Tag Archives: Gold Coast

Gold Coast: Cascades Gardens

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The trees with the pink flowers were what attracted me to this garden. I first saw them while on the tram to Broadbeach, so I made a mental note to come here for a closer view of the trees that from afar looked so much like Cherry Blossoms.

Cascades Gardens is one of GC’s most popular parks because of its family-friendly facilities and scenic views.

Here are photos of my “Cherry Blossoms,” which turned out to be a Pink Trumpet Tree (more photos about this lovely tree in a separate post).

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Aren’t they beautiful?

One of Cascades Gardens’ picnic areas was dedicated to firefighters Fennel and Watson as I found out through this signage, which was near the bench where I sat.

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Across was the Queensland Korean War Memorial.

Cascades Gardens also has a rainforest, and it even has a Flying-fox Colony. After reading that some flying-foxes carry a virus that is potentially fatal to humans (this was in the signage), I hurriedly left the area. Better to be safe than sorry.

One of the reasons Cascades Gardens has scenic views is that a section of it faces the Nerang River.

These two were some of my favorites from this set because of the Australian White Ibis that I think made the photos more interesting. I especially like the one in which its wings were outstretched.

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Here’s a close up shot of the same Australian White when it perched itself on a pole near me.

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And here’s another bird I found at the park.

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Some random photos taken at Cascades Gardens (click to enlarge each photo).

I’ll end this post with my favorite photo from this set.

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It was nearing sunset and because it’s the golden hour, I loved how the sun bathed the trees in light.

Gold Coast: Views from Neddy Harper Park

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While Neddy Harper Park is just one of Gold Coast’s smaller parks, it became one of my favorites because of its views.

It afforded me views of not just the calm waters of the river, but of Gold Coast’s skyline as well.

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The building on the far right of the above photo is Q1 or Queensland Number One, which is the tallest building in Australia and the Southern Hemisphere.  It is currently the seventh tallest residential tower in the world.

This is my favorite spot in Neddy Park. I spent the whole afternoon here just reading a book or watching people do yoga, exercise, or walk their cute pets.

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I did some bird-watching here too.  I saw about 3 other types of birds, but they were too elusive to capture.

Pardon the photo quality since these were zoomed-in shots.

Here’s a photo of Q1 from my favorite spot.

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And a photo of some houses by the river fringed by lush greenery.

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More random photos of my views this time taken near the river’s edge.

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Too bad the docking area was roped off.  I bet it would grant me a better view of GC’s cityscape.

I thus opted to just take a closer of the houses as seen from the park.

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I’ll end this post with this panoramic shot.

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So pretty.

Gold Coast: Views from Chevron Island Bridge

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I didn’t know until I worked on this post that Australia’s Chevron Island is a man-made island. It was constructed in the 1950s and is now a stylish residential and business area.

I just walked from Surfers Paradise Boulevard to get to Chevron Island, but I didn’t mind the 15-minute walk because of the views.

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The above is the bridge that connects Surfers Paradise to Chevron Island and all of these photos were taken from the bridge.

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I had to go to the island since my friend and I wanted to try Boom Boom Burger as it claimed to be one of the top 10 burger joints in all of Australia.

Here’s a zoomed-in shot of some houses by the river.

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All photos taken with a Samsung Galaxy Note 5.

Where to?

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Follow your heart… it may not be always right, but it did tell you what you wanted at that moment. Never regret that you paid heed to its calling for the worst regrets often come from the silent, unmet needs of the heart.

If you had to be wrong to get it right,
or get lost to be found, be so.
Make the experience worthwhile.

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Photo taken at Surfers Paradise in Gold Coast, Australia using a Samsung Galaxy Note 5.

Missing Gold Coast

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I still dream of waking up to the sun’s caress on my face, of home-cooked meals and wine and cider…

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I miss looking out at the beguiling sea, with its blue-green waters gathering together to create frothy waves that tirelessly kiss the shores…

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I yearn to again be distracted from my reading or writing by the stunning Gold Coast skyline metamorphosing from a canvas of blue and white to a painted masterpiece of pink and purple and orange and gold…

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I so miss my do-nothing days, my reverie occasionally broken by quiet conversations, or the sight of cottony clouds, dramatic moonrises, and captivating crepuscular rays…

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These – and the sound of the crashing waves, the scent of oranges and peeled lemons, and the freeing feeling of being disconnected from a fast-paced world – I miss but am glad to have committed to memory.

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Until we meet again, my beautiful side of somewhere. 🙂