money is on the Pelican. ๐Ÿ™‚

Forster Tuncurry mid north coast NSW

Forster Tuncurry mid north coast NSW There are so many places here you can go by boat.

A boating paradise.

Forster Tuncurry mid north coast NSW

More water than land around Forster Tuncurry mid north coast NSW.

 Talking about boats….

Forster Tuncurry mid north coast NSW This one is allmost identical to the boat I owned in Sydney in the 80s. One of my most interesting experiences occured on NYE 1981 on Sydney Harbour, follow THIS LINK for the story of THE GREAT ESCAPE.

The main St in Forster

Forster Tuncurry mid north coast NSW As you can see the main street is nothing to get excited about.

Nice little coffee shop

Forster Tuncurry mid north coast NSW I’m happy as long as I find a good coffee shop with the daily newspaper. ๐Ÿ™‚

If you have the time take a cruise

Forster Tuncurry mid north coast NSW Unfortunately I was heading south to Gosford so I didn’t have time for a cruise.

Cruise prices

 photo 2fb66290-8abe-43bc-aa65-a781b5097408.jpg Not too many altenitives here.

You could have fun on this boat

Forster Tuncurry mid north coast NSW As long as your friends contributed to the fuel cost. ๐Ÿ™‚

The annual weather

Forster Tuncurry mid north coast NSW An absolutely beautiful climate in Forster Tuncurry mid north coast NSW.

We always seem to come back to the bridge

 photo 80c2a9b9-0b61-4304-a047-cd0ff8862ec7.jpg No doubt it is the most memorable landmark in the area, and probably even the whole NSW coast.

Over the bridge & back to the highway.

Forster Tuncurry mid north coast NSW Next stop gosford, thanks for visiting my Forster Tuncurry mid north coast NSW  photo blog.

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Painted Rock Art Port Macquarie

March 23, 2017 by David Herd

Southern breakwall Hastings River

Painted Rock Art Port Macquarie Painted Rock Art Port Macquarie actually began as an art competition in 1995 & gradually evolved into a fascinating outdoor gallery.

Painted Rock Art Port Macquarie

Painted Rock Art Port Macquarie Sadly after a small amount of complaints 12 in 10 years the rock art is now banned. It’s crazy how a few idiots can spoil things for the majority, what a shame the council won’t hold a vote on the issue.

Celebrating an engagement.

Painted Rock Art Port Macquarie Two lovers leave their mark to celebrate their engagement.

 The mouth of the Hastings River

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The river descends 1,040 metres (3,410 ft) over its 180 kilometres (110 mi) course. The Hastings river descends 1,040 metres from the Great Dividing Range over its 180 kilometres journey to the coast at Port Macquarie. 

Look closely and you will see the rock art. ๐Ÿ™‚

A beautiful day to catch a fish.

 photo 46dbf827-1488-4e7f-8ba7-9847ec6a9df6.jpg One of the locals has picked a beautiful day to fish off the rocks.

Waiting for the big one 

Painted Rock Art Port Macquarie Actually I spoke to the guy who said he was trying to catch some small fish to use for bait.

Apparently their life is a circus.

Painted Rock Art Port Macquarie

It says so on the rock. ๐Ÿ™‚

A great tourist attraction

Painted Rock Art Port Macquarie You can spend a very interesting hour or so checking out the Painted Rock Art Port Macquarie.

Painted Rock Art Port Macquarie

Painted Rock Art Port Macquarie And so it goes on & on, a great addition to this terrific coastal town.

  Port Macquarie’s Town Green

Painted Rock Art Port Macquarie This is a superb park where people relax and enjoy the perfect enviroment beside the Hastings River.

Oxley oval

Painted Rock Art Port Macquarie Just a short way along the road from the painted rocks is Oxly oval where cricket & football are played in beautiful surroundings.

A beautiful park beside the river.

Painted Rock Art Port Macquarie A great place to relax have a picnic lunch and check out the Painted Rock Art Port Macquarie.

Please check out my photo blog for Yamba on the Clarence River a little further north.

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