Surfers Paradise Sydney Road Trip seeing lots of friends & in particular caught up with Karen Greenwood an old girlfriend from 1991, 26 years ago. As you can see see still looks fantastic. 🙂 So many great memories came flooding back, it was certainly wonderful week Surfers Paradise. We are at Franks seafood cafe on Chevron Island.
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.
First stop Kingscliff only a 40 minute drive.
Just a quick stop for a very good breakfast and some photos.
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.
Beer Bars Babes Pattaya Thailand are everywhere in the city, many tourists who visit think Walking Street is the only entertainment area, however they couldn’t be more wrong. This post is designed to show you some other areas where you can find some good bars, from back street down & dirty beer bars to up market sky bars.
Soi 7 & Soi 8 run parallel between Beach Rd & 2nd Rd, the photo shows Soi 8 near the Beach Rd corner. Always plenty of action in these two streets, lots of bars, restaurants & hotels mainly in Soi 8.
Location Soi 6 to Soi 8
Jump on a Baht bus at 2nd Rd for a 5 minute trip, cost B10.
These two bars just happen to have been my local drinking holes for the last 15 years. Billabong was the Cherry bar until it was taken over in 2016, I don’t go there much now because of a particularly rude cashier who does not know how to treat regular customers properly. Consequently Atlantic Bar is collecting all my spare cash, the staff are much friendlier as well.
The Atlantic Bar opens at 6 pm until very late and is opposite Central Marina shopping mall.
Billabong 2 formally the Cherry Bar.
On the corner of Soi 3 & 2nd Rd, they have a good band that starts playing at 9 pm.
Soi 6 to the Atlantic Bar & Drinking St.
We are currently focusing on North Pattaya & will check out Walking St & LK Metro later.
There are around 25 bars here & these days in 2017 most of the time they seem fairly quiet. Then again I’m rarely out late at night so things may well kick on around midnight.
One very good idea in place here is that all bars play the same music rather than compete with each other as most other Pattaya bars seem to do.
From Drinking St to Soi 29 & 33 Naklua,
This area is very lively at night.
Soi 33 Naklua is a very good street
Further north through the Dolphin roundabout & 150 meters along is Soi 33. There are a few good beer bars but the big attraction for me are some excellent restaurants, Leckerle on the right is German, Grottino also on the right and Bella Italia opposite.
24 Beer bars Naklua Rd
Wongamat beach-side bars
One bar is lay back & casual, & one is upmarket & classy.
A perfect spot to enjoy a cold beer or two by the beach.
Perhaps you want to go a little more upmarket?
The Beach Club at the Pullman Hotel is arguably the classiest bar in Pattaya. Happy hour is 5 to 7 pm on a good selection of beer cocktails & wine.
For an excellent room rate at the Pullman just book through THIS LINK.
Western style bars on Beach Road NOW CLOSED FOR RE-DEVELOPEMENT.
Staring in North Pattaya we have Tavern By the Sea which is part of the Amari Hotel. Happy hour every night from 5 to 7 pm. NOW CLOSED FOR RE-DEVELOPEMENT.
Follow the dotted line to find lots of good bars, LK Metro & Soi Buakhao is where the locals go to drink. They tend to leave Walking St to the tourists. LK Metro is the L shape street where i-Rovers is.
LK Metro is jammed packed with bars.
One of the busiest bars areas in Pattaya.
Kåres Party Bar
There is no better happy hour in Pattaya for beer drinkers.
Sportman’s pub Soi 13
On of Pattaya’s most popular pubs, food is excellent. This is one of my favourite places for breakfast & Sunday buffet lunch.
There are hundreds of go go bars, beer bars, strip shows & restaurants. However my main purpose for publishing this Beer Bars Babes Pattaya Thailand photo blog is to show you there are many other interesting places to visit in this vibrant city.
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This little gem is just a couple of kms north of the Glasshouse, I had an Aussie pie at this quaint little lay-back beach bar at Na Jomtien. The pie & the red wine was Ok, the beer was cold, perhaps the service left a bit to be desired, but totally in keeping with the casual atmosphere, certainly no complaints from anyone in our group.
As well as Aussie pies they specialise in wood fired pizzas plus many other interesting dishes.
Sabai Wing Soi 1, 3 swimming pools and nice rooms, 100 meters from BigC, great value at only $23 usd per night as of August 15. I live in the high-rise in the background, Markland. For a great room rate book here.
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.
Boomtown Bundall Gold Coast Australia was where I lived for 21 years until October 2011. The north end of Upton Street was residential with some luxurious waterfront homes including mine, while the southern end is full of shops, offices & factories.
Boomtown Bundall Gold Coast Australia
90% of anything and everything I needed to purchase over the years I could find in Upton St.
The Corporate Centre
Around the corner in Bundall Road is the iconic Corporate Centre.
Bundall Road near Crombie Avenue
A couple of the Bundall Road prestige office buildings.
This was my home for 21 fabulous years, I designed and had it built in 1990, added a 2nd story in 2004, which turned out to be a mistake as it made it much harder to sell. However sell it did in October 2011 and one week later I moved to Thailand.
Isle of Capri Gold Coast Australia at the Ciao shopping mall which has a great selection of cafes & restaurants. Some of the restaurants have a view of Surfers Paradise skyline including the iconic Q1 building which has 80 levels with an observation deck on the top floor.
Bakery & deli
Only recently opened and a welcome addition to the centre, prices a little high however I’m guessing their rent is as well.
Luca at Cicchetti Pizza & Pasta Bar
A wonderful fit-out at this trendy bar restaurant, specializing in Pasta & pizza as well as a few traditional Italian dishes.
High ceilings and chandeliers.
The Fish Emporium
Perfect for a long lazy lunch beside the Isle of Capri waterfront.
View from Fish Emporium.
If you are going to enjoy a fish meal you need to be beside the water. 🙂
Ross Kennedy & I enjoying an Asahi beer.
A couple of cold beers before a New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc.
We shared 4 dishes, had 2 beers and a bottle of wine and the bill came to $204 plus tip.
Lunch was excellent
As was the service and the food.
The Greener Grocer
Naturally there is a very good supermarket as well.
The carnivores have not been forgotten. 🙂
I did notice they had crumbed cutlets here, one of my favorite meals.
Oysters to die for.
I never get tired of eating oysters, in Pattaya where I live most of the ones I eat come from France.
From the western entrance
Such a modern interesting shopping center, + a great people watching location. 🙂
Enjoying the last year of the 90s, please note, this is not part of my Travel Blog. It’s part of my personal online photo albums.
Gold Coast life 1999 was not too different from previous tears except for the fact I was no longer working. In 1998 I decided to take a year off work and travel, little did I realise I would never go back to full time work again.
I have often wondered if I made the right decision to retire and travel the world. On one hand had I continued to work for another 6 or 7 years I obviously would have been far better off financially, however on the flip side I can never replace the wonderful years of travel I enjoyed during those years. Consequently looking back in 2016 I’m very happy with the decision I made. Take a look at my travel record for 1999 below. 🙂
An incredible year for travel
The photo above was taken in Koh Samui with Francesca & Barbara from Florence. In 1999 I had three trips to Thailand, February, August & December, my first trip to Rio for Carnival in February was part of an around the world adventure with my friend Larry Krausz. Another fabulous 2 month around the world trip in November included Los Angeles, Las Vegas Miami, Mexico City, Bolivia, Brazil, (Rio, Iguazu falls & Salvador) Paris & Thailand.
Kathy was a regular visitor
A simple phone call would result in an hour or so of passion, priceless. 🙂
A little more of Kathy
Without a doubt Kathy had one of the hottest bodies I have ever seen. 🙂
Lots of parties lots of girls, Narrelle, Simone & Kushler.
All through the 90s and beyond the parties never stopped.
Myoung-sook a nice Korean lady
Myoung and I spent some time together in 1999.
she was quite a keen golfer.
Lorrie & Leonie
I took Lorrie & Leonie boating, they were two Canadians visiting the Gold Coast.
Dinner at Ashmore Steak & Seafood
This popular restaurant always ensured you never left hungry.
My beautiful mother Iris Joyce Herd, my brother Ian & his wife Sandra, Adam one of their sons & Myoung my Korean girlfriend.
Rossco, one of the happiest guys I know.
I count Ross Kennedy as one of my best friends, we had so many great times together. Certainly one of our most memorable adventures was our road trip trip to Melbourne in 1996, to check it out just follow THIS LINK.
Thinking back to my 25 years on the Gold Coast there were just so many highlights, I’m really very happy to be able to re-live them through my FiveStarVagabond photo blog.
Through all those years I remember having a hand full of good friends and many many acquaintances. Due to my reasonably abrasive personality there were also many people that couldn’t stand me. My message to them is quite simple, see below.
Having said all that let’s get back to 1999. 🙂
Jimmy Bell & the smokers
Another Sunday session at my Upton St home, Jim “HO HO” Bell rented a room at my home for 17 years.
For a great room rate on the Gold Coast just book through THIS LINK.
Emily used to be a meter maid
And yes the silly tattoo is a temporary one from Thailand. 🙂
Swifty actually wound up marrying Emily and produced a couple of fine sons. I owe thanks to Ray for introducing me to Kathy who you saw at the start of this post.
Colleen was leaving Saks bar & restaurant, owners Duncan McGuiness & Steve are wishing her well.
Phil Thomson, another great friend.
Phil has always been a Porsche lover, these days in 2016 he has a Boxter sitting in the garage.
Talking about cars, here are my beauties
It was a very difficult decision to decide which one to drive. 🙂
Ziggy & my boat
You had to have all the toys & props to stand out on the Gold Coast, to be honest 50% of the people I met were fairly shallow individuals & easily impressed. Then again the same probably applies to other Australian cities as well. 🙂
Main Beach blondes
Catie, Marina & Kylie were waitresses at a popular Main Beach cafe.
Mike Wood, Greg Craig and Dave Allen.
A few drinks at Melbas in as we did so many times over the years, it was simply Gold Coast life 1999.
Well that’s all folks from Myumi & I, thanks for visiting my Gold Coast life 1999 photo blog. It’s now August 2016 and I get a huge kick from re-living some of these incredible years through my photo blogs. I just can’t believe what a fortunate life I have had. 🙂