Posted by: travelrat | March 25, 2011

Burleigh Heads: Gold Coast


Burleigh Heads: 4th August 2010.

When you hear the words ‘beachfront apartments’, a 25-floor skyscraper isn’t usually the first picture which comes to mind. That’s what the Esplanade Holiday Apartments at Burleigh Heads is; we were on the 22nd floor, with windows on 2 sides and balconies which gave excellent views along the beach, and of the mountains beyond, as you’ll see from my photographs.

But, I’m not complaining; it does merit the description of ‘beachside’. You just need to cross a fairly quiet road, and you’re there!

On my evening walk, I exchanged a few words with a charming old gentleman … after sixty years in Australia, he still retained his ‘Geordie’ accent. He didn’t like the towering apartments.

‘It’s not so bad here’ he told me ‘but, up at Surfers’ Paradise, they block off the sun from the beach around mid-afternoon’. If that’s right, maybe it’s a case of destroying that which you came to see?

We were going up to ‘Surfers’ the following day, but I didn’t get a chance to check his statement out. No surfing or lazing on the beach for us. We were going whale-watching … which I’ll tell you about when I get back from Spain the week after next!

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  1. Hi Keith,
    What fantastic views you had in your unit, looks great, a nice balcony to sit and relax of an afternoon, or a nice cuppa in the morning. They look like very comfortable units as well, a good chose for a stay, and to make it even better it’s not raining. I know for a lot of your trip to OZ you run into a fair bit of rain, so it’s nice to see good weather.

    The Gentlemen you run into is spot on about Surfers, there were protests before the high rises were even built, but the people lost the fight, and yes they do block the sun a lot. But unfortunately when there is money to be made, the big boys usually win. 😦

    • Thought you might like to have a read of this newspaper article, about the high rises in Surfers.

      • An interesting read … what were the ‘powers that be’ about to allow this sort of thing? Surely, if they wanted an ‘Australian Las Vegas’ there’s lots of other places they could have put it, without destroying the very thing that attracted people to the area in the first place?

  2. It’s such a shame about the towers. They really are an eyesore. It just happens everywhere these days. Sydney is no exception.

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