Southport

Southport is a suburb and the central business district near the midpoint of Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia and has one of the city’s largest communities. At the 2011 Census, Southport had a population of 28,315.[1]     Originally known as Nerang Creek Heads, it was named Southport because it was the southernmost port of the colony of Queensland.  Southport is recognised as the central business district of the City of Gold Coast.      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Southport,_Queensland

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A settlement was first surveyed in 1874 and the name Southport decided the following year.[2] Southport was once the site of timber mills.  A port was established to ship logs to Brisbane. The water way continues on to Brisbane, past South Stradbroke Island and between the Moreton Bay Islands. Today it is mainly the Tourist Cruise boats that use the water, and a few private cruisers.

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I took the Light Rail from Surfers Paradise to Broadwater, where Meriton Apartments is located right opposite the Light Rail. There is a collection of restaurants and hairdressers on this corner, assuming that locals like to eat and have their hair cut and colored, and a little Chemist where the heat literally forced me to buy an upmarket sunhat to match the surroundings. This is not the raggle tag of Surfers Paradise where backpackers stroll around in the most motley of undress. This area is more upmarket where the shoppers wear designer hats and sunglasses, and elegantly probe the Supermarket shelves which are missing the ‘Odd vegetables’ and the bargain table. Same Supermarket brand, Woolworths, but high quality stockings catering for a different buying public. Everything here is better quality and with a slightly lower price. I bought grapes here for $5.90. Grapes were $7.90 in Surfers Paradise Woolworths and also Coles.

The Apartments line the river and the Meriton gave me the 52nd floor, with amazing views over the Broadwater with changing skies and water, and last night the golden Moon hovering above. The main road is just below the Hotel, and at night cars race along here with screaming noises, and police sirens and motor bikes breaking the otherwise peaceful evening, forcing me to close the always open soundproof glass doors, which effectively block all outside commotion. The River is beautiful. You can see all the way to South Stradbroke Island and its surf beaches that the surfers paddle out to from The Spit

This is the place for the sunrise, and last evening the reflection of the sunset was beautiful. The sky was pink with mares tail clouds whispering above and the entire water turned pink in the sunset. This was north too…

Across the green parkland that is everywhere, is Australia Fair Shopping Centre .I walked there following two boys headed for McDonald’s. It is a huge shopping complex with every shop imaginable, two supermarkets, six major stores, Event Cinema,  Broadwater Food Court hosting 16 multicultural food outlets, as well as another 22 food outlets including takeaway and restaurants.

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There are 3 fitness centres here and all the usual shops, in a bewildering two stories with lifts and escalators and stairways all adding to the overall effect of confusion. The Centre itself is surrounded by more restaurants and eating places and apartments.

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War Memorial

On 25 April 1922 (ANZAC Day) Southport War Memorial located at the foot of Nerang Street was dedicated by the Member of the Queensland Legislative Assembly for Albert, John Appel, in a presence of many Southport people.[13] In 2010, renovation of the parklands required the relocation of the memorial; it was re-dedicated on 11 November 2010…..and here it stands a lonely monument by the River.

From my Balcony I can see all the places across on the other side…. Marina Mirage,  Sea World, The Tavern, Peters  Fish market, and the  Southport Yacht Club

Rocky Point Russell Island

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A Bridge to Russell Island via Rocky Point is the shortest distance and most cost effective route,distanced from mainland, urban lifestyle would maintain desired island living.A Rocky Point bridge will provide superior vehicle access to largest island,and provide short barge route access to other islands. This is the Point where the bridge would go across to the Mainland…

Russell Island power comes from the mainland across the Western Boating Channel and connects to Russell Island at Rocky Point, and continues on to service North Stradbroke Island.

Energex has recently completed a new Sub Station on Russell Island which will assist in evening out power fluctuations and give an improved power supply, plus they are currently in the process of putting underground power lines in to again assist with a consistent and less interrupted power supply. Energex are planning for future increased power consumption involving residential expansion and supply to all the Southern Moreton bay islands.

Russell Island  water comes from the lakes on North Stradbroke Island and the Sir Leslie Harrison Dam on the mainland which is part of the Redlands water catchment area, and is some of the best in the country.

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The four Islands that make up the Southern Moreton Bay Islands are flood free, and  do not see those sort of floods that the rest of South East Queensland and Northern NSW experience. Naturally we get some overland water flow, but being small Islands, the water just runs off into the Bay with little effect on personal property.

These Islands are possibly one of the safest havens in South East Queensland, and remain undiscovered by a vast majority of Australians

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Sandy Beach Russell Island

Sandy Beach Russell Island

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Locals need somewhere to drive their cars so everyone drives to the other end of Russell island, a distance of 6 kms, to Sandy Beach. It is a beautiful spot, a sandy beach, inhabited by many sand crabs, who leave their droppings on the sand at low tide. It is also a great fishing place, and in season, the months with an ‘r’ in it, a great crabbing spot where huge mud crabs lurk in corners and deep in the water.

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There is a barbecue area with free electric barbecues and covered picnic tables, with a playground for children, a walking park for dogs, and toilets and a cold outdoor shower, with plenty of fresh water. The Lions Club has created a free camping park here to attract sailors and canoeists to overnight on the grass beside the boat ramp. The best part is, that if you come here by water, you can phone the courtesy bus from the Bowls Club or the RSL to collect you at the Lions Park, and return you there after you have enjoyed an evening out.

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Along the sand at low tide is a delightful walk along the shore, that then winds in through the mangroves and returns you in a circular route back to where your car is parked. In summer, people love to swim here as the water is shallow and safe with no tides or waves.

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Every Sunday when the tide is in, the Sandy Beach Yacht Club meet to sail yachts and have a yarn at the barbecues while the children play on the playground equipment or chase dogs in the water. It’s a very family orientated day and anyone is welcome to join in whether they have a yacht or not.

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Across from Sandy Beach is Stradbroke Island…and at low tide, it looks as if you could walk over. Ask a yacht or row boat to take you across if you wish. This area is also a safe place to moor for the night as it is protected by the island on each side, with all facilities available on land for the boatie.

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When the tide is in, you can hardly see the sand, and this is when the boats love to use the bay for sailing and fishing. It is a pretty bay, quiet and relaxed, and a place you can see the sun rise in the East and watch the boats as they rush past. There are many birds in the mangroves, catch their song and watch for the Ospreys who nest below in the high trees above the mangroves, dive for fish that they always catch, to take back to their nest in slow flying, holding the fish in their feet.

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Locals love Sandy Beach for the sand, the sandy walk and the relaxing park and ramp to park their boats and canoes, and for the quiet beauty of this peaceful spot edged with beautiful flowering trees and shady trees perfect for a family picnic and barbecue.

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Sunrise Over the Sea

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Click link for a copy of Russell Island Jetty at Sunrise….

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Leaving Russell Island Jetty on the Ferry to the Mainland

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Brisbane in July

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I walked across the bridge to the Bus Station at South bank, from where you can take a bus to literally everywhere in the Brisbane area. This is the view looking down at Circular Quay from where the cats service the River. One has just left the Jetty.

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The tallest building in Brisbane will be what is now known at Newman’s Folly, after the ex-mayor, ex Premier of Brisbane who started this as his own office and domain. It will now host public offices as well as real estate, and dominates the landscape from across the river, and also from the city streets.

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1 William Street is a topped out skyscraper in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia and is the tallest in the city at 259.8 metres. The modern style office building will be located in the Brisbane central business district in close proximity to Parliament House. The building is to be developed for the Queensland Government as part of the government’s plan for a renewed Government Administrative Precinct and to meet its accommodation demands.

Construction cost of the tower is expected to be $538 million, with a total development cost of over $650 million. It is to be completed in September 2016

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The Treasury Building, now hosting the Brisbane Casino, has still to be one of the most prestigious and most beautiful buildings in Brisbane. With a very imposing facade, one feels the grandeur of the past even though it is now tightly enclosed by bus roads, walking tracks, restaurants and banks. The pillars, and verandah enclosures speak of past trysts and assignations and one wonders at what stories the walls could tell if they could speak.

The former Queensland Government Treasury Building is a heritage-listed public administration building located at 21 Queen Street, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. It is currently occupied by the Treasury Casino owned by Star Entertainment Group.

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I walked across the road and looked back at the Treasury Building, and across the road, the Treasury Hotel looks so small beside the grandeur of the Old Building.

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The River skyline is now a mass of accommodation enjoying the best views one could have over the Beautiful Brisbane River. The Goodwill Bridge smiles in front of the Accommodation.  Brisbane is truly a very beautiful city.

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