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.

Two weeks Gold Coast 2019

July 15, 2019 by David Herd

Two weeks Gold Coast

Two weeks Gold Coast

Two weeks Gold Coast 2019 provided a welcome relief from months of hot weather in Thailand. Caught up with some old friends & celebrated another birthday at Melbas on the park. Most days were overcast with scattered showers which suited me just fine. Above is Marine Parade Labrador.

Talking about Labrador…

Two weeks Gold Coast There is a nice restaurant next door to the Aqua building called The Lazy Lobster.

Lunch with an old friend.

Two weeks Gold Coast I have known Shane for around 30 years, he took me to lunch for my birthday.

I chose the baby Barramundi

Two weeks Gold Coast The dish was very nice however I must admit my favourite place for seafood is on Chevron Island.

Chevron Island Seafood

Two weeks Gold Coast Always fresh & the price is right. If you go make sure you say hi to Frank & Wozza.

Malcolm Kennedy

Two weeks Gold Coast Coffee on Chevron Island with Mal, another guy I have known for 30 years. Mal originally owned the Typsy Prawn restaurant on the corner of Upton St & Ashmore Road. He moved to Phuket around 2001 & opened a restaurant on the beach with the same name. Then after a few years he moved to Jomtiem & bought a venue called Simon’s Fish & Chips, he now resides on Chevron.

Melbas 38th birthday

Two weeks Gold Coast Beside me is Dave Allen, Adrian, Greg Craig & Graham La Roche.

Check out this new illuminated LED menu idea.

 Now you can throw away your glasses. πŸ™‚

Breakfast at the Island Cafe.

Two weeks Gold Coast Excellent food & coffee here.

Australian lamb price is at all time record levels.

Two weeks Gold Coast To be fair this is at the Brickworks in Ferry Rd Southport, both the seafood & butcher shop are known for their over the top prices.

Meet Sam Murphy

Two weeks Gold Coast I stayed with Tony & Nikki Murphy at their lovely home in Sorrento, Sam however is totally in charge of the house. πŸ™‚

Burleigh Heads Surf Club

Burleigh Heads breakfast A very good breakfast here, more photos of Burleigh on THIS LINK.

Avanti St Mermaid Waters

Two weeks Gold Coast My brother Ian & his wife Sandra just demolished their home & built duplexes. They sold one & live in the other. 50% of the homes in this street are now duplexes. Incredibly there is one a few doors down from Ian that just sold for $1.8 million.

Two weeks Gold Coast July 2019

Two weeks Gold CoastThanks for visiting my Two weeks Gold Coast  2019 photo blog, I hope you enjoyed it.

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Omeros Bros Gold Coast Seafood Restaurant

September 20, 2018 by David Herd

Very good restaurant in a great location.

Omeros Bros Gold Coast Seafood Restaurant

Omeros Bros Gold Coast Seafood Restaurant

Omeros Bros Gold Coast Seafood Restaurant has been a favourite of mine for around 30 years from back when it was known as the Paragon. A fabulous on the Broadwater looking towards Southport.

I usually sit inside with the air conditioning. πŸ™‚

Omeros Bros Gold Coast Seafood Restaurant However if I’m dining with a noisy mob outside is better. πŸ™‚

Lunch with friends

Omeros Bros Gold Coast Seafood Restaurant Ross & Mariana Kennedy are legends in their own lunchtime. They now live 5 minutes away at Paradise Waters.

A couple of drinks at the bar first is a good idea.

Omeros Bros Gold Coast Seafood Restaurant Perhaps a New Zealand Cloudy Bay  Sauvignon Blanc from Marlborough.

Omeros Bros Gold Coast Seafood Restaurant,  inside is a little more formal.

Omeros Bros Gold Coast Seafood Restaurant Ok, I guess it’s time to show you some food. πŸ™‚

Seafood Chowder

Omeros Bros Gold Coast Seafood Restaurant Absolutely delicious.

Omeros Bros Gold Coast Seafood Restaurant Curried Prawns

Omeros Bros Gold Coast Seafood Restaurant This is an entre size however a main course size is available if you are hungry. I’m a creature of habit & usually have the above 2 dishes after my oysters natural. πŸ™‚

Manager Robert Rank.

Omeros Bros Gold Coast Seafood Restaurant Robert has been there more years than I can remember. πŸ™‚

Southport high-rise buildings

Omeros Bros Gold Coast Seafood Restaurant Directly opposite Omeros Bros.

Flashback to 1992 with one of my favourite photos.

Omeros Bros Gold Coast Seafood Restaurant On the left is Henry Geller from California sitting beside Kelly Davis who was my girlfriend at the time. My old mate Harley Bradstreet is on the right sitting beside Tony Seures from Minas Gerais in Brazil. Tony’s Brazilian girlfriend has her arm around the neck of my late great friend Andre Buzek, RIP old buddy. 

A final photo….

Omeros Bros Gold Coast Seafood Restaurant Ross the boss Kennedy & his lovely wife Mariana & myself say farewell from my Omeros Bros Gold Coast Seafood Restaurant photo blog.

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Gold Coast Australia Visit June 2018

July 4, 2018 by David Herd

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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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. πŸ™‚

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. πŸ™‚

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

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. πŸ™‚

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. πŸ™‚ )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. πŸ™‚

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. πŸ™‚

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. πŸ™‚

Another night another dinner at Upton St

Surfers Paradise Party Animals Harley & his gay flatmate naturally came dressed in their army outfits. πŸ™‚ 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. πŸ™‚

Can’t remember the other guys name.

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Chiang Mai Province Sacred site

October 24, 2017 by David Herd

Wat Phra That Doi Suthep

Chiang Mai Province Sacred site

Chiang Mai Province Sacred site

Chiang Mai Province Sacred site, this temple is often referred to as “Doi Suthep” although this is actually the name of the mountain where it’s located. Perched on top of the mountain 15 kms from the city. 

You have a choice

Chiang Mai Province Sacred site

Climb the 300 steps to the top or take the tram. I compromised by taking the tram up & walking down. πŸ™‚

At peace among the trees

Chiang Mai Province Sacred site Our driver told us there were 2,200 temples in Chiang Mai province. 

Lots of gold here.

Chiang Mai Province Sacred site Featuring a photo of the new King.

Lots of Thai people paying respect.

Chiang Mai Province Sacred site As well as Thai there seemed to be a lot of Chinese tourists.

 Lots of steps

Chiang Mai Province Sacred site

Lots of steps & it was a very hot day, like most days in Thailand. πŸ™‚

A view of Chiang Mai

Chiang Mai Province Sacred site The view from the Temple.

Posing with the bell.

Chiang Mai Province Sacred site My friend Steven Bates & I taking a photo opportunity at the Chiang Mai Province Sacred site.

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Chiang Mai Province Sacred site 

Background on Thailand: A unified Thai kingdom was established in the mid-14th century. Known as Siam until 1939, Thailand is the only Southeast Asian country never to have been taken over by a European power. A bloodless revolution in 1932 led to a constitutional monarchy. In alliance with Japan during World War II, Thailand became a US ally following the conflict. 

Chiang Mai Province Sacred site

Chiang Mai Province Sacred site Steve has found a new friend.

More elephants

Chiang Mai Province Sacred site

Magnificent animals, magnificent statues. πŸ™‚

Shame about the advertising.

Chiang Mai Province Sacred site The signs do seem out of place here.

It’s a long way down.

Chiang Mai Province Sacred site As I said earlier I took the steps. πŸ™‚

I really like this shot. πŸ™‚

Chiang Mai Province Sacred site The children look great in their traditional clothes.

Coffee time before heading to our hotel.

Five Aussies Chiang Mai Adventure The coffee here is quite famous, sadly I prefer Starbucks. πŸ™‚

Asia’s best coffee

Chiang Mai Province Sacred site

Is the claim, this nice lady ran the coffee shop.

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Interesting Food Chiang Mai Thailand

October 22, 2017 by David Herd

Here are some excellent restaurants

Interesting Food Chiang Mai Thailand

Interesting Food Chiang Mai Thailand Interesting Food Chiang Mai Thailand, even though we were only here 4 days we found some very good restaurants. I hope his photo blog takes away the guesswork for you. πŸ™‚

Aiku 

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Aiku was right beside our hotel above Starbucks, good Japanese food at a reasonable price.  Our hotel the Dusit Princess was a terrific hotel in the very best location in Chiang Mai, book through THIS LINK for a discounted room rate.

Out of 108 Japanese restaurants in Chiang Mai TripAdvisor rate Aiku number 5.

Whole Earth restaurant

Interesting Food Chiang Mai Thailand Nestled in a beautiful garden setting this turned out to be a nice surprise, food & service were excellent.

Mushroom soup was delicious

Interesting Food Chiang Mai Thailand Very filling & a great start to our meal. 

A large menu & you can sit inside or out.

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The staff were very obliging, the chicken above was very good indeed. Rated 51 out of 1,744 restaurants by TripAdvisor.

The long & the short

Five Aussies Chiang Mai Adventure My friend Patrick is around 200 cms tall, we just had to get a photo with this tiny waitress at Whole Earth restaurant. πŸ™‚

Rabieng Na Maerim

Interesting Food Chiang Mai Thailand This delightful restaurant is halfway between the city & Wat Ban Den which is the most spectacular Thai Buddhist Temple I have ever seen .

Fresh spring roles to die for. πŸ™‚

Interesting Food Chiang Mai Thailand My only criticism was the serving was so big. πŸ™‚

Chicken sate & a Thai Omelette. 

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Both excellent.

Beautiful country view from the restaurant.

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Here comes the storm. πŸ™‚

Rock Me Burgers & Bar

Interesting Food Chiang Mai Thailand Watch the passing parade while enjoying the burgers , hot dogs & beer. Rated 38 out of 1,744 by TripAdvisor. 

I settled for a hotdog

Interesting Food Chiang Mai Thailand The best I have had in years. πŸ™‚

Fabulous green pea soup

Interesting Food Chiang Mai Thailand TripAdvisor rate David’s Kitchen the number one Chiang Mai restaurant. I’m not going to argue as the food was very good and the staff excellent.

Lamb shank

Interesting Food Chiang Mai Thailand Two of us ordered the lamb shank & were surprised when the bill showed a B200 price difference. It turned out there were 2 versions o the menu, my advice to David the very attentive owner is to ensure staff point this out rather have have an argument at the end of an excellent meal.

Talking about he owner

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He makes an effort to interact with his customers & explained that his wife come in of a morning to make he deserts. Here are two fabulous old photos of them in their younger days. David looks like is stepped out of the role as the artful dodger in Charles Dickens novel Oliver Twist. πŸ™‚

Interesting Food Chiang Mai Thailand

Interesting Food Chiang Mai Thailand The staff singing happy birthday to some happy customers.

Dusit Princess good rooms & great location

Remarkable Temple Chiang Mai Thailand 

A terrific hotel in the very best location in Chiang Mai, book through THIS LINK for a discounted room rate.

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Four Aussies Chiang Mai Adventure

October 18, 2017 by David Herd

Our Hotel was in a great location

Four Aussies Chiang Mai Adventure

Four Aussies Chiang Mai AdventureFour Aussies Chiang Mai Adventure, our hotel the Dusit Princess is the white building on the left. Without a doubt this is the very best location in Chiang Mai.

A terrific hotel in the very best location in Chiang Mai, book through THIS LINK for a discounted room rate.

 Across the road from our hotel

Five Aussies Chiang Mai Adventure Burger King & Hard Rock Cafe are there if you don’t want to eat Thai food. πŸ™‚

Of course sometimes it rains.

Five Aussies Chiang Mai Adventure When it rains in Thailand it really rains. πŸ™‚

 Opposite the Dusit Princess.

Five Aussies Chiang Mai Adventure Only 50 meters up the road is the famous night market.

 Entrance to the night market

Five Aussies Chiang Mai Adventure Not just a night market but lot’s of bars & restaurants, many specializing in live seafood.

Forty winks

Four Aussies Chiang Mai Adventure

Relaxing at the night market.

LadyBoys everywhere. πŸ™‚

Four Aussies Chiang Mai Adventure It looks like Patrick has found some soul mates. πŸ™‚

Of course if you want a massage

Five Aussies Chiang Mai Adventure There are many available not as suspect as this one. πŸ™‚

 Three Aussies

Five Aussies Chiang Mai Adventure Here are 3 of the 4 Aussies on this trip besides Patrick, Steven & Justin Bates & yours truly David Herd.

Patrick is around 200 cm tall. πŸ™‚

Five Aussies Chiang Mai Adventure He returned to his home in Singapore for his 51st birthday on October 8.

 Le Meridien Hotel

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The Meridien has an excellent Italian restaurant.

So many food outlets

Five Aussies Chiang Mai Adventure In fact I’m doing a separate blog on some of the great Chiang Mai restaurants we found, including David’s Kitchen & Whole Earth which were both excellent. 

Four Aussies Chiang Mai Adventure

Five Aussies Chiang Mai Adventure We flew Nok Air return from Bangkok & I must say it was an absolute pleasure, the best budget airline I have flown with.

Dusit Princess good rooms & great location

Remarkable Temple Chiang Mai Thailand 

A terrific hotel in the very best location in Chiang Mai, book through THIS LINK for a discounted room rate.

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Remarkable Temple Chiang Mai Thailand

October 18, 2017 by David Herd

You gotta love a pink elephant. πŸ™‚

Remarkable Temple Chiang Mai Thailand

Remarkable Temple Chiang Mai Thailand

Remarkable Temple Chiang Mai Thailand Wat Ban Den is the most impressive I have ever seen. It was totally renovated in 1998 after the new Abbott Kru Ba Tuang raised huge amounts of money from people all over the country.

Work is still in progress

Remarkable Temple Chiang Mai Thailand

 As you can see from the first 2 photos work is still in progress. πŸ™‚

Incredible works of art

Remarkable Temple Chiang Mai Thailand The detail and the beauty really takes your breath away.

They could be twins. πŸ™‚

Remarkable Temple Chiang Mai Thailand Patrick Taylor is an Aussie living in Singapore, he loves having his photo taken & is fully certified selfie expert. πŸ™‚

The Tigers are here.

Remarkable Temple Chiang Mai Thailand Everywhere you look there is another fabulous statue.

Totally spectacular

Remarkable Temple Chiang Mai Thailand As I said before Wat Ban Den is the most impressive Thai Temple I have ever seen. 

Absolutely brand new.

Remarkable Temple Chiang Mai Thailand It’s a huge credit to Abbott Kru Ba Tuang & all the generous Buddhists who donated money to completely renovate the original structures as well as adding new.

Magnificent dragon

Remarkable Temple Chiang Mai Thailand This would be a great location for an Asian version of “Game of Thrones.” πŸ™‚

Renovated in 1804 & 1998.

Remarkable Temple Chiang Mai Thailand In  1804, Kruba Thueang Natsilo, a former abbot, also had the temple renovated. It became far more exquisite with Lanna-style architecture. The abbot intended to turn it into a beautiful place of worship with religious teachings. He hoped this would attract more people to the temple so that they would have a chance to learn about the religion. 

Ring the bell folks. πŸ™‚

Remarkable Temple Chiang Mai Thailand The temple stands prominently on top of a small hill and can be easily seen from afar.

Remarkable Temple Chiang Mai Thailand

Remarkable Temple Chiang Mai Thailand As you can clearly see this Temple is a photographer’s dream.

Attention to detail…

Remarkable Temple Chiang Mai Thailand Perfection is everywhere you look.

My favorite shot

Remarkable Temple Chiang Mai Thailand I think I captured a special moment here.

Reach for the sky

Remarkable Temple Chiang Mai Thailand Surely this has to inspire you? πŸ™‚

Patrick & I enjoying Wat Van Den

Remarkable Temple Chiang Mai Thailand As you can see Pat is a very tall happy character.

I have found a new friend.

Remarkable Temple Chiang Mai Thailand Many thanks for visiting my Remarkable Temple Chiang Mai Thailand photo blog.

The Dusit Princess

Remarkable Temple Chiang Mai Thailand

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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, he’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. πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

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. πŸ™‚

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. πŸ™‚

 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. πŸ™‚ 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.

Magnificent Australian Tiny Home

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. πŸ™‚

 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

Friends Food Fun Gold Coast 2017

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. πŸ™‚ 

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

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. πŸ™‚

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. πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

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Blue Sky Boats Gold Coast Broadwater

August 22, 2017 by David Herd

Spectacular Gold Coast View

Blue Sky Boats Gold Coast Broadwater

Blue Sky Boats Gold Coast Broadwater 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.

Broadwater entrance

Blue Sky Boats Gold Coast Broadwater Beside those rocks is the entrance channel to the Broadwater, or the exit depending on which way you are going. πŸ™‚

Blue Sky Boats Gold Coast Broadwater

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.

 Blue Sky Boats Gold Coast Broadwater Everything from jet skis to huge luxury cruisers, all hoping to enjoy Blue Sky Boats Gold Coast Broadwater & maybe a bag full of fish.

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Some get into trouble when the sea is rough.

Blue Sky Boats Gold Coast Broadwater The rescue boat is always there to lend a hand.

My friend’s catamaran. 

Blue Sky Boats Gold Coast Broadwater

 A nice way to escape the rat race of Surfers Paradise. πŸ™‚

Blue Sky Boats Gold Coast Broadwater

Blue Sky Boats Gold Coast Broadwater

 A great day out on the Broadwater.

Some guys prefer to fish.

Blue Sky Boats Gold Coast Broadwater Boats, who needs boats? We are here to catch a big one.

And I’m here for a sun tan.

Blue Sky Boats Gold Coast Broadwater

 So no matter what you are interested in you will find it n the Broadwater.

Did I mention the seafood?

Blue Sky Boats Gold Coast Broadwater 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.

Blue Sky Boats Gold Coast Broadwater 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.

Blue Sky Boats Gold Coast Broadwater These medium size king prawns are around $25 aud a kilo.

Decisions, decisions.

Blue Sky Boats Gold Coast Broadwater Take the at out or……..

Order lunch at one of the many restaurants?

Blue Sky Boats Gold Coast Broadwater

 So many decisions & such little time. πŸ™‚

Back to  Blue Sky Boats Gold Coast Broadwater

Blue Sky Boats Gold Coast Broadwater What a fabulous part of the world.

Houston, we have lift off.

Kite surfer on Australia's Gold Coast.

The kite surfer is having a ball.

An amazing view.

Blue Sky Boats Gold Coast Broadwater 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.

Here is the view from the opposite side of the Broadwater towards Southport.

Blue Sky Boats Gold Coast Broadwater

Over the years I spent countless hours on my boat in this very area.

Finally a birds eye view of Surfers Paradise

Blue Sky Boats Gold Coast Broadwater

Absolutely spectacular, featuring the Southport yacht in the foreground.

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