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.

Surfers Paradise Party Animals 1992

January 15, 2018 by David Herd

This is not a travel blog, it is part of my personal photo history. It seemed like Groundhog day. ๐Ÿ™‚

Surfers Paradise Party Animals

Surfers Paradise Party Animals

Surfers Paradise Party Animals, 1992 was just another year of fun & games on the beautiful Gold Coast. I was certainly among the main party hosts, I had a great home for entertaining & I loved have lots of beautiful girls around. 

Some of the usual suspects.

Surfers Paradise Party Animals Naturally when there were pretty girls around the competition between the guys was fierce. ๐Ÿ™‚

A rose between two thorns, I don’t think so. ๐Ÿ™‚

Surfers Paradise Party AnimalsI guess there is no need to say I was enjoying life to the max.

Occasionally some of the girls would relax in the spa.

Surfers Paradise Party AnimalsNaturally I always had my camera ready.

These girls loved nature

Surfers Paradise Party Animals And Dr Evil was always there with the camera. ๐Ÿ™‚

Roslyn & Jill looking good

Surfers Paradise Party AnimalsI remember spending some “quality time” with both these lovely ladies.

 Jill & Sharon

Surfers Paradise Party AnimalsAnother “daily double” I’m happy to say, (that just means I bonked them both. ๐Ÿ™‚ )we saw a show that night at Jupiters casino, I think it was Barry Humphries.

Andre Buzek dentist extraordinaire, (I don’t think so)

Surfers Paradise Party AnimalsSadly my great mate lost his life soon after in a car crash in Cuba.

Girl of the year Kelly Davis

Surfers Paradise Party Animals I was lucky enough to spend a few months on & off with this lovely lady.

Here we are on New Years Eve

Surfers Paradise Party Animals Naturally Harley is locked & loaded once again. ๐Ÿ™‚

Big Steve Bristow (son of Tim) & Greg Johnston.

Surfers Paradise Party AnimalsNow in 2018 Greg lives in Pattaya & runs a bar on the dark side, & Steve still lives on the Gold Coast.

 Birthday drinks at Melbas 7-7-92

Surfers Paradise Party Animals Our local drinking hole was Melbas on the Park.

Mister Melbas himself.

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The late great Paul Allen, a Surfers Paradise icon.

Talking about icons…………

Surfers Paradise Party Animals Daryl Beattie is a former Grand Prix motorcycle road racer, those bikes however all belonged to  Mick Doohan the living legend who won five consecutive 500 cc World Championships. The guy in the middle is a legend in his own lunch time, my good mate Ross Kennedy aka “Shoeless Joe”.

 Talking about legends…

Surfers Paradise Party AnimalsHere I am giving my boat a good wash. ๐Ÿ™‚

A good looking bunch of babes

Surfers Paradise Party AnimalsIt was Xmas day 1992 and we all had a great lunch at my home in 106 Upton St Bundall.  My main squeeze at the time was Kelly 2nd from the right, & my occasional squeeze was Jill standing beside her. ๐Ÿ™‚

Another night another dinner at Upton St

Surfers Paradise Party Animals Harley & his gay flatmate naturally came dressed in their army outfits. ๐Ÿ™‚ Tat’s Kandice on the left & Nicola on the right.

That night produced one of my favourite photos

Surfers Paradise lifeThis is a true classic.

Another classic from 1992

Surfers Paradise Party AnimalsLyn Goss & Roslyn provided the glamour & Tony Murphy & I contributed with a truck load of style. ๐Ÿ™‚

Can’t remember the other guys name.

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Friends Food Fun Gold Coast 2017

August 28, 2017 by David Herd

House sitting August 2017 

Friends Food Fun Gold Coast 2017

Friends Food Fun Gold Coast 2017

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

Friends Food Fun Gold Coast 2017 Drinks with Geoff Robinson who traveled from Gosford on business.

Rebel without a cause

Friends Food Fun Gold Coast 2017 Grant Thompson taking his Harley for a spin to Mt Tambourine.

Fresh prawns from the trawler

Friends Food Fun Gold Coast 2017The best in the world without a doubt.

Here is where you buy them.

Friends Food Fun Gold Coast 2017 located just north of Marina Mirage, just call Curly on 0417 668 591, heโ€™s one of the boat owners, he will let you know what they have in stock.

Friends from the 80’s

Friends Food Fun Gold Coast 2017

 At La Rustica with George Hoult & Steve Bates who are friends from Sydney in the 80’s. 

George & his lovely Thai lady.

Friends Food Fun Gold Coast 2017 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

Friends Food Fun Gold Coast 2017Here 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. ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

The best fish & chip shop on the Gold Coast.

Friends Food Fun Gold Coast 2017 Chevron Island seafood run by two switched on guys Frank & Warren.

Wazza makes me lunch

Friends Food Fun Gold Coast 2017

The first place I head for when I arrive on the coast. Ranked #66 of 392 Restaurants in Surfers Paradise.

Omeros Bros

Friends Food Fun Gold Coast 2017From one end of the scale to the other, Omeros Bros is rated number one from 49 restaurants in Main beach & deserves it’s rating.

Here are two of my favorite dishes 

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Seafood chowder & Curried prawns. 

Check out my photo blog of the Broadwater.

Lets check breakfast at Greendays.

Friends Food Fun Gold Coast 2017

Greendays get a fairly good review from TripAdvisor. #396 of 2,051 Restaurants in Gold Coast

Friends Food Fun Gold Coast 2017  & breakfast at Goodies

Friends Food Fun Gold Coast 2017

Goodies is in the Harvey Norman car park, it’s a regular breakfast haunt of mine.

The mob at Melbas. 

Friends Food Fun Gold Coast 2017 Old friends Wayne Jones, Bryan Dart & Phil Thomson.

A gorgeous Brazilian girl at Melbas.

Friends Food Fun Gold Coast 2017 Not sure what I enjoyed the most, the red wine or watching her pour it. ๐Ÿ™‚

Check out my Melbas photo blog.

Another gorgeous lady

Friends Food Fun Gold Coast 2017 This is jazz from the Island Cafe at Bundall, she certainly lights up a room, and adores Sam, lucky fellow. ๐Ÿ™‚

 A morning in Kingscliff.

Friends Food Fun Gold Coast 2017 My brother Ian & I drove across the border to NSW & enjoyed a terrific breakfast at Kingscliff.

Check out my Kingscliff photo blog fro March 2017.

A great breakfast at Kettles in Kingscliff.

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Ian polished off the one on the left, amazing. ๐Ÿ™‚ Kettles On Cafe ranks  #5 of 45 Restaurants in Kingscliff.

Friends Food Fun Gold Coast 2017

Friends Food Fun Gold Coast 2017

 A flat surf at Surfers Paradise beach.

Meet Bill & Fred.

Friends Food Fun Gold Coast 2017 These two guys build the most fantastic “Tiny Homes”, they are mobile & can be parked in anybodies yard without council approval.

Check out my YouTube video.

It may suit me perfectly when I eventually return to live in Australia.

 Fred is a biker as well as a builder.

Friends Food Fun Gold Coast 2017

An Aussie who lives in Bali Fred returns to Australia every 3 months to help Bill build a new Tiny Home.

Friends Food Fun Gold Coast 2017

Friends Food Fun Gold Coast 2017

Lunch at “Edgewater” on Isle of Capri with Jack Delanty & Ross “The Boss” Kennedy aka Shoeless Joe Jackson.

Sanctuary Cove

01dcb82b-a2fa-4862-8ca8-789aceee0cdc Spent a couple of nights at the home of Stephen Bates before flying back to Thailand.

Steves home

Friends Food Fun Gold Coast 2017 Always lots happening on the river out front.

Sanctuary Cove tavern

Friends Food Fun Gold Coast 2017 There’s not too much to do on this island at night however you do see some funny sights Friday night at the tavern.

Ioesco Italian restaurant

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 TripAdvisor rank it  #1 of 38 Restaurants in Hope Island.

Frankly I was a little disappointed, however it may just have been due to ordering the wrong dish. Steve’s lamb shanks were fine but my funghi fell a little short.

Lamb shanks from Aldi

Friends Food Fun Gold Coast 2017 Pre cooked NZ shanks are fantastic, put them on your bucket list. ๐Ÿ™‚

 Flashback to 1985

Friends Food Fun Gold Coast 2017 Gary Swalling & I worked together at Canon in Sydney in the mid 80s, it was great catching up again 30 years later.

Peking Duck at Broadbeach.

Friends Food Fun Gold Coast 2017

 Gary & I demolished a Peking Duck washed down with a couple of VBs.

Yum Cha Cuisine Pacific Fair

Friends Food Fun Gold Coast 2017 Too much Chinese food is never enough.

 Yum Cha

7bbd11d6-35cc-487e-ba60-8f1147774808 90% of customers were Chinese which is always a good sign.

 A blast from the past.

Friends Food Fun Gold Coast 2017 Steve Rado & I were flatmates in Adelaide in 1973 in my penthouse on Anzac Highway. 

Check out my 1973 photo blog for some great memories.

Golfer extroadanaire

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I had not swung a club for 2.5 years & was surprised I scored a credible 30 stableford points, only one less tan Steve I may add. ๐Ÿ™‚ 

The back pain started by the 14th hole & tuck around for about a week. That’s it, no more golf for me. ๐Ÿ™‚

My lovely Niece Shelly

Friends Food Fun Gold Coast 2017 And her better half Justin Smith & Jedi the dog.

Their fabulous Talai home

Friends Food Fun Gold Coast 2017

 Perched on the edge of their very own rain forest, it’s a very special home.

At the other end of the scale.

Friends Food Fun Gold Coast 2017 My Nephew (Shelly’s brother) Shane, his wife Alica & newly arrive Steven have a fabulous 2.5 acre property at Kingscliff, it really needs to be called the Ponderosa. ๐Ÿ™‚

Finally one last photo of Sam.

Friends Food Fun Gold Coast 2017 Well it was supposed to be a photo of Sam but for some strange reason I was distracted by Jazz. ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

Thanks for visiting my Friends Food Fun Gold Coast 2017 photo blog, & thanks to all my wonderful old friends for spending some time with me.

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            Great hotel room rates anywhere in the world if you            
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Slide show here.

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Surfers Paradise Road Trip South Australia

April 13, 2017 by David Herd

Road trip with Japanese students.

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

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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.

Surfers Paradise Road Trip South Australia

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

Surfers Paradise Road Trip South Australia

 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.

The general store

Surfers Paradise Road Trip South Australia

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.

 

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Thatโ€™s all folks

1g Duck

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Kitchens Robina Town Centre Gold Coast

March 19, 2017 by David Herd

Fabulous Robina food court

Kitchens Robina Town Centre Gold Coast

Kitchens Robina Town Centre Gold Coast

 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 Haylesโ€™ Bettyโ€™s Burgers and James Bradyโ€™s Mr Pigs Bakehouse; alongside celebrity chef George Calombarisโ€™ first Queensland restaurant, Jimmy Grants.

Kitchens Robina Town Centre Gold Coast

Kitchens Robina Town Centre Gold Coast

The whole place is quite spectacular, I will certainly visit again next time I’m on the coast.

Pure Meats

Kitchens Robina Town Centre Gold 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. ๐Ÿ™‚

Kitchens Robina Town Centre Gold Coast

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.

Fish Lab by Wiliam Wu

Kitchens Robina Town Centre Gold Coast

Not only is this a good looking restaurant they also have a “drying room” next door. Follow THIS LINK for more about it.

The drying room

Kitchens Robina Town Centre Gold Coast

I have never seen anything like this before in a food court.

One of the many cafes

Kitchens Robina Town Centre Gold Coast

There is certainly lots of choices where to have a coffee here.

Too many coffee shops are never enough. ๐Ÿ™‚

Kitchens Robina Town Centre Gold Coast

Not too sure if they are all making a living, and I’m guessing the rents are astronomical. 

Such a feeling of space.

Kitchens Robina Town Centre Gold Coast

The high ceilings and open plan gives a feeling of space.

 Spectacular roof at Kitchens Robina Town Centre Gold Coast

Kitchens Robina Town Centre Gold Coast

The architects have really done a great job here.

Lucky Luciano’s

Kitchens Robina Town Centre Gold Coast

I wonder if it’s a mafia hangout? ๐Ÿ™‚

Woolworth’s for some serious shopping.

Kitchens Robina Town Centre Gold Coast

As you can see Kitchens Robina Town Centre Gold Coast caters for everything.

Farewell from Robina

Kitchens Robina Town Centre Gold Coast

Thanks for visiting my Kitchens Robina Town Centre Gold Coast photo blog.

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          Mostar                           Dubrobnik                            Split

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Fabulous views, excellent restaurants & a very good room rate if you book through THIS LINK.

The building in the middle is the Holiday Inn, on the left is the Amari Hotel which is another very good five star hotel. Use THIS LINK to book for a very good room rate.

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Brisbane City River South Bank

August 29, 2016 by David Herd

Brisbane City Hall

Brisbane City River South Bank

Brisbane City River South Bank

 Brisbane City River South Bank was a pleasant surprise for me, it had been many years since I last visited and the changes were many. Way back in the 90s when I worked for Metway Bank and the NRMA I would travel there regularly for the endless tedious meetings banks & insurance companies were famous for. This trip was purely for pleasure after spending 10 days on the Gold Coast.

Uniting Church Albert St

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Across the road from City Hall stands this delightful old church which was originally built in 1888.

From the old to the new

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Infinity tower is the magnificent tall building (81 floors) on the left and the monster on the far right is 1 William Street which will house only government departments. The photo was taken from the William Jolly Bridge.

The William Jolly Bridge

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The art deco design bride was built during the depression and opened in March 1932.

 Sunday Suitcase sale August 21st 2016

Brisbane City River South Bank

The majority seemed to be backpackers selling their old clothes.

Treasury Casino

Brisbane City River South Bank

  Treasury Casino was formerly the Lands Administration Building until it became a casino in 1995.

Many cranes on the skyline

Brisbane City River South Bank

There is no doubt Brisbane is in the middle of a building boom, just count the cranes on this small part of the city.

CityHopper is free

Brisbane City River South Bank

The CityHopper lets you travel the Brisbane river for free, the ferries run every 30 minutes between 6am and midnight, seven days a week. Follow the link below for all the information.

Simply hop on and hop off and enjoy all the Brisbane River and city sights.

City Cat

Brisbane City River South Bank

Another great way to see Brisbane’s city and suburbs. Check out THIS LINK for my photo blog.

A sunny Sunday afternoon at South Bank.

Brisbane City River South Bank

Lots of people cross the river to visit South Bank with its many attractions.

South Bank tranquil garden

Brisbane City River South Bank

The garden has a genuine rain forest feel.

A beautiful pagoda.

Brisbane City River South Bank

This Nepalese Pagoda was originally brought to Brisbane for Expo 88, in fact I actually remember seeing it back then. Incredibly this is one of only three Nepalese peace pagodas in the world to be located outside of Nepal.

As you can see from my Brisbane City River South Bank photo blog there is so much to see in this great city.

The Wheel of Brisbane

Brisbane City River South Bank

Nowhere near as large as London or Tokyo but it certainly looks very nice at night. ?

 Approaching Equilibrium

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Brisbane City River South Bank This sculpture in front of the Queensland Art Gallery is named “Approaching Equilibrium”, I guess people with more understanding of art than I possess will appreciate it. In my opinion a better name would be “Big Black Mosquito”. ๐Ÿ™‚

The heart of Brisbane

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The Queen Street Mall is certainly the heart of Brisbane, no traffic, lots of shops & restaurants.

Relax in the Mall

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A great “people watching” place where you can enjoy dinner & a glass of wine.

Lots of colour, lots of shops

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Day or night the mall is a hive of activity.

Eagle Street pier

Brisbane City River South Bank

Eagle Street is Brisbane’s business hub, jump on a City Cat and cruise along the river past many of the cities landmarks.

Huge towers beside Eagle Street wharf.

Brisbane City River South Bank

Lots of offices and lots of good bars & restaurants to capture the workers for lunch and dinner.

Cruise past the wheel on a City Cat.

Brisbane City River South Bank

Cruise past the wheel on your way to lunch at The Regatta Hotel, you won’t be disappointed. ๐Ÿ™‚

The Regatta Hotel

Brisbane City River South Bank

The perfect spot for lunch or dinner, great steaks and good service. Check out my photo blog here.

Regatta Hotel

Brisbane City River South Bank

Thanks for visiting my Brisbane City River South Bank photo blog, this city has improved out of sight in the last 20 years.

Here are some other Brisbane photo blogs to check out.

City Cat cruise                        Hotels                               Restaurants    

   Istanbul                                 Budapest                        London

Fascinating Istanbul Asia Meets EuropeHungarian Parliament Building (2)The Walkie Talkie (5)   

          Mostar                           Dubrobnik                            Split

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                 Saigon                            Zagreb                          Vung tau

Ho Chi Minh City South VietnamMain Square (3)Vung Tau statue (6)

Bangkok Hotels                    Pattaya Hotels
 
Pattaya live webcam
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Thatโ€™s all folks

1g Duck

Holiday Inn

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Fabulous views, excellent restaurants & a very good room rate if you book through THIS LINK.

The building in the middle is the Holiday Inn, on the left is the Amari Hotel which is another very good five star hotel. Use THIS LINK to book for a very good room rate.

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Good Value Brisbane City Hotels

August 28, 2016 by David Herd

Abby On Roma

Good Value Brisbane City Hotels

 Good Value Brisbane City Hotels starting with Abby On Roma which is directly opposite Roma St railway station. The coffee shop you see on the ground floor does an excellent breakfast. Use THIS LINK for an excellent room rate.

The header on this post shows two of the hotels I will mention later, The Park Regis and Meriton serviced apartments. For excellent room rates just book through the highlighted links.

 Ibis Styles

Good Value Brisbane City Hotels

Located at 40 Elizabeth Street in the heart of the city. Nice rooms and friendly staff, good shopping arcade next door where you will fine Coles supermarket & Target. Book through THIS LINK for a very good room rate.

Park Regis North Quay

Good Value Brisbane City Hotels

Very nice rooms with an incredible view. About an 8 minute walk to Queen St Mall. My only complaint was the very poor internet service, they give you a miserly 250 meg per day. Book through THIS LINK for an excellent room rate.

 Good Value Brisbane City Hotels here is view from Park Regis.

Good Value Brisbane City Hotels

One of the best river & city views from my room on the 7th floor.

Park Regis pool & Infinity Tower incorporating  Meriton hotel & serviced apartments.

Good Value Brisbane City Hotels

As you can see the Meriton Infinity tower is a spectacular building.

Riverside Hotel Southbank

Good Value Brisbane City Hotels

Just across the road from South Bank and the convention centre. Book through THIS LINK for a discounted rate.

Meriton hotel & serviced apartments aka Infinity Tower

Good Value Brisbane City Hotels

A huge 81 floors with 549 apartments with stunning views of Brisbane and beyond. For a great discounted room rate at the Meriton hotel there just use THIS LINK to book.

Thanks for visiting my Good Value Brisbane City Hotels photo blog.

Each month my posts receive 75,000 visits which I certainly appreciate.

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          Mostar                           Dubrobnik                            Split

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Ho Chi Minh City South VietnamMain Square (3)Vung Tau statue (6)

Bangkok Hotels                    Pattaya Hotels
 
Pattaya live webcam
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Holiday Inn

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Fabulous views, excellent restaurants & a very good room rate if you book through THIS LINK.

The building in the middle is the Holiday Inn, on the left is the Amari Hotel which is another very good five star hotel. Use THIS LINK to book for a very good room rate.

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Brisbane Inner City Restaurants

August 27, 2016 by David Herd

Harajuku Gyoza

Brisbane Inner City Restaurants

Brisbane Inner City Restaurants

Brisbane Inner City Restaurants I visited in August 2016 included Harajuku Gyoza at 141 Queen St. The service was good and the Gyoza excellent. There are two other branches, one in South Bank the other in Fortitude Valley.

Busy chef at work

Brisbane Inner City Restaurants

The Gyoza was as good as I have experienced in Japan.

Little Singapore is adjacent to Harajuku Gyoza

Brisbane Inner City Restaurants

TripAdvisor rating is 502 out of 3,180 Brisbane restaurants.

Vapiano 191 Albert St Queen Street Mall

Brisbane Inner City Restaurants

Also opposite Harajuku Gyoza and I could not believe the queue waiting for a table. I didn’t eat there myself but if the queue is any indication the food must be good. ๐Ÿ™‚

Comuna Cantina

Brisbane Inner City Restaurants

Mexican restaurant in the same complex as the above at 175 Albert St.

Comuna

Brisbane Inner City Restaurants

 Latin, Mexican & South American dishes , dine in or takeaway.

Chez Nous opposite Roma St station

Brisbane Inner City Restaurants

Very busy for breakfast, good coffee and quick service. For an excellent room rate at Abby on Roma just book through THIS LINK.

Pony Dining Eagle Street Pier

Brisbane Inner City Restaurants

Great location and some good reviews, however I thought the food was over rated & expensive.

Pony Dining

Brisbane Inner City Restaurants

Ambience & service was fine but I’m guessing I ordered the wrong dishes.

Not my cup of tea. ๐Ÿ™‚

Brisbane Inner City Restaurants

I’m positive I won’t return, there are too many other choices in the area that I need to try.

Brisbane Inner City Restaurants

Brisbane Inner City Restaurants

As you can see there are many restaurant choices on Brisbane Riverside, follow THIS LINK for more suggestions.

 Jimmy’s on the Mall

Brisbane Inner City Restaurants

One of Brisbane’s most popular restaurant bars & probably the best “people watching” spot in the city.

 Lots of choices in Queen St Mall

Brisbane Inner City Restaurants

Sidewalk cafes & restaurants offering all types of food are everywhere on Queen St Mall.

 Pig & Whistle

Brisbane Inner City Restaurants

There are six of these popular drinking spots in Brisbane. Based on a British Pub with live sports screens, follow THIS LINK for the locations.

Finally make sure you visit the Regatta Hotel

Brisbane Inner City Restaurants

The Boathouse at the Regatta is an excellent restaurant with very good aged beef & an interesting wine list.

Thanks for visiting my Brisbane Inner City Restaurants photo blog, before you leave please check out my City Cat blog.

                         Here are some other Brisbane photo blogs to check out.

            City Cat cruise                        Hotels                               Restaurants    

       

 Istanbul                                 Budapest                        London

Fascinating Istanbul Asia Meets EuropeHungarian Parliament Building (2)The Walkie Talkie (5)   

          Mostar                           Dubrobnik                            Split

                     43638e36-5da5-4162-98e3-635e2c149837IMG_7425Split Ancient Croatian Coastal city                    

                 Saigon                            Zagreb                          Vung tau

Ho Chi Minh City South VietnamMain Square (3)Vung Tau statue (6)

Bangkok Hotels                    Pattaya Hotels
 
Pattaya live webcam
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Thatโ€™s all folks

1g Duck

Holiday Inn

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Fabulous views, excellent restaurants & a very good room rate if you book through THIS LINK.

The building in the middle is the Holiday Inn, on the left is the Amari Hotel which is another very good five star hotel. Use THIS LINK to book for a very good room rate.

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Brisbane City Cat River Cruise

August 26, 2016 by David Herd

South Bank Wharf

Brisbane City Cat River Cruise

Brisbane City Cat River Cruise

 Brisbane City Cat River Cruise started for me at the South Bank Wharf and took me on a 45 minute cruise almost to the Gateway Bridge and back. This post will highlight many of the wonderful Brisbane buildings along the river.

 Treasury Casino

Brisbane City Cat River Cruise

Overlooking the river is the Treasury Casino where they will be very happy to relieve you of your hard earned cash. ๐Ÿ™‚

What a monster

Brisbane City Cat River Cruise

I believe this huge skyscraper will house most government offices when completed. That’s the Victoria Bridge in the foreground.

South Bank Ferris wheel

Brisbane City Cat River Cruise

 Not as large as London or Tokyo but it does look nice at night. ๐Ÿ™‚

Another look at the Monster

Brisbane City Cat River Cruise

Brisbane City Cat River Cruise Called the Government’s new Executive Building it towers over Brisbane river.

Riverside buildings

Brisbane City Cat River Cruise

This is the heart of the Brisbane business centre.

Huge towers dominate the skyline

Brisbane City Cat River Cruise

The city cat stops right here for the workers to commute from home.

City Cat arriving

Brisbane City Cat River Cruise

What a great way to get around Brisbane, my 1.5 hour trip only cost me around $3.

The famous Story Bridge

Brisbane City Cat River Cruise

 The Story Bridge first opened in 1940, & is named after prominent public servant, John Douglas Story.

Beautiful old paddle steamer

Brisbane City Cat River Cruise

 Kookaburra Queen paddle wheelers are famous for their dinner cruises.

 Luxury living

Brisbane City Cat River Cruise

What more could you want than a waterfront penthouse and this fabulous ship tied up in front?

Beautiful old ferry wharf

Brisbane City Cat River Cruise

So nice to see these beautiful old structures preserved.

Bretts Wharf

Brisbane City Cat River Cruise

Hundreds of modern (and expensive) condos are sprouting adjacent to the ferry stops, what a great way to commute to the city rather than fighting the road traffic.

Bretts Wharf up close

Brisbane City Cat River Cruise

The city cats are smooth, comfortable and fast.

City Cat

Brisbane City Cat River Cruise

Brisbane City Cat River Cruise You can also sit outside at the bow and the stern.

Enjoy the fresh air and the wind in your face

Brisbane City Cat River Cruise

The perfect spot to take photos of this wonderful city.

The Gateway Bridge

Brisbane City Cat River Cruise

Construction on the Gateway Bridge commenced on 5 June 1980. It was officially opened on 11 January 1986.

Brisbane River

Brisbane City Cat River Cruise

As you can see the river meanders through the suburbs and almost circles the city.

CityHopper is free

Brisbane City Cat River Cruise

The CityHopper lets you travel the Brisbane river for free, the ferries run every 30 minutes between 6am and midnight, seven days a week. The ferry travels along the Brisbane River, to North Quay, South Bank 3, Maritime Museum, Thornton Street, Eagle Street Pier, Holman Street, Dockside and Sydney Street terminals.

Simply hop on and hop off and enjoy all the Brisbane River and city sights.

 I leave the City Cat after a terrific 90 minute cruise.

Brisbane City Cat River Cruise

You can take the City Cat in both directions from the city, a nice idea would be to head in the direction of Toowong and disembark at the fabulous Regatta Hotel, a great place for lunch, dinner or a few drinks. Follow THIS LINK to see this iconic hotel.

Brisbane City Cat River Cruise

Brisbane City Cat River Cruise

This city is just getting better & better, it’s now August 2016 and the number of cranes on the skyline indicate a building boom.

Thanks for visiting my Brisbane City Cat River Cruise photo blog.  For a discounted hotel rate at the Park Regis Hotel which is in a terrific location just book through THIS LINK.

                             Here are some more posts to check out
 

           

   Istanbul                                 Budapest                        London

Fascinating Istanbul Asia Meets EuropeHungarian Parliament Building (2)The Walkie Talkie (5)   

          Mostar                           Dubrobnik                            Split

                     43638e36-5da5-4162-98e3-635e2c149837IMG_7425Split Ancient Croatian Coastal city                    

                 Saigon                            Zagreb                          Vung tau

Ho Chi Minh City South VietnamMain Square (3)Vung Tau statue (6)

Bangkok Hotels                    Pattaya Hotels
 
Pattaya live webcam
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Thatโ€™s all folks

1g Duck

Holiday Inn

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Fabulous views, excellent restaurants & a very good room rate if you book through THIS LINK.

The building in the middle is the Holiday Inn, on the left is the Amari Hotel which is another very good five star hotel. Use THIS LINK to book for a very good room rate.

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Regatta Hotel Brisbane Landmark

August 25, 2016 by David Herd

Wonderful Brisbane Hotel

Regatta Hotel Brisbane Landmark

Regatta Hotel Brisbane Landmark

 Regatta Hotel Brisbane Landmark has been around for a long time. The original hotel was built there in 1874, as a single story 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.

Regatta Hotel Brisbane Landmark

My great old friend Steve Rado picked me up at the Park Regis Hotel where 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

Regatta Hotel Brisbane Landmark

Certainly one of the best fit outs I have ever seen at an Australian Hotel.

Designed by a genius

Regatta Hotel Brisbane Landmark

If you are not impressed by the decor here then pubs are obviously not your thing. ๐Ÿ™‚

 A surprise around every corner

Regatta Hotel Brisbane Landmark

There are lots of nooks & crannies to eat and drink at this fabulous hotel.

Flood levels

Regatta Hotel Brisbane Landmark

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.

Sidewalk dining

Regatta Hotel Brisbane Landmark

The Regatta even have a place where the smokers can continue with their disgusting habit.  You guessed it, I’m a reformed smoker. ๐Ÿ™‚

Lovely table settings

Regatta Hotel Brisbane Landmark

They certainly have many dining options for parties of any size.

Outdoor bar

Regatta Hotel Brisbane Landmark

So many choices of where to eat and drink and such little time. ๐Ÿ™‚

If you cant find a place that suits you at the Regatta Hotel Brisbane Landmark, you are just not trying. ๐Ÿ™‚

Lunch at the Boatshed

Regatta Hotel Brisbane Landmark

Quite a spectacular room with very good food and wine.

Aged beef

Regatta Hotel Brisbane Landmark

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.

Open kitchen

Regatta Hotel Brisbane Landmark

The food was excellent, we both had steaks washed down with a Margaret River red.

Regatta Hotel Brisbane Landmark

Regatta Hotel Brisbane Landmark

Follow THIS LINK for the Boatshed menu.

City view from opposite Regatta Hotel

Regatta Hotel Brisbane Landmark

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. ๐Ÿ™‚

Farewell from the Regatta Hotel

Regatta Hotel Brisbane Landmark

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.

             

 Istanbul                                 Budapest                        London

Fascinating Istanbul Asia Meets EuropeHungarian Parliament Building (2)The Walkie Talkie (5)   

          Mostar                           Dubrobnik                            Split

                     43638e36-5da5-4162-98e3-635e2c149837IMG_7425Split Ancient Croatian Coastal city                    

                 Saigon                            Zagreb                          Vung tau

Ho Chi Minh City South VietnamMain Square (3)Vung Tau statue (6)

Bangkok Hotels                    Pattaya Hotels
 
Pattaya live webcam
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Thatโ€™s all folks

1g Duck

Holiday Inn

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Fabulous views, excellent restaurants & a very good room rate if you book through THIS LINK.

The building in the middle is the Holiday Inn, on the left is the Amari Hotel which is another very good five star hotel. Use THIS LINK to book for a very good room rate.

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Brisbane-Bangkok-Thai-flight-Cancelled

August 25, 2016
by David Herd
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Brisbane Bangkok Thai flight Cancelled

Brisbane airport railway station Brisbane Bangkok Thai flight Cancelled  Brisbane Bangkok Thai flight Cancelled, I have flown thousands of times throughout my life and this was the first time I ever experienced a cancelled flight. As Newton would say “For … Continue reading