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Great week Surfers Paradise Australia

March 18, 2017 by David Herd | 0 comments

Catching up with old friends

Great week Surfers Paradise Australia Great week Surfers Paradise Australia catching up with lots of old friends, here I am at Melbas with Michael Wood & Greg (Noodles) Craig.  This was my first stop before driving south to Sydney via Kingscliff, Yamba, Port Macquarie, Forster, and Gosford.

Melbas on the Park

Great week Surfers Paradise Australia

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.

O’Malleys on Cavil Avenue

Great week Surfers Paradise Australia After Melbas we wandered down to O’Malleys to have a couple more drinks and watch the rugby league.

The view from O’Malleys

Great week Surfers Paradise Australia Overlooking the famous Surfers Paradise Beach.

Cavill Avenue, what a great poster & a Great week Surfers Paradise Australia

Great week Surfers Paradise Australia That photo is always going to grab my attention. 🙂

The Avenue in a new location

Great week Surfers Paradise Australia The Avenue moved across the road to make way for a new property development. 

Orchard Avenue Surfers Paradise

Great week Surfers Paradise Australia Certainly on of the most famous streets in Surfers Paradise.

Costa D’oro restaurant

Great week Surfers Paradise Australia I can remember eating at this restaurant over 35 years ago.

Corner of Orchard & the Gold Coast Highway

Great week Surfers Paradise Australia You can clearly see the light rail tracks that stretch from Helensvale to Broadbeach.

 Certainly one of the highlights of my trip.

Great week Surfers Paradise Australia Caught up with Karen Greenwood an old girlfriend from 1991, 26 years ago. As you can see see still looks fantastic. 🙂 So many terrific memories came flooding back, it certainly made it a Great week Surfers Paradise Australia. We are at Franks seafood cafe on Chevron Island.

Here we are 26 years ago.

Great week Surfers Paradise Australia

I could’t resist posting this photo from 1991.

Fabulous breakfast

Great week Surfers Paradise Australia

Green Days restaurant on the corner of Bundall Rd & Ashmore Rd offer my favourite breakfast.

Green Days restaurant

Great week Surfers Paradise Australia It is difficult not to feel totally relaxed here.

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Open for lunch every day & dinner Friday & Saturday.

 Two of my best friends

Great week Surfers Paradise Australia Ross Kennedy & Bryan Dart are two very old friends, we met for a few drinks at the Benowa Tavern.

Talking about old friends

 photo IMG_7141.jpg Here are two of my oldest friends, both in years I have known them & years they have been on this planet. Tony Murphy aka Murph the surf & David Robertson aka Chocolates.

 Back to Rossco and his new home.

Great week Surfers Paradise Australia Paradise waters is now home for the Kennedy’s.

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A wonderful location with beautiful water views.

Last but not least the Legendary Lloyd Ross.

Great week Surfers Paradise Australia Caught up briefly with Lloyd & hope to see him in Thailand soon.

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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 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. 🙂

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Don’t do it Tony, don’t do it. 🙂

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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

 photo Lunch at Isle of Capri 19.jpg 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

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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.

Looking south to Surfers Paradise

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

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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

Surfers Paradise sentimental journey

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

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A Roman statue perhaps.

Murphy’s huge cock

Surfers Paradise sentimental journey As you can clearly see this is one huge cock. 🙂

Murphy’s TV room

Surfers Paradise sentimental journey An interesting room at sunset.

Donna Turner

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

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Chevron Island Surfers Paradise

August 18, 2016 by David Herd

Thomas Drive

Chevron Island Surfers Paradise Chevron Island Surfers Paradise is located between Surfers Paradise and Bundall, a nice village with a very good choice of restaurants and coffee shops. Tribecca pictured in the header of this blog is probably my favourite eating spot along with Frank’s seafood which is a traditional fish & chip shop.

Chevron Island Surfers Paradise

Chevron Island Surfers Paradise Cafe Alfons is a nice cafe for coffee or breakfast.

Bacon, eggs avocado.

Chevron Island Surfers Paradise Throw in a flat white or latte and cost comes to $21.

Hairdresser, R/E agent & Happy Dragon Massage.

Chevron Island Surfers Paradise Have a haircut, buy a house then go upstairs for a soothing massage. 🙂

Tribeca is a hot new restaurant on Chevron Island

Chevron Island Surfers Paradise Excellent food and very good service, run by Brandon & Shannon Pollard.

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Western end

Chevron Island Surfers Paradise Three more restaurants including one of 4 Thai restaurants on the island.

Fu Manchu

 photo Fumanchu.jpg Had lunch at this upmarket new two story restaurant, nice decor and good service but I have mixed feelings about the food.

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The wontons on the left were not to my liking, fried does not suit me, however the chicken skewers on the right were quite good. Overall the dishes on the menu seem a little expensive, of course I only tried two so it is rather hard to give a reasonable opinion. The Spanish waitress was delightful. 🙂

CHEVRON ISLAND SEAFOOD

Chevron Island Surfers Paradise My friend Frank operates this excellent fish and chip shop where I have been enjoying fresh seafood for years. Oysters, hamburgers and great prawns are also available. Grab a bottle of wine and a table on the footpath then enjoy the passing Chevron Island eye candy.

Adjacent to the traffic lights

Chevron Island Surfers Paradise Say hello to Frank and Warren.

Feast at Franks.

Chevron Island Surfers Paradise Here are my friends enjoying one of Franks feasts, phone 5592 0027 to reserve a table. From left to right is Steve Bates, Nikki Murphy, Tony Murphy, Nick Partridge, Sharon Delmundo and Anne Lacy.

You bump into the nicest people at Franks.

Chevron Island Surfers Paradise Here is my friend Donna at Chevron Island Seafood.

Looking east on Thomas Drive

Chevron Island Surfers Paradise The Surfers skyline is rather spectacular.

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Chevron Island Surfers Paradise Farewell from Chevron Island Surfers Paradise , here I am with my old friend Bryan Dart who totally upset me when he told me he had lost 8 kilo since I saw him 18 months ago. The problem is I think that’s how much I have put on. 🙂

 


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Blue Sky tall buildings Surfers Paradise

August 17, 2016 by David Herd

Nerang River

Blue Sky tall buildings Surfers Paradise Blue Sky tall buildings Surfers Paradise where I lived for 25 years before moving to Thailand in October 2011. Personally I preferred the city in the 70s & 80s before the explosion of modern high rise hotels and apartments. Having said all that, it is quite a spectacular part of Australia.

Old motel for sale

Blue Sky tall buildings Surfers Paradise I’m surprised this prime property adjacent to the Chevron Island bridge was not developed years ago.

Chevron Renaissance

Blue Sky tall buildings Surfers Paradise

One of three towers offering apartments and hotel rooms.

The Chevron Renaissance

Blue Sky tall buildings Surfers Paradise Quite a spectacular skyline in the heart of Surfers Paradise.

Q1 and 50 Cavil Avenue

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Two more well known Surfers Paradise buildings.

The beach

Blue Sky tall buildings Surfers Paradise The beach stretches for miles, this view is looking south.

Lifeguard

Blue Sky tall buildings Surfers Paradise These lifeguards do a great job protecting the public.

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 photo IMG_4261.jpg Apartments occupy two of the 3 towers with the 3rd a hotel.

Surfers Paradise Hilton

Blue Sky tall buildings Surfers Paradise

The Hilton offers great views overlooking the beach.

Orchard Avenue night clubs

 photo IMG_4258.jpg Here are three popular night clubs in the heart of Surfers Paradise.

Looking south at Q1

Blue Sky tall buildings Surfers Paradise Q1 is an 80 story tower with an observation deck on the top floor.

Looking north

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Blue Sky tall buildings Surfers Paradise

A magnificent 77 level tower with views of the beautiful Surfers paradise beach.

Looking south along Orchard Avenue

Blue Sky tall buildings Surfers Paradise Orchard Avenue is Surfer Paradise’s main late night entertainment street. Be careful after midnight. 🙂

Gold Coast light rail

Blue Sky tall buildings Surfers Paradise Transport has greatly improved since the introduction of the light rail system.

Light rail map

Blue Sky tall buildings Surfers Paradise

Current and future routes, stage 2 will link up with the heavy rail system at Helensvale to make travelling to Brisbane much easier.

Q1 80 story tower

Blue Sky tall buildings Surfers Paradise

Probably the most iconic Gold Coast building.

Skyline view from the racecourse

Surfers Paradise

Blue Sky tall buildings Surfers Paradise My home for 25 glorious years, this city provides me with so many wonderful memories.

Melbas on the Park

David Herd Thailand Finally drinks with good friends Phil Thomson and Greg Craig at Melbas. Thanks for visiting my Blue Sky tall buildings Surfers Paradise photo blog, before you go check out my Isle Of Capri and Bundall blogs.


     

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Melbas Gold Coast Legacy

January 8, 2016 by David Herd

Melbas on the Park

David Herd Thailand Melbas Gold Coast Legacy is a huge part of Surfers Paradise folklore. Here is my photo record spanning over 25 years showing my friends and I having fun at this iconic nightclub and bar in Surfers Paradise. In the early 80s it was also one of the best restaurants due to the expertise of owner/manager the late great Paul Allen.

My Melba’s three L scenario, Legends were made, Lies were told, Ladies were pursued. 🙂

This is not a travel blog just a personal photo collection from Surfers Paradise Australia.

New Years Eve 1990 Melbas Gold Coast Legacy

Melbas Gold Coast Legacy On the left is Tony Fazio who was manager at the time, now living in Perth I believe, on the right is Steve Jones one of the legendary bouncers who sadly passed away far too young, RIP.

Adam & Eve

Melbas Gold Coast Legacy

Actually it is David and I think her name was Amanda but don’t hold me to it. A cocktail waitress who was a very sexy lady.

Dinner before we hit Melbas

David Herd Gold Coast In those days there was a Japanese restaurant next door where I regularly had dinner before hitting the club. Melbas was only on the 2nd floor then, downstairs was all shops.

 Paul’s son Dave Allen part of Melbas Gold Coast Legacy

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Dave is a terrific guy, in 1990 he was working behind the bar, in later years he was General manager.

Another New Years Eve around 90/91

David Herd fivestarvagabond Harley Bradstreet one of my greatest long time friends, no Melba’s blog would be complete without him. For a while in the 90s he was actually one of the chefs there, it’s still unknown how many diners were rushed to hospital after eating one of his creations, forgive me mate I’m only joking.

A mutual friend of ours Southport solicitor Larry Wilson coined a famous phrase regarding Harley, he said “anyone can have a bad decade”. That really summed it up beautifully, I often used to refer to this great little guy as my own personal disaster area, but a nicer guy than you could never meet.  Narrelle with the great smile worked behind the bar and was Tony Fazzio’s main squeeze at the time, a few years later I recall introducing her to her future husband, Jack Delanty, a one eyed Collingwood supporter from Melbourne.

 July 7 1992

Melbas Gold Coast Legacy July 7 1992 was my birthday so naturally we celebrated at Melbas. Great friend Andre Buzek on the left was dentist on Chevron Island who was always offering cut price dental work to any sexy young lady who crossed his path. Sadly Andre lost his life in a car accident in Cuba about 4 or 5 years after this photo was taken.

Greg Johnstone on the right now lives in Thailand as I do, we occasionally have a beer together. At the back are Roger Williams and Len Jones, Roger went back to Adelaide and Len now lives in Sydney, the name of the girls eludes me.

A very happy bunch of people

Melbas Gold Coast Legacy The young guy at the back is Justin, another one of Paul Allen’s sons.

The legend himself in 1992

Paul Allen Melbas

Paul was larger than life and ran Melbas with an iron fist. I originally met him when he was head waiter at Eliza’s restaurant in Cavil Avenue. Two of his customers financed Paul into Melbas around 1981, they saw potential in the way Paul interacted with customers and figured he could develop the best restaurant night club on the coast, they were right.

I vividly recall my first visit on January 1st 1982, we had a huge night on Sydney harbour on New Years Eve which ended at dawn, so on the spur of the moment we flew to the Gold Coast checked into St Tropez in Orchard and wound up at Melbas that evening.

At the start Melbas was 75% restaurant and 25% night club separated by a glass wall. Even though the restaurant was top class each passing year saw it get smaller and the nightclub bigger until it disappeared altogether.

An article from the “Age” in May 1981

Melbas Gold Coast Legacy The whole paper and other articles can be seen here.

Grahame aka “Biff”, Kitty & Helen Burke.

Sydney 1982 flying high

January 1982 a couple of days after we arrived the party continued on the Gold Coast. The new sexy girl in the middle was “Kitty” a totally uninhibited Dutch girl who I knew from Sydney, but that’s another story.  🙂 Helen Burke on the right was soon to become my new girlfriend, in November 2014 I visited her at her winery at Dromana in the state of Victoria, my how time flies when you are having fun. The big guy is Graham La Roche aka “the Biff”, a legend in his own lunch time.:)

Lets jump forward to the year 2000

David Herd Melbas memories

One of Paul Allen’s rules was to hire the best looking girls to work behind the bar, in my book the best of them all was Aurora. She is definitely part of Melbas Gold Coast Legacy.

The usual suspects Xmas 2000.

Melbas Gold Coast Legacy From the left we have Jim Bell, John Sinclair, David Herd and Tony Murphy. Jim rented a room in my home for 15 years from 1995. John moved to Thailand around 2001 and Tony still lives on the Gold Coast.


Lovely Kerry

Melbas Gold Coast Legacy

Xmas 2000 and kerry was one of the head girls, I first met her when she was a waitress at the Boardroom, a well known Southport gentlemen’s club. From memory after Melbas she moved to Koi at Broadbeach, a lovely lady with a great personality.

A definite highlight in 2000

Skye Edwards from Launceston

One of the most gorgeous ladies I have ever had the pleasure of knowing, Skye Edwards from Launceston.

Skye-Jilly Edwards (born c. 1972) is an Australian beauty pageant titleholder who won the Miss Globe International 1994 in Istanbul, Turkey and represented her country in the Miss World 1994 pageant in Sun City, South Africa. She was rated in the top 50 models in Australia by Ralph Magazine.

Perfect except for one small thing

David Herd at Melbas Yes, Skye was a smoker, come to think of it so was I in 2000. I finally quit for good 2 years later.

Here is an article on Skye’s current life.

Melbourne Cup 2004 with Michelle

David Herd Melbas memories You could always guarantee the best eye candy on the coast would wind up at Melba’s on Melbourne cup day.

 The Butterbean Brothers in 2005

Melbas Gold Coast Legacy Two legends in their own lunch time, the Butterbean brothers aka Larry Krausz & Ross Kennedy. Larry just moved to Pattaya on November 28 2015 and is now my neighbour. (Sadly our buddy Larry passed away in January 2017 after suffering a major stroke in Thailand October 28th 2016)  Rossco originally from Melbourne where he sold hot dogs outside the Melbourne Cricket Ground, and is now a mover and shaker on the Gold Coast. He quit his holdings in Surfers Paradise strip clubs and restaurants to become the glass splash-back King of the Coast. We have a long & happy history together with the highlight being a legendary road trip to Sydney, Falls Creek & Melbourne in 1996. What an incredible year 1996 was, read all about it here.

 December 2003 Xmas lunch.

 photo Xmas lunch at Melbas 2.jpg Sadly two old friends in this photo have passed away. Second from the left Ron Collier died April 26 2012. I first met Ron in Melbourne in the 70s before he & Yvonne moved to Byron Bay, a great character who loved life to the max. Second on the left is Noel Smith a regular Melba’s customer who passed away in 2011.

 Doug Scotcher          Dave Allen Melbas          John Moon

Graham La Roche aka “The Biff”.

 Graham La Roche A true Aussie legend, I also met Graham in Melbourne in the 70s, as his nickname suggests he was a hell of a fighter. Fought with the famous Jimmy Sharman’s boxing troupe throughout Victoria in the 60s and was never defeated. Graham was on-board by boat in Sydney Harbour on New Years Eve 1981 when we got smashed by fireworks because I stupidly anchored in the drop zone, read about it here.

For many years Graham has run a successful tiling business at Carrara on the Gold Coast.

Historic photo from National Library of Australia

 Juimmy Sharman Troup

 Lovely Linda in 2005

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I think this beautiful lady was Maltese, I only wish I was 20 years younger and 4 times wealthier.


Melbourne Cup 2006.

 photo z Melbourne Cup at Melbas 2006 4.jpg Important evens were always celebrated at Melba’s, here I am with good friends David Robertson aka “Chocolates” and Phil Thomson aka “Baldrick“. Chocs was famous for the huge volume of “Forsters Light” he would consume daily while Baldrick was famous for……… nothing really. 🙂

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Xmas 2006

 photo z Xmas lunch at melbas 2006 8.jpg Here is my good mate Craig Sulzberger aka “Sudzi”, this was around the time we were planning to visit Rio de Janeiro for Carnival in 2008.  We also had a great time in Florianopolis and Balneário Camboriú.

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Xmas 2006 Greg Craig aka “Noodles van Cleef”.

Greg Craig Another terrific old friend who was a regular member of our Melba’s drinking crew. Also known as “Coupons” which he collects to swap for free stuff. 🙂

Another gorgeous staff member

Xmas lunch at melbas  Service with a smile.

2007, German and gorgeous.

David Herd Thailand Not only gorgeous but a sparkling personality as well. I can’t remember her unusual name, Zea or something like that.

Looks more Italian than German to me.

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A great smile and a wonderful Roman nose she looks more Italian than German to me.

2007 Alan Jones

 photo DH ET amp AJ -2007.jpg Twice world Formula 1 champion, a true living legend if ever there was one. Pictured here with myself and well known Gold Coast sycophant David Hoskit.

My birthday 2008

David Herd Thailand As I said previously all important events were celebrated at Melbas. One of the clowns, I think it was Noodles decided I was old enough for a wheelchair. I can guarantee one thing for sure, Chocs would not have paid for that bottle of red, & everybody who knows him would agree with me. 🙂

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Just so cute

 photo Melbas20AFL20dinner202009202.jpg  It was 2009 and I think her name was Linda, another one of the super cute Melba’s bar staff.

Dani Tobin, a real wild child.

Dani Tobin 2009 photo Danielle 4.jpg Over the 25 years of drinking at Melba’s I met some wild crazy ladies, and Dani certainly makes it into my top 10. I see her occasionally on Facebook and she seems to have quietened down a little little, hopefully we may catch up again one day. This photo is from 2009.

The usual suspects in 2008

 photo IMG_1895.jpg We usually met around 5pm most days and left around 7 pm to sneak home dodging the breathalyser.

2008 Drinks for my AFL tipping comp

 photo Melbas footy drinks 010.jpg I ran an Australian Rules tipping competition for around 10 years and Melba’s were one of our sponsors.

2009 AFL footy tipping dinner

2009 AFL footy tipping dinner photo Melbas AFL dinner 5.jpg  Here is part of the mob at our end of year dinner in 2009.

Straight out of the Folies Bergère

 photo 2008 3 - Copy.jpg Another gorgeous drink waitress who contributed to Melbas Gold Coast Legacy.

I’m including this song just because I like it.

It’s a happy song and for some strange reason it makes me think of all the happy times I had at Melba’s.

 Isabella Rovai and Marilia Costa

 photo Beautiful Brazilian girls.jpg These two beautiful Brazilian girls worked behind the bar in 2011.


Another knockout

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Is it any wonder we made Melbas our local pub?

Rolando Hanipale

 photo IMG_9578.jpg Rolando was one of the big happy bouncers at Melbas.

Another Legend Lloyd Ross 2009

Lloyd Ross 2009 photo IMG_2279.jpg When and why did Lloyd become a legend you may well ask? Well sometime around the turn of the century Lloyd relocated his office from Bundall to 50 Cavil Avenue right next door to Melbas. I am sure that no other customer has ever spent more in this bar than Lloyd, for a start most days from 11 am he would conduct his business in the south east corner of the bar surrounded by various friends and associates. He would normally pull up stumps around 6 pm and head home to Main Beach.

One memorable evening around 2007 Lloyd was enjoying himself so much he stayed on much later until the place was jumping. The crowd in the bar at that time was several hundred, so without any fanfare he ordered 800 shooters at a cost of $5,000, guaranteeing his place in Melba’s on the Park folklore for evermore.

Ross Kennedy September 24 2011

 photo Rossco Sept 24 2011.jpg Only a few days before making my huge life changing move to Thailand I started having farewell drinks at my favourite bar with my favourite friends.

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My last visit November 2014

 photo Melbas on the park 2014 2.jpg After my road trip from Adelaide to Melbourne along the Great Ocean Road I flew to the Gold Coast to catch up with friends and family. Phil Thomson and I kept alive our tradition of drinks at Melbas on Melbourne day.

That’s all folks for Melbas Gold Coast Legacy

 photo Farewell David 001.jpg A final gathering of the usual suspects before leaving for Thailand. I hope you enjoyed my Melbas Gold Coast Legacy post.

Here is Glenn to describe how I now feel in April 2016.

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Surfers Paradise Australia Gold Coast

September 27, 2014 by David Herd

Surfers Paradise Australia

Surfers Paradise sunsetSurfers Paradise Australia, the Gold Coast was my home for 25 years from 1986 to 2011. Here are photos & comments on some of my wonderful memories.

This post focuses on 2008 which was another frenetic year of travel. Starting with 6 weeks in Brazil over Xmas & Carnival, with a fabulous week in New York on my way home. My Brazil trip included Rio de janeiro, Curitiba, Paraty, Belneario Camboriu & Florianopolis.

Three trips to Thailand in April, September & November, then throw in Bali, Singapore & Kuala Lumpur,  so as you can see I hardly had time to unpack my suitcase. I nearly forgot a hectic couple of weeks in Sydney as well.

This is not a travel blog just a personal photo collection from 2008.

Qantas 1st class NYC to L.A.

Qantas first classI just had to include this photo flying 1st class thanks to my cousin Deb who is a Qantas flight attendant.

The old & the new opposite each other.

surfers paradise australiaDuring my 25 years living here the changes were extraordinary, not all for the best I might add. The first 15 years were wonderful, however after that in my eyes, the overall atmosphere of the Gold Coast started to lose its shine, it no longer had the friendly village feel to it. I guess in my final 10 years there it just got too big and modern.

My home at 106 Upton St Bundall, 4217

home surfers paradise

In 1990 I designed & built a beautiful home on the waterfront with my own sandy beach & jetty for my boat, life was good. I sold the house in 2011 for over a million dollars, but this was $250k less than I was offered twice in 2007, the big drop in price was due to the Global Financial crisis, c’est la vie.

Drinks at Melbas

Melbas surfers paradiseMelbas bar & nightclub in Surfers Paradise Australia was my main drinking spot for most of my 25 years on the coast. Here are some of the fellows I would sometimes drink with.


Melbas always had sexy waitresses

  Melbas surfers paradise australiaOne of the main reasons I made this my local watering hole.  

Ian Rich was a friend for 45 years.

Gold Coast AustraliaIn 2008 Ian was living in a fabulous sub penthouse in Surfers Paradise Australia, the next few photos taken from his apartment are wonderful examples of Australia’s Gold Coast.

Ian’s beautiful apartment

Waterford penthouse

A great view but very windy on the balcony.

Looking south at Surfers Paradise Australia

Surfers Paradise Australia

Absolutely breathtaking. 

Looking north towards the seaway

Gold Coast seaway

Magnificent coastline.

Good Friday lunch at Chevron Island fish & chip shop.

Chevron Island fish & chipsOne of my favourite eating spots in Surfers Paradise, great food at cheap prices & Frank the owner is an Australian football fanatic similar to myself. The couple on the left Robyn & Les Scheffer & I used to be good friends, however in July 2013 they placed me firmly on their black list where I still reside today. 🙂

The boys in the fish & chip shop

Chevron island fish & chips

A good bunch of guys.

Bjorn, Alisha, Brad, my nephew Michael & Matty.

Cocktails in Surfers Paradise.Michael was in charge of cocktails as he was a barman at the Sheraton in Sydney as well as some other top venues.

Brad, Elisha & Matty.

Coctails at homeI have a couple of internet hotspots in Surfers Paradise which earn me a few bucks, Brad owns the IT business which looks after them. Elisha is his lovely wife & Matty one of his technicians.

Here is Kayoko my friend from Tokyo.

surfers paradise australiaLots of cocktails were consumed at my home this night, there were a few sore heads in the morning.

 Margarita time.

Margarita cocktail time

I’ll let Jimmy describe this fabulous cocktail.

Michael & Bjorn

  Surfers Paradise cocktailsThe happy couple are living in Berlin which is Bjorn’s home town.   2016 Update; sadly earlier this year Bjorn lost his long battle with cancer, he will always be remembered as a wonderful friend, RIP.

 

Surfers Paradise meter maids

Gold Coast Meter MaidsThese lovely girls in the gold bikinis put coins in the expired parking meters, plus they look terrific.

Surfers Paradise Meter Maids

Meter maids

Are these babes cute or what?

Other side please

Gold Coast Meter maids

They look great from any angle.

 

At Trevor’s apartment Broadbeach

apartment BroadbeachTrevor Loresch is very much a self made man, lives in a beautiful Pattaya waterfront apartment along with this luxury holiday getaway in Broadbeach on the Gold Coast.

Birthday drinks with Ross Kennedy & Phil Thomson

Ross Kennedy, David Herd, Phil ThomsonTwo of my best friends on the Gold Coast. Last year Phil & his lovely Japanese wife showed me how to get around the great city of Tokyo which has become one of my favorite cities. In 1996 Rossco & I jumped in my Porsche & did one of my all time great road trips to the Hunter Valley, Sydney, Falls Creek & Melbourne.

Birthday lunch at Melbas

Surfers Paradise AustraliaYou know you are getting older when you look at some group photos and a couple of guys you have known for decades are not with us anymore. Ron Collier on the left in the black & Noel with the glasses on the right, RIP.

Good friends Wayne Jones & Bryan Dart.

David Herd Surfers Paradise

I have known these guys for over 20 years.

Happy birthday DH.

David Herd birthday

A great day with a lot of good friends.

St Kilda play North Melbourne at Carrara.

  St Kilda & North MelbourneRossco & I jump into the wine & food at the St Kilda’s dinner at Carrara stadium.  

Drinks at Melbas for our AFL tipping Competition.

AFL tipping CompetitionI ran a AFL tipping competition for nearly 10 years, here are some of the happy crew enjoying our mid year drinks at Melbas.

My great mate Phil Thomson.

  Southport SharksWe are at Southport Sharks for our end of year AFL tipping competition.  

Dennis Perry, a rose between 2 thorns

Surfers Paradise Australia Running the tipping competition was a lot of fun, when I moved to Thailand in 2011 Dennis & his crew took it over.  
 

New Years Eve 2008

New Years Eve Surfers ParadiseAfter a frantic year I spent a very quiet NYE with friends reflecting on another super year of travel & living in Surfers Paradise Australia. Thanks for visiting my Surfers Paradise Australia photo blog.

    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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              That’s all folks  

Eastern European Odyssey

 

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Perhaps you would like to see my terrific year in 2007?

Gold Coast in 2014

Australian Outback in 2003

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Bali Indonesia Surfers Paradise

August 25, 2013 by David Herd

Magnificent rice terraces

Bali Indonesia Surfers Paradise

Bali Indonesia Surfers Paradise, but personally I prefer Thailand as the best Asian destination for a number of reasons. For me there are too many Australians holidaying in Bali and being an Australian myself I really don’t want to mix with my countrymen when I am on vacation. I first visited this lovely island 40 years ago when it was calm and peaceful, now it is so busy all year round with tourists from all over the world. However as I said initially it is a great location for surfers as opposed to Thailand and many other Asian countries which don’t have large waves crashing on the shore.

Gathering for the sunset

Ku De Ta BaliOn the beach in front of Ku Da Ta the crowd eagerly awaits the sunset.

Beautiful Balinese sunset

Bali Indonesia Surfers Paradise

One of the best places in the world to watch the sunset.

Ku De Ta

Bali Indonesia Surfers Paradise

A famous restaurant where people gather for the sunset.

Here I am with little Ben from London

Bali Indonesia Surfers Paradise

This was July 2008.

Ben & Michelle

Bali IndonesiaWe met online while discussing a house swap. I invited them to join me in Bali before coming to Australia to stay in my guest wing.

Traditional dancers

Bali Indonesia Surfers Paradise

Gorgeous girls in traditional Balinese dress.

Bali has a fascinating culture.

Bali Indonesia Surfers Paradise

Total concentration here.

Pura Tanah Lot Bali Indonesia

Bali Indonesia Surfers Paradise  Tanah Lot means “Land Sea” in the Balinese language. Located in Tabanan, about 20 kilometres (12 mi) from Denpasar, the temple sits on a large offshore rock which has been shaped continuously over the years by the ocean tide. Tanah Lot is claimed to be the work of the 15th-century priest Nirartha. During his travels along the south coast he saw the rock-island’s beautiful setting and rested there. Some fishermen saw him, and bought him gifts. Nirartha then spent the night on the little island. Later he spoke to the fishermen and told them to build a shrine on the rock for he felt it to be a holy place to worship the Balinese sea gods.

Beautiful Balinese Villa.

Bali Indonesia Surfers Paradise

A beautiful Balinese villa.

Balinese boat on Sanur beach.

Bali Indonesia

A great boat on Sanur beach.

The age old question

Bali Indonesia Surfers ParadiseDOES MY BUM LOOK BIG IN THIS? Definitely not. 🙂

 Dining at Ku De Ta in Seminyak.

Bali Indonesia Surfers Paradise One of the best places to dine and watch the fabulous sunsets is Ku De Ta on the beach at Seminyak. The photo above shows me David Herd & my friend Ken Grant, an American who now lives and works in Bali.

Ken’s Villa

Bali IndonesiaHere is where I stayed, Ken and his family came to my home in Australia for Xmas.

Beautifully decorated

Bali Indonesia Surfers Paradise

The whole villa was just beautifully decorated.

Jimbaram Bay

Bali Indonesia Surfers Paradise

The most popular beach dining location in Bali.

Samaya Hotel at Seminyak.

Bali Indonesia Surfers Paradise There are many 5 star hotels in Bali Indonesia, the Samaya hotel is in a great location right on the beach.    

Bali Indonesia Surfers Paradise

Bali Indonesia Surfers Paradise

A kite surfer at Sanur beach.

          Thanks for visiting my Bali Indonesia Surfers Paradise photo blog.

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Click on Here is my last trip to Bali Indonesia in 1997.

 

Please check out my post on Angkor Wat

 

Here are some cheap restaurants in Pattaya Thailand

 

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