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Haleiwa Bay North Shore Hawaii

Haleiwa Bay is located on the North Shore of Oahu Hawaii   Coordinates: 21°35′24″N 158°6′50″W   You can drive there or take bus 55 from Waikiki  for the cost of $2.50.

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It is a popular tourist spot for viewing turtles that eat the grass growing abundantly on the rocks lining the shore, and busloads of tourists come and go waving cameras as they follow the guide keeping to his schedule. From the car park you walk through a sandy area of coconut trees to the rocky area where the turtles inhabit the rock pools

Hawaii is the home to five species of sea turtles. Olive ridleys, loggerheads, and leatherbacks are usually only encountered in deep offshore waters. But it’s common for snorkelers and divers on all the islands to see the honu (green sea turtle) in near shore waters. Green sea turtles, however, nest in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands, a remote protected area where they thrive. Come discover Hawaii’s Sea Turtles!

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Fast Facts About the Hawaiian Green Sea Turtles (Honu)

  • Adult sea turtles are often found in shallow lagoons, feeding mostly on different species of sea grasses.
  • The average green sea turtle lives to be 80 years of age.
  • Entire generations often migrate between one pair of feeding and nesting areas.
  • They typically swim at about 1.6-1.9 MPH.
  • Sea turtles spend nearly all their lives underwater, but must breathe air for the oxygen needed to meet the demands of vigorous activity.
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Sunset Beach Oahu Hawaii

Sunset Beach is on the North Shore of Oahu in Hawaii and known for big wave surfing during the winter season. The original Hawaiian name for this place is Paumalū

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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sunset_Beach_%28Oahu%29

Today Sunset Beach is home to the prestigious Vans Triple Crown of Surfing, which is part of the World Cup of Surfing. The water is flat as a lake in the summers and has waves in the winters. All the surfing contests take place in the winter around December and January, that being the time of the largest and best waves for surfing.

Like many beaches on Oahu’s North Shore, Sunset Beach is considered dangerous for inexperienced surfers, due to extensive coral formations near the surface that present the risk of serious injury. Conditions for swimming change depending on the particular location and season. Generally speaking, the water is flat as a lake in the summers and has waves in the winters

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Virtual Barrier Reef at The Cube

http://www.thecube.qut.edu.au/cube-screens/2014/virtual-reef.php

The Virtual Reef is a life-sized marine ecosystem expanding across two levels of the new Science and Engineering Centre. Multi-touch technologies enable the user to manipulate, intimately explore and interact with the reef world, specific behaviours and relationships.

Australia’s leading marine science and interactive and visual design organisations, QUT and the Queensland Museum, bring knowledge and research of the underwater world to your fingertips through multi-touch screens and projectors.

We did not use any of the interactive features, but sat there absolutely mesmerized by the moving images depicting the Barrier reef. It is very beautiful.

On the other side of the screen there was a display of Dinosaurs

 

 

Tallest Buildings in Brisbane

As we walked to the Treasury Hotel the new skyscraper being built was right there in front of us. We walked down William Street..where it was located right next to the entrance to the freeway and also Story Bridge…It is Number 1 William street….and the construction is underway…and it will be the tallest Building in Brisbane to be completed in 2017..

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_tallest_buildings_in_Brisbane

This is a list of the tallest buildings in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.

Brisbane has 60 skyscrapers with a height greater than 100 metres, the third greatest number of any city in Oceania (behind Sydney and Melbourne).[1]

There is the 274.3 metres height limit for buildings in the CBD. As of 2013 a review of height limits for city skyscrapers has been requested by Brisbane Lord Mayor to allow construction of buildings over 300 metres above sea level.[2]

At 260 metres, 1 William Street is the tallest building in Brisbane.

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Sunset at Cylinder Beach Stradbroke Island

A popular place for pre-sunset drinks is Cylinder Beach. People with their dogs and cameras, and friends, sit and watch the open air theatre unfold its ever changing show, sitting on the rocks or at the wooden seats for viewing.

It was dull and though there were clouds in the sky, the sunset promised to be different. Below the rocks, a few adventurous surfers rode their boards along the long rip perfect for riding the wave, and the Lifeguards packed up for the day.

The colors changed to vibrant streaks of sunset that blazed across the sky defying the ever encroaching evening as it threatened to  overpower the day and become night.

All good things come to an end, and the light lessened as the sky darkened and in a final defiant blaze of glory, the streaks of red closed its light at sunset. The last boat sailed in on a wave, and the sun went down leaving silhouettes saying farewell to another day, and we packed up the last of the drinks and were on our way.

 

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28 km of Sandy Beach at Point Lookout

There is a path and steps that lead down at the end of the football oval at Point Lookout that leads down to the Surf Clubhouse. From there you walk down to the beach. You can walk 28 kms I was told along the sand.

There is a walk called The Lily walk that goes through the bushland to the sand, and also across to Saraminda drive where the BnB called BeachboysBnB  that I stayed at was located. The walk leads to the beach.

Because of the strong winds and the weather, there was a huge mountain of sand piled up at the entrance to the beach. Just below, the lifeguards had a stand with a ‘No Swimming’ flag, as this area has very strong undertows and currents which you feel even when you are walking in the water. Then you walk onto pristine golden sand and miles of just sand and water. When I walked there it was low tide, and it was mostly sand and a good walk to the water.

On this day, the waves were golden as they came to the shore. I think the color was sand being washed and blown to the shore, from where the wind blew it when it dried to the edges. It was very windy, and I walked along the water looking at the golden waves

I walked down on another occasion to where the 4WD vehicles turned to the road. Vehicles were permitted to drive along the sand as far as this point, then they either turned around or turned left to land.

The water is beautiful here, so blue and so full of energy as the waves roar to the shore.

The isolation is complete, and once 3 seagulls standing apart from each other watching the waves, disdainfully glared at me as I broke their concentration as I walked past.