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.
This is not a travel blog, it is part of my personal photo history. It seemed like Groundhog day. 🙂
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.
Naturally when there were pretty girls around the competition between the guys was fierce. 🙂
A rose between two thorns, I don’t think so. 🙂
I guess there is no need to say I was enjoying life to the max.
Occasionally some of the girls would relax in the spa.
Naturally I always had my camera ready.
These girls loved nature
And Dr Evil was always there with the camera. 🙂
Roslyn & Jill looking good
I remember spending some “quality time” with both these lovely ladies.
Jill & Sharon
Another “daily double” I’m happy to say, (that just means I bonked them both. 🙂 )we saw a show that night at Jupiters casino, I think it was Barry Humphries.
Andre Buzek dentist extraordinaire, (I don’t think so)
Sadly my great mate lost his life soon after in a car crash in Cuba.
Girl of the year Kelly Davis
I was lucky enough to spend a few months on & off with this lovely lady.
Here we are on New Years Eve
Naturally Harley is locked & loaded once again. 🙂
Big Steve Bristow (son of Tim) & Greg Johnston.
Now in 2018 Greg lives in Pattaya & runs a bar on the dark side, & Steve still lives on the Gold Coast.
The late great Paul Allen, a Surfers Paradise icon.
Talking about icons…………
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…
Here I am giving my boat a good wash. 🙂
A good looking bunch of babes
It 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. 🙂
Another night another dinner at Upton St
Harley & his gay flatmate naturally came dressed in their army outfits. 🙂 Tat’s Kandice on the left & Nicola on the right.
That night produced one of my favourite photos
This is a true classic.
Another classic from 1992
Lyn Goss & Roslyn provided the glamour & Tony Murphy & I contributed with a truck load of style. 🙂
Mekong River Phnom Penh Cambodia is the world’s 12th-longest river and the 7th-longest in Asia. Its estimated length is 4,350 km (2,703 mi).It starts from the Tibetan Plateau & runs through China’s Yunnan Province, Myanmar, Laos, Thailand, Cambodia, and Vietnam.
A perfect place to relax & watch life on the Mekong River Phnom Penh Cambodia. A huge storm hit while we were there & the noise on the ancient tin roof was deafenning. 🙂
Seeing Phnom Penh by Tuk Tuk
An inexpensive way to get around the city, short rides are only $2 or $3 USD.
Many temples similar to Thailand
We didn’t inspect any of the Cambodian temples, we had our quota in Chiang Mai the previous week. 🙂
From the old to the new
There is a building explosion happening in Phnom Penh mainly due to enormous funds flowing in from China.
Modern buildings are multiplying
In a few short years you won’t recognise Phnom Penh.
Very little activity
The first thing we noticed around these modern buildings was very few people around. I’m guessing it’s out of the locals price range.
The “old” Cambodia is far more appealing
Which do you prefer? In my book the “old” wins hands down. 🙂
What a great surprise, full marks to the French owners for their unique idea.
Metro Hassakan restaurant
Located in the main street opposite the river, nice atmosphere & good food.
Farewell to the Mekong River
Mekong River Phnom Penh Cambodia & Sihanoukville are certainly changing rapidly, not necessarily for the good I’m afraid. However there are still many wonderful experiences to enjoy in this fascinating country.
Sadly this lovely coastal village is never going to be the same, just read THIS STORY.
This is mainly a vegetarian restaurant which would normally be off limits for me. 🙂
Lovely spot beside ferry terminal
From memory a local beer was only about 70 US cents.
We took the fast boat to Koh Rong for $22 USD return, certainly a worthwhile trip.
DAO from the beach
Put it on your Sihanoukville bucket list. 🙂
The beach lights up at night
A great atmosphere for drinking & dining
Food cooked to perfection
These charcoal fires generate enormous heat.
The fish was absolutely delicious.
Price around $8 USD.
Pasta & Ribs
These were our entrees.
There are two room sections at our hotel at the next beach, it was a terrific place to stay, we booked at the cheaper option, the Sokha Express. You still have full use of all the facilities, for a great room rate just book through THIS LINK.
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.
For a great hotel room rate (with free cancellation) just book through THIS LINK.
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.
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.
For a great hotel room rate on the Gold Coast just book through THIS LINK.
Thanks for visiting my Blue Sky Boats Gold Coast Broadwater photo blog.
Brighton Beach famous English resort, what a pleasant surprise. If you can overlook the pebbles on the beach instead of sand there are so many great pubs and restaurants to choose from. The photo above was taken from my hotel, the New Madeira, only 40 Quid per night.
The New Madeira hotelis in a great location across the road from the Brighton Pier, only 40 Quid per night for a single room, the walls are a little thin so the rooms can be a little noisy, but the price is right as is the location. If you want something more upmarket choose the Holiday Inn.
If the English winter is too cold for you jump on a plane to Thailand
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 Coastin 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.
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
Across NSW to 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.
The Trades Hall is Broken Hill’s most historically important building.
Broken Hill in outback NSW.
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
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
Wilmington is a farming community, known for sheep, wheat and barley, but more recently for the planting of olive groves.
The general store
Wilmington is 305 kilometres north of the state capital, Adelaide.
This was at Byron Bay near the start of our journey.
Such lovely young girls, Noriko Megumi & Yukako. Thanks for visiting my Surfers Paradise Road Trip South Australia photo blog. Next stop is Coober Pedy.