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Surfers Paradise Road Trip South Australia

April 13, 2017 by David Herd

Surfers Paradise Road Trip South Australia

Surfers Paradise Road Trip South Australia Surfers Paradise Road Trip South Australia reminds me of the last frontier and a great road trip I took in 2003. Three Japanese students, Yukako, Megumi & Noriko & I travelled from the Gold Coast in Queensland, through Broken Hill  NSW to Coober Pedy in South Australia, a fascinating opal mining town where most of the population live in underground houses, then on to Ayers Rock and back home to the Gold Coast via Hervey Bay where we went whale watching. On our marathon journey all through the Australian Outback we traveled 7,300 kilometers  which was around 82 hours behind the wheel. 

The above photo is at Tenterfield on the New England Highway.

Peter Allen Motor Inn

Surfers Paradise Road Trip South Australia This famous Australian singer son writer was born in Tenterfield. For a discounted room rate just book through THIS LINK.

Listen to Peter sing one of his famous songs about the Tenterfield sadler.

The first stage

Surfers Paradise Road Trip South Australia

Across  NSW to South Australia.

In the middle of NSW

Surfers Paradise Road Trip South Australia Our first day on the road, we will overnight in Broken Hill.

Trades Hall in Broken Hill.

Surfers Paradise Road Trip South Australia The Trades Hall is Broken Hill’s most historically important building. 

Broken Hill in outback NSW.

Surfers Paradise Road Trip South Australia Broken Hill over 1,100 km (680 mi) west of Sydney and  surrounded by semi-desert.

For a very good discount on a Broken Hill hotel just book through THIS LINK.

Typical outback building

 photo d33b4a09-a6bd-4229-af6e-90fb1c3fe733.jpg In the 19th and early 20th century Broken Hill was home to a community of Afghans. Afghans worked as camel drivers in parts of outback Australia, and they made a significant contribution to economic growth when transport options were limited. The camel drivers formed the first sizeable Muslim communities in Australia, and in Broken Hill they left their mark in the form of the first mosque in NSW (1891).

Wilmington South Australia

Surfers Paradise Road Trip South Australia Wilmington is a farming community, known for sheep, wheat and barley, but more recently for the planting of olive groves.

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Wilmington is 305 kilometres north of the state capital, Adelaide.

This was at Byron Bay near the start of our journey.

Surfers Paradise Road Trip South Australia Such lovely young girls,  Noriko Megumi & Yukako. Thanks for visiting my Surfers Paradise Road Trip South Australia photo blog. Next stop is Coober Pedy.

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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. 🙂 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

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.

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 Gearge Castanza. 🙂

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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

Gosford Central Coast near Sydney

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 aperfect 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. 🙂

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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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Milan Limone Monte Carlo road trip

August 14, 2015 by David Herd

Limone Piemonte Italy

Milan Limone Monte Carlo road trip Milan Limone Monte Carlo road trip stopping for lunch at Limone Piemonte Italy, one of the oldest ski areas in the country. Driving through the Italian & French mountains south on our way to the French Riviera.

Pizza pasta and wild boar

Milan, Monte Carlo road trip My friends & travelling companions Deborah Holliday and Jodie ONeill from the Gold Coast in Australia.


Lovely mountain village

Limone Piemonte I had just spent a couple of days in Lake Como waiting for my friends to arrive from Australia before spending 10 days exploring the French Riviera from our apartment in Breil Sur Roya.

Australian beer in Italy

Milan Limone Monte Carlo road trip Quite a surprise to see large Australian beer sign.

Nestled amongst the forest

Limone Piemonte Italy The railway reached Limone in 1891, in 1897 the skiers arrived & competitions began in 1907.

Waiting for the snow

Milan, Monte Carlo road trip

Obviously the village would look quite different in the winter.

Charming stone chalets

Milan Limone Monte Carlo road trip

This was a perfect village to have a break on our Milan Limone Monte Carlo road trip.

Here is where we had lunch

Milan, Monte Carlo road trip

Very good wine and food at this delightful restaurant.


Main street Limone Piemonte Italy

Milan Limone Monte Carlo road trip

The weather was gorgeous as was the village.

The girls are excited 1st day of their holiday

Milan, Monte Carlo road trip

Deb & Jodie jumping for joy. 

Mountain creek

Milan Limone Monte Carlo road trip

A small mountain stream runs through the village.

Our road rocket

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This little rocket was perfect for 3 people. Car hire in Europe is rather inn expensive if you shop around for a good deal. Always try to drop the car off in the country you picked it up in. This will save you a relocation fee. 

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