The Gold Coast – Helensvale QLD

Road trip to Gold Coast

The trip from Coffs Harbour was rather arduous with the M1 Motorway under construction from Woolgoolga to Ballina; made even more difficult by torrential rain for most of the way.

The new Harwood Bridge over the Clarence River (near Yamba – maplink) is an engineering marvel. The bridge was still under construction when we crossed over the river on the old bridge, which puts into perspective how massive the new bridge is. Check out some photos below (from the web)…

Gold Coast Big4 Caravan Park

We finally reached our destination at the Big4 Gold Coast Holiday Park and settled in for 5 days (maplink). What a fantastic park with great amenities (even has a fish tank in the toilet block); only drawback was the location right next to the M1 Motorway which was very noisy. We started on one site then moved to a much better one (out of the mud).

Our friends Louis & Cheryl drove down for dinner, which was great to catch-up on how life has been going since we last met.

We also celebrated Neil’s birthday with our travelling buddies Neil & Sharon while on the “Goldie”.

A day on the Broadwater

Our great mate Laird lives in Main Beach on the Gold Coast and we always drop in for a visit when in town.

Laird took us on a cruise up the Broadwater in his beautiful boat for a picnic on the western side of Wave Break Island (maplink). We were joined by his daughter Steph and her boyfriend, Brayden, along with their 2 dogs Ommie & Mr Bikk. A great spot well frequented by heaps of people.

Wave Break Island was created in 1985 as part of the Gold Coast Seaway construction. It was established to protect the western foreshore of the Broadwater from waves that might penetrate the new, permanently stabilised “seaway” entrance between the Nerang River and the ocean.

Springbrook National Park

A solo trip by Neil to check out the Springbrook National Park visiting several locations with spectacular views of waterfalls valleys all the way down to the coast.

Springbrook is a mountain and plateau area, in Springbrook National Park, Queensland, Australia. Bush trails lead to Springbrook Mountain. The park is part of the Gondwana Rainforest, home to wildlife including koalas and rare birds. Make the trip if you get the chance; just try to pick a nice clear day (I was in the clouds for a lot of the time & it rained).

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