Surfers Paradise Gold Coast

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Surfers_Paradise,_Queensland

Highrise edge the Surf Beach

Looking South

Surfers Paradise is a suburb within the local government area of Gold Coast City in Queensland, Australia. At the 2006 census, Surfers Paradise had a population of 18,501. Colloquially known as ‘Surfers’, the suburb has many high-rise apartment buildings and a wide surf beach

Huge Residential Highrise

Surfers Highrise

The feature of the heart of the suburb is Cavill Mall, which runs through the shopping and entertainment precinct. Cavill Avenue, named after Jim Cavill, an early hotel owner, is one of the busiest shopping strips in Queensland, and the centre of activity for night life

Main Road and Light Rail

View across Surfers Paradise going north

Main shopping Centre Surfers Paradise

Cavill Street Shopping Centre with Clock Tower Hotel on the corner

Surfers Paradise is the Gold Coast‘s entertainment and tourism centre and the suburbs high-rise buildings are the best known feature of the city’s skyline.

Enjoying the sun and surf

Enjoying the sun and surf

Surfers Paradise is fronted to the east by the Surfers Paradise Foreshore, a rejuvenated public space that fronts Surfers Paradise Beach and the Pacific Ocean. The Foreshore was completed in 2011 and feature contemporary coastal streetscaping that incorporates existing trees and vegetation, including about 95 pandanus trees.

Golden sands of Surfers

Golden sands and HighRise Accommodation of Surfers

Beach is isolated in the morning

Morning Walk Surfers Paradise

The High Rise Buildings edge the surf beach for fabulous water views

Low tide and High Rise Buildings

My waterview from the Mantra where I stayed

My waterview from the Mantra where I stayed

Outback Drive…Birdsville Track to Jundah via Windorah

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It started from a property called Clifton Hills, the largest cattle property in Australia, where a drilling team worked for 3 months to drill a new bore. The first bore had a problem when they reached either a cave or soft sand when the bore could not be stabilized, and an error of judgement dropped the drill and they had to pull it all up again and move to another site a mile away. The drilling time was thus doubled and the team stayed there in the Stony Desert for another month.

Then when the job was finally done and boiling bore water gushed forth, the whole operation was packed onto 6 Road Trains, and along with 2 4WD’s,  transported to the next job at Jundah. I asked if I could ride in a Road train and I did..

Road Train

Road Trains in a convey travel along the outback roads

Clifton Hills Station is 132 kms south of Birdsville on the Birdsville Track. Flat tyres slowed the journey. and we arrived at Birdsville in the evening where the convoy camped in the area near the Birdsville Racecourse for the night.

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Tracks made by the Road trains

Tracks made by the Road trains

After overnighting at Birdsville, and drinking the end of the job at Birdsville Hotel, next day we drove as far as Jundah, 480 kms, along the Birdsville Developmental Road and camped overnight there on the Sporting Reserve where I booked into the Hotel to enjoy a night. The next day the convoy drove to the next job where they set up, and then a 4WD took us back to Brisbane and home with another stop at Mitchell.

Here are some of the photos from the Road…and a video of the photos…

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Sunset over the Sea Russell Island

Sunset over the Sea

Sunset over the Sea

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Every night a different sunset over the sea where I live on Russell island..

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Leaving Russell Island on the 6.30am ferry

Sunrise over the Sea

Every morning a different sunrise with different clouds and sky and reflections.

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Reflections of the sunrise over the water at Russell island

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Sunrise reflects in the waves

Leaving Russell Island by ferry

Sunrise reflections

Sunrise reflections

Sunrise reflections

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Reflections

Sunrise reflections

Water wash behind the ferry

Water wash behind the ferry

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Sunrise Over the Sea

View from the Jetty at Russell Island…

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Full Moon 31 July 2015 Russell Island..Blue Moon

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Traditionally, the name Blue Moon was given to the third of four full Moons in a single astronomical season (meaning Blue Moons will occur on 21 May 2016, 18 May 2019 and 22 August 2021), but largely due to the US radio program StarDate in early 1980 and the board game Trivial Pursuit, people have come to use the term Blue Moon to mean the second of two full Moons occurring in a single calendar month

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Full Moons occur every 29.530589 days, on average, which is the lunar synodic period. Since most months are 30 or 31 days long, it’s clearly possible for two full Moons to fit in a single month if the first occurs near the beginning. Since the first full Moon of July 2015 arrived at 3:20am BST on the 2nd, the second full Moon squeezes in at 11:43am BST on July 31st

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Between the years 2001 and 2099, there are 41 Blue Moons. There are three years in which a Blue Moon occurs twice: 2018 (January and March), 2037 (January and March) and 2094 (January and April). Blue Moons can also occur on consecutive years: 2066 and 2067.

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Blue Moon 1 August 2015 6am

BlueMoon  1 August 2015 6am

BlueMoon  1 August 2015 6am

Blue Moon 1 August 2015 6am  setting over the water reflecting in the Bay

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Can you see the moon between the trees as it goes down into the water?

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Sunset Russell Island Queensland

There are some amazing sunsets and sunrises at Russell island.

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This is the view looking over to the heads and the mainland in the distance.

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Sometimes the sunset is so red that when the sun sets, it reflects over the water and sky to the west and the whole bay turns pink

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Vehicle Ferry to Russell island from the mainland..

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The ferry service is run by B.I.T.S (Bay Island Transit System) and departs from Redland Bay. This service is reliable and frequent and is operational 7 days a week 365 days a year. The ferry services four of the Bay Islands including Macleay Island, Karragarra Island, Lamb Island and Russell Island.

The Barge is operated by Stradbroke Ferries. The barge services the Bay Islands and departs from Redland bay approximately every hour on weekdays and about every 2 hours on weekends and public holidays.

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Cost is $50 each way for residents and more for non residents..

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http://www.russellisland.com.au/bargetimetable.htm

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Departing Weinam Street, Redland Bay, 4165
These are actual departure times listed – Please arrive 20 minutes prior to departure.

http://www.stradbrokeferries.com.au/timetables/bay-islander-timetable

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You can always get your car on board during the afternoons. Simply join the queue if the office is not attended and wait for the ferry to arrive. It is regular and reliable and a very pleasant ride.

You can walk on the ferry too without a car. I think the cost is $5 from the mainland to an island, and free if you travel inter-island.

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While waiting, walk on the jetty and see the coastline.

There are many water birds that frequent this area, and also dolphins play in the bay if you are lucky to see them.

The people ferry is on the right of the vehicle ferry terminal…

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Bribie island Sunset Kakadu Beach

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Popular place for viewing the sunset over the water Across to the Glasshouse Mountains.

People come and watch the sunset with their dogs, fishing rods and family.

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