Flashback to 1992 with one of my favourite photos.
On the left is Henry Geller from California sitting beside Kelly Davis who was my girlfriend at the time. My old mate Harley Bradstreet is on the right sitting beside Tony Seures from Minas Gerais in Brazil. Tony’s Brazilian girlfriend has her arm around the neck of my late great friend Andre Buzek, RIP old buddy.
A final photo….
Ross the boss Kennedy & his lovely wife Mariana & myself say farewell from my Omeros Bros Gold Coast Seafood Restaurant photo blog.
Gold Coast Australia Visit June 2018 was a short and sweet weekend of overindulgence. I stayed with an old friend at 21 Daimler Avenue in Bundall which was only 300 meters from my old home in Upton St where I lived for 21 years until 2011. The photo above is my old friend Tony Murphy & I having coffee on the Isle of Capri.
I really miss Turkish toast & quality avocados in Thailand so my breakfast at Manolas Brothers Delicatessen on the Gold Coast is a real treat, but much more expensive than Pattaya.
New skyscraper overlooking the beach.
Lots of new buildings going up on the Gold Coast.
Costa Dora in Orchard Avenue.
Has been serving good Italian for around 40 years.
Gold Coast Australia Visit June 2018
Great lunch at Omeros Brothers seafood restaurant, chowder & baby octopus. TripAdvisor rating is #2 of 47 Restaurants in Main Beach.
My brother Ian in his new home.
Building his dream home in Mermaid Waters on the Gold Coast.
It’s July 2018.
They are planning to moving in by Xmas.
Perfect to see the magic Gold Coast sunsets.
While on the subject of new houses….
This one does not impress me at all, located in the northern end of Upton St about 4 houses along from my home where I lived until 2011.
Lets get back to some Gold Coast food.
A fabulous steak at Tribeca NYC on Chevron Island.
Friends Food Fun Gold Coast 2017 gave me a welcome break from the relentless heat in Thailand. I offered to house sit & look after Sam the dog for my friends Tony & Nikki Murphy.
Melbas is still my favorite bar
Drinks with Geoff Robinson who traveled from Gosford on business.
Rebel without a cause
Grant Thompson taking his Harley for a spin to Mt Tambourine.
Fresh prawns from the trawler
The best in the world without a doubt.
Here is where you buy them.
located just north of Marina Mirage, just call Curly on 0417 668 591, he’s one of the boat owners, he will let you know what they have in stock.
Friends from the 80’s
At La Rustica with George Hoult & Steve Bates who are friends from Sydney in the 80’s.
George & his lovely Thai lady.
George was on his way to spend a week sailing around the Whitsundays. La Rustica has been around forever & still serves very good food at the right price.
Flashback 30 years to November 1987
Here I am at La Rustica with Winnie & Allison in 1987, how time flies when you are having fun. I was lucky enough to have a fling with both of these ladies, Allison was only 18 at the time so I promised her the world & bought her an atlas. 🙂 🙂 🙂
Blue Sky Boats Gold Coast Broadwater all add up to a breathtaking view of Surfers Paradise which is located 800 kilometers north of Sydney & 80 kilometers south of Brisbane.
We are looking east to Marina Mirage on the right & the Vercace Hotel o the left.
Beside those rocks is the entrance channel to the Broadwater, or the exit depending on which way you are going. 🙂
Blue Sky Boats Gold Coast Broadwater
Here is a closer look at the rock wall on the southern side of the seaway entrance.
Hundreds of boats use the seaway every day.
Everything from jet skis to huge luxury cruisers, all hoping to enjoy Blue Sky Boats Gold Coast Broadwater & maybe a bag full of fish.
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Some get into trouble when the sea is rough.
The rescue boat is always there to lend a hand.
My friend’s catamaran.
A nice way to escape the rat race of Surfers Paradise. 🙂
Blue Sky Boats Gold Coast Broadwater
A great day out on the Broadwater.
Some guys prefer to fish.
Boats, who needs boats? We are here to catch a big one.
And I’m here for a sun tan.
So no matter what you are interested in you will find it n the Broadwater.
Did I mention the seafood?
You have two great choices, pull into Charis seafood at Labrador & pick up your lunch. Those of you with a sharp eye will notice the mud crabs are $36.90 a kilo, well tat was 2010, sadly in 2017 they have doubled in price.
Direct from the trawler.
This is my preference, they are located just north of Marina Mirage, just call Curly on 0417 668 591, he’s one of the boat owners, he will let you know what they have in stock.
Best prawns in the world.
These medium size king prawns are around $25 aud a kilo.
Take the at out or……..
Order lunch at one of the many restaurants?
So many decisions & such little time. 🙂
Back to Blue Sky Boats Gold Coast Broadwater
What a fabulous part of the world.
Houston, we have lift off.
Kite surfer on Australia's Gold Coast.
The kite surfer is having a ball.
An amazing view.
From my friends apartment, it does not get better than this. By the way it’s for sale3 for a lazy $1.5 million AUD.
Here is the view from the opposite side of the Broadwater towards Southport.
Over the years I spent countless hours on my boat in this very area.
Finally a birds eye view of Surfers Paradise
Absolutely spectacular, featuring the Southport yacht in the foreground.
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Kitchens Robina Town Centre Gold Coast is the largest and most expensive in QLD costing a whopping $160,000,000. Combining bars, cafes, restaurants along with 40 fresh food retailers. Spread over two levels it features eateries from local hospitality heavyweights such as the Honeyeater Kitchen from ex-Songbirds chef Trent Scarr, David Hayles’ Betty’s Burgers and James Brady’s Mr Pigs Bakehouse; alongside celebrity chef George Calombaris’ first Queensland restaurant, Jimmy Grants.
Kitchens Robina Town Centre Gold Coast
The whole place is quite spectacular, I will certainly visit again next time I’m on the coast.
Butchers have come a long way since I grew up, I clearly remember them having sawdust on the floor. Here is an explanation from an old butcher explaining why;
When my Dad and I butchered, we used it as a safety enhancement and for ease of cleanup as was mentioned. No, we wouldn’t have meat on the floor, but it seemed as the floor would get slippery over time, and without sawdust, it was only a matter of time before someone would slip and it didn’t matter much what you had for footwear.
Often we wore cowboy boots as you basically stand for 8 to 14 hours at a time and it seemed easier on you, but as you can imagine they aren’t known for tractive abilities. If you are packing a 135# or so hind, you really want your feet to stay under you. We never would have worked without sawdust on the floor in the back, the front we left sawdust free but eventually it would make its way up there.
It is a pain though tracking sawdust all over the place, in your vehicle, etc.
Naturally the beef must be hung. 🙂
Why is meat hung you may well ask;
Meat hanging is a culinary process, used in beef ageing, that improves the flavor of meats by allowing the natural enzymes in the meat to break down the tissue through dry ageing. The process also allows the water in the meat to evaporate, thus concentrating the flavor.
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.
O’Malleys on Cavil Avenue
After Melbas we wandered down to O’Malleys to have a couple more drinks and watch the rugby league.
The view from O’Malleys
Overlooking the famous Surfers Paradise Beach.
Great week Surfers Paradise Australia in Cavill Avenue, what a terrific poster.
That photo is always going to grab my attention. 🙂
The Avenue in a new location
The Avenue moved across the road to make way for a new property development.
Orchard Avenue Surfers Paradise
Certainly on of the most famous streets in Surfers Paradise.
Costa D’oro restaurant
I can remember eating at this restaurant over 35 years ago.
Corner of Orchard & the Gold Coast Highway
You can clearly see the light rail tracks that stretch from Helensvale to Broadbeach.
Certainly one of the highlights of my trip.
Caught up with Karen Greenwood an old girlfriend from 1991, 26 years ago. As you can see see still looks fantastic. 🙂 So many terrific memories came flooding back, it certainly made it a Great week Surfers Paradise Australia. We are at Franks seafood cafe on Chevron Island.
Here we are 26 years ago.
I could’t resist posting this photo from 1991.
Green Days restaurant on the corner of Bundall Rd & Ashmore Rd offer my favourite breakfast.
Green Days restaurant
It is difficult not to feel totally relaxed here. Open for lunch every day & dinner Friday & Saturday.
Two of my best friends
Ross Kennedy & Bryan Dart are two very old friends, we met for a few drinks at the Benowa Tavern.
Talking about old friends
Here are two of my oldest friends, both in years I have known them & years they have been on this planet. Tony Murphy aka Murph the surf & David Robertson aka Chocolates.
Back to Rossco and his new home.
Paradise waters is now home for the Kennedy’s.
A wonderful location with beautiful water views.
Last but not least the Legendary Lloyd Ross.
Caught up briefly with Lloyd & hope to see him in Thailand soon.
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The big move to QLD post is my personal photo history, not part of my travel blog.
Relocate Sydney Gold Coast in 1987 after breaking up with my fiance & losing my job. I didn’t want to live in Newport on the peninsular being single again so my option was to move to the lower north shore or pull up stakes and move interstate. Karen Smith (above) & I after living together at my home in Herbert Avenue for 3 years came to the realisation marriage was a bridge too far.
Surfers Paradise awaits
The decision to move was easy as I had been visiting the Gold Coast 2 or 3 times a year for quite a while. I had quite a few friends living there so the move was not the slightest bit traumatic. Above is Grahame Edwards aka “Crazy” a friend of over 30 years who recently sold his share of a travel insurance company for one million dollars, quite a large amount in the 80s.
My little red Moke
This is January 1987 at the Watsons Bay hotel, shortly before I left for QLD, & yes I took the Moke with me. 🙂
Paul Slaughter and Tony Murphy
Here I am with two great friends at Newport shortly before moving to QLD. Paul still lives in Sydney & Tony is on the Gold Coast, in fact I stayed with him & his lovely wife Nikki recently in August 2016when I was on the Coast for 10 days.
My beautiful German Shepherd Madison
For the first 3 months in QLD I rented Peter Lewis’s house in Witt Avenue Cararra, here is Di Parkinsonmy ex girlfriend (in the white cap) & a friend of hers cooling off in the pool.
Jim Cox & Larry Wilson
Jim was ex Adelaide now living on the Gold Coast and Larry was and still is I believe a local Solicitor.
Cararra January 1987
A young Steve Bristow and Jacquie from Melbourne, Jacquie was working on the door at the Avenue & stayed at my house for a month or two.
After 3 months I bought a house.
36 Claymore Crescent Sorrento became my home for the next 3 years.
Next came the boat. 🙂
Naturally if you live on the waterfront you need a little boat to cruise around in. 🙂
If you have a boat you need a jetty.
I built one big enough to have a party on, even before it’s finished. 🙂
The Finished product.
Check out the size of this magnificent jetty.
Jetty! What jetty, I don’t see a jetty.
When the storms came the jetty disappeared.
What time can I start having fun?
I forget their names, no wait a minute, that’s Tova on the right, I think they were from Yugoslavia.
Relaxing on the Broadwater
The Gold Coast is a lot more fun with a boat. 🙂
Of course 36 Claymore Crescent soon turned into party central
Here is my Yugoslav friend Marco who used to be in all sorts of scams designed to relieve you of a dollar or two. Other than that he was a very friendly guy.
Sadly a short time after this photo was taken this gorgeous creature passed away in a Road accident. At that time she was going out with the guy who ran Pips in Sydney, his name was Ron Kennedy I think.
Drinks on the jetty
I said I had built it big enough to have a party on it, well here is proof.
Megumi was a lovely Japanese girl who worked for Tony Hickey lawyers, she rented a room in my home for quite some time. Harley, one of my oldest friends, used to love dressing up in his military outfits.
Talk about dressing up
Here we are a party at my old friend Bob Martin’s home in Cararra. That’s me in the centre. 🙂
Naturally Bob had a camel in attendance
Plus he sand several ton of sand delivered to emulate the dunes, which certainly helped Harley with his “desert rat routine.” 🙂
Captured by Harley the Desert Rat
There is no escape from these special forces assassins.
Allison Schroder, a real wild child. 🙂
18 years old & as wild as they come.
Allison was a lot of fun
What was she doing with a 44 year old guy you may well ask. Simple, I promised her the world and bought her an atlas. 🙂
Please excuse the photo quality
With Allison and Winnie on the hill above Byron Bay.
Jim Stanbury & Suzie in Adelaide
I flew down to Adelaide in 87 for the Formula 1 and caught up with my old friend Jim Stanbury who worked for me in Melbourne in 1970. When I flew back to Brisbane Allison picked me up at the airport & we checked into a hotel for 2 nights and saw Billy Joel in concert at Boondal.
Then disaster struck in the form of Tanya Rigley
Things were going on so smoothly throughout 1987 & 88 until I got tired up with this rather crazy lady. I don’t want to spend too much time on detail except to say we had an extremely volatile year together.
A DC3 in a Box Hill backyard.
Hard to believe but true. Melbourne car dealer Dion Ormond liked lots of toys, his girlfriend was an air hostess & used to fly on this exact plane, so what did he do? Naturally he purchased it and put it in his backyard. 🙂
Here is the man himself
From memory he also won around $300k in the lottery which bought a lot of toys in the 80s.
A favourite song from 1989 by Ian Moss.
IAN MOSS – TUCKERS DAUGHTER 1989 (Audio Enhanced)
After visiting Dion & other friends in Melbourne we drove to Adelaide and caught up with Grahame & Flo Farquhar. It was may years before I would see them again. Around 1998 in fact & again in 2014 when I drove from Adelaide to Melbourne via The Great Ocean Road.
The Great Ocean Road in 1989
London bridge is intact but in 1990, part of the bridge collapsed into the ocean, leaving a chunk of land isolated. Funnily enough there were two tourists sightseeing at the time and they were cut off from the mainland and had to wait a number of hours before they could be rescued by helicopter.
Winnie and Allison one of my favourite “daily double” photographs. Thanks for visiting my Relocate Sydney Gold Coast online photo collection, certainly as you can see 87 to 89 was a super time for me, looking back on these times & people remind me how lucky I have been to live this fabulous life.
Here are some 2016 Brisbane photo blogs to check out.
This is not a travel blog just my personal photo collection from the Gold Coast in Australia in August 2016.
Surfers Paradise sentimental journey
Surfers Paradise sentimental journey took me back to where I lived for 25 years before moving to Thailand in October 2011. I stayed at Sorrento with my old friend Tony Murphy and his lovely wife Nikki, plus Sam the 3rd member of their family.
Morning coffee at The Island cafe is a tradition with this group of friends, and today August 11 2016 just happened to be Tony’s 74th birthday.
I must say the coffee at the Island Cafe is absolutely fantastic. I couldn’t help noticing the price of the small quiche compared to a similar one in Thailand that I regularly buy. Here it is $15.90 and at Big C in Pattaya $1.85.
Chevron Island Surfers Paradise is located between Surfers Paradise and Bundall, a nice village with a very good choice of restaurants and coffee shops. Tribecca pictured in the header of this blog is probably my favourite eating spot along with Frank’s seafood which is a traditional fish & chip shop.
Chevron Island Surfers Paradise
Cafe Alfons is a nice cafe for coffee or breakfast.
Bacon, eggs avocado.
Throw in a flat white or latte and cost comes to $21.
Hairdresser, R/E agent & Happy Dragon Massage.
Have a haircut, buy a house then go upstairs for a soothing massage. 🙂
Had lunch at this upmarket new two story restaurant, nice decor and good service but I have mixed feelings about the food.
The wontons on the left were not to my liking, fried does not suit me, however the chicken skewers on the right were quite good. Overall the dishes on the menu seem a little expensive, of course I only tried two so it is rather hard to give a reasonable opinion. The Spanish waitress was delightful. 🙂
CHEVRON ISLAND SEAFOOD
My friend Frank operates this excellent fish and chip shop where I have been enjoying fresh seafood for years. Oysters, hamburgers and great prawns are also available. Grab a bottle of wine and a table on the footpath then enjoy the passing Chevron Island eye candy.
Adjacent to the traffic lights
Say hello to Frank and Warren.
Feast at Franks.
Here are my friends enjoying one of Franks feasts, phone 5592 0027 to reserve a table. From left to right is Steve Bates, Nikki Murphy, Tony Murphy, Nick Partridge, Sharon Delmundo and Anne Lacy.
Sadly in March 2017 Anne lost her long battle with cancer & passed away, RIP.
You bump into the nicest people at Franks.
Here is my friend Donna at Chevron Island Seafood.
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Looking east on Thomas Drive
The Surfers skyline is rather spectacular.
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Farewell from Chevron Island Surfers Paradise , here I am with my old friend Bryan Dart who totally upset me when he told me he had lost 8 kilo since I saw him 18 months ago. The problem is I think that’s how much I have put on. 🙂
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Blue Sky tall buildings Surfers Paradise where I lived for 25 years before moving to Thailand in October 2011. Personally I preferred the city in the 70s & 80s before the explosion of modern high rise hotels and apartments. Having said all that, it is quite a spectacular part of Australia.
Old motel for sale
I’m surprised this prime property adjacent to the Chevron Island bridge was not developed years ago.
One of three towers offering apartments and hotel rooms.
Finally drinks with good friends Phil Thomson and Greg Craig at Melbas. Thanks for visiting my Blue Sky tall buildings Surfers Paradise photo blog, before you go check out my Isle Of Capriand Bundall blogs.