The 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.


Gold Coast Australia Visit June 2018

Lots of bacon, eggs & Turkish toast

Gold Coast Australia Visit June 2018

Gold Coast Australia Visit June 2018

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.

Great breakfast

Gold Coast Australia Visit June 2018 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.

Gold Coast Australia Visit June 2018 Lots of new buildings going up on the Gold Coast.

Costa Dora in Orchard Avenue.

Gold Coast Australia Visit June 2018Has been serving good Italian for around 40 years.

Gold Coast Australia Visit June 2018

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.

Gold Coast Australia Visit June 2018 Building his dream home in Mermaid Waters on the Gold Coast.

It’s July 2018.

Gold Coast Australia Visit June 2018 They are planning to moving in by Xmas.

Wonderful view

Gold Coast Australia Visit June 2018 Perfect to see the magic Gold Coast sunsets.

While on the subject of new houses….

Gold Coast Australia Visit June 2018 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.

Gold Coast Australia Visit June 2018 A fabulous steak at Tribeca NYC on Chevron Island.

One of my favourite restaurants.

Gold Coast Australia Visit June 2018 Rated by TripAdvisor #7 of 291 Restaurants in Surfers Paradise.

Coffin Bay oysters from South Australia at Chevron seafood.

Gold Coast Australia Visit June 2018

This was the 3rd dozen I devoured in 4 days, absolutely delicious.

The Curry Muncher on Chevron Island.

Gold Coast Australia Visit June 2018

A good little BYO on Chevron Isle, TripAdvisor rating is #128 of 291 Restaurants in Surfers Paradise.

The Shiraz was from the Liquor Market Southport next to the Ferry Road Tavern.  It’s the best liquor store in the area, this Shiraz was only $6.

Here is where I was staying.

Gold Coast Australia Visit June 2018 With my old friend Ari in Daimler Drive. Thanks for visiting my Gold Coast Australia Visit June 2018 photo blog.

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Author: David Herd

My history, particularly over the last 30 years is dominated by overseas travel. I sold my home in Australia October 20th 2011 and have have been living in Thailand since then. I don’t know where the time has gone? It seems like you go to sleep one night, wake up the next morning, and 20 years have flashed by. Not sure how many years I have left, however I have enjoyed a wonderful charmed life, and if it all ended today I would leave this world with no regrets. I was born in Sydney halfway through the last century, started my travels in the 60s with the usual U.K. Europe adventure at the age of 20, back to Australia and worked in Sydney, Melbourne & Adelaide in Sales & Marketing with multinational companies including Sanyo, Canon & Remington. Engaged to be married 3 times and never quite made it to the alter, finally realized by the mid 90s I was not cut out for "long term relationships" so I moved to the Gold Coast in Queensland in January 1987, worked for a couple of banks as a Financial Planner, I took a year off work in 1998 to travel and never went back to full time work again, after 25 fun filled years on the Coast I packed up and moved to Thailand. What is the purpose of this blog? Well I really want to use it to record my travel experiences & to display my photographs, give and receive travel tips, comment on places I visit, restaurants I eat in and use it to replace the autobiography I intended to write, apart from all that it helps me fill in my day. :) I moved to Thailand mainly because I wanted to keep travelling while my health allowed me to, there are huge advantages being closer to all the places I want to visit. Cost of living in Thailand is around 35% of the cost in Australia, plus flights are 50% cheaper because you are much closer to everywhere. ???? Consequently I am able to travel to many more places compared to living in Australia. Having said all that, it is & has always been my intention to return to Australia when my travelling is finished, I predict this will happen around 2021.

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