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
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
It is really a magnificent looking structure.
A fiserman & a pelican
Who is going to catch the first fish? My money is on the Pelican. 🙂
Forster Tuncurry mid north coast NSW
There are so many places here you can go by boat.
A boating paradise.
More water than land around Forster Tuncurry mid north coast NSW.
Talking about boats….
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
As you can see the main street is nothing to get excited about.
Nice little coffee shop
I’m happy as long as I find a good coffee shop with the daily newspaper. 🙂
If you have the time take a cruise
Unfortunately I was heading south to Gosford so I didn’t have time for a cruise.
Not too many altenitives here.
You could have fun on this boat
As long as your friends contributed to the fuel cost. 🙂
The annual weather
An absolutely beautiful climate in Forster Tuncurry mid north coast NSW.
We always seem to come back to the bridge
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.
Next stop gosford, thanks for visiting my Forster Tuncurry mid north coast NSW photo blog.
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Yamba Clarence River NSW Coast has a population of just over 6,000, which tends to triple in the holiday season. The economy is based on tourism & fishing. Yamba was my 2nd stop after leaving Surfers Paradise where I had spent a week catching up with friends.
Mathew Flinders was the first European to visit Yamba Bay in July 1799.
If you live in Yamba you gotta have a boat.
The fishing is wonderful all along the NSW Coast.
If you don’t have a boat…
Go to one of the seafood restaurants along the Clarence River.
Or buy fresh seafood here
Then sit in the park close by and enjoy it. 🙂
Or perhaps here
I really love those Sydney Rock oysters (double this price in Sydney) plus the fabulous prawns.
Here is the place to eat
A nice park overlooking the water is the perfect spot to polish off your prawns & oysters.
You can watch the waves rolling in
The surf was fairly rough today on March 10th 2017.
Kingscliff Northern Rivers Coast NSW was my first stop after leaving Surfers Paradise where I had spent a week catching up with friends. My plan was to travel down the coast to Sydney stopping at various coastal towns on the way.
Kingscliff Northern Rivers Coast NSW
A fairly typical coastal town with lots of coffee shops, tourists & terrific beaches.
Miles & miles of surf & sand & deserted at 9am on Wednesday March 8th 2017.
Short walk from the beach to the shops
Kingscliff Northern Rivers Coast NSW is a tourist destination with a population of a little over 6,000 with beach and estuary access for swimming, surfing, fishing and all types of water sports.
Kingscliff Northern Rivers NSW
Kingscliff is only 14 kms from Coolangatta airport.
It’s obvious why Kingscliff is so popular given how close it is to the Gold Coast.
A beautiful day
Kingscliff by the beach.
A nice peaceful picnic area.
Picnic area beside the estuary.
Grab the morning paper & relax under the trees.
Time to hit the road & head south
I got an amazing deal on my hire car from Apex, 6 days hire and drop it off at Sydney airport for only $150, a special relocation deal.
Here we go
After an excellent breakfast I’m on the road again.
Hundreds of new townhouses
So many new homes, the demand is obviously here.
Other towns heading south.
All are nice little seaside villages, I may well wind up in this area when I return permanently to Australia in the next few years.
This was Chinderah on the way to Kingscliff.
One lazy pelican and Mount Warning in the distance.
The highway to Byron Bay.
I thought I would bypass Byron Bay and head for Yamba.
Cutting through the hills.
Inside the tunnel
Lucky for me there is very little traffic.
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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.
Cavill Avenue, what a great poster & a Great week Surfers Paradise Australia
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.
Thanks for visiting my Great week Surfers Paradise Australia photo blog.
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.
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.
Regatta Hotel Brisbane Landmark has been around for a long time. The original hotel was built there in 1874, as a single storey wooden building. Located by the river and classified by the National Trust it has been flooded out quite a few times over the years. The above photo shows the rear view of the hotel and highlights the ornate cast iron lacing which adorn the entire building.
1992 Jaguar sovereign.
My great old friend Steve Rado picked me up at the Park Regis Hotelwhere I was staying and drove me to the Regatta Hotel in his immaculate Jaguar which he recently purchased for $1300.
The Park Regis is in an excellent location, for a great room rate just book through THIS LINK.
What a fit out
Certainly one of the best fit outs I have ever seen at an Australian Hotel.
Designed by a genius
If you are not impressed by the decor here then pubs are obviously not your thing. 🙂
A surprise around every corner
There are lots of nooks & crannies to eat and drink at this fabulous hotel.
Outside they have marked flood levels and the years they happened. The recent level of the 2011 flood was around the bottom of this photo.
The Regatta even have a place where the smokers can continue with their disgusting habit. You guessed it, I’m a reformed smoker. 🙂
Lovely table settings
They certainly have many dining options for parties of any size.
So many choices of where to eat and drink and so little time. 🙂
If you cant find a place that suits you at the Regatta Hotel Brisbane Landmark, you are just not trying. 🙂
Lunch at the Boatshed
Quite a spectacular room with very good food and wine.
If it’s a good steak you are looking for, this is the place. Seeing the aged beef on display gave me a flashback to Gallagher’s Steakhouse in New York City, follow THIS LINK to see what I mean.
The food was excellent, we both had steaks washed down with a Margaret River red.
In the middle of the photo behind the William Jolly bridge is the Park Regis hotel. The rooms are excellent and so is the cost if you use THIS LINK to book. I had a room with a great view for $109 aud per night, but you must use THIS LINK to get this price. 🙂
Farewell from the Regatta Hotel
Thanks for visiting my Regatta Hotel Brisbane Landmark photo blog. It was the perfect place to catch up with my old friend Steve Rado and reminisce about our life in Adelaide in the 70s.
Here are some other Brisbane photo blogs to check out.
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This is not a travel blog just my personal photo collection from the Gold Coast in Australia in August 2016.
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.
Dangerous with a knife in his hand. 🙂
Don’t do it Tony, don’t do it. 🙂
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.