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Posts Tagged ‘australia’

Manly Beach (Manly, Sydney Area, Australia)

Posted by E.G.D. on March 15, 2015

Welcome to Manly Beach! (Photo © Jody Diehl)

Welcome to Manly Beach! (Photo © Jody Diehl)

Many Aussies had recommended Manly, a seaside suburb of Sydney, over the touristier Bondi Beach for the more classic Sydney experience. Manly touts itself to be “seven miles from Sydney, a thousand miles from care.”

Miles from care! (photo © Jody Diehl)

Miles from care! (photo © Jody Diehl)

Truth in advertising! We crossed Sydney Harbor in thirty minutes and found lovely little calm-water beaches on either side of the wharf. We walked down The Corso (about two blocks) to the Pacific Ocean, changed, and headed into the sea. It was another beautiful day for the beach! Manly’s surf was a little less powerful than the surf we experienced at Surfer’s Paradise, but what surprised both of us is the clarity of the water between the waves. It was crystal clear! When we were done jumping over and diving into the waves, we walked the promenade, peeked into a few stores, and enjoyed the perfect weather. -Jody and Greg

Manly Lifeguard ^_^ (Photo © Jody Diehl)

Manly Lifeguard ^_^ (Photo © Jody Diehl)

Fun in the Sun (Photo © Jody Diehl)

Fun in the Sun (Photo © Jody Diehl)

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A Day in Surfer’s Paradise (Brisbane, Austrailia)

Posted by E.G.D. on March 15, 2015

In case you didn't know where you were, here's a sign ^_^ (Photo ©  Jody Diehl)

In case you didn’t know where you were, here’s a sign ^_^ (Photo © Jody Diehl)

G’day mates!

Our trip to Australia’s Gold Coast and Surfers Paradise was spectacular! We couldn’t figure out if the area was named for the golden sand or the big bucks the area obviously attracts.

Surfers Paradise was the absolutely perfect beach. It seemed to stretch forever. We got there by bus transfer from the Port of Brisbane. The ride was less than an hour and a half from the ship. Driving along the highway we were struck by all of the familiar businesses: IKEA, Target, and (of course) all of the fast food restaurants we generally see in Every Town, USA.

We also noticed all of the park lands and green spaces in the cities. The Gold Coast was loaded with beautiful green parks too. The Esplanade at Surfers Paradise was shaded with trees, grassy areas, man-made shade, and public art. There large sculpted, permanently installed lounge chairs on the promenade that served the sun bathers. We even saw an amazing treed park on top of a two story parking garage.

Greg in Surfer's Paradise! (Photo © Jody Diehl)

Greg in Surfer’s Paradise! (Photo © Jody Diehl)

We changed into our bathing suits in the cleanest public restrooms I’ve ever seen (especially at a beach!). Then we just dropped our beach bag on the sand and ran into the surf.

Sand n' Surf (Photo © Jody Diehl)

Sand n’ Surf (Photo © Jody Diehl)

The huge waves were crashing and had quite a powerful drag.

Life guards were plentiful and their stations were loaded with every type of equipment you could imagine (picture those beach  lifeguard/rescue  TV shows). I’ve never felt so safe – both for our personal safety and our belongings on the shore. It was a blast. We stayed in the surf for as long as we thought we wouldn’t get burned…

Lovely Surfer's Paradise! (Photo © Jody Diehl)

Lovely Surfer’s Paradise! (Photo © Jody Diehl)

All in all, it was the perfect day for our stop at the Port of Brisbane, Australia.

We hope all is well with all of you.

Have a wonderful yesterday! Love to everyone! – Jody & Greg

On to Sydney!

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