My Sublime & Beautiful Sunday. 'Moondarewa Spit.'

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Trudee Hunter @trudeehunterAugust 2019 · 4 min read

'Moondarewa Spit.' Gold Coast, Australia.

This is my entry for the #beautifulsunday challenge, hosted by @ace108 and for #sublimesunday by @c0ff33a.

Last week I shared images from Southport, on the Gold Coast in Queensland, Australia. This is Part 11, as the Spit is situated close by and I enjoyed taking in the beauty of the surroundings and the warmth of the sun, even though it is the middle of winter here.

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The Spit consists of a 5km long, sandy isthmus which begins at Main Beach and finishes at the stretch of sea known as Broadwater where it greets the Pacific Ocean. This area comprises of public parkland and is a popular place for fishing, boating and relaxing. House boats are moored in a very sheltered part of the river.

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Two men were trying their luck at fishing.

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Many people took advantage of this idyllic area to relax due to the wonderful weather.

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There were heaps of cars parked along the roadside and in the parking lots from one end of the Spit to the other and yet most people had plenty of space to enjoy their own, unhindered patch of paradise without the sense of being crowded.

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The Spit is a favourite spot for those interested in snorkelling and diving. The Broadwater is located along the western side and I spotted many water vessels heading in both directions.

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And then I saw a strange looking duck. Quackaduck was chugging along the waterway ferrying passengers along the Broadwater.

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The Spit features seven precincts which include the ‘Village Centre’ and these are based around the existing developments of Mariners Cove, Marina Mirage, and Sea World Resort.

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Other Highlights include;

• Cruise Ship Terminal option
• Light Rail Extension
• Ferry services
• Superyacht berth
• A tower at the top of the Spit as a viewing platform and landmark
• A plaza at the top of the Spit
• Enhancement of Federation Walk
• A Centre for Coastal Resilience
• Improved boating facilities at Muriel Henchman Park
• A Village Centre featuring retail, commercial and tourist activities. This includes shops,
food and beverage outlets, markets, tourist facilities, theme park activities, cultural facilities, and related accommodation and office functions.

The world famous Seaworld Resort and theme park, the luxurious Palazzo Versace and Sheraton Mirage are also located halfway along the Spit on the Broadwater side. Here is a picture of the Seaworld cruise boat returning passengers back towards their accomodation after touring further out to sea.

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The two parks on the Spit are Doug Jennings Park at the northern end and Philip Park on the ocean side. The Doug Jennings Park is approximately 30 ha in size and this prominent, sandy peninsular on the eastern side of the Broadwater spreads out to the southern boundary of the Moreton Bay Marine Park.

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Over the years some areas of the park had become degraded but millions of dollars has been invested in providing Seaway Emergency Access Stairs, an Amenities block with beach showers plus upgrades to the Seaway Kiosk and the rehabilitation of Moondarewa Spit.

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One of the highlights of the Spit is the panoramic views of the Broadwater and the public have been encouraged to care for this area by keeping it a camping free zone, ensuring that dogs are kept on leashes and disallowing 4 wheel driving on the dunes.

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Since the upgrade of Moondarewa Spit, 150 parking spaces have been made available, and many native trees have been planted to provide welcome shady protection during the summer months. Open grass areas have also been created to enhance the relaxation for visitors. Plus, extra sand was transported to the western peninsula beach for the convenience of beach lovers.

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An obliging seagull flew east as I photographed this panoramic scene of Southport (below) from The Spit.

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As we drove away from Moondarewa Spit I saw a splash of pink up in the sky. Can you see two skydivers on the right hand side of the image below?

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Here is a better shot of them as they come into land.

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On the way towards Southport I took a couple of photos from the passenger seat.

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This was one of the last views from Southport as we made our towards Brisbane after spending a thoroughly enjoyable time on the Gold Coast.

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THANK YOU FOR VIEWING. HAVE A GREAT DAY.

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ace108
ace108 @ace108August 2019

Looks like nice day out and should not be very hot.
Sure doesn't look like peak season to go there.


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Its not peak season but for people who like cooler weather and yet beautiful days and not the crowds, this is the perfect spot for them.


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ace108
ace108 @ace108August 2019

Probably the perfect time too.


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I have always loved the Gold Coast that use to be my holiday destination from Sydney it always reminded me of a tropical paradise were you would feel you were in a different country and i still love it , this post has bought back so many great memories for me. Thanks for sharing my friend and have a great week ahead :)


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The Gold Coast is definitely very popular not only with overseas visitors but Australians from all over as well. We are very lucky to live just a little over an hours drive from there. Glad it brought back some great memories to you. You have a great week as well.


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Yep you are so lucky if i was to live back in Australia that is the place i would choose to settle :)


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Really beautiful photos @trudeehunter, the spit at Southport is lovely.


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Thank you @angiemitchell for your comments. Glad you like it.


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Luz... @blackluxAugust 2019

What a nice place!


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There is always something happening on the Gold Coast. Thank you for your comment and visit @blacklux


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What a lovely place! Excellent post, Trudee. You put a lot of work into this. Great photos. U+R


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Thanks so much Keith. Glad you enjoyed this post. 💐


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c0ff33a @c0ff33aAugust 2019

The house boat is awesome, with the solar panels for power and stored smaller vessel for quick trips to shore. Beautiful photos of a diverse range of boats in a lovely sunny setting - as always your spoil is with your photography skills !COFFEEA


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Many thanks for your wonderful comments and welcome support. Greatly appreciated.


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Awesome! THANK YOU @coffeea.token


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Such a beautiful place. The photos are all good, but that one of the young couple and the two kids is awesome. It tells such a story!


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Thank you very much indeed Dianne. I liked that photo too. It evokes a strong sense of family connection and togetherness. So precious!


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It truly is precious!


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janton
Jonboy @jantonAugust 2019

Howdy Trudee! What wonderful photos, especially for people who love the water. Wow, some of those yachts! And what was that Quackaduck vehicle? It looks like a bus.


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Thank you John. I'm glad you enjoyed this blog. On another visit to the Gold Coast I spotted the Quackaduck traveling on the road and took a photo of it. I'll see if i can find it and if I do, I'll show it to you here. See you soon. (lol)


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janton
Jonboy @jantonAugust 2019

oh, so it's a big amphibious bus! right?


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Well yes.......from what I can remember. But do think I can find the photo I was wanting to show you? No! It must have wings as well as wheels. 😄 😄 😄 When i do come across it I will send you a copy.


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janton
Jonboy @jantonAugust 2019

lol! That's okay Trudee, that just gives you an excuse to go back there, I bet you'll see it again!


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