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.

Friends Food Fun Gold Coast 2017

August 28, 2017 by David Herd

House sitting August 2017 

Friends Food Fun Gold Coast 2017

Friends Food Fun Gold Coast 2017

Friends Food Fun Gold Coast 2017 gave me a welcome break from the relentless heat in Thailand. I offered to house sit & look after Sam the dog for my friends Tony & Nikki Murphy.

Melbas is still my favorite bar

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

Rebel without a cause

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

Fresh prawns from the trawler

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

Here is where you buy them.

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

Friends from the 80’s

Friends Food Fun Gold Coast 2017

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

George & his lovely Thai lady.

Friends Food Fun Gold Coast 2017 George was on his way to spend a week sailing around the Whitsundays. La Rustica has been around forever & still serves very good food at the right price.

Flashback 30 years to November 1987

Friends Food Fun Gold Coast 2017Here I am at La Rustica with Winnie & Allison in 1987, how time flies when you are having fun. I was lucky enough to have a fling with both of these ladies,  Allison was only 18 at the time so I promised her the world & bought her an atlas. ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

The best fish & chip shop on the Gold Coast.

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

Wazza makes me lunch

Friends Food Fun Gold Coast 2017

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

Omeros Bros

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

Here are two of my favorite dishes 

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Seafood chowder & Curried prawns. 

Check out my photo blog of the Broadwater.

Lets check breakfast at Greendays.

Friends Food Fun Gold Coast 2017

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

Friends Food Fun Gold Coast 2017  & breakfast at Goodies

Friends Food Fun Gold Coast 2017

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

The mob at Melbas. 

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

A gorgeous Brazilian girl at Melbas.

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

Check out my Melbas photo blog.

Another gorgeous lady

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

 A morning in Kingscliff.

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

Check out my Kingscliff photo blog fro March 2017.

A great breakfast at Kettles in Kingscliff.

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

Friends Food Fun Gold Coast 2017

Friends Food Fun Gold Coast 2017

 A flat surf at Surfers Paradise beach.

Meet Bill & Fred.

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

Check out my YouTube video.

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

 Fred is a biker as well as a builder.

Friends Food Fun Gold Coast 2017

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

Friends Food Fun Gold Coast 2017

Friends Food Fun Gold Coast 2017

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

Sanctuary Cove

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

Steves home

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

Sanctuary Cove tavern

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

Ioesco Italian restaurant

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

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

Lamb shanks from Aldi

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

 Flashback to 1985

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

Peking Duck at Broadbeach.

Friends Food Fun Gold Coast 2017

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

Yum Cha Cuisine Pacific Fair

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

 Yum Cha

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

 A blast from the past.

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

Check out my 1973 photo blog for some great memories.

Golfer extroadanaire

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. ๐Ÿ™‚ 

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

My lovely Niece Shelly

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

Their fabulous Talai home

Friends Food Fun Gold Coast 2017

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

At the other end of the scale.

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

Finally one last photo of Sam.

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

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

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Sydney City Boats Beaches Harbour

April 18, 2017 by David Herd

Driving south from Gosford to Sydney.

Sydney City Boats Beaches Harbour

Sydney City Boats Beaches Harbour

Sydney City Boats Beaches Harbour were all waiting for me after my leasurely drive down the east coast from Surfers Paradise in QLD. 

It was a great drive down from from Surfers Paradise  to Sydney stopping at Kingscliff, Yamba, Port Macquarie, Forster-Tuncurry, Gosford & Coogee. Also dropped into Maroubra which is a place I have not seen for over 50 years. Just click on the links to see my photo blogs.

The historic Roseville Cinema

Sydney City Boats Beaches Harbour

 On the road between Hornsby & Sydney is The historic Roseville Cinema on the Pacific Highway, noted for its art deco facade. It became Traynor’s Picture Palace in 1919, but did not become a full-scale cinema until 1936. Roseville Cinema was renovated & updated to two screens in 1995.

Approaching the Harbour Bridge

Sydney City Boats Beaches Harbour

Not too much traffic on a Sunday morning.

World famous Sydney Opera House.

Sydney City Boats Beaches Harbour

A fabulous iconic Sydney landmark.

Sydney City Boats Beaches Harbour

Sydney City Boats Beaches Harbour

Huge ships dock at Circular Quay because they are too tall to go under the Harbour Bridge.

Naturally Bill had to climb it. ?

Sydney World's Best Harbour

 Being an ex Para Military man who has made over 500 parachute jumps my friend Bill Austin naturally had to climb to the top of the bridge, and what an amazing view he had from there.

Sydney Harbour Ferry

Sydney City Boats Beaches Harbour

Circular Quay ferry terminal.

The famous Sydney Harbour Bridge.

Sydney World's Best Harbour

Opened in 1933 it is certainly Australia’s best known landmark.

 Holiday Inn Old Sydney

Sydney City Boats Beaches Harbour

 

For a very good room rate at the Holiday Inn walking distance to Circular Quay just book through THIS LINK.

From the Manly ferry

Sydney World's Best Harbour

After leaving Circular Quay we pass the Opera House on the way to Manly.

Rose Bay 

Sydney City Boats Beaches Harbour

These boats are moored at the Royal Motor Yacht Club of NSW.

The Sydney Harbour foreshore.

Sydney City Boats Beaches Harbour

Sydney harbour is quite amazing, certainly the best in the world.

Arriving at Manly

Sydney World's Best Harbour

About a 45 minute journey across the wonderful harbour.

My lovely friend Sue from Shanghai

Sydney City Boats Beaches Harbour

A beautiful summers day at Manly.

A little further north.

Sydney City Boats Beaches Harbour

Dee Why beach is about 7 kms north of Manly.

For a good place to stay 1/2 way between Manly & Dee Why just book through THIS LINK.

Lets jump to the South side of the harbour

Sydney City Boats Beaches Harbour

Here is the city skyline from Watsons Bay.

Doyles on the Beach

Sydney World's Best Harbour

 On this the original site, Doyles opened Australia’s first seafood restaurant in 1885.

Catalina Restaurant Rose Bay

Sydney City Boats Beaches Harbour

 Family-owned waterfront restaurant known for its upmarket seafood dishes and open veranda bar.

Next stop Bondi Junction

Sydney City Boats Beaches Harbour

The junction is very quite indeed of a Sunday. 

 Maroubra Beach

Sydney City Boats Beaches Harbour

This trip I skipped Bondi Beach & went further south straight to Maroubra. For lots more photos just follow THIS LINK.

Back a little north to Coogee

Sydney City Boats Beaches Harbour

More photos HERE.

 Ronin Hood Hotel Waveley

Sydney City Boats Beaches Harbour 

ORIGINALLY BUILT BY TOOTH & CO. IN 1938 & RECENTLY RESTORED TO ITS ART-DECO GLORY, THE ROBIN HOOD HOTEL IS LOCATED ON THE CORNER OF BRONTE AND CARRINGTON ROADS IN WAVERLEY (CHARING CROSS).

Wonderful antique pub signs

Sydney City Boats Beaches Harbour

When I was growing up I remember these great signs were on most Australian pubs. 

Typical old Australian home in Waverley.

Sydney City Boats Beaches Harbour

I would hate to think what it’s worth today, Sydney prices are outragious. 

House prices in Waverley

Sydney City Boats Beaches Harbour

As you can see you need plenty of money to live in Sydney. ๐Ÿ™‚ 

My road trip from QLD has ended

Sydney City Boats Beaches Harbour

My Honda rental car never missed a beat, time to head to the airport.

Apex Car rental

Sydney City Boats Beaches Harbour

It’s worth checking their promotional prices, ofter you can get a terrific rate to relocate one of their vehicles. In my case I rented for 6 days at $19 aud per day. Picked it up at Surfers Paradise & dropped it off at Sydney airport.

A great trip down the coast.

Sydney City Boats Beaches Harbour

 

Certainly one of the world’s great coastlines.

A Qantas kerosene canary

Sydney City Boats Beaches Harbour

However I’m flying Singapore Air which leaves Qantas for dead.

Novatel Brighton Beach

Sydney City Boats Beaches Harbour

As we taxi out you can see the Novatel at Brighton, so if you want to stay near the airport just bokk through THIS LINK for an excellent rate.

Siam Sunset

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An hour away from Bangkok we have a beautiful sunset. Thanks for visiting my Sydney City Boats Beaches Harbour photo blog.

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Surfers Paradise Sydney Road Trip

March 28, 2017 by David Herd

Chevron Island Surfers Paradise

Surfers Paradise Sydney Road Trip

Surfers Paradise Sydney Road Trip

 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. ๐Ÿ™‚ So many great memories came flooding back, it was certainly wonderful week Surfers Paradise. We are at Franks seafood cafe on Chevron Island.

Here we are 26 years ago.

Surfers Paradise Sydney Road Trip

I could’t resist posting this photo from 1991. 

Melbas on the Park

Surfers Paradise Sydney Road Trip

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.

Surfers Paradise Sydney Road Trip

Just a quick stop for a very good breakfast and some photos.

Breakfast at Kingscliff

Surfers Paradise Sydney Road Trip

The name of the cafe was Kettles On & the breakfast was excellent.

Miles of deserted beach at Kingscliff

Surfers Paradise Sydney Road Trip

Certainly an idealic place to live.

Kingscliff to Yamba

Surfers Paradise Sydney Road Trip

About a 2 hour drive to Yamba on the Clarence river, this is my first visit to this pleasant little coastal town.

The sea was angry that day my friends….

Surfers Paradise Sydney Road Trip

Many thanks to George Castanza. ๐Ÿ™‚

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 Mexican

Surfers Paradise Sydney Road Trip

Strangely Mexican food has never been on my list of favourites.

Mexican! That’s not a Mexican, this is a Mexican.

Surfers Paradise Sydney Road Trip

My apologies Pablo.

Yamba to Port Macquarie

Surfers Paradise Sydney Road Trip

A 3.5 hour drive with a stop at Grafton for a Maccas.

Old habits die hard…

Surfers Paradise Sydney Road Trip

Over the years I think I have stopped here at Grafton 20 times for a strawberry shake.

 

Surfers Paradise Sydney Road Trip, Port Macquarie.

Surfers Paradise Sydney Road Trip

The mouth of the Hastings River in Port Macquarie.

Centre of town

Surfers Paradise Sydney Road Trip

Port has quite a large shopping centre & a population of 80,00 & growing rapidly.

Expected growth

Surfers Paradise Sydney Road Trip

A very popular area with a good climate and about a 4’5 hour drive to Sydney.

Port Macquarie to Gosford.

 

Surfers Paradise Sydney Road Trip

With a brief stop at Newcastle to say hi to my old mate Barry Madden.

Barry Madden

Surfers Paradise Sydney Road Trip

Barry & I worked together in the mid 90s with NRMA as financial planners. 

The Settlers Tavern Gosford

Surfers Paradise Sydney Road Trip

A terrific T Bone at Settlers Tavern at 2 Hely Street, West Gosford. They have a great menu for a local pub, check it out on THIS LINK.

Early morning workout

Surfers Paradise Sydney Road Trip

It was a perfect Sunday morning for a workout for these rowers.

Gosford to Sydney 

Surfers Paradise Sydney Road Trip

The final leg of my Surfers Paradise Sydney Road Trip.

Maroubra Beach

Surfers Paradise Sydney Road Trip

One of Sydney’s famous southern beaches.

Chaotic Coogee Beach.

Surfers Paradise Sydney Road Trip

Late afternoon & most people have gone home or to the pub. ๐Ÿ™‚

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Classic Australian pub picture

Surfers Paradise Sydney Road Trip

This is the Robin Hood hotel at Waverly, however years ago these fabulous pictures were found on most Aussie pubs.

It was a great drive down from from Surfers Paradise  to Sydney stopping at Kingscliff, Yamba, Port Macquarie, Forster-Tuncurry, Gosford & Coogee. Also dropped into Maroubra which is a place I have not seen for over 50 years. Just click on the links to see my photo blogs.

Thanks for visiting my Surfers Paradise Sydney Road Trip photo blog. 

           

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Busy Chaotic Coogee Beach Sydney

March 26, 2017 by David Herd

Busy Chaotic Coogee Beach Sydney

Busy Chaotic Coogee Beach Sydney

 

 Busy Chaotic Coogee Beach Sydney where on a sunny weekend thousands of people head for the pubs & restaurants as well as the famous beach. 

Beach or the pool

Busy Chaotic Coogee Beach Sydney

Decisions decisions, the answer is whatever you prefer. ๐Ÿ™‚

The pool & surf club are an iconic landmark

Busy Chaotic Coogee Beach Sydney

What a fabulous setting, absolutely breathtaking. Located right beside the Coogee Surf Life Saving Club.

The main attraction is the beautiful beach.

Busy Chaotic Coogee Beach Sydney

This is around 5pm so most of the crowd have gone home or to the pub.

Rock pool at northern end of Coogee Beach.

Busy Chaotic Coogee Beach Sydney

Late afternoon as the sun sinks in the west. 

Copacabana or Coogee

Busy Chaotic Coogee Beach Sydney

Seeing the beach volley ball always reminds me of Copacabana where I have been lucky enough to visit 8 times between 1999 & 2010.

This is what brings the crowds

Busy Chaotic Coogee Beach Sydney

Magnificent Coogee Beach.

Wonderful views from these homes.

Busy Chaotic Coogee Beach Sydney

Can you imagine how much it would cost to live here?

The average Coogee home price is $2,627,000 for a house & $1,o39,500 for a condo. However these overlooking the ocean & beach would be double that.

 Here are serviced apartments for rent.

Busy Chaotic Coogee Beach Sydney

Amazing location overlooking the beach, ideal for a long stay. Use THIS LINK for an excellent room rate.

Would you prefer to stay in a Dive?

Busy Chaotic Coogee Beach Sydney

Don’t be fooled by the name, the location is fantastic overlooking Busy Chaotic Coogee Beach Sydney. Book the Dive Hotel through THIS LINK.

Picnic in the park

Busy Chaotic Coogee Beach Sydney

Check out the seagulls waiting for some scraps. ๐Ÿ™‚

Or have a BBQ

Busy Chaotic Coogee Beach Sydney

Cooking facilities are available here.

 Coogee Bay Road

Busy Chaotic Coogee Beach Sydney

Lots of restaurants, cafes & flash cars.

Lots of sidewalk cafes

Busy Chaotic Coogee Beach Sydney

Plenty of places to eat in Busy Chaotic Coogee Beach Sydney.

Coogee Bay Road

Busy Chaotic Coogee Beach Sydney

 Busy Chaotic Coogee Beach Sydney.

Busy Chaotic Coogee Beach Sydney

Busy Chaotic Coogee Beach Sydney

 

As you can see the traffic is bumper to bumper & finding a car park is like winning the lottery.

 Coogee Bay Hotel

Busy Chaotic Coogee Beach Sydney

One of the most famous hotels in Sydney and possibly the busiest.

Sunday afternoon session

Busy Chaotic Coogee Beach Sydney

Noisy and busy at the Coogee Bay Hotel.

Coogee Pavilion

Busy Chaotic Coogee Beach Sydney

  Coogee Pavilion is a multi-storey dining destination created by Sydney hotel baron Justin Hemmes.

 Surf club entrance at southern end of the beach

Busy Chaotic Coogee Beach Sydney

What a perfect day for taking photos.

Southern end of Coogee

Busy Chaotic Coogee Beach Sydney

Grand Pacific accommodation & the Barzura Cafe.

Coogee Crown Plaza

Busy Chaotic Coogee Beach Sydney

Sunday session at the Crown Plaza.

Crown Plaza is a great location 

Busy Chaotic Coogee Beach Sydney

Great views over the beach from this excellent hotel, Use THIS LINK for a terrific discount on a room with a view.

The older side of Coogee

Busy Chaotic Coogee Beach Sydney

Many parts of Coogee are quite ancient as you can see, probably worth several million as a development site here in Arden Street.

This one is certainly worth preserving.

Busy Chaotic Coogee Beach Sydney

Not sure if it will be kept as a private residence or a guest house.

Overlooking Coogee Bay

Busy Chaotic Coogee Beach Sydney

As you can see Coogee is quite hilly.

Important safety message

Busy Chaotic Coogee Beach Sydney

 When on the beach in Australia make sure you always use sun block-out, wear a hat & swim between the flags.

In recent years I have had many skin cancers removed, doctors tell me the damage was done many years ago before I turned 16 years of age. In those days we NEVER wore hats or used sun protection.

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Maroubra Sydney Beachside Suburb

March 25, 2017 by David Herd

 

Sunday in Maroubra

Maroubra Sydney Beachside Suburb

Maroubra Sydney Beachside Suburb located 10 klms south of the city was so busy on this beautiful sunny Sunday. Just finding a place to park the car was a major frustrating excercise. 

Maroubra Sydney Beachside Suburb

Maroubra Sydney Beachside Suburb

Some of the expensive apartments overlooking the beach. In fact the average price of an apartment in Maroubra is around $850,000, however those in the photo would be more than double that. The average house price in the suburb is $1,840,000. 

Here is what makes Maroubra famous

Maroubra Sydney Beachside Suburb

Without a doubt Sydney’s beaches are among the best in the world. In my opinion the only country that can compare is Brazil, especially Florianopolis.

One of Sydney’s best surfing beaches. 

Maroubra Sydney Beachside Suburb

Everyone is waiting for a wave to ride.

The blue building is the surf club.

Maroubra Sydney Beachside Suburb

You can clearly see the lookout tower where the lifesavers keep a close eye on the swimmers.

A favourite photo

Maroubra Sydney Beachside Suburb

You have the camera man, the babe doing exercises, the Bra Boy heading for the surf & a couple just watching the action.  Bra Boys are a notorious surf gang, at their home beach Maroubra.

In December 2005 riots broke out between Muslum gangs from Sydneys Western suburbs & Eastern suburbs surfers. Follow THIS LINK for details. Contrary to popular opinion I personally was proud of the Aussie surfers that day.

That’s a huge zoom lens

Maroubra Sydney Beachside Suburb

No doubt this guy is a serious photographer. ๐Ÿ™‚ 

 Important safety message

Maroubra Sydney Beachside Suburb

When on the beach in Australia make sure you always use sun block-out, wear a hat & swim between the flags.

In recent years I have had many skin cancers removed, doctors tell me the damge was done many years ago before I turned 16 years of age. In those days we NEVER use sun protection.

A great family enviroment

Maroubra Sydney Beachside Suburb

What a place to grow up & to have fun on a magnificent beach like Maroubra.

 Sidewalk cafes

Maroubra Sydney Beachside Suburb

Similar to every other Sydney beach-side suburb sidewalk cafes abound.

Dive Hotel

Maroubra Sydney Beachside Suburb

A great view from this boutique hotel overlooking Coogee Beach north of Maroubra, just book through THIS LINK for an excellent discount.

Location

Maroubra Sydney Beachside Suburb

 

As you can see Maroubra lies south of other fanous beaches such as Bondi & Coogee. 

Thanks for visiting my Maroubra Sydney Beachside Suburb photo blog. For a great discount at Crowne Plaza hotel or other properties in Coogee just book through THIS LINK.

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Gosford Central Coast near Sydney

March 24, 2017 by David Herd

Brisbane Water

Gosford Central Coast near Sydney

 Gosford Central Coast near Sydney is located on Brisbane Water just 80 km north of Sydney. Growing up in Sydney this area was where our family would spend our annual holidays.

Breakfast at Tommys Cafe at Gosford

Gosford Central Coast near Sydney

Before driving to Coogee in Sydney I decided I needed a good breakfast.

Scrambled eggs & avocado

Gosford Central Coast near Sydney

On Turkish toast of course. ๐Ÿ™‚ TripAdvisor rate #6 of 101 Restaurants in Gosford.

A delightful spot in Gosford Central Coast near Sydney

Gosford Central Coast near Sydney

I wish I could find Turkish bread in Thailand.

Perfect sunday morning in Gosford

Gosford Central Coast near Sydney

From Gosford it’s just a short cruise to the magnificent Hawksbury River, 

Starship Cruises

Gosford Central Coast near Sydney

The “Lady Kendall” will take you on a 2.5 hour cruise for $37.

 Gosford Sailing Club Club

Gosford Central Coast near Sydney

 Located on the foreshore of Brisbane Water. Check it out through THIS LINK.

Shooting some photos

Gosford Central Coast near Sydney

 

I never go anywhere without my Canon. ๐Ÿ™‚ 

A perfect place for a row.

Gosford Central Coast near Sydney

Opposite the Leagues club.

Central Coast Stadium

Gosford Central Coast near Sydney

 The stadium has picturesque views over the Brisbane water.

Quality Inn the Willows

Gosford Central Coast near Sydney

Just book through THIS LINK for an excellent discount.

The Settlers Tavern

Gosford Central Coast near Sydney

 

A terrific T Bone have Settlers Tavern at 2 Hely Street, West Gosford. They have a great menu for a local pub, check it out on THIS LINK.

All the meals were excellent

Gosford Central Coast near Sydney

My friend Geoff had the pasta & his ex fiance Nana ordered a huge meal of steak & seafood. Geoff is a regular visitor to Thailand, follow THIS LINK to see his 50th birthday party.

Time to head south to Sydney.

Gosford Central Coast near Sydney

The last leg of my road trip is just a short drive south to Sydney along the Pacific Highway. 

And here I am approaching the bridge.

Gosford Central Coast near Sydney

It’s been a great drive down from from Surfers Paradise  to Sydney stopping at Kingscliff, Yamba, Port Macquarie, Forster-Tuncurry, Gosford & Coogee. Also dropped into Maroubra which is a place I have not seen for over 50 years. Just click on the links to see my photo blogs.

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Yamba Clarence River NSW Coast

March 22, 2017 by David Herd

Wonderful NSW coastal town

Yamba Clarence River NSW Coast

 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.

Yamba Clarence River NSW Coast

The fishing is wonderful all along the NSW Coast.

If you don’t have a boat…

Yamba Clarence River NSW Coast

Go to one of the seafood restaurants along the Clarence River.

Or buy fresh seafood here

Yamba Clarence River NSW Coast

Then sit in the park close by and enjoy it. ๐Ÿ™‚

Or perhaps here

Yamba Clarence River NSW Coast

I really love those Sydney Rock oysters (double this price in Sydney) plus the fabulous prawns.

Here is the place to eat

Yamba Clarence River NSW Coast

A nice park overlooking the water is the perfect spot to polish off your prawns & oysters.

You can watch the waves rolling in

Yamba Clarence River NSW Coast

 

The surf was fairly rough today on March 10th 2017.

Beautiful deserted beach

Yamba Clarence River NSW Coast

Not quite deserted, I can see one person. ๐Ÿ™‚

Moby Dick Motel

Yamba Clarence River NSW Coast

A good location on the waterfront, for a great room rate just book through THIS LINK. 

 Coffee or a tattoo?

Yamba Clarence River NSW Coast

Why not do both? ๐Ÿ™‚

Yamba Clarence River NSW Coast

Yamba Clarence River NSW Coast

Yamba certainly has a nice friendly feel about it. 

 Another waterfront motel

Yamba Clarence River NSW Coast

You may like to compare room rates to the Moby Dick motel, just use THIS LINK for a great room rate.

Thanks for visiting my Yamba Clarence River NSW Coast photo blog. Next stop is Port Macquarie, check out the painted rock art by the river.

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Kingscliff Northern Rivers Coast NSW

March 20, 2017 by David Herd

Breakfast at Kingscliff

Kingscliff Northern Rivers Coast NSW

Kingscliff Northern Rivers Coast NSW

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

Kingscliff Northern Rivers Coast NSW

 A fairly typical coastal town with lots of coffee shops, tourists & terrific beaches.

For instance

Kingscliff Northern Rivers Coast NSW

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

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 Northern Rivers Coast NSW

Kingscliff is only 14 kms from Coolangatta airport.

Location

Kingscliff Northern Rivers Coast NSW

 

It’s obvious why Kingscliff is so popular given how close it is to the Gold Coast.

A beautiful day

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Kingscliff by the beach.

Kingscliff estuary

Kingscliff Northern Rivers Coast NSW

A nice peaceful picnic area.

 Picnic area beside the estuary.

Kingscliff Northern Rivers Coast NSW

Grab the morning paper & relax under the trees.

Time to hit the road & head south

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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

Kingscliff Northern Rivers Coast NSW

After an excellent breakfast I’m on the road again.

Hundreds of new townhouses

Kingscliff Northern Rivers Coast NSW

So many new homes, the demand is obviously here.

Other towns heading south.

Kingscliff Northern Rivers Coast NSW

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.

Kingscliff Northern Rivers Coast NSW

One lazy pelican and Mount Warning in the distance.

The highway to Byron Bay.

Kingscliff Northern Rivers Coast NSW

I thought I would bypass Byron Bay and head for Yamba.

Road tunnel

Kingscliff Northern Rivers Coast NSW

Cutting through the hills.

Inside the tunnel

Kingscliff Northern Rivers Coast NSW

Lucky for me there is very little traffic.

Thanks for visiting my Kingscliff Northern Rivers Coast NSW photo blog.

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Surfers Paradise sentimental journey

August 20, 2016 by David Herd

This is not a travel blog just my personal photo collection from the Gold Coast in Australia in August 2016.

Sorrento Sam

Surfers Paradise sentimental journey

Surfers Paradise sentimental journey

 Surfers Paradise sentimental journey took me back to where I lived for 25 years before moving to Thailand in October 2011. I stayed at Sorrento with my old friend Tony Murphy and his lovely wife Nikki, plus Sam the 3rd member of their family.

Murphy’s birthday

Surfers Paradise sentimental journey

Morning coffee at The Island cafe is a tradition with this group of friends, and today August 11 2016 just happened to be Tony’s 74th birthday.

Dangerous with a knife in his hand. ๐Ÿ™‚

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Don’t do it Tony, don’t do it. ๐Ÿ™‚

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I must say the coffee at the Island Cafe is absolutely fantastic. I couldn’t help noticing the price of the small quiche compared to a similar one in Thailand that I regularly buy. Here it is $15.90 and at Big C in Pattaya $1.85.

 Surfers Paradise from the racetrack

Surfers Paradise sentimental journey

Close to Tony’s home in Sorrento is the Gold Coast race track, here is the view of downtown Surfers Paradise.

 Two things I miss living in Thailand

Surfers Paradise sentimental journey Fresh ocean prawns and avocado at Isle of Capri is a perfect meal for me. Sure you can get both items in Thailand but certainly not is the same class as Queensland.

Other things I miss

Surfers Paradise sentimental journey

A few good friends who can’t be replaced or forgotten. In fact catching up with them was my main reason for this trip. Above is my great mate Ross Kennedy leading me astray once again.

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On the left is Bryan Dart, in the middle Phil Thomson & Greg “Noodles” Craig on the right.

Surfers Paradise sentimental journey

Surfers Paradise sentimental journey

Just crossed the Southport bridge and about to turn left to buy some fresh prawns from the trawlers.

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

The trawlers at the spit

Surfers Paradise sentimental journey

In my opinion they offer the best, freshest, tastiest prawns in the world.

World’s best prawns

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Freshly caught about 25 kms off the Queensland coast.

NZ Lamb shank from Aldi

Surfers Paradise sentimental journey Terrific Lamb shank from Aldi, these were a regular treat for me when I lived on the gold Coast.

 Interesting things in the Murphy’s garden

Surfers Paradise sentimental journey

A Roman statue perhaps.

Murphy’s huge cock

Surfers Paradise sentimental journey

As you can clearly see this is one huge cock. ๐Ÿ™‚

Murphy’s TV room

Surfers Paradise sentimental journey An interesting room at sunset.

Donna Turner

Surfers Paradise sentimental journey

Caught up with an old friend Donna Turner on Chevron Island.

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Adelaide seaside suburb Glenelg beach

November 20, 2015 by David Herd

Glenelg

Adelaide seaside suburb Glenelg beach.

Adelaide South Australia October 2014

 

Adelaide seaside suburb Glenelg beach is where I decided to stay in October 2014. It is the oldest European settlement on mainland South Australia & was established in 1836.

Tram to the city

Adelaide South Australia October 2014

A pleasant way to travel to the heart of the city without any car parking problems.

Bay discovery centre

Adelaide seaside suburb Glenelg beach

This building on the left was the town hall until 1997 and is now the Bay discovery centre. The building on the right is the Five Star Stamford Grand which is the number one spot to stay in Glenelg & perhaps the whole of Adelaide, use this link for a great room rate.

Old Glenelg church

Adelaide seaside suburb Glenelg beach

 

  The name Glenelg is noteworthy for being a palindrome.

The Glenelg Marina

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There a quite a selection of restaurants at the marina and car parking is available in the basement.  

Oyster Bar

Adelaide South Australia October 2014

Denis Young and I have been friends since I lived in Adelaide in 1973, strangely we have hardly changed at all. ๐Ÿ™‚

Grind It

Adelaide seaside suburb Glenelg beach

 A very good place for breakfast, which is rated number 2 restaurant in Glenelg by Tripadvisor.

Adelaide seaside suburb Glenelg beach

Adelaide seaside suburb Glenelg beach

Parkland between the Marina and town centre.

Atlantic Tower Motor Inn is a reasonable priced motel in a good location, use this link for a discounted room rate.

Cardone’s Seafood and Grill

Adelaide seaside suburb Glenelg beach

Rated number one by TripAdvisor out of 135 restaurants in Glenelg, I had dinner there twice and it was excellent.

Stanford Grand Hotel Glenelg

Adelaide seaside suburb Glenelg beach

 

This has to be one of Adelaide’s prime locations.

Apartments overlooking the beach.

Adelaide South Australia October 2014

What a beautiful spot. 

Farewell from Adelaide.

Adelaide seaside suburb Glenelg beach

From here I drove the Great Ocean Road to Dromana in Victoria, via the car ferry across Port Phillip Bay.

Thanks for visiting my Adelaide seaside suburb Glenelg beach photo blog

Adelaide holds some wonderful memories for me, the 2 years I lived there in the 70s were as good as any in my life. Now to explain where I’m at and how I feel, I’ll leave it up to Glenn Frey.

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After Dromana I flew to the Gold Coast.

 

In March 2014 I had a terrific world trip.

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