I’m fully aware that to many the mere mention of the “Gold Coast” conjures visions of grubby white 80’s sky rises, skin tight clothing and for many kiwi’s an unavoidable cringe at the thought of a certain reality tv show… but after 10 days in the area I feel compelled to correct this misguided popular opinion. Tarring the entire region with that brush would be like saying Hawaii is Waikiki. Surfers Paradise and her glossy amusement park sidekicks serve their purpose but all my prejudices were shattered on meeting creative locals, cruising the coastal highway and wallowing for hours in the sea beyond the endless white sand beaches. Winding into the hinterland every evening to deliver my sister home to her cottage on lush Mt. Tamborine and waking up to colourful “Disney-like” parrots having a yelling match outside my window turned my opinions on their head. I simply had noooooo idea of the natural beauty of Southern Queensland.
I hope you enjoy these pics I shot ranging from the coast and Burleigh beach to the drive inland to Mt. Tamborine, an Easter Sunday market and the spectacular views off both sides of the high plateau. The interviews I will be posting over the next month or so will reveal much more of the region and all I can recommend is it might be time to put a GC adventure on your bucket list.