The two caravans gingerly negotiated the steep, winding, narrow road down the ranges to Brisbane. We had arrived and we were excited to see the capital city of Queensland. I can remember my parents were not impressed with either the city or the camping place where we stayed. They must have been so disappointed because they didn't take any photos. So I have raided my folders and the Internet to find some. I guess my parents were not impressed because in the 50's Brisbane was like a big country town where the people were friendly but slow in developing. So it wasn't a modern beautiful city like Sydney at that time.
|BRISBANE CBD IN 1956|
Low tide at Moreton Bay today. (There weren't many sailing boats in the 50's either. Not many people lived by the bay.)
However, today the bayside suburbs are very popular and it is very expensive to buy a house there. This is Wynum today at high tide and it is a beautiful, cool area to live. Councils eradicate mosquitoes.
So we didn't stay long but hurried off to the famous Gold Coast south of Brisbane, where my mother was excitedly looking forward to see the Queensland beaches. One of her dreams was about to come true.
Mum, Ida and Jennifer on Kirra Beach, Queensland 1956
She wasn't disappointed. It was winter but the golden sands and glistening blue water with frothy, white waves crashing on the sand was a thrilling sight for all of us. The sand was so fine, deep and soft. The caravan park was perched on the edge of the beach and we went to sleep with the sound of the rolling surf. It was lovely and warm and not many people around. (Today the caravan park has gone to make way for hundreds of high rise holiday apartment blocks. The beach is crowded with people especially surf board riders. Personally I think it has been spoiled by commercialism)
Coolangatta. We found a beautiful camping spot at Brunswick Heads. Mum and Dad deserved this happy holiday time together. Walking along the water's edge was always one of Mum's favourite activities and like mother, like daughter I also love it.
Looks like I have the camera again. John and Ida are at the back and Mum is in the middle with Dad and Jenny in front. Enjoying a last look at the beach before motoring on down the coast. Northern NSW beaches are also very beautiful.