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Southport - Day 8

Day 89 - Thursday 8 August 2013

Another wonderful day in paradise - 13 to 24 degrees and mostly sunny.

After a slow start to the morning we drove to Southport Park Shopping Centre for groceries from Woollies, and a new batch of scripts from the pharmacy. While we waited for the scripts we bought a paper and had a coffee at the local café. David found some casual shoes that had been marked down 50%, then had a further 25% discount, at $20.00 they were a bargain. We headed back to camp for lunch and to ponder what we would do for the rest of the day.

We decided that we would drive to Mount Tamborine, via Sanctuary Cove for a look see. Sanctuary Cove turns out to be a gated community with no access to non-residents. Well if they don't want us to see what is so special then we wont! We continued on past Coomera, to Eagle Heights, North Tamborine and Mount Tamborine. After stopping for a few photos from the top of the mountain, we returned to the Gold Coast via Canungra. The road up to Mount Tamborine was very steep and winding - 12%, 15%, and 14%. 15% is very steep at about 1 in 6. It was very windy on the Mountain with gale force winds from the west.

The Gold Coast from Eagle Heights

The Gold Coast from Eagle Heights

Southport from Eagle Heights

Southport from Eagle Heights

Surfers Paradise from Eagle Heights

Surfers Paradise from Eagle Heights

Looking west from North Tamborine - hazy and smokey

Looking west from North Tamborine - hazy and smokey

Once we started the descent to Canungra we came to a sign suggesting that the road was not suitable for Trucks, Buses, Trailers or Caravans. Soon after we came to a section of single lane road controlled by traffic lights and a descent of 14%. Strangely at the bottom of this hill we came to another steep descent, 13%, that suggested that trucks and busses should engage low gear - perhaps they had backed up the hill!

Posted by TwoAces 04:04

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