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Gold Coast from Evandale Lake by pawelpapis

Some heavy rains earlier this year brought so much water and created some interesting cascades around this popular vantage point. This foreground cascades aren’t there every day. License and prints available.

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launch off by owenclunn

This is an image I am very proud of! I have been to this location and there was either no clouds or too windy. I think this was maybe the 10th time or so, and there was some clouds about, low enough that I could capture them moving. Yet almost no ground wind, leaving the changing tide almost glass-like. All my other shots from here show a blurred, windy water.

And to top it all off I caught this helicopter doing some crazy moves. I guess they were heading inland, from cruising the coast line. I have one other shot with the chopper, but its light-trails are almost horizontal in shape.

The only thing missing is of course the moon and stars, but that may be too much to ask :/

View on black!

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Approaching Storm At Surfers Paradise. by ralphied

James Beattie, a farmer, became the first European to settle in the area when he staked out an 80-acre (32 ha) farm on the northern bank of the Nerang River, close to present-day Cavill Avenue. The farm proved unsuccessful and was sold in 1877 to German immigrant Johan Meyer, who turned the land into a sugar farm and mill. Meyer also had little luck growing in the sandy soil and within a decade had auctioned the farm and started a ferry service and built the Main Beach hotel. By 1889, Meyer’s hotel had become a post receiving office and subdivisions surrounding it were named Elston, named by the Southport postmaster after his wife’s home in Southport, Lancashire, England. The Main Beach Hotel licence lapsed after Meyer’s death in 1901 and for 16 years Elston was a tourist town without a hotel or post office.

In 1917, a land auction was held by Brisbane real estate company Arthur Blackwood to sell subdivided blocks in Elston as the ‘Surfers’ Paradise Estate’ but the auction failed because access was difficult. This was the first recorded reference to Surfers Paradise, but like the Gold Coast, the title may already have been local vernacular – surfing having been demonstrated in Sydney in 1915.

Elston began to get more visitors after the opening of Jubilee Bridge and the extension of the South Coast Road in 1925; the area was serviced before then only by Meyer’s Ferry at the Nerang River. Elston was no longer cut off by the river and speculators began buying land around Elston and Burleigh Heads. Estates down the coast were promoted and hotels opened to accommodate tourists and investors.
Some minor changes have occurred in extending the road along the beachfront since the early subdivision and The Esplanade road is now a focus of activity, with supporting shops and restaurants. The intensity of activity, centred on Cavill, Orchid and Elkhorn Avenues, is reflected in the density of development. Of all places on the Gold Coast the buildings in this area constitute a dominant and enduring image visible from as far south as Coolangatta and from the mountain resorts of the hinterland.

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