Sunday, July 12, 2009

Luxury Properties on the Gold Coast

Luxury Homes in the Gold Coast
Maybe you can rent one from $714 - $1,1220 a night, or maybe suggest an Exchange Home.
I am sure the owners would love a week in Cloncurry in my Government Cement clad Home with views of the Railway. It would be a real change of scenery.....for me.

Maybe you would like to buy a Holiday Home if you are living in the Outback

Please quote Outback Art and Ladymaggic if you do make a purchase so they can send me a 1% commission.

Springbrook National Park and Natural Bridge

Natural Bridge, Springbrook National Park is a most unusual geological feature created over millions of years by water tumbling through the roof of a basalt cave. Natural Bridge is home to an amazing colony of glow-worms, whose lights can be seen only after sunset. Lookouts and lush rainforest also grace this World Heritage-listed haven, making it one of the most popular parks in Australia.
he rock archway of natural bridge spans the mountain-fed waters of cave creek. Behind the bridge, the creek forms a waterfall, which plunges into a gaping hole, disappearing into the depths of a cavern. From the pool below the bridge emerges a sparkling stream, which flows into the Nerang River and down the Numinbah Valley. Surrounding the creek is dense subtropical rainforest. To the east, towering cliff faces form the edge of Springbrook.

On the deep deposits of rich volcanic soils grow the dense lowland subtropical rainforest of natural bridge. The forest canopy is a mosaic of many fruit tree species. Lillipillies, Figs, Ferns, Vines, Orchids and Staghorn also grow. Pademelons, Eastern Yellow Robins, Eastern Whipbirds, Green Catbirds, Koels, Fruit Doves, Bush turkeys, Goannas, Lorikeets, Brush tailed Possums, Sugar gliders, Bandicoots, Boobook Owl are just some of the wildlife which can be found.

Seven Views Of Maggi at the Gold Coast

After the Hair Cut and Color at Tropix, after the Gold Coast Marathon, high on the 77th Floor of Q1 where I lost my mobile, and playing the Piano and Dinner at Maggie's, and driving to Springbok Forest and Natural Bridge.

This is the value of a stressless vacation, where the biggest decision was making a choice from a menu as to what to enjoy next.
The Gold Coast was a wonderful vacation and a great place to live in.

Q1 View of the Gold Coast From the 77th Floor

Q1 is the Worlds Tallest Residential Building
78 Floors with a lift that takes 42 seconds to reach the 77th Floor where the Viewing Area was located

At 322.5 m (1,058 ft) and with a roof height of 275 m (900 ft), Q1 qualifies as the world's tallest all-residential building when measured to the top of its structural point (spire), but is the world's second tallest behind Melbourne's Eureka Tower (roof height of 297.3 metres, 975 ft) when measured to its roof height and highest inhabitable floor. However, according to the ranking system developed by the US-based Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat, the main criteria in which heights are ranked is to the top of the spire, therefore Q1 qualifies as the taller.

It is currently in the top 50 tallest buildings in the world when measured to its structural point, dwarfing the Gold Coast skyline with the closest buildings to Q1's height being the 220 m (720 ft) North Tower of Circle on Cavill and the under construction 250 m (820 ft) Soul building.

Q1 was designed by Atelier SDG, and its form was inspired by the Sydney 2000 Olympic torch and the Sydney Opera House. The name was given in honour of members of Australia’s Olympic sculling team of the 1920s – Q1.

It was developed by The Sunland Group and built by Sunland Constructions. The building was the Silver Award winner of the 2005 Emporis Skyscraper Award, coming in second to Turning Torso in Sweden.

The building is supported by 26 piles, each two metres in diameter, that extend 40 metres into the ground then up to four metres into solid rock.

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Birds on the Shore and water

The seagulls walked along the edge of the foam seeking small fish and digging the sand for sand worms and shellfish.
The trees along the shore attracted honey eaters and the colorful parrots.
As you walked along the edge where the plants grew, the air was full of bird song.
The birds were quite tame and happy to coninue their business watched by my curious camera.

There were ibis everywhere. They were at the parking area of the Apartment, at the Gas Station where small gardens edged the corners, and walking the enclosed shorelines like patrolling Officers with a folder under their wing.

The birds were always busy, making mockery of indolent and unaware humans strolling past unemployed and apparently aimless. The birds were not on vacation at all. They were constantly and steadily hard at work all the time.

Gold Coast Flowers

The shore has been planted with many new plants.
Among them the strange twisting limbs of the cordylline create stark shadows and shapes against the sand.
Also prevalent were the red and gold Bottle brushes, which the parrots delighted in.
The flowers were vivid and rich and laden with nectar.
Fences were thick with this orange creeper full of rich vivid orange. Some of the creepers climbed and covered huge trees with a mass of orange blooms.
There was salt bush and pigface planted along the sands.

The Flowers attracted birds seeking nectar..the small Honey eater, the thrush and the colorful parrots.

Buildings on the Gold Coast

High rise buildings dominate the Coast with windows opening to the Open Sea and Sky.
The views from Q1, the tallest building show this very clearly. The Gold Coast is High Rises with stunning views of the Sea.

It was interesting seeing a couple of small cottages along the coast, one next to the High Rises.
I called this cottage a Million dollar shack, which it has to be as the land would be worth a Highrise with a sea view. I yearned to knock on the door and see if my fisherman lived there, or someone who slept in and missed the morning.

Seldom was there anyone looking out of the windows or the balconies. The apartments were virtually deserted. Only once when I was trying to get a photo of the phone number above what looked like a backpackers place, two hungover guys glared at me, and I turned away feeling embarrased to be focusing on semi dereliction, when there was so much grandeur and beauty around.

I stayed the first week at The Shore, which was located right on the beach and gave me some fantastic sunrises. The second week I stayed at the Hawaain which was more upmarket, with downmarket views, and far too much shade, on level five when I always want High Living for the Views.

To my surprise both apartments lacked Internet facilities.