Tag: Burleigh Heads national Park

683. Sunday 23rd June 2019. Blood tests, memory woes, a visit by granddaughter Shelby, weight loss and Rock and Roll babeee…

Monday 17th June.

Today I had to have a fasting blood test. The sooner I have the test the sooner I get breakfast. Last week I called them to determine what time they open. My mind tells me I was told 7.30am. I arrived at 7.29 to find the gates locked. In a moment a car arrived the gates opened and I ask the driver what time they open. There is a reason I did this as the blood lab website tells me they are open from 9am. The sign on the gate tells me 8.30 am while I was told 7.30 am and the car driver told me, “we open at 8am”. I went home and arrived back at 8am and discovered, much to my chagrin, I had left the prescription behind. I went home found the prescription sitting on the table where I had put it while putting on my shoes. I was back at the lab for the test by 8.45 but had to wait. I was home for breakfast by 9.30.


What bothered me was the memory aspect. Perhaps recalling the wrong opening time and forgetting the prescription. I suppose it can happen to anybody!

Tuesday 18th June

Daughter Shelby arrived today.  Her first semester at Uni ended and she is now having a holiday. With No Particular Place To Go, (thanks Chuck Berry) we decided to take a visit to Snapper Rocks

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A little surf at Snapper.

which seems to have become, along with Coolangatta, a favourite place for us to visit.

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Hanging Five at Snapper.

The weather was fabulous, traffic was less than heavy and we found a parking spot immediately.

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Shelby always seems to look the other way when a camera is pointed her way.

The surf, what there was of it, was in the category of tiny.

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Tourists trying to take a photo with the surf breaking on the rocks.
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Natural rock pool at Snapper Rocks

However the dozen or so surfers were enjoying the warm day, the clear clean water and friendly unchallenging surf.

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Shelby at Snapper
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Rock pool at Snapper Rocks.
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Rainbow Bay Surf Club entrance at Snapper Rocks. On the left are winners of the male, Quiksilver Pro Surf Title from 2002 to 2014. On the right are the winners of the female Roxy Pro Surf Title from 2002 to 2014.

Later after a lunch at a Mexican franchise we drove home along what I call the scenic route.

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Kirra Beach seen from Kirra Lookout.
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Coolangatta, Greenmount and Snapper Rocks from Kirra Lookout.
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Snapper Rocks from Kirra Lookout.

It is almost traditional for us to call into the Currumbin Surf Life Saving Club where Donnis and I had a cup of coffee and shared a piece of cake made with almond flour.

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Currumbin Beach from the Surf Club Dining Room.
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Coolangatta from Currumbin Surf Club.
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City from Currumbin

Shelby had a nice piece of Black Forest Cherry Cake while I eyeballed its ever decreasing size with envy. As we passed through Palm Beach we noticed a ship anchored just a little way off the beach and decided it was worth a better look. It turns out the Gold Coast City Council is spending M$18 building an artificial reef mainly for the purpose of stopping beach erosion along this stretch of beach.   http://www.goldcoast.qld.gov.au/palm-beach-shoreline-project-46031.html     A by- product of the reef will be a place for fisherpeople, divers, snorkellers and of course board riders. We watched as a backhoe dredger splashed below the surface but re-emerging with an empty bucket. It was moving rocks into place. We have always enjoyed stopping for a coffee and cake at the Palm Beach Surf Life Saving Club so now we have something additional to look at.

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Making an artificial reef at Palm Beach
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The city from Palm Beach

Further along the Gold Coast Highway I decided to stop at Cascade Gardens near Broadbeach.   http://www.goldcoast.qld.gov.au/thegoldcoast/cascade-gardens-27171.html

The number of times we have driven past this park, seen the large number of cars and promised ourselves we would have a look.

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Cascade gardens.

It is a popular picnic spot and an ideal wedding venue. 180619 cascade gardens1Today we just had a look at the Nerang River in one of its guises as part of the hugely extensive Gold Coast canal system.180619 cascade gardens 2 I loved it for the many photo opportunities and will be back.180619 cascade gardens

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Walking trail along Cascade Gardens canal wall.

Wednesday 19th June.

After our Line Dancing session and my cup of coffee – albeit without benefit of cake, biscuits or slices of rye sourdough bread – we decided to take Shelby to do a walk through Burleigh Heads National Park. https://parks.des.qld.gov.au/parks/burleigh-head/about.html

It was easier to park at Tallebudgera Creek and walk back across the bridge and enter the park from that end. Parking at Burledigh Heads is dfifficult.

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A very long mural at Tallebudgera Creek. The entire wall is also fitted with old exhaust systems. The mufflers have been cut and filled with soil and plants. Regretably, no watering system was installed and all the plants died. Not even weeds survive. Maybe it was all the accumulated gasses which kills everything.

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Tallebudgera Creek
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Tallebudgera Creek

The park abounds with massive hexagonal columns of basalt which were formed XXX millions of years ago when volcanic eruptions pushed lava into the sea which at that time was at a much higher level than today.

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One of many bench seats along the Burleigh National Park walk.

The rapid cooling of the lava, which includes Feldspar and Quartz aligns the minerals that form the basalt columns. Today we took the high path and the steepest walk which also has the best lookouts.

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Rocks overlooking Tallebudgera Creek, Palm Beach, Currumbin and Coolangatta way in the distance.
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Palm Beach etc

Next time we take the more level coast path which was closed for a number of years due to basalt rock falls. 190619 burleigh 5

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Another bench seat in Burleigh National Park
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View across Burleigh Heads towards Broadbeach and Surfers Paradise.

Once again the weather was near perfect as was the water clarity and colour. Today the surf had doubled in size overnight. Just offshore we glimpsed the tug towing two dumb barges which had just delivered a load of rocks for the artificial reef.

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Rock barges.

Thursday 20th June

Donnis went on a bus trip with her craft group to Murwillumbah. Shelby and I went to Harbourtown. I went to get a prescription filled and Shelby went window shopping. She, like me, is on a budget. I arrived at the chemist and lo and behold, no prescription. Uh Oh! Did I leave it on the table while I was putting my shoes on?  Shelby drove me home in her deep dark metallic blue Kia Cerato and there was the prescription, on the table where I thought it would be. Hmmm! That’s a second memory problem in a few days.

Saturday 22nd June.

Tonight we went to the Guannabah Country Music Hall for a Rock and Roll night. Many of the faces are becoming familiar to us as are we becoming familiar to them. Our dance lessons have paid dividends especially for Graham and myself. We are no longer stiff in our movements and we have learnt to move fluidly with the music and our partners. Both of us were fortunate to be asked by several women to dance with them. Donnis is beginning to relax although she is still a little unsure but then again she was asked to dance by several men. I have probably said this before but is worthwhile saying again. We should have taken lessons years ago. My friend…Frank…took up Rock and Roll 17 years ago and he also comments that he should have started a long time ago. The band is very popular and the lead guitarist started as a 17 year old playing on Bandstand hosted by Brian Henderson on National TV and later on the 6 O’Clock Rock TV Show hosted by Johnny O’Keefe. Co-Incidentally, the band starts the night at 6 O’Clock and plays the original 6 O’Clock Rock theme song. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4FPt0cB3x60

We had a great night and even when not dancing we enjoyed watching the other dancers with their great routines and some of the wardrobe choices, men and womens were eye catching. We have another Rock and Roll night here at our village on Friday and many of those at tonights event will also be coming.

Sunday 23rd June 2019

All the little jobs I promised myself I would complete today are still not completed. Not only are they not completed they have not even been started.

I did solve a neighbours problem with her iPad.

I did solve another neighbours air conditioning problem and some of her laptop problems.

Several of us watched the State of Origin on the big screen smart TV with 6 speaker surround sound in the Clubhouse. NSW gave Qld a lesson in Rugby League. Qld have still not learned to pass the ball. The score was an embarrassment.

Last week I reported that I hoped to have lost 6kgs by this week. The scales tell me – yahoo – I have lost 6 Kgs even after a couple of “treats” during the week. Watching State of Origin tonight I had a small bowl of chips, 2 small sausage rolls and a couple of rums. I hope that, overall that does not set me back. Back to the 6 Kg loss. Looking in the mirror I cannot see any change in belly girth and silly me did not use a tape measure BEFORE I started. However… I tried on some trousers which, although I could put them on previously, I could not do them up. There was a wide yawning gap between the buttons and the button hole. On Saturday night, getting dressed for Rock and Roll, my current trousers were simply too large and just folded down around my ankles. Next I tried on trousers I have not used since, well, at least 2014. They fit!!! I was able to easily do up the trousers, tuck in my shirt (something else I could not do, I always left my shirt out) and finish off with a belt. Next I tried on trousers and shorts. The old clothes fit. I made a huge pile of huge trousers and shorts. They will go into storage until I get the courage to get rid of them. I do not want to go backwards now I seem to be regaining my old body by loosing a bit of body. Maybe the loss of weight and girth had a positive effect on my mental state as I felt more relaxed joining others on the dance floor. I was doing “my thing” rather than being concerned how others perceived me.

594. Sunday 18th February 2018. Heatwaves, big surf, Telstra problems, Apple problems and a head cold which lingers…

The blog title and theme is Home and Travel Gallery.

This week there will be more of the former and less of the latter. In other words not much travel this week.

Monday 12th February

Heatwave conditions.

Need I say more? Stay indoors. Stay hydrated and turn on the air conditioner. Even with the AC on it was still a bit sweaty in bed waiting for sleep to come crawling out of wherever it has been hiding and throw a blanket of siesta over my mind.

Tuesday 13th February

Heat wave conditions.

Somewhere around 35° during the middle of the day.

Living on the coast we do get a sea breeze so conditions are not as bad as 60 klms and more inland where temps were in the mid forties. I suppose the humidity there was not as high as on the coast.

Our internet has been intermittent for some time. It has become much worse this last week. In fact it came to a grinding halt today. Hmmm! All the lights on the modem say we are getting signal and wireless is working. All lights green. The laptop and the desktop can connect wirelessly but say there is no internet. Both mobile phones are set up to switch to wireless connection as soon as we are in range. Both say there is no internet signal. That is four devices all registering no internet. I dragged out the aging Apple iPad. It also would not connect. There is no internet signal despite the modem saying otherwise. Five of 5 devices all with the same problem. I called Telstra and they did their usual tests, remotely, from wherever they are located. They told me I had internet I told them I did not. We turned the modem off and on…several times. I unplugged power…several times. I unplugged the modem from the splitter box and connected directly to the wall socket. No change. I re-set the modem…several times. No change. I kept saying we had an electrical storm on Sunday night and the real problem began after that. I told them I thought the modem was faulty.

The technical help person, probably located in The Phillipines referred me to a higher level technician further up the evolutionary tree. We repeated everything we did before. This technician referred me higher up the tree to a top level technician who declared they had reached the level of expertise or ability and declared I need a real live technician to visit us. Yay! That is what I was asking for. I think the modem is faulty. By the time we had finished, the modem ECO light was red and the Internet light was red…constantly. Earlier, before I called I would have a signal for awhile then it would drop out and the red lights came on then suddenly the signal would return then drop out again and then come back. After three hours they admitted defeat and just as a precaution warned me that if the technician discovered the fault was in my equipment they would bill me. The only “equipment” I own are the laptop, the desktop, the two mobile phones and an iPad. As far as I am concerned the modem is their property.

I received a text message to say the technician would arrive on Thursday between 8am and noon.

After the call was finished I saw I had a missed call from the Commonwealth Games Driver Section. They left a message. My day at Games Central tomorrow morning at 8am to get my uniform and accreditation has been cancelled and I have to reschedule.


Tonight we had the annual general meeting of our village. Just as we arrived, close to 7pm, lightning struck very close by. So close the strike and the thunder were instant. The lightning shorted out our security gates, leaving the exit gate open and the entrance gate unable to be opened. Lightning flashed for another two hours and dumped a heap of rain. The temperature dropped enough that we could sleep with just a sheet and no need for air conditioning.

Wednesday 14th February. Valentines Day.

Another heat wave day.

We drove to Australia Fair Shopping Centre so we could park the car underground and go inside to walk around in the AC. Lots of other people had the same idea. The food shops and coffee outlets were busy busy busy. This shopping centre food court is located opposite The Broadwater and has high glass windows to show all those people still walking around in the heat outside while we are comfortable inside.

All too soon we spent money on groceries and returned home to a hot house.

The AC was turned on again.

Thursday 15th February.

Another heat wave day.

At 6am Donnis and I went to The Broadwater for a walk followed by a swim in the lagoon. There was a misty haze over to the east where the sun was wrestling with the salty residue from yesterday’s wind and sea spray. By the time we left the beach the sun had won the battle. The haze had all but disappeared and the sun had a distinct bite to it. Time to go home, hide in the house and wait for Telstra.

Telstra arrived mid-morning and confirmed the modem was faulty. It was replaced but still no internet. The techie made a call to the exchange and they re-set the port and viola, we had signal. Yay! It was working like a charm.

It was, that is, until 9.30 tonight. I cannot access the internet. The modem is firing on all lights, the laptop tells me I have internet but the little timer goes around and around and nothing happens. The techie did say that when everybody comes home from work or school the speed will slow. Slow I understand. Stopped is not what I am paying for. There was not even enough download to carry out a speed test.

Friday 17th February

Another day of heatwave.

Internet is as it should be. If the day pans out according to my expectations the speed will drop off late in the afternoon and become a sleeping tortoise by 8pm.

After lunch we drove out to The Spit to see the predicted big swells.

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These look like a cool way to get around. A sort of scooter with a seat, fat tyres and runs on battery.

It was low tide and the waves were not as big as expected and the entire coast was covered in a salty haze while in the distance an incoming storm was building dark ominous clouds.

I apologise for the clarity of the photos. I would wipe the lens clean and by the time I focus on where to shoot, the lens would be covered with a fine salty mist. It was almost impossible to see through my sunglasses by the time we left.

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Surfers Paradise looking through salt haze and large waves.

Between the haze and the clouds the skyline was disappearing.

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A lone Kite Surfer really had to work hard in the strong winds and large swells.

Although much cooler here on the beach the strong steady wind was blowing the salty haze onto sunglasses, camera lens, windscreen and skin. By the time we left we could feel the grittiness of the salt.

On the beach the usual hardy surfers, boogie boarders, kite surfers and Asian tourists were enjoying themselves.

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Even on days like these the little sailboats still venture out to sea for their races.

The Spit as it is known to most locals is actually called Moondewarra Spit and is part of the Doug Jennings Park.

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Hexagonal Basalt Columns at the entrance to Doug Jennings Park. Look closely and you can see the name carved into the rocks.

Recently council has spent a small fortune upgrading the northern end of the park including sealed carpark, sealed roads, fencing, pathways, dive exit sites, picnic facilities and a roundabout. At the entrance to the park, the roundabout and scattered throughout the park in strategic locations are basalt columns, some in an upright position while others are placed horizontally.

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Hexagonal Basalt Columns from the Tweed Volcano are the centrepiece of the roundabout.

These columns have been brought here from an ancient volcanic site, Burleigh Heads National Park, which is part of the extinct Tweed Volcano. Some years ago a number of columns, as a result of degradation of the underlying soil, slid down the slope of the volcanic caldera and landed in a precarious and unstable position. Those six sided hexagonal columns were removed and relocated to this park.

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A safe harbour with delightful white sand beaches on three shores. Surfers Paradise is in the background. Note the incoming storm and salt haze.
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Safe Lagoon at Single Lady Beach.
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Single lady Beach with a home made totally self sufficient houseboat. It is a bit small for my liking.
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Another home made houseboat.

The storm clouds rolled in, a little lightning and thunder announced a spattering of rain and the temperature dropped as did the humidity. We can look forward to a comfortable night without the need for air conditioning.

Saturday 17th February

Lesser heatwave day.

Only about 32° today.

I have been having some trouble with my original release iPad. iPad was released in Australia late May 2010. Mine was received in late August 2010. It cannot be updated any more. Its computing power for Internet is incapable of maintaining a signal. Battery life is still good and I can run Music and Photos but I am having problems in both areas. I called Apple Services on the off chance they could help. When uploading photos the iPad deletes previous photos or only imports the name of the new folder and either deletes a few photos or adds a few photos. After an hour the techie referred me to a local man who said he is a Case Support Manager. After asking a few questions, the same as the previous operator, he connected to my laptop and asked me to show how I import photos. Within a minute he explained what was wrong and how to overcome the problem. Photo problem solved.

Next came the Music. Sometimes it works other times almost all songs will not play and has a message saying it is unavailable. Once more I showed him via remote viewing and he was able to explain how to solve the music problem

What do you do when at least one person is suffering in the heat? Go to a shopping centre of course.

Today it was the turn of Robina Shopping Town. Originally I planned to go there and visit the Apple Store Techies but I no longer need to do that.

Instead we walked around in air conditioned comfort and did a load of shopping.

Sunday 18th February.

Still hot and a promise of huge seas from tropical cyclone Gita heading towards New Zealand encouraged me to go to the beach.

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Lots of people come out to see the spectacle of large waves breaking on and over the breakwall. I guess it is a bit of vicarious fun, flirting with danger a little remotely. Whats the worst which can happen? Fall over and get wet?

Down at The Spit the huge seas and low tide kept all but the silly out of the water.

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Just move a little closer to edge so I can get a good photo of you getting wet.
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OK is this close enough? can take a selfie too.

I watched as a half dozen people thinking it was safe to wade suddenly got knocked off their feet by the undertow and were dragged, struggling out to the waves. A larger than usual wave washed them back towards shore, tumbling them over and over. We have been warned for two days to stay out of the water and all the beaches are closed but there is always somebody who will ignore the warnings.

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When the wind gets a bit strong sand is blown off the beach and covers the path. When the wind eases and the sand drift is too big Council dig and sweep it back to the beach. This photo includes the sand drift, The Seaway, The Broadwater and the high rise buildings at Lands End.