Coolangatta (In Queensland) and Tweed Heads (New South Wales) are completely alongside each other, but separated by the State border defined in 1863 – and now marked by the large concrete structure (monument?) in the main photo. The border check gate (for agricultural pests) has long disappeared and Coolangatta and Tweed Heads now are often referred to as the Twin Towns.
But the border has had some significance over the years at a social level. One of Australia’s curiousities is how different States have had diffferent laws in certain areas: and how the population have responded! Look again at the border marker in photo 2 and you will see, on the right, a large sign welcoming you to New South Wales. Immediately behind the sign is a largish modern building. There’s a better photo of it in photo 3, where you will see that it is in fact part of the Twin Towns Club. This became a very popular destination for Queenslanders and other holidaymakers when NSW introduced poker machines many years ago – but other States did not at the time. So gambling produced a surge of visitors to Tweed Heads and the Club membership and facilities grew enormously with dining rooms, concert halls, sporting facilities and so on.
A somewhat similar custom applied years earlier, when Queensland had a legal drinking age of 21 while south of the border it was 18. “Rumour has it” that crowds of young people headed south to the pubs and clubs across the border for their first ‘legal’ drinks.
When you go to an Australian beach, you expect to leave it covered in a sticky mixture of salt, sunscreen and fine white sand. It’s one of those ‘fact of life’ things, but a trail of sand will follow everywhere you go, probably leaving large deposits in your car or, if you walk, back in your room.
The thoughtful people who look after the beaches on the Gold Coast have provided outdoor showers to help you remove the worst of the gunk before you go anywhere. Don’t worry, the water isn’t cold in this part of the world and having a post-beach wash down is standard practice – as seen in this photo.
Queenslanders in general have a very odd habit in speech. Rather than place the word but at the beginning of a sentence, they put it at the end which often makes people think they still have something to say. For example:
"Shall we go swimming today?"
"It's raining but."
This leads the uninformed to think that the speaker is still going to say something like:
"It's raining but we are going to get wet anyway," when really they are saying "But it's raining."
Apparently this drives most people crazy, especially Victorians. That's their own fault for liking AFL but. ;-)
The Big Day Out music festival held on the Gold Coast in January is one of my favourite events of the year.
The bands start playing from 11am and go late into the night (around 11.30pm). The festival features bands from all over the world and Australia. There are two main stages featuring the headlining acts, some smaller stages for local bands and the Boiler room, for DJ's and dance music.
If you enjoy live music don't miss this one!
Ran out of travelogue space so I decided to make dune care a local custom. South of the Gold Coast has lovely beaches. The reason why they are so lovely is because they are protected by leaving the natural dunes in tact. Hubby was involved in caring for the coastline and enhancing it. He supervised 3 projects to take care of our natural flora and fauna, removing the spreading weeds and restoring the natural environment for all us tourists to enjoy.
Here's the finished pathway. After about 6 months this pathway looked totally different. The new natives planted had grown heaps and it looked more green and healthy. It probably looks heaps better now :o)
Hubby & crew had to clear a nice path and fence if off before going any further. Each side of the path looks a bit bare. That's because they removed a tonnes of bitu bush, a weed that had gone out of control. But it wasn't long before the natural Australian bush grew back.
This is generally Australian matter.
On Australian Coin, you can see her face. Of course she is ELIZABETH 2. Coins show aging of her face corresponding to the year of manufacture. So they change coin mold every year? I was surprised. May be changed by five years a time?
The Australian sun is fierce, skin protection is simple - wear a broad-brimmed hat, a shirt with collar and sleeves, and SPF 15+ water-resistant sunscreen on exposed skin. Try to avoid the sun during the middle of the day when ultra-violet rays are strongest.
The climate is subtropical and the region enjoys 300 days of sunshine a year.
Spring: Sept-Nov 15-25C (57-77F)
Summer: Dec-Feb 20-28C (67-83F)
Autumn: Mar-May 15-25C (57-77F)
Winter: Jun-Aug 11-21C (52-70F)
The 3 Park Super Pass gives one day entry each to Movie World, Sea World and Wet’n’Wild each Park and a fourth day for FREE to the Park of your choice. The entries to the parks have to be used within 14 days from the first date of entry.
It is the Gold Coast, so culture is far away, or you are interested in the Ripley's Believe it or Not museum.
But if you ar around october, stay for the Indy car races, it is something not to be missed once in your live.
The beach volleyball seems to be just part of Surfers Paradise beach...We were on the beach after 4.00 and they were still playing hard..BTW...for all those girls out there....these guys looked pretty good!!!!! LOL
BEACH and SURF SAFETY
1. Do Not swim at beaches not patrolled by lifeguards or lifesavers.
2. Do Not bathe outside the red and yellow flags which mark the safe swimming area.
3. Do Not bathe directly after a meal or under the influence of alcohol.
4. Do Not bathe when beach is closed. Observe the visual sign 'Danger - Reserve closed to bathing' and the red flag.
5. Do Not bathe where there are no safety flags in position.
6. Do Not get excited if caught in a current or undertow, but raise one arm up and float until help arrives.
7. Do Not struggle if seized with a cramp, but raise your arm for help, float and keep the affected parts of your body perfectly still.
8. Do Not go out far when a yellow flag is flying, it means the surf is dangerous.
9. Do Not bathe if unsure of surf conditions, but seek the advice of the lifeguard or lifesaver.
10. Do Not struggle against a rip or current, but swim diagonally across it.
I think the Australians are generally one of the nicest groups of people on earth... always friendly and seemingly laidback. But man, until you come to Gold Coast, you'd probably never truly experienced hospitality at its best! And everyone here is soooo laid back. Coming from a busy and always on-the-go kind of environment, holidaying in Gold Coast is indeed nothing short of splendid! Remember, just arm yourself with a mega-watt smile.... no need to bring loads of $$$$... oh, and pack along ALL your sexy bikinis and for the more modest amongst us (ahem!), swimming costumes. :-)
This is Paradise on Earth, my friends!
P.S. And that's me in the pic below having a ball of a time here in MOVIE WORLD with my favorite Loony Tunes cartoon character, Bugs Bunny!
The Gold Coast Queensland. At Coolangatta, you can have your left foot in Queensland and the right foot in New South Wales. Also New South Wales has daylight...