Some of my riding photos while staying at Southport, Qld since 2014.
We stay at Broadwater Tourist Park, Southport, where Marg and I have a permanent booking for June, August and September.
I headed out the park, and turned north along the shared path, which took me the whole way to Lands End, which is my Northern turnaround point.
Back along the shared path past Charis Seafoods(Labrador) that is where George and ALL his mates hang out. Around 1:30pm an employee comes out and feeds
them, all their fish scraps. Sometimes I manage to be there at feeding time, and are amazed by the 100 odd Georges (Pelicans). I love it. It is a BIG
tourist attraction, there would have been over 100 Asian tourists plus ME. I continue on the shared path, back past my Caravan Park and past the Gold
Coast Aquatic Centre, where the 2014 Pan Pacs Swimming championships were held on August 21st for 4 days, Marg and I got tickets for the first 2 days 'Heats'.
Continued on past the Cafe Rockpool, past Australia Fair Shopping Centre over the Nerang river and past the Southport Yacht Club, where I crossed over
Seaworld Drive and continue along the shared path, past the Southport SLSC. Onto Main Beach parade until The Narrows where the shared path starts again.
Follow it the whole way past the highrises of Surfer to Laycock St. This is where the shared path ends and I turnaround and retrace my route back to the
Southport SLSC and then follow the coastal track (Federation Walk) to the Gold Coast Seaway aka The Spit. Here I stop and look for whales or just take in the
magic vistas. Depending what mood I am in, I either ride back along the Federation Walk which is the gravel coastal track or I ride along the bitumen
Seaworld Drive, back to Marina Mirage where I retrace my route back past the Southport YC, over the excellent (new) shared path bridge over the Nerang River,
stopping at Cafe Rockpool for a coffee and choccy Mudcake before doing a lap of our Caravan park to check out the number of vacant sites and whose there etc.
This is my normal route approx 36kms and I love it.
From May 2015 onwards, I have increased my ride. Instead of my turnaround point at Laycock Ave, Surfers, I continue along Northcliffe Terrace, which turns into
Garfield Terrace, turning left into Old Burleigh Rd, then left again into First Ave and follow it to the shared path that runs along the Beach, until it stops
at Hedges Ave. There is a 2 way Bike Lane along Hedges Ave, which I follow until it changes into Albatross Ave, I then follow Albatross Ave until it changes
into Marine Parade, following that to Robbie McEwen's cafe on the corner of Marine Pde and Hythe Ave. Follow Hythe to the GC Hwy and turn left at Kelly Ave
then right onto the Shared Path that runs beside the Beach and follow it until it ends at the gate to the Burleigh Heads National Park. Retrace my route back
to Southport SLSC and follow the above instructions out to The Spit and back to camp.
This extended route is approx 57kms and has now become my normal daily ride.