Sunday, 26 October 2014

Cycling Southport Broadwater

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How quickly the year passes. Yet again the jacarandas are reminding students that final exams are only a week or two away. Last week driving along 'Jacaranda Avenue' to work, I decided our weekly walk should start in New Farm Park, on the banks of the Brisbane River.
This park is reknowned for its spectacle each year of magnificent old jacaranda trees. Unfortunately the drought years around 2006 / 2007 saw several die and then wind storms took more a couple of years later. We delighted in the vibrant contrast of the colour of the remaining jacarandas against the clear blue sky, soon realising that our walk was being delayed by one of natures most stunning displays.

Jacaranda flipogram - click on this link.

This week I spotted our collapsible bikes standing forlornly in the shed and decided that with such pleasant weather, a bike ride was in order. Both Margot and Laurel are overseas, so both bikes fitted easily on the back seat of my car for the 40 minute drive to Labrador, on the Southport Broadwater.

The Gold Coast is hosting the 2018 Commonwealth Games. Visitors are going to be more than impressed with this beautiful stretch of water and areas for relaxation, swimming, picnicing and
dining. We cycled to Main Beach, ate an ice-cream and watched the waves gently roll in, before retracing our route.

On the return journey, we chanced upon nearly 100 pelicans clustered on the sand. We quickly established that they were opposite the Labrador Harbour Seafood Markets and were waiting to be fed fish carcasses at 1.30pm.
Such an impressive bird both in flight and at rest.

 Our late lunch was eaten overlooking Pearl and Nemo, so we decided to go for a spin before returning home.

Yet another special day in the great outdoors 'Down Under'!

Thank you for dropping by. Please leave a comment if you have enjoyed your visit.


  1. Nice place for a bike ride. Love all your pelican pics!

  2. What a fun day! I remember the jacarandas being in full bloom that time I visited Sydney for a month of October. I felt like I was biking along with you this day, thank you for sharing your lovely, vivid, colorful day with us.