Traveling Down Under- Day 1 Brisbane, The Gold Coast

by Camellia Staab November. 11, 2019 380 views

The Gold Coast is the sixth largest city in Australia, located approximately 66 kilometers (41 miles) southeast of the state capital, Brisbane. It has a population over 600,000. It is considered a major tourist destination with its sunny subtropical climate and has become widely known for its surfing beaches, as well as high-rise dominated skyline.

One of these beautiful, water facing, high rise residents will set you back approximately $2,700 AU/per month rent for a 85 m2 (900 sq. feet) apartment.

The city consists of 70 kilometers (43 mi) of coastline with some of the most popular surf breaks in Australia and the world including Burleigh Heads, Surfer's Paradise and many more. Burleigh Heads or Burleigh to locals, sits like a cool comma between Surfers Paradise to the north and Coolangatta to the south. It’s a picturesque punctuation mark along the Gold Coast.

Surfers Paradise colloquially known as 'Surfers', has many high-rise apartment buildings and a wide surf beach. The feature of the heart of the suburb is Cavill Mall, which runs through the shopping and entertainment precinct.

In February of this year this coastline was hit by Cyclone Oma. Nearly all southeast Queensland beaches remain closed — all on the Gold Coast and most on the Sunshine Coast as dangerous conditions sparked a severe weather warning for the area. Only experienced surfers were advised to venture out in the waves that some labeled the best in decades. Below is a footage of some of those experienced surfers enjoying the presence of Cyclone Oma.

Burleigh Surf - Cyclone Oma 24 Feb 2019.

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Jerry Spierenburg 3 weeks, 6 days ago

Wonderful series, bringing back a lot of memories. Thank you for sharing.

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Camellia Staab Replied to Jerry Spierenburg 3 weeks, 6 days ago

Glad you enjoyed it and my pleasure. More to come smile

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Heike 3 weeks, 6 days ago

Nice pics. Although I think, all this skylines and skyscrapers look somehow equal all over the world. If you had written this is LA or any other city with a beach, I would have believed it too. smile

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Camellia Staab Replied to Heike 3 weeks, 6 days ago

I agree with you Heike. The only real difference I saw between LA sky scrappers and the ones on the Gold Coast was that the ones on the Goal coast were more uniform and a little more modern looking. To my eye it was more pleasing than LA. The straight lines, the alignments, and proportions seemed more orderly.

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Antonio Gil 3 weeks, 6 days ago

I can understand why the rents are so high - with such a view to the sea. Great pictures all around. I was wondering why there were so few people at the beach but now I know. The waves in the video are amazing.

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Camellia Staab Replied to Antonio Gil 3 weeks, 6 days ago

Actually the day I took these photos, in October, the weather was rather chilly therefore not many at the beach. But I did see several schools, on a filed trip (seen in the distance on # 26) having their standard water safety instructions.

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Piotr Matura 4 weeks ago

Very interesting documentary and photos. They somehow transport me over there, which is very nice feeling - it looks like a great place to be at smile

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Camellia Staab Replied to Piotr Matura 3 weeks, 6 days ago

Thank you Piotr. Definitely a very nice place to visit.

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Wayne Scott 4 weeks ago

Welcome to Australia - enjoy your visit.

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Camellia Staab Replied to Wayne Scott 4 weeks ago

Thank you Wayne smile

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