This time last week I was suffering jetlag, after my 30 hour journey home from Prince Edward Island, where I had spent an amazing two weeks with my son and his family.
After the intense greens of the island, I was dreading returning to our drought browns. Thankfully storms had rolled through a few days prior to my return and a green tinge was appearing. A few days after my return, another storm dropped 21mm. The magic of rain!
Today however, was the first fully clear, blue sky, perfect spring temperature day since my return. Sheer bliss to be back walking with my friends.
Because of the drought and bushfires, many of our trails are closed. We have had to do more research to find local walks of any length. Last week, in my absence, the group found a rail trail and tunnel on the Gold Coast. This week our walk was also on the Gold Coast. Suburban, but green.
Varsity Lakes was a Delfin, lakeside land development back in 2002. Today we were all impressed with its planning and development.
Our first walk however, was at the Robina Parklands. We pulled up to a closed carpark and found little roadside parking, because of the all the onsite work crews. Alas, the 'Central Park' of the Gold Coast was still a work in progress. Spotting a path to the R of the work, we decided to explore. A well worthwhile decision.
The pathway took us around the perimeter of the developement, allowing us to enjoy beautiful views of a serene Mudgeeraba Creek, green fields and grazing cows.
Urban on one side of the path. Shrubs and creek the other.
Heading north beside the site bunting.
Pastoral views to the left.
Looking back across 'Central Park' to Cbus Super Stadium, home of the Gold Coast, Rugby League team, The Titans.
Info googled at the end of the day.
Driving to Varsity Lakes we stopped at this peaceful park for our morning tea. The Flame Tree was in full bloom.
Our trail around Azzurra Island.
Lake Orr Catchment Reserve was enjoyed, but alas, it wasn't our starting point as expected.
Finally, the path around Azzurra Island was found. Skirting its shoreline, it was so well landscaped, that we saw few buildings. Peace, tranquility and birdsong reigned.
The Meridien Park Wetland's birdlife, delayed us for quite some time. What an awesome spot to have on your doorstep.
Black Swans and cygnets
I think, a Pacific Black Duck.
A lone Corella.
Bond University [privately owned and expensive] has been on the coast for 30 years now. As we drove past to lunch, it seemed an opportune time to take a wander through its very imposing precincts.
Mermaid Beach Surf Lifesaving Club was the perfect spot to satisfy our hunger, after a short walk along the beach.
Laurel always has an eye out for clever quotes. A perfect find today.
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