Tag Archive | Queensland

Gold Coast skyline

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Looking from Broadbeach to Surfer’s Paradise. The tallest building is Q1. It was the tallest residential building in the world up until 2011 and is still one of the tallest buildings in Australia and the Southern Hemisphere.

The Wheel of Brisbane

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The Wheel of Brisbane is on the Southbank side of the Brisbane River. It rises 60m above ground. On a sunny day it shows how beautiful Brisbane and particularly Southbank is. I had some time to fill in before catching my flight home so decided a trip on the wheel was required. Ironically I met 2 teenagers who were also filling in time before flying back to Melbourne just before I was.

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Curtis Falls….Mt Tamborine

Before we went to Gallery Walk, we drove to one of the National Parks on Mt Tamborine to go for a small bushwalk.  We were going to walk the 1.5km return track to Curtis Falls.  As you walk the track, you descend into a Eucalypt forest.  It was only around 10am so the air smelled really fresh.  I love walking at this time of the day.  We walked along a twisty path, past extremely tall eucalypts and other smaller trees and bushes.  As we got closer to the Falls there were quite a lot of steps.  When we got to the bottom we saw a small pool and further around the next corner we came across the Falls.  There has been a lot of rain recently so there was plenty of water falling into the small pool.  The sun was shining through the canopy, casting a beautiful glow through the trees.

Curtis Falls

http://www.tamborinemountain.net/bushwalks.html

 

As we walked back up all the steps to the flatter path then back to the car we began looking for scrub turkeys.  I was beginning to think they were a mythical creature because I hadn’t seen any.  Apparently there was one near the start of the path at the car park.  We did see mounds of mulch that the turkeys create but I thought they were just mounds of mulch.  It became a bit of a joke and that’s when I began to think they were a mythical creature.  Bec even googled it to prove that it was real.

Gold Coast – Mt Tamborine

On a beautiful, sunny and warm Sunday morning, Carol, Bec, Brad and I drove to Mt Tamborine.  Mt Tamborine is in the hinterland of the Gold Coast, just 30 mins drive from Surfers Paradise.  When flying into the Gold Coast, we flew over the mountain.  It looked lush and green and I was looking forward to visiting an area of Australia I hadn’t seen before.

I was assured the roads aren’t too windy.  We had all been in New Zealand and experienced many long and windy roads on a 48-seater coach and I had avoided such roads since coming home.

I wanted to go and visit Wayne Clements’ art gallery in Eagle Heights.  http://www.wayneclements.com.au/  Wayne is an artist that paints with larger brushes than most artists.  My Dad watches his show on community tv every week.  Sometimes I get to watch him too and the paintings he produces are amazing considering the large brushes he uses.  He paints portraits and a lot of landscapes.

Carol thought his gallery might have been on Long Road, cleverly named Gallery Walk, a picturesque, tree-lined street in Eagle Heights.  http://www.discovertamborine.com.au/index.php/gallery-walk-east/.  There are over 70 shops, cafes and art galleries along the street.  Along with the usual craft shops there are two fudge shops.  I bought my fudge (one was Kahlua and the other one was Cookies and Cream) from the first one but I can’t remember what the shop was called.  The second one is called Fudge Heaven http://www.fudgeheaven.com.au/.  Although I didn’t buy anything from there I tried some of the ‘adults only’ fudges as well as the Lemon Meringue fudge. That’s currently my favourite flavour.

I wanted to have Devonshire Tea for brunch so we went to Gallery Cafe.  The cafe is set back on the property with outdoor seating at the front and side.  There are lots of trees surrounding the cafe.  They also have a function room where they host a lot of weddings.  It was still a little chilly on the mountain so we sat inside.  The service and the food were really nice.  Bec’s plate had a Have a nice day written with chocolate sauce.  It was a really nice touch.