Make The Most of the Coast

by Tim Rogers January. 27, 2017 1361 views

I'm blessed to do a job that gives me the opportunity to travel quite a bit. In 2017 I'll probably spend around 16 weeks on the road plus a little holiday travel time as well. I'm forever grateful for the chance and the experiences it gives me. I can call myself a citizen of the world these days and that's something of which to be proud but humbled. Not everyone gets the chances I have been given.

But not every trip is to somewhere I like, somewhere I'd go to voluntarily. Those places are essentially arrive, work, leave. The Gold Coast, south of Brisbane is a coastal city of around a million people. It's a holiday Mecca. It has incredible long beaches, thousands of hotels, restaurants, waterways, amusement parks and stuff for the sun loving tourists to do. At night it's a party town, lit up and garish. Its party central and I'm sure the home of more tattoo parlours and plastic surgeons than the rest of the country. It's full of the young, the brash and the wild.

It does nothing for me!

The Gold Coast is heaven to some but it will never be a destination I seek. Other places grab my soul for many reasons and the Gold Coast just doesn't. I totally...TOTALLY...understand the appeal for families, for partyers, for 20 somethings on their first trip away from home. It's built for that. But that's not me.

I always hope to make something of a situation that isn't one I'd choose myself to be found. So whilst the city and its many visitors hit the bars, the clubs and the eateries, I went west to get some photos of the city. The lights I can't stand being under we're beautiful at a distance. The water was just right for a reflection. Sitting on the banks on the worlds scratchiest sand, I got to see the Gold Coast in a way that appealed to me. It has its beauty. For some it's the lights, the beach, the tans and the celebration of celebrating. And that's  fantastic. For me it was a little further away on the banks of the waterways doing the thing I love.

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Grant Lawrence 2 years, 9 months ago

Image one is outstanding mate. You are the only person I know that makes the Gold Coast remotely interesting....

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Helen Hooker 2 years, 9 months ago

Those reflections are so beautiful, even if close up they're a little garish!

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Tim Rogers Replied to Helen Hooker 2 years, 9 months ago

That's what I was going for. Sums up the Gold Coast perrfectly in my eyes

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Jay Boggess 2 years, 9 months ago

Exciting images of that wild & crazy place.
It's a place I would have loved to be at 20, but at 71, I agree with your perspective......

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Tim Rogers Replied to Jay Boggess 2 years, 9 months ago

Head north or south and you'd love it. The city centre area is the over the top bit

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Jay Boggess Replied to Tim Rogers 2 years, 9 months ago

I have a good friend in Brisbane, with whom I stay, as a base camp. From there we go out & about, all up & down the coast, avoiding heavily populated areas, where there's too many people and food & lodging are too expensive. Give me the rural areas, every time. Big, noisy, dangerous, expensive areas hold no interest for an old man like me, any longer.....

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Tim Rogers Replied to Jay Boggess 2 years, 9 months ago

You'd love Samoa in that case

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Jay Boggess Replied to Tim Rogers 2 years, 9 months ago

I'd love to go check it out. I wonder if it's affordable to go there & rent an apartment for a few months???

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Stephanie Hyde 2 years, 9 months ago

Your shots capture the glitz of the Gold Coast...

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Tim Rogers Replied to Stephanie Hyde 2 years, 9 months ago

Glitz is the perfect world for it. Thanks

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Jill Bahm 2 years, 9 months ago

Beautiful colors! Especially 2 & 3.

2 years, 9 months ago Edited
Tim Rogers Replied to Jill Bahm 2 years, 9 months ago

Thank you

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Antonio Gil 2 years, 9 months ago

Silvery reflections. Great work Tim

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Tim Rogers Replied to Antonio Gil 2 years, 9 months ago

Thanks mate

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