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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.

Kitchens Robina Town Centre Gold Coast

March 19, 2017 by David Herd | 0 comments

Fabulous Robina food court

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 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

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. 🙂

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. 🙂

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? 🙂

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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Relocate Sydney Gold Coast 1987

September 13, 2016 by David Herd

The big move to QLD post is my personal photo history, not part of my travel blog.

Relocate Sydney Gold Coast 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

Relocate Sydney Gold Coast 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

Relocate Sydney Gold Coast 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

Relocate Sydney Gold Coast 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 2016 when I was on the Coast for 10 days.

My beautiful German Shepherd Madison

Relocate Sydney Gold Coast

For the first 3 months in QLD I rented Peter Lewis’s house in Witt Avenue Cararra, here is Di Parkinson my ex girlfriend (in the white cap) & a friend of hers cooling off in the pool.

Jim Cox & Larry Wilson

Relocate Sydney Gold Coast

Jim was ex Adelaide now living on the Gold Coast and Larry was and still is I believe a local Solicitor.

Cararra January 1987

Relocate Sydney Gold Coast 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.

Relocate Sydney Gold Coast 36 Claymore Crescent Sorrento became my home for the next 3 years.

Next came the boat. 🙂

Relocate Sydney Gold Coast 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.

Relocate Sydney Gold Coast I built one big enough to have a party on, even before it’s finished. 🙂

The Finished product.

Relocate Sydney Gold Coast Check out the size of this magnificent jetty.

Jetty! What jetty, I don’t see a jetty.

Relocate Sydney Gold Coast When the storms came the jetty disappeared.

What time can I start having fun?

Relocate Sydney Gold Coast

I forget their names, no wait a minute, that’s Tova on the right,  I think they were from Yugoslavia.

 Relaxing on the Broadwater

Relocate Sydney Gold Coast The Gold Coast is a lot more fun with a boat. 🙂

Of course 36 Claymore Crescent soon turned into party central

Relocate Sydney Gold Coast 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.

Absolutely beautiful

Relocate Sydney Gold Coast 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

Relocate Sydney Gold Coast I said I had built it big enough to have a party on it, well here is proof.

 Megumi & Harley Bradstreet

Relocate Sydney Gold Coast 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

Relocate Sydney Gold Coast 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

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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

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There is no escape from these special forces assassins.

 Allison Schroder, a real wild child. 🙂

Relocate Sydney Gold Coast

18 years old & as wild as they come.

Allison was a lot of fun

Relocate Sydney Gold Coast

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

Relocate Sydney Gold Coast With Allison and Winnie on the hill above Byron Bay.

 
Jim Stanbury & Suzie in Adelaide

Relocate Sydney Gold Coast

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

Relocate Sydney Gold Coast 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.

Relocate Sydney Gold Coast 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

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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.

Adelaide 1989

Relocate Sydney Gold Coast 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

Relocate Sydney Gold Coast 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.

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Follow THIS LINK for the difference in 2014.

Tanya Rigley, Richard Blair aka Stingy & Warwick Robinson.

Relocate Sydney Gold Coast This was the first stop in my road trip to Sydney, Melbourne & Adelaide. Lunch at Oatlands golf club. Stingy, Wokka & myself looking decidedly thinner.

The Robinsons 1988

Relocate Sydney Gold Coast

Hard to believe it is 29 years ago.

The Pines at Santuary Cove

Relocate Sydney Gold Coast I took a corporate membership when Sanctuary Cove opened, here are playing partners Tony Scanlan & Michael Fusco.

Relocate Sydney Gold Coast

Dinner at Sanctuary Cove Golf Club

Relocate Sydney Gold Coast A very poor quality but too many memories not to include. 🙂 My date for the night was lovely Wendy Winspear, I just can’t remember the name of the German couple.

Sadly Wendy passed away in December 2016, (age 59) she will be missed by so many good friends.

I can’t remember these girls names either.

Relocate Sydney Gold Coast They were two American air stewardesses from Hawaii, naturally I took them boating.

David Robertson

Relocate Sydney Gold Coast

Ex Melbourne lad living in luxury on the Gold Coast, it does help being the heir to the Macrobertson Chocolate fortune. 🙂

Some of the usual suspects

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Wendy Winspear on the left, Barry Kemp centre & Warwick Robinson, Paul Slaughter & Richard Blair.

Let’s finish with these 2 gorgeous babes

Relocate Sydney Gold Coast  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.

City Cat cruise                        Hotels                               Restaurants    

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Main Square Zagreb          Good Value Brisbane City Hotels         Brisbane Australia

           Koh Samui                          Korea                                  London

Thailand island          Good Value Brisbane City Hotels          St Pauls Cathredal London

         Bangkok                                Osaka                                     Pattaya

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                                       Great hotel room rates anywhere in the world if you book
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Boomtown Bundall Gold Coast Australia

August 15, 2016 by David Herd

Upton Street Bundall

Bundall Gold Coast Australia 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

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

Bundall Gold Coast Australia

Around the corner in Bundall Road is the iconic Corporate Centre.

Bundall Road near Crombie Avenue

Bundall Gold Coast Australia A couple of the Bundall Road prestige office buildings.

McLauchlan & Partners

Bundall Gold Coast Australia

A financial planning company at 80-82 Upton St, Bundall, I knew Alex many years ago in the late 8os when his office was in Southport. I remember him as a keen golfer who enjoyed a beer.

The Good Guys

Bundall Gold Coast Australiag Another huge Queensland discount electrical store.

Adult toy shop

Bundall Gold Coast Australia Here is where you can buy all those adult toys & accessories to put some buzz back into your sex life.

Right across the road

Bundall Gold Coast Australia

For those lonely guys here is Silks one of the local brothels, as I said earlier Upton Street Bundall has everything you could possibly need. 🙂

For all you need to know about the local hookers just follow THIS LINK.

Here’s a map

Bundall Gold Coast Australia

So you guys won’t get lost. 🙂

OK, back to reality

Bundall Gold Coast Australia This is one of about 3 major lighting stores on Upton Street Bundall.

The race track

Melbourne Cup Surfers Paradise

Upton St also butts onto the Southport race track which used to be the only track in Australia to host a meeting every Saturday.

Surfers Paradise view from the racetrack.

Masters Hardware

Bundall Gold Coast Australia This huge store is quite amazing, sadly however they are currently in the hands of receivers.

Here is an important tip for you

Bundall Gold Coast Australia

Dr Paul Ferguson is an excellent skin cancer doctor who has been treating me for many years. He is very busy so you need to book a fair way ahead.

The adjacent suburb is Isle of Capri, to find out more just follow THIS LINK.

106 Upton Street

Bundall Gold Coast Australia

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.

                            Here are some more posts to check out
              Sydney                               Paris                                   Bangkok
Sydney Opera house        Paris hotel        Grand Palace Bangkok
               Tokyo                        Rio De Janeiro                        Budapest
Tokyo        Carla, what a girl. photo CopacabanabeachNov2003-128.jpg        Buda Castle
           London                            Beijing                            Capetown
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             Great hotel room rates anywhere in the world if you book
                  through these links below.  Book now & pay later. 🙂
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                         Amazing Bangkok busses               Amazing Bangkok busses
Pattaya webcam

 

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Isle of Capri Gold Coast Australia

August 14, 2016 by David Herd

Ciao on Capri

Capri Gold Coast Australia

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

Capri Gold Coast Australia 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

Capri Gold Coast Australia A wonderful fit-out at this trendy bar restaurant, specializing in Pasta & pizza as well as a few traditional Italian dishes.

Cicchetti

Capri Gold Coast Australia

High ceilings and chandeliers.

The Fish Emporium

Capri Gold Coast Australia Perfect for a long lazy lunch beside the Isle of Capri waterfront.

View from Fish Emporium.

 photo Lunch at Isle of Capri 8.jpg If you are going to enjoy a fish meal you need to be beside the water. 🙂

Ross Kennedy & I enjoying an Asahi beer.

Capri Gold Coast Australia A couple of cold beers before a New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc.

Delicious seafood

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We shared 4 dishes, had 2 beers and a bottle of wine and the bill came to $204 plus tip.

Lunch was excellent

Capri Gold Coast Australia As was the service and the food.

The Greener Grocer

Capri Gold Coast Australia Naturally there is a very good supermarket as well.

The carnivores have not been forgotten. 🙂

 photo IMG_4165.jpg I did notice they had crumbed cutlets here, one of my favorite meals.

Oysters to die for.

Capri Gold Coast Australia 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

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Manolas Bros

Capri Gold Coast Australia Con and Steve Manolas have been sharing their passion of food and their love of connecting with Gold Coasters for more than 20 years.

Manolas at Capri Gold Coast Australia

Capri Gold Coast Australia One of the best delicatessens on the Gold Coast, there is another branch at Broadbeach. They also serve a very good breakfast.

This was before our long lunch at the Fish Emporium

 photo Lunch at Isle of Capri 6.jpg Cold beers at Edgewater to begin our marathon lunch at Capri Gold Coast Australia.

Espresso Martini

Capri Gold Coast Australia The first time I have tried an Espresso Martini but it is not actually a martini, it’s made with coffee liqueur and vodka. We had two each at Edgewater. 🙂

Very smooth indeed

Capri Gold Coast Australia

These babies really knock your socks off.

Coffee shops everywhere

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Q1 skyscraper

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For a discounted rate at the Q1 hotel just book through THIS LINK.

                               

 Here are some more posts to check out
 
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Sydney Opera house        Paris hotel        Grand Palace Bangkok
             Tokyo                        Rio De Janeiro                        Budapest
Tokyo        Copacabana        Buda Castle
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Pattaya webcam

That’s all folks

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My fantastic Gold Coast life 1999

July 31, 2016 by David Herd

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 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

Gold Coast life 1999 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

Gold Coast life 1999 A simple phone call would result in an hour or so of passion, priceless. 🙂

A little more of Kathy

Kathy Calder Without a doubt Kathy had one of the hottest bodies I have ever seen. 🙂

 Lots of parties lots of girls, Narrelle, Simone & Kushler.

Gold Coast life 1999 All through the 90s and beyond the parties never stopped.

Myoung-sook a nice Korean lady

Gold Coast life 1999

Myoung and I spent some time together in 1999.

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she was quite a keen golfer.

Lorrie & Leonie

Gold Coast life 1999 I took Lorrie & Leonie boating, they were two Canadians visiting the Gold Coast.

Dinner at Ashmore Steak & Seafood

David Herd Thailand This popular restaurant always ensured you never left hungry.

 Narrelle, Jack Delanty and Larry Krausz NYE 1998

Gold Coast life 1999 The celebrations were at Sylvester’s on Chevron Island.

Lollipops at Sylvester’s

Gold Coast life 1999 Evelyn & Tina love sucking Chuppa Chups. 🙂

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Natasha & Alex

Gold Coast life 1999 New Years Eve 1998 and the girls are feeling no pain. 🙂

Nindie at Marina Mirage

Gold Coast life 1999 Nindie had a restaurant called Isobar at the Marina Mirage.

 My best friend Ziggy

Gold Coast life 1999 My beautiful Doberman waiting for me to dock at the jetty.

Rick Felsing from Sydney

Gold Coast life 1999 Tucking into freshly caught mud crabs washed down with a Margaret white.

Dinner & red wine with beautiful Akiko

Gold Coast life 1999

Beautiful Akiko is one of the most gorgeous Japanese girls I have ever met.

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Perhaps THE MOST GORGEOUS. 🙂

Talking about gorgeous meet Aurora

Gold Coast life 1999

In my opinion the most gorgeous Melbas girl ever.

Melbas on the Park

Gold Coast life 1999 Surfers Paradise most iconic bar ever.

Mother’s day 1999

Gold Coast life 1999 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.

Gold Coast life 1999 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.

Gold Coast life 1999

Having said all that let’s get back to 1999. 🙂

Jimmy Bell & the smokers

Gold Coast life 1999 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

Gold Coast life 1999 And yes the silly tattoo is a temporary one from Thailand. 🙂

Ray Shultz & Phil “Swifty” Gregory

Gold Coast life 1999 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.

Farewell Colleen

Gold Coast life 1999 Colleen was leaving Saks bar & restaurant, owners Duncan McGuiness & Steve are wishing her well.

Phil Thomson, another great friend.

Gold Coast life 1999 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

 photo Beauty amp the beast.jpg It was a very difficult decision to decide which one to drive. 🙂

Ziggy & my boat

Gold Coast life 1999 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

Gold Coast life 1999 Catie, Marina & Kylie were waitresses at a popular Main Beach cafe.

Mike Wood, Greg Craig and Dave Allen.

 photo Mike20Wood20Greg20Craig20amp20Dave20Allen.jpg A few drinks at Melbas in as we did so many times over the years, it was simply Gold Coast life 1999.

Sweet Myumi

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. 🙂


                 Here are some more posts on my wild wicked ways. :)

                   Life 2015                  Family history                   Life 1982

fivestarvagabond          David Herd          David Herd Sydney

  Adelaide 1972                 Iron Bar Freddy               Sydney 2006

David Herd Australia          Big Tim Bristow          Lobster mornay at the Freeway photo April24FreewayHotel-33.jpg

  Thailand 2008                Gold Coast Babes               World trip 2003

David Herd Thailand         David Herd Gold Coast          Copacabana beach

             Great hotel room rates anywhere in the world if you book
                  through these links below.  Book now & pay later. 🙂
                              Bangkok Hotels                    Pattaya Hotels
                         Amazing Bangkok busses               Amazing Bangkok busses
Pattaya webcam

  That’s all folks

Thailand Europe Vietnam Japan

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Sydney Gold Coast 2013

May 12, 2016 by David Herd

January 1st 2013, please note, Sydney Gold Coast 2013 is not part of my Travel Blog. It’s my personal history, check it out if you wish.

Sydney Gold Coast 2013

Sydney Gold Coast 2013 was a trip I did starting from 72 Wrights Road Drummoyne on January 1st after spending a couple of weeks at my cousin’s home in Balgowlah. I spent News Years Eve with Peter Hobbs & friends, left early the next day to meet friends for coffee at Dee Why before calling in to see Sue at Newport. From there I drove to my brothers home in Port Macquarie and finally onto the Gold Coast before flying back home to Thailand.

With Peter Hobbs

Sydney Gold Coast 2013 Wrights Road in these apartments was my home for 6 years from 1979, some of the best years of my life. In fact check out my 1982 photo blog and see for yourself.

Middle building, top floor, right side.

Sydney Gold Coast 2013 Unit 12 was my home for six very happy years.

 Coffee at Dee Why, Sydney Gold Coast 2013

Sydney Gold Coast 2013 Old friend Paul Slaughter and I enjoying coffee before heading to Newport to see Sue Ellis.

Sue’s home in Crescent Ave Newport

Sydney Gold Coast 2013

Tim Bristow’s lovely home in Newport, Tim passed away aged 72 about 10 years ago.  His long time (& long suffering) partner Sue still lives here.

I played tennis here many times in the 80s.

Tim Bristow

Sue Ellis was and still is a terrific tennis player, we played many times and to my dismay I never won a single set. Sue just turned 60 this year and is ranked number 7 in the over 60 Tennis Seniors Australia Rankings in Womens Singles.

January 1st 2013

Tim Bristow

After many years I was happy to visit Sue, the home is still as picture perfect as when Big Tim used fuss around keeping everything neat & tidy.

Next stop Port Macquarie

Sydney Gold Coast 2013 Breakfast with Chris Lockwood & my brother Warren.

Kerry, Lynn and Bryan

Sydney Gold Coast 2013 Kerry, Lynn & Bryan, another one of the Herd brothers having dinner at the Great Wall of China restaurant in Port Macquarie.

Chris Lockwood aka Dr Evil.

Sydney Gold Coast 2013 Chris is a close friend of my brother Warren, they regularly travel the world together.

 The Gold Coast

Sydney Gold Coast 2013 Here I am with three good friends in Surfers Paradise. Craig Sulzberger aka Sudzi, Ross Kennedy & Greg “Noodles” Craig.

Bob Martin, Sydney Gold Coast 2013

Sydney Gold Coast 2013 Bob & I have been friends for over 40 years. We had some great times together in Sydney in the 70s with our other great mate Peter Lewis. Here we are having coffee on Chevron Island.

Last but not least in Sydney Gold Coast 2013

David Herd Thailand My great mate Phil Thomson from Runaway Bay. Phil was to blame for getting me hooked on Japan, he and his wife Junko showed me the ropes in Tokyo in 2007.

Thanks for visiting my Sydney Gold Coast 2013 photo blog.


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Relocate Sydney Gold Coast

January 15, 2016 by David Herd

The story starts in 1986

Relocate Sydney Gold Coast Relocate Sydney Gold Coast took place in January 1987, but lets go back a couple of months to when I was living at Newport Beach in Sydney. I had just broken up with my fiancée, beautiful Karen Smith, we were engaged and living together in a wonderful old home in Newport overlooking the Royal Motor Yacht Club. To add to my woes I had also just been sacked from a high paying job as National Sales Manager for Ricoh facsimile machines.

For the past few years I was a regular visitor to the Gold Coast so at the time moving there permanently seemed to be the right thing to do. I had many friends living in Surfers Paradise including Graham Edwards aka “Crazy” who you see in the photo above.

My ex fiancée Karen Smith

Relocate Sydney Gold Coast 

Karen was a beautiful lady and a lovely human being, but looking back I finally realised by the mid 90s I was not cut out for “long term relationships”, and the older I get the less I need the company of others.

Paul Slaughter and Tony Murphy

Relocate Sydney Gold Coast Two close friends in December 1986 were helping me celebrate the move north. Tony was living in Avalon at the time and now in 2016 resides on the Gold Coast.

Not part of my travel blog just a huge chapter in my life.

Bryan Millard

Relocate Sydney Gold Coast Bryan lived close to me at Newport and we were regular drinkers at the Newport Arms Hotel.

Now here is a strange coincidence, one week after I posted Brian’s photo here he was convicted in Noosa for various infringements. Here is the full story.

Big Tim Bristow & Sue Ellis

Big Tim Bristow Another neighbour the notorious Big Tim Bristow, read more about him here.

Now when I visit Sydney I book my hotel through this link for great room rates.

Ok, bye bye Sydney, Gold Coast here I come.

David Herd Sydney I had to return my company car so my transport consisted of my little red Moke. Do you like my impersonation of the “White Knight” at the Watson’s Bay Hotel?

Di Parkinson & Madison

Relocate Sydney Gold Coast

Di Parkinson was my beautiful ex girlfriend from the 70s, Madison was my beautiful German Shepherd. For the first 3 months I rented a house at Carrara from my good friend Peter Lewis before buying a house at Sorrento.

Jim Cox & Larry Wilson

Relocate Sydney Gold Coast

Jim was a friend of mine in Adelaide when I lived there in the 70s, Larry was a solicitor in Southport and was responsible for me taking up golf, I have never totally forgiven him. 🙂

My Sorrento home

Relocate Sydney Gold Coast I bought a house at 36 Claymore Crescent and it soon became party central.

Naturally I bought a boat

Relocate Sydney Gold Coast A very pretty little runabout with a 150 HP Suzuki on the back.

Allison and Winnie

Relocate Sydney Gold Coast The girls came with me to Byron Bay to pick up my new toy. I had been taking Winnie out occasionally until she introduced me to her 18 year old girlfriend Allison, well I’m guessing you know what happened next. 🙂

Then I had to build a jetty.

 photo Newjettychristenned.jpg Here we are christening the jetty even before it is finished, apologies for the poor photo quality.

The finished product

Relocate Sydney Gold Coast What a beauty it was, big enough to have a party on, and we did very often indeed.

Afternoon drinks on the Jetty

Relocate Sydney Gold Coast My new girlfriend on the left was Tanya Rigley, oh my didn’t she cause me some stress. On the far right is George Hoult aka the “Angry Ant”, I bumped into him outside my condo in Pattaya in December 2015. Sitting next to him is Malcolm Pearce, Mick Cottrell is standing and the little guy in the middle is my old mate Harley Bradstreet.

Jetty! What jetty, I don’t see a jetty.

Relocate Sydney Gold Coast It does often rain a little on the Gold Coast, and the canal my house was on was a long way from the main river. Consequently it would take quite a while for the water  to subside after a heavy storm.

Fancy dress party

 photo 1988007.jpg My great mate Bob Martin threw a party at his home near Carrara, I forget the theme, something to do with camels or Lawrence of Arabia I think. On the right is Don Wenham who sadly passed away in 2016 after a long battle with cancer.

Harley is locked & loaded

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This great mate of mine loved to dress up in his combat gear, it didn’t have to be a fancy dress party, he sometimes strolled into a Surfers Paradise bar dressed like this.

Here is Marco

 photo Marco.jpg A Croatian friend from Sydney who had more moves than a Swiss watch, Marco always had some sort of scheme on the go, designed of course to relieve somebody of their precious savings.

Such a beautiful girl

 photo Beautifulgirldiedyoung.jpg This was one of my many parties at Claymore Crescent, sadly a few months after this photo was taken this gorgeous lost her life in a traffic accident, RIP.

 Cold beers on the Broadwater

 photo DHampMike1987.jpg Mike was an English guy who eventually moved to Sydney. Boating was a big part of my life in my early days on the Gold Coast.

A couple of hot European ladies

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Another day on the Broadwater, on the right is Tova.


Adelaide 1988

Jim Stanbury & Suzie in Adelaide photo JimStanburyampSuzy1987.jpg

Jim Stanbury & Suzie in Adelaide, I was there for the Formula one in 1988, Jim used to work for me in Melbourne in 1970.

Come fly with me

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I was in Adelaide again in 1989, Jim took me for a spin to Victor Harbour and I actually took the controls for a while.

Allison Schroeder

Allison Schroder photo AllisonSchrodergreatface.jpg

I clearly remember flying to Brisbane from Adelaide after the Formula one and being met at the airport by this beautiful 18 year old princess. We checked in to a hotel for 2 nights, ordered room service the first night then saw Billy Joel perform at Brisbane entertainment centre  the following night November 17.

In case you are wondering how a 44 year old guy could wind up with such a young babe, quite simple really, I promised her the world and bought her an atlas. 🙂

Relaxing on the broadwater

David Herd Thailand The decision to Relocate Sydney Gold Coast was indeed a major event in my life, I would spend the next 25 years there before selling all my possessions and moving to Thailand in October 2011.

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Gold Coast Australia beautiful beaches

September 4, 2013 by David Herd

Surfers Paradise

Gold Coast Australia beautiful beaches

Gold Coast Australia beautiful beaches, my home for 25 years from 1987 and have many wonderful memories. It is like a smaller version of Fort Lauderdale in Florida, miles & miles of canals with luxury homes enjoying waterfront living.

Surfers Paradise sunset.

Gold Coast Australia beautiful beaches

Buildings overlooking the Nerang river in Surfers Paradise.

Gold Coast Australia beautiful beaches

Gold Coast Australia beautiful beaches

The Gold Coast in Australia is one of Australia’s most popular tourist destinations, 80 kilometers south of Brisbane and 800 kilometres north of Sydney.

David Herd relaxing on the Broadwater.Gold Coast Australia beautiful beaches

Leisure activities for the locals revolve around spending a day on a boat on the Broadwater, or enjoying the world class beaches. Surfing is a huge sport on the Coast, visitors from all over the world flock here to enjoy the pristine white sandy beaches.


Southport skyline.

Gold Coast Australia beautiful beaches

Boating is one of the main pastimes on the Gold Coast.

Point Danger in NSW.Gold Coast

I am virtually standing on the border of NSW & QLD taking the above photo.

Surfers Paradise beach.Gold Coast Australia beautiful beaches

The are miles of beautiful white sandy beaches, sadly council planning over the years has been 2nd rate by allowing high rise structures to be built along the beach, resulting in encroaching shadows on the beach from mid afternoon.

Amazing seafood on Gold Coast.

Gold Coast Australia beautiful beaches My good friend Phil Thomson & I decided to enjoy some amazing seafood for lunch. The Gold Coast definitely has some of the finest in the world, it is one of the few things I really miss about Australia.

Charis seafood market at Labrador.

Charis seafood Gold Coast Check out the magnificent selection of fresh seafood.

This was my home on Australia’s Gold Coast for 21 years.gold coast australia

I mentioned earlier the miles of canals with luxury homes enjoying waterfront living. This was my home in Surfers Paradise for 21 years from 1990 until I sold up and moved to Thailand in October 2011. It was 503 square meters with 7 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms a jetty and a sandy beach. I designed the home, and added a 2nd story in 2004, and did we have some great parties there? You bet we did. 😎

The Gold Coast Turf Club.

Gold Coast Turf Club Horse racing is a huge industry in Australia, I could actually see this course from my home, it is the only track in the country which has a race meeting every week of the year.

Beer from a semi trailer

Gold Coast Australia beautiful beaches Every knows Australians love their beer, they even bring a semi trailer to the race track to make sure everyone has enough to drink.

Hang gliding on Mount Tambourine.gold coast australia

A 45 minute drive west from the coast is Mt Tambourine which is part of Australia’s Great Dividing Range. A popular place for hang gliding as well as many quaint little restaurants and hotels if you fell like getting away from the coast.

Byron Bay lighthouse is Australia’s most easterly point.Byron Bay lighthouse

This is the place in Australia hit by the first rays of the morning sun. Byron Bay is one of the most popular beach side backpacker destinations in the country.

Secluded beach south of Byron Bay.

Byron Bay beach

Gold Coast Australia beautiful beaches.

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Diving Dolphins at Sea World.Sea World dolphins

Personally I would prefer these beautiful animals were set free in the ocean.

I guess Dolphins like a tummy rub.

Gold Coast Australia beautiful beaches

There are many theme parks on the Gold Coast, Sea world, Dreamworld, Movie World, Wet & Wild and many more. So it really is a wonderful family destination.

Sea World Polar Bear.Sea World polar bear

Beautiful creatures but sad to see them in captivity.

Water Ski stunts.Sea World water ski

These guys put on quite a show.

Prepare for take off.Sea World water ski

You can stay right beside Seaworld at their nice hotel.

Chevron Renaissance.Gold Coast Australia beautiful beaches

In the heart of Surfers Paradise the Chevron Renaissance holiday apartments have many interesting cafes & restaurants to dine at.


Colonial golf club at Robina

Gold Coast Australia beautiful beaches The Gold Coast has many world class golf courses and the Colonial at Robina is no exception, there is water on almost every hole so take plenty of balls.

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Cararra stadium

Metricon Stadium at Carrara. photo MetriconStadium2.jpg

Home ground for the Gold Coast Suns AFL team.

My beautiful Mercedes Sports.
Gold Coast Australia beautiful beaches

I just could not do a post on the Gold Coast without slipping in a photos of my beautiful yellow canary. This magic little car carried me around the Gold Coast for 17 years.

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My two beautiful chariots.

Gold Coast David Herd These were my two babies when I lived on the Gold Coast, it was compulsory to have the proper toys. Many Australians consider the coast to be a flashy superficial place, and frankly I agree with them. However flashy & superficial can be fun when you are young enough to enjoy it. Sadly it seems when you get a little older you seem to tire a little with this life. I did, so I moved to Thailand in October 2011 and have replaced flashy & superficial with down & dirty, only joking folks.  😆

Listen to Harry Chapin describe my life in about 7 minutes.

               Farewell Australia
David Herd Thailand Farewell drinks at Melbas on the Park with the usual suspects.
 
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Here I am with friends on the Gold Coast before moving to Thailand

 

Visiting friends November 2014

 

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