It’s been a while since my last blog. Sorry about that but I got distracted by the pumping waves I encountered and coupled with the fact that my phone died when I dropped it in the sea meant that I haven’t managed to get anything up for a while.
So I ventured up the coast and picked up Kate from the Gold Coast airport so we could explore the infamous Gold Coast, with a couple of days up at the Sunshine Coast. I had a list of surf spots that I wanted to visit including Snapper, Burleigh, D’bah, and Kirra to name a few. I surfed mostly the points to start with, and in a solid six foot mess at Snapper Rocks, I paid the price by snapping a brand new board.
I quickly discovered that the point breaks on the Gold Coast are very crowded and very competitive. Even getting in the water when the sun comes up makes no difference to the crowds.The groms are all over it and will hassle you for every wave. They don’t seem to go to school, ever!
There are less crowded waves to be found however on the beach breaks, and with a never ending coastline, there are an abundance of really good beaches to choose from. My favourite so far was Burleigh, which had hollow and fast rights and lefts. I had many a good surf here and although the wave quality is not as good as the points, there are far less people surfing them so you manage to get way more waves.
We made a mission up to Noosa on the Sunshine Coast and spent a couple of days finding waves in the national park. I had a look at the main point at Noosa but it was very small and seriously crowded so I didn’t bother with it. I didn’t find any epic waves on the Sunshine Coast but we did have a couple of great party’s venturing down to Coolum to celebrate Australia Day with some friends. In true Australian style I tried to surf a giant inflatable flip flop with limited success.
After Australia Day we headed back south to the Gold Coast to find some pumping waves waiting for us. I surfed as much as I could, mostly in the mornings before the onshore wind picked up. It made a welcome change to have Kate who is local to the Gold Coast as a guide, showing me some good surf spots that are a little under the radar as well as some really nice places to eat and drink.
Venturing away from the coastline on a day the weather set in, we went to the Hinterland in search of some waterfalls. A few bushwalks through the rainforest we came across some amazing places, several waterfalls and also found the oldest tree in Australia that has been around since the ice age! The Hinterland is a beautiful part of the world and while driving through some stunning landscape, Kate treated me to some all-time classic Australian music. Listening to ‘Waltzing Matilda’ is not something you forget in a hurry. We only went here for one day and it didn’t seem anywhere near long enough, so when I’m back this way and the surf bums out I will head up there again for sure.
Before I picked up Kate I had been camping in the car and cooking pasta on the gas burner every night so getting back to civilisation and using a flushing toilet felt amazing.
Now I’m back in Sydney and I can’t say I’m overly stoked about it, so I’m already starting to plan my next excursion to sample some more of the great waves Australia has to offer.