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Main attraction

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The northen end of the Gold Coast – Southport and Main Beach – is an old stamping ground. Or should that be stomping grounds as my years there coincided with the start of the ‘60s pop revolution which included surfing music and the stomp dance craze?

After graduating from high school I started a journalism cadetship at the bi-weekly Gold Coast Bulletin. Covering the rapidly emerging pop scene was part of my “beat”. Attending craze-du jour “stomp” dances at Main Beach, Southport, where Little Patty’s “He’s My Blonde Headed, Stompie Wompie, Real Gone Surfer Boy” and other  surfing-inspired hits blared out over the PA, was part of the job. Main Beach was also the location of two of my school holiday jobs – one as the “post mistress” a small agency attached to a convenience store and another making hamburgers (the good old-fashioned kind with beetroot) for hungry beach goers at a pre-fast-food era burgers café.  No high rises silhouetted the skyline in those days.

With another generation of our family now north Gold Coasters I returned to a much-changed Main Beach for Christmas. The old convenience store and post office agency are long gone, as is the burger café, replaced by the trendy Tedder Avenue and many high-rise resorts. But Main Beach, The Spit and Narrowneck retain their allure and it’s impossible to tire of looking at that azure expanse of ocean and drifting off at night to the soothing sound of crashing waves. I particularly love Main Beach’s location with views to the Nerang River and Broadwater, down the length of coastline to Coolangatta and with the Hinterland and Border Ranges creating the backdrop, and its many Norfolk Pines gracing streets and the foreshore. It’s so close to the glitter strip of Surfers Paradise but blisfully quieter.

IMG_1208IMG_1186IMG_1215The Gold Coast has many excellent food and craft markets along its length and the northern end does not miss out. The Village Markets, acclaimed in various fashion and lifestyle media as one of the best in Queensland, sets up at the Paradise Point Parklands on the last Saturday of every month. Being the last Saturday before Christmas a visit and leisurely browse offered excellent gift buying opportunities.

IMG_1163IMG_1164IMG_1174IMG_1171IMG_1170IMG_1167IMG_1165A beachside holiday is never complete without a daily morning stroll along the beach, catching a bit of exercise and enjoying the random flotsam and jetsam stranded in the sand by the ebb and flow of the tide. The Main Beach strip bestows special perspectives as it captures the high rises of Surfers in the retreating waves.

IMG_1193IMG_1204IMG_1199IMG_1203IMG_1207The northern Gold Coast in 2013-2014 still rocks!

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Author: technanna

I grew up in western Queensland, worked as a newspaper and television journalist, public relations and public affairs officer and freelance correspondent in Australia, the UK, Japan and Saudi Arabia. I have three grown children and two grandchildren. I am retired, but work to keep the brain and body fit, and to stay marginally in touch in our ever-changing technological environment.

4 thoughts on “Main attraction

  1. Those morning walks along the beach sound nice!!

  2. IT is good to know there are still nice places on the Gold Coast. It has been getting bad media reports lately. Love your writing and photos. I was looking through old photos and found one of the Gold Coast before high rise time. I used to go there on holidays from Sydney.Come over and see how we spent Christmas………http://diane-adventurebeforedementia.blogspot.com.au/

  3. From the time before Kinkabool.

    You might enjoy a photo blog done by a Southport-based bloke named Richard Tommy Campion. Tommy, as he is known generally, was a news photographer for many years, and a good one too. In recent times, he has been in the news as a vocal “survivor” of a Church of England children’s home (or concentration camp) in Lismore. He camped on the front steps of St John’s Cathedral in Brisbane, among other things, to make the church – finally – take notice of him, and he went on to a prominent role in the recent enquiry hearings in Sydney.

    I see him on Facebook, but I think he has a separate blog with beautiful pictures, generally of the Gold Coast. I wish I could take pictures like he does.

    If you can find his photo blog it is worth seeing. I don’t know if it is generally available on Facebook, if you use it. But if it is, you’ll come across, lots of familiar old newspaper names, like Ren Winders, Bob Howarth, Grant Dowling, Mike O’Connor and many others.

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