Posted by: Debra Kolkka | December 20, 2012

My favourite beach

I love Main Beach on Queensland’s Gold Coast. I grew up there and even though it has changed considerably since I was a child, it is a place I will adore forever.

I think the best time to be at the beach is sunrise.

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It is great to have the beach to yourself (almost) for a while.

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I have been a beachcomber all my life. I love to see what has been washed up by the waves.

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As the day warms up people arrive to swim, surf or just stroll along the white sand.

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Highrise buildings keep growing beside the beach at Surfers Paradise, but the beach is still wonderful.

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Late afternoon is another great time to walk beside the water.

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Who can resist moonlight on the water?

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  1. WOW! These are wonderful photographs dear Debra. It came so good to me to watch them, while it was snowing outside now 🙂 I agree with you it is the best place to watch the sun… so beautiful. And how amazing the image with the buildings… Thank you dear, have a nice day, love, nia

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    • Main Beach is great. I love the surf, and walking on that white sand is wonderful.

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  2. Great work Deb, Merry Christmas.
    Love Russ

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    • Same to you…you would know this place well.

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  3. You have captured Main Beach Debra! I remember camping there as a child and having many wonderful times there. I must go there again soon…….

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    • The camping ground is still there, but it is much more flash than it was when I was a girl.

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  4. I have been there! Gorgeous photos.

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  5. Thanks for sharing the beauty of one of your special places. BTW – when do you return to your other one?

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    • I love that place…and I leave for Italy on 16th January, with a stop in Hong Kong to visit friends and a couple of days in snowy Helsinki before arriving in Bagni di Lucca.

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      • Heck … sounds like a wonderful trip just to get there!

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  6. Great Pictures. What a lovely beach.
    Merry Christmas Debra and safe travels next year.
    Pam

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    • Merry Christmas to you too. Main Beach will always be my favourite beach.

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  7. As much as I adore the Meditertanean and summers in Europe there is nothing to compare to the splendor of our Aussie beaches- Surfers still looks just as magnificent as I remember . Thanks for the memories !

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    • I love the magnificent Italian coastline, but if I actually want to swim, it has to be at a white sandy beach.

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  8. It is also our favourite beach. When we lived in Australia, we always went there and tried to live within walking distance. Your photos bring back many wonderful memories! Thanks, Debra!

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    • I would love to be able to walk on the beach every morning.

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  9. I love beaches too!

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    • Every time I go I wonder why I don’t do it more often.

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  10. What? No beach umbrellas? No middle aged men walking around in Speedos? No crowds of families? Wow. No wonder you love that beach! 🙂 As always, love your photos!

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    • Main Beach never gets as crowded as Surfers, and I was there mid week just before the beginning of the holidays. This week the beach would no doubt be full of families and umbrellas and the odd speedo.

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  11. Agree with Diane -yes they are magnificent photos of one of the best stretches of beach in Australia – but sometimes there are those middle aged guys in Speedos and lots of umbrellas. Plenty of sand to share.

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    • There is nothing wrong with budgie smugglers…if you’ve got it, flaunt it.

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  12. Very nice photos. Especially love the beaches.

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    • We have beautiful beaches in Australia.

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  13. Sunrise is such a lovely time of the day…usually you don’t have to share it with a lot of people. The solitude is wonderful and beautiful.

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    • I have to be up very early to have the beach to myself.

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  14. I adore that photo of the moonlight dancing on the water! 😀

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    • It was a gorgeous evening on the beach.

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  15. What a stunning place, Debra. 🙂 Merry Christmas to you.

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  16. Awesome images, it is definitely one of the nicer beaches on the Gold Coast and being on the sand when the sun rises is one of life’s simple pleasures.

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    • Main Beach has always been a bit apart. When we first went there it wasn’t sewered and there were no buildings over 3 storeys. What a pity that changed.

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  17. We had an apartment in Broadbeach for many years when I was growing up Debra…This time of year always takes me back there as do your gorgeous photos. I love the found objects. It makes me realise how I might look at my old beach with different eyes these days.

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    • I grew up at Main Beach in the 50s and 60s and left in the early 70s when I went to Italy for the first time. We must have been there at the same time for a while there. It was a wonderful time to be there.

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      • How lovely. We probably passed each other walking on the beach. I was a walker even then!

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      • Me too! I was there scouring the beach for washed up stuff.

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  18. Maybe try Finnish beaches by the lakes like Saimaa or Päijänne?

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    • I would love to visit some Finnish beaches. I will be back in January, not the best time, and again at the end of May. If the weather is good then I will investigate…thanks for the tips.

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  19. Great photos!

    Merry Christmas to you and your family! We’re having a heatwave here so it’s difficult to get in the mood.

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    • I hope you and Willie have a great Christmas too. It is horribly hot and humid here,which doesn’t please me at all.

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  20. Deb,

    The Main Beach post made me quite homesick for QLD especially as the London weather is the absolute pits at the moment. I think what I miss the most is the early swim (or surf) and then a run/walk with the hot sun on your back.
    Vitamin D dose….

    Wishing you both a Happy and Holy Christmas and a prosperous 2013.

    regards

    PB

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    • It is hot and humid here right now. I wish I was at Main Beach too. The beach is the best place to be in weather like this. I hope you all have a great Christmas in cold London.

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  21. Some stunning photographs. Those skyscrapers don’t look real. Looks like a wonderful beach.

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