A Travellerspoint blog

June 2015

Tallebudgera Creek - Days 6 to 9

Wed 3 June to Sat 6 June 2015

On Wednesday we saw the local council road sweeper truck doing the roads in the caravan park. At the moment the park is about half full but we expect the place to be full by the weekend. Our walk today was over to the end of the sea wall on Tallebudgera Creek then a walk down Palm Beach.

Back at the caravan park we noticed several conger lines of children being walked from the nearby Adventure Camp to a variety of water sports on Tallebudgera Creek. They participate in surfing, kayaking, sailing, and water skiing. Apparently groups of children come from all over the country for a week of supervised sporting activities.

On Thursday we walked over to the local surf life saving club and joined the Talle Club as social members. While we were there we had a look around and enjoyed a couple of drink in our new club.

On Friday we were up early to catch the train from nearby Varsity Lakes to Brisbane so that we could visit the Brisbane Caravan and Camping Show at the Ecka. The train trip to Brisbane Central station took about an hour and 20 minutes and cost $7.05 each, where we caught the free train to the Exhibition Grounds. When we paid our entry fee ($12.00 for Seniors) we found that we would get free train travel back to our starting point.

The Brisbane Show is very large and it took us a while to get our bearings and make our way the Trailblazers stand. Phil had three exhibits - a 4WD truck camper, a single axle off-road 5th wheeler, and a slide-on camper. Frosty was helping out at the show telling anyone who was interested about his rig and his travels in recent years - no doubt he was helping Phil to see a few vans as well.

As we wandered around the show we managed to find a few items that we did not know that we needed. We bought a new low stool for Di, a new satellite finder that can be programmed to only find Optus C1, and a 3-part swivel arm for the TV, since our new 24 inch TV has outgrown its 2-part arm.

Back at camp we sat outside watching another sunset and groups of people fishing on Tallebudgera Creek. The caravan park has started to fill up as this is the start of the Queens Birthday Long Weekend. By tomorrow the park is expected to be full of families with kids everywhere - the peace and quiet is over for a couple of days.

Saturday saw the park full to bursting point. Our neighbours on the next site had come about 30 km for their weekend away - the theory being if you only have a few days you don't want to spent too much time travelling.

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Catamarans on Tallebudgera Creek.

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More catamarans on the creek.

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Palm Beach looking south from the seawall.

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Looking back to the bridge over Tallebudgera Creek.

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Surf's up at Palm Beach.

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Di walking on Palm Beach.

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Swim between the flags.

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Surfer at Palm Beach.

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Sunset over Tallebudgera Creek.

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Fishers silhouetted against the night sky.

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More fishers.

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Still more fishers.

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A persistent fisherman.

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Tallebudgera Creek - Days 2 -5

30 May to 2 June 2015

After a couple of days getting our annexe sorted we spent Saturday visiting Jaycar, Bunnings, Officeworks, Woolworths and BWS getting ourselves organised after a few days on the road. However the big disappointment was Bunnings - not only did they not have a Tapered Reamer, they did not even know what it was!!! We want the tapered reamer to open up the slots in the sail tracks where the annexe walls slide in. While we used a whole can of silicone spray, it should be easier!

On Sunday David spent most of the day re-organising the cabling for our satellite boxes. Our Foxtel box has been on the blink for a week or two, and a replacement box is in the mail, but David thought it prudent to renew all our cabling for the satellite boxes. After re-connecting the boxes the Foxtel box gave a couple cracks and pops and decided to work - perhaps a couple of loose connections. We will still replace it when the new box arrives!

Monday turned out a bit cloudy, but we decided to go for a walk around Burleigh Head. The lower track was closed part way round so we walked up to the Lookout, only to find that track was also closed at the Lookout. A Ranger at the Lookout told us that the top track would re-open next week , but the bottom track had been closed since last year because of a couple of rock falls. We walked down to the back track and continued to Burleigh Beach. After a visit to the Newsagent we had a coffee at the Beach Cafe and walked back to the caravan park along the road. While we were on our walk we received a phone call to say that our replacement Fox box had arrived. Our walk today ended up being about 10 km - a little more than expected! Back at the van David connected the new Fox box and called Foxtel to get the new box activated. It took about 10 seconds to activate the new box - now we are happy!

Tuesday turned out to be another magnificent day - sunny and 18 degrees. We spent the day relaxing in the sun reading the newspapers. This is what we came to Queensland for!!!

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Our front porch.

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The rear porch at the back of the Van

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The view across Tallebudgera Creek.

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The mouth of Tallebudgera Creek.

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Coolangatta from the Burleigh Head Lookout.

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Palm Beach from the Burleigh Head Lookout.

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A Kookaburra in the Burleigh Head Reserve looking for lunch

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Surfers Paradise from Burleigh head.

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Burleigh Beach.

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View across Tallebudgera Creek from our back porch.

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Another view across the Creek.

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