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Surfers Paradise Australia Gold Coast

September 27, 2014 by David Herd

Surfers Paradise Australia

Surfers Paradise sunsetSurfers Paradise Australia, the Gold Coast was my home for 25 years from 1986 to 2011. Here are photos & comments on some of my wonderful memories.

This post focuses on 2008 which was another frenetic year of travel. Starting with 6 weeks in Brazil over Xmas & Carnival, with a fabulous week in New York on my way home. My Brazil trip included Rio de janeiro, Curitiba, Paraty, Belneario Camboriu & Florianopolis.

Three trips to Thailand in April, September & November, then throw in Bali, Singapore & Kuala Lumpur,  so as you can see I hardly had time to unpack my suitcase. I nearly forgot a hectic couple of weeks in Sydney as well.

This is not a travel blog just a personal photo collection from 2008.

Qantas 1st class NYC to L.A.

Qantas first classI just had to include this photo flying 1st class thanks to my cousin Deb who is a Qantas flight attendant.

The old & the new opposite each other.

surfers paradise australiaDuring my 25 years living here the changes were extraordinary, not all for the best I might add. The first 15 years were wonderful, however after that in my eyes, the overall atmosphere of the Gold Coast started to lose its shine, it no longer had the friendly village feel to it. I guess in my final 10 years there it just got too big and modern.

My home at 106 Upton St Bundall, 4217

home surfers paradise

In 1990 I designed & built a beautiful home on the waterfront with my own sandy beach & jetty for my boat, life was good. I sold the house in 2011 for over a million dollars, but this was $250k less than I was offered twice in 2007, the big drop in price was due to the Global Financial crisis, c’est la vie.

Drinks at Melbas

Melbas surfers paradiseMelbas bar & nightclub in Surfers Paradise Australia was my main drinking spot for most of my 25 years on the coast. Here are some of the fellows I would sometimes drink with.

Melbas always had sexy waitresses

  Melbas surfers paradise australiaOne of the main reasons I made this my local watering hole.  

Ian Rich was a friend for 45 years.

Gold Coast AustraliaIn 2008 Ian was living in a fabulous sub penthouse in Surfers Paradise Australia, the next few photos taken from his apartment are wonderful examples of Australia’s Gold Coast.

Ian’s beautiful apartment

Waterford penthouse

A great view but very windy on the balcony.

Looking south at Surfers Paradise Australia

Surfers Paradise Australia

Absolutely breathtaking. 

Looking north towards the seaway

Gold Coast seaway

Magnificent coastline.

Good Friday lunch at Chevron Island fish & chip shop.

Chevron Island fish & chipsOne of my favourite eating spots in Surfers Paradise, great food at cheap prices & Frank the owner is an Australian football fanatic similar to myself. The couple on the left Robyn & Les Scheffer & I used to be good friends, however in July 2013 they placed me firmly on their black list where I still reside today. 🙂

The boys in the fish & chip shop

Chevron island fish & chips

A good bunch of guys.

Bjorn, Alisha, Brad, my nephew Michael & Matty.

Cocktails in Surfers Paradise.Michael was in charge of cocktails as he was a barman at the Sheraton in Sydney as well as some other top venues.

Brad, Elisha & Matty.

Coctails at homeI have a couple of internet hotspots in Surfers Paradise which earn me a few bucks, Brad owns the IT business which looks after them. Elisha is his lovely wife & Matty one of his technicians.

Here is Kayoko my friend from Tokyo.

surfers paradise australiaLots of cocktails were consumed at my home this night, there were a few sore heads in the morning.

 Margarita time.

Margarita cocktail time

I’ll let Jimmy describe this fabulous cocktail.

Michael & Bjorn

  Surfers Paradise cocktailsThe happy couple are living in Berlin which is Bjorn’s home town.   2016 Update; sadly earlier this year Bjorn lost his long battle with cancer, he will always be remembered as a wonderful friend, RIP.


Surfers Paradise meter maids

Gold Coast Meter MaidsThese lovely girls in the gold bikinis put coins in the expired parking meters, plus they look terrific.

Surfers Paradise Meter Maids

Meter maids

Are these babes cute or what?

Other side please

Gold Coast Meter maids

They look great from any angle.


At Trevor’s apartment Broadbeach

apartment BroadbeachTrevor Loresch is very much a self made man, lives in a beautiful Pattaya waterfront apartment along with this luxury holiday getaway in Broadbeach on the Gold Coast.

Birthday drinks with Ross Kennedy & Phil Thomson

Ross Kennedy, David Herd, Phil ThomsonTwo of my best friends on the Gold Coast. Last year Phil & his lovely Japanese wife showed me how to get around the great city of Tokyo which has become one of my favorite cities. In 1996 Rossco & I jumped in my Porsche & did one of my all time great road trips to the Hunter Valley, Sydney, Falls Creek & Melbourne.

Birthday lunch at Melbas

Surfers Paradise AustraliaYou know you are getting older when you look at some group photos and a couple of guys you have known for decades are not with us anymore. Ron Collier on the left in the black & Noel with the glasses on the right, RIP.

Good friends Wayne Jones & Bryan Dart.

David Herd Surfers Paradise

I have known these guys for over 20 years.

Happy birthday DH.

David Herd birthday

A great day with a lot of good friends.

St Kilda play North Melbourne at Carrara.

  St Kilda & North MelbourneRossco & I jump into the wine & food at the St Kilda’s dinner at Carrara stadium.  

Drinks at Melbas for our AFL tipping Competition.

AFL tipping CompetitionI ran a AFL tipping competition for nearly 10 years, here are some of the happy crew enjoying our mid year drinks at Melbas.

My great mate Phil Thomson.

  Southport SharksWe are at Southport Sharks for our end of year AFL tipping competition.  

Dennis Perry, a rose between 2 thorns

Surfers Paradise Australia Running the tipping competition was a lot of fun, when I moved to Thailand in 2011 Dennis & his crew took it over.  

New Years Eve 2008

New Years Eve Surfers ParadiseAfter a frantic year I spent a very quiet NYE with friends reflecting on another super year of travel & living in Surfers Paradise Australia. Thanks for visiting my Surfers Paradise Australia photo blog.

    Sydney                               Paris                                   Bangkok
Sydney Opera house        Paris hotel        Grand Palace Bangkok
               Tokyo                        Rio De Janeiro                        Budapest
Tokyo        Carla, what a girl. photo CopacabanabeachNov2003-128.jpg        Buda Castle
           London                            Beijing                            Capetown
Kings road Chelsea        David & the General photo DHandthegeneral.jpg        David Herd Thailand


              That’s all folks  

Eastern European Odyssey


Pattaya webcam


Perhaps you would like to see my terrific year in 2007?

Gold Coast in 2014

Australian Outback in 2003

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