So the first time I have used the buses here in Gold Coast and all seems easy enough and not too expensive at about $11 (£6) for a return ticket to Curimbin beach, which is about 25 minutes away on the 700. The weather is another cloudy day, but the beach still looks fab with white sand that goes on for ages as it’s a wide and long beach like many of the gold coast beaches. The sand actually squeaks too when you walk on it. The top of the beach has the Vikings Surf Club and a cool big rock called Elephant Lookout, which I head up to get some decent views of the beach and sea. Having been told that it is a good spot for surfing, I can see why as I get to an end where there are a lot of rocks. Since it’s a bit of a bay it is quite easy to get out to the point where the waves break and it is called Curimbin Ally. The waves today look quite a decent size and it’s relaxing to just watch the surfers out there with the cool backdrop of Surfers Paradise high rise skyline in the distance. It’s good at this point as it isn’t too crowded and so safer with even a lot of younger kid’s out there who are all very good and can notice that they have likely grown up with a board. On a nicer day or weekend, it might be a different story!
By the time I walk back towards the surf club the beach is starting to get really busy with a few life guard training groups. I grab a cider in the club and sit out on the balcony looking out to the beach and sea, which is pretty cool. It’s interesting to watch the training all in different colour fluorescent tops, as they are so quick on the boards they use kneeling on them or some laying flat on their belly and paddling out really far. They all look very fit and do it for about 2 hours running into the sea, paddling out then back onto the beach each time racing each other. It’s such a better way of life being so active than back home.
Before it gets too late, I get the bus back but stop off at Burleigh Heads for a quick look, as this beach is well known for its surfing and hosts Surf Competitions. It is also known for burleigh hill where people sit to look over thr beach, especially at night however I didn’t know that until I got back to Affys. It’s bigger than Curimbin with a street of boutique small shops and has a Bowls Club, which says holds live music nights every weekend so probably a good vibe even for a sunday session. After a quick walk, I just grab a take away chicken masala, where the guy actually gives me an extra large for the price of a large box so a juicy bonus. I sit on one of the beach tables in a cute little grassy area surrounded by trees, but are full of birds and so all you can hear is chirping of what sounds like thousands of them, which is too loud and makes me think of the hitchcock Birds films as quite eerie seeing so many on one place. After eating, it doesn’t take too long to get back and it’s handy as the bus ticket to broad street is open for 2 hours so you can hop on and off and it includes the tram to northcliff too.
When I get back, Affy and his mate Dougie are there so for rest of night chill out with them on the balcony enjoying the views and a few drinks. Love the warm evenings in Australia to be able to do that! Then about 12 I walk up to Beer Garden as the apartment is in such a close location. It’s free to get in and has a Brazilian live music night on that isn’t too bad and is super busy. I bump into Amsterdam Jop and his mate Frank, who I knew from Byron, so end up hanging out with them which is fun and good to get a taste of the famous Surfers nightlife.
2nd February 2016