Bare Foot Bowls, 2020
On the 2nd November 2020, 36 Probus members attended Mermaid Beach Bowls Club, for a morning of barefoot bowls. After finding a parking spot – someone didn’t find one and missed the action of the day! – we proceeded onto the bowling green, where if you didn’t know anything about lawn bowls, you were introduced to magical words like kitty, jack, long game, short game, skip and many more. Excitement was in the air if you bowled a bowl and it stayed on your rink! Someone had a touch on the kitty in the next rink and she made sure everyone knew about it! After a couple of hours playing, the talent scouts left empty handed. Lunch was beckoning to our thirsty and hungry members. We thanked the Mermaid Beach Bowls Club for their hospitality and headed home.
Oct. Walk, 2020
It was another great morning for a walk. Eighteen members walked from North Burleigh Surf Club to the base of Burleigh Hill. It was warm, but the breeze coming off the Ocean made it very enjoyable. Coffee & Chit Chat was enjoyed by all at the Coffee nook. It was good to see some new members have a good time and the benefits associated with walking. The next walk will meet at Greenmount Surf Club (Coolangatta) at 8.30 am on the 9th Nov. All members, friends (& dogs) are welcome. As the mornings are now getting warmer we will start at 8.00am from Dec onwards.
Bochow Park Picnic, Oct. 2020
A group of 22 intrepid Probusians travelled through the picturesque Numinbah Valley to Bochow Park on Monday for our activities day picnic. Our honourable President, Des Wicks, proposed a toast to the inaugural Probus Day to be held on the 1st October each year. This was accomplished with champagne for everyone in attendance. After a picnic lunch there were competitions in bouls and quoits. Some members also enjoyed a walk along the bank of the Nerang River.
September Meeting, 2020
The Probus Club of Burleigh Waters were pleased to hold their first General Meeting after six months of waiting due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, with members self-distancing as per the current restrictions for the Community Centre. It provided the opportunity to induct four new members, and our oldest (96) and longest serving member Rex D spoke on some of the Gold Coast History.
Twenty one enthusiastic & highly motivated members walked from the Tallebudgera Fitness camp to the Burleigh Groyne, then back to the foreshores of Palm Beach & the Esplanade. It was noted that a breakaway group, followed the Creek around the Caravan Park !!??. All returned for coffee & chit chat at the Tallebudgera Cafe. Social distancing was observed and everybody including Susie (Presidential Dog), had a great time & most enjoyable walk. The number of members walking is growing & we look forward to more members joining us on future walks. The next walk will meet on Sept 14th, 8.30 AM, at Tugun Surf Club. All members friends of members & members dog’s are welcome.
July Walk, 2020
Seventeen members and dog Susie, enjoyed the walk from Tugun Surf Club to the Currumbin Alley. Coffee & Chit Chat was enjoyed by all at the Tugun Surf Club coffee shop. The next walk will be on Mon 10th August. Meeting at Tallebudgera Recreation Centre (car park) at 8.30 AM. All members are welcome.
June Walk, 2020
The walking group enjoyed resuming their activities on Monday 8th June after a 3 month break due to COVID-19, with twenty-four members catching up with their friends again and walking south from Tugun Surf Life Saving Club. They also enjoyed the fellowship as they relaxed over hot drinks afterwards. The next walk will be at 8.30am on 13th July, meeting at the Tugun SLSC and walking northwards.
Daisy Hill Koala Centre Trip, Mar 2020
On the 2nd March, 27 Probians went on an adventurous journey—find a koala. First port of call was Logan River Parklands. Our get fit mummies were there with ankle biters and dishlickers. With a cup of coffee in hand we surveyed the action and gave moral support. After coffee we went to the Daisy Hill Koala Centre. We met a park ranger called Cameron, who was very informative in all things koalas. From the size of a pea when born, and where the joey travels within the mother to find a teat to latch on for food. Cameron showed us the different sizes as the joey matures to full size and goes off on its own. Cameron told us what to do if you come across an injured koala—ring the RSPCA 24/7. We were told not to force water on the koala, a bowl of water would be better, as the koala would drink if thirsty, as most of the koala’s liquid intake comes from the gum leaves. At the end of the talk we went on to the Springwood Hotel – now called The Feast, for lunch. Time was available, so Phil the bus driver, took us to out Cabbage Tree Point near Jacobs Wells, and then we continued on our way home, all agreeing —a great day.
Feb Walk, 2020
Twelve enthusiastic members turned up at Currumbin Creek. The rain had stopped and a very enjoyable walk was enjoyed by all, along the Southern bank of Currumbin Creek. The walk took us up to the Currumbin Alley and the breaking surf. Coffee & chit chat was enjoyed by all at the “Boatshed” Cafe. The next walk will be Monday 9th March, meeting at Burleigh Heads Surf Club. Commencing at 8am. All members, friends of members and dogs are welcome.
Mystery Bus Trip, Feb 2020
Our Mystery bus trip departed with 57 passengers all eager to see the mystery unfold. Our morning tea stop at Roma Street Parklands was disrupted by a painter, but we managed our stop with some inconvenience, with a waterfall and large fountain nearby. We then travelled through some northern suburbs of Brisbane and the windy road to Mt. Glorious, where we walked to the Wivenhoe Lookout, which gave us magnificent views to the dams and valley below, with the ringing chirping of bell birds in the trees. Following a short and hot stop at Wivenhoe Dam, we went on to Fernvale where we enjoyed our lunch of tasty pies, followed by apple pie & ice-cream, at the nostalgic Old Fernvale Bakery. We returned to the Gold Coast via Ipswich and the M1.
Jan Walk, 2020
The first walk of the new year got off to a good start. Twenty six enthusiastic members turned up at Varsity Lakes. It was a very enjoyable walk around the lake & not too hot. Opportunity to burn off some of that Christmas excess !!. Coffee & chit chat was enjoyed by all at the Varsity Cafe. The next walk will be on Monday 10th Feb meeting at Currumbin Creek. Parking at Currumbin RSL commencing at 8am. All members, friends of members & dogs are welcome.
Jan Lunch at Danny’s, 2020
After travelling to an interstate venue for our first outing for the year, 46 very happy Probus members had an excellent buffet lunch at Danny’s, situated in the Coolangatta and Tweed Heads Golf Club. Everybody enjoyed the occasion, revelling for a very relaxing couple of hours of fellowship and a comprehensive array of foodstuffs to select from. Some said it was so good they would like to see a lunch held there at least twice per year. Wishing everyone a very HEALTHY 2020.
Christmas Dinner, 2019
On Monday night 2/12/2019 Santa’s little helpers arrived at Currumbin RSL and decked the tables out with Christmas cheer…bon bons and baubles. President Des Wicks welcomed everyone to the Probus Christmas party. A lucky door prize was given out and the prize went to previous President John Miller. A couple of numbing drinks and an exciting buzz took hold. An added piece of entertainment was Gary Brescianini capturing previous trips and visits and putting the result onto a screen.. A lovely dinner was served and after the dinner raffle tickets were sold. 16 hampers were the raffle prizes. Thanks to Carol, Lyn and Margaret for putting the hampers together. The men helped by staying out of their way. All the sweet-tooths were looking for their sugar hit. Not to be disappointed sweets arrived. After dessert the main entertainment…Rod Preston gave a monologue on differing topics..Christmas cards, coca cola and Frank Sinatra to name a few. Christmas trivia questions were placed on each tables. Answers were given and the prize given to the winning table. Next the drawing of the hamper raffles. 16 prizes were drawn and happy members struggled with their win. A big thanks goes out to the band.. Sweet Mixjah who played till the end and made sure the dance floor was used. By now the little elves were getting tired so Santa called them home. All agreed it was a great night.
Nov Walk, 2019
A great walk was enjoyed by 19.25 members & Presidential Dog Suzie. A good turn out to Schuster Park regardless of the smoke haze. Walking around the Park, following the Tallebudgera Creek & passing Talley Valley Golf Course was very pleasant. Coffee & Chit Chat was enjoyed at The “Spoon & Bean” Cafe by all members. The next walk will be Dec 9th, starting at Elephant Rock car park Currumbin. (Vikings Surf Club) at 8AM. We will walk South towards Tugun, following the Beach.
Trip to Bucks Farm, 2019
On Monday 4th November 42 Probus members boarded the educational bus tour to Bucks Farm. We travelled through the beautiful Tweed valley via Murwillumbah and Crystal Creek ending up at the picturesque village of Chillingham visiting Bucks Farm. Firstly before education you have to have relaxation…morning tea. This was had on the banks of the Tweed River in Murwillumbah. This accomplished we headed to Bucks Farm. On arriving we were met by Buck himself. For about an hour Buck gave an interesting look at his farm and told of the many exotic fruits such as aniseed myrtle, curry myrtle, monkey bananas…Buck grows 9 varieties of bananas on his farm. Buck also grows a number of different finger limes. A large number of fruits grown by Buck go into cosmetics because of the lack of impurities in his soaps. Buck told us of the hardships of working the land. Growing the produce and having the feral animals ruining the crop. Flying foxes just one. Buck had a number of fruits for us to sample. We thanked Buck for his informative talk. The small shop was visited and take aways were purchased. Leaving Bucks Farm with a different slant on farming we headed to Murwillumbah Services Club for lunch. The meal was excellent and sweets were delightful. On the way home Phil…our bus driver showed us the scenic route through Terranora Heights. Probus members thanked Phil for being informative and a good bus driver.
Oct Walk, 2019
Twenty four of our members, plus the Presidents little dog Susie, met at the Burleigh Heads Surf Club for a very pleasant walk along the foreshore walking path. After our walk most of us enjoyed a coffee and chat at the Surf Club. Our next walk will be in Schusters Park, Elanora. Meet at the walkway bridge on 19th Ave. This is located just past the Elanora High School. Starting time is 8.00am for the duration of the summer.
Gympie Trip, 7-10 Oct. 2019
Our group of 25 headed for the Gympie area with Granite Highlands Maxi-Tours,
where we enjoyed the following activities: Morning tea, Factory Tour and sampling ginger products at Yandina Ginger Factory; Lunch and a tour of Gympie Gold Mining & Historical Museum; and visits to Tin Can Bay & Rainbow Beach. A tour on the Everglades (Upper Noosa River) was interesting, and we also saw the badly burnt vegetation from the recent fires, plus some great reflections, with morning tea near Harry’s Hut, and we went on Melaleuca Walk at Fig Tree Point. We had the memorable experience of wading to and from our boat due to very shallow water on Lake Cootharaba, and we had lunch at Habitat Noosa. A trip on the Mary Valley Rattler to Amamoor was great, with the train being turned on the large turntable, and on our return we had lunch on the Railway Station at Gympie, plus we had a visit to the Woodworks Museum, with dinner at Gunabul Homestead. On the way back to the Gold Coast we had morning tea at Kenilworth Cheese Factory and lunch at the Big Barrel at Maleny. Our cooked breakfasts and evening meals at the Great Eastern Motor Inn were all very enjoyable. Congratulation to Des Hughes on putting together a great trip.
Preston Picnic, Oct. 2019
While Des Hughes had 19 of our members on his Gympie trip, the same number of members visited Preston Park on the banks of the beautiful Currumbin Creek for a B.Y.O. picnic. Contrary to the predicted “heat wave”, a good time was had by all in the shade of an old gum tree, enjoying a cooling breeze in perfect conditions. We all enjoyed our lunches along with plenty of shared goodies.
Sep Walk, 2019
Twenty one enthusiastic members & SUZIE (Presidential Dog) met at Lake Orr. There was smoke to be seen in the distance, but the air was reasonably good on a beautiful Spring morning at Lake Orr. A good walk around the foreshores of this great lake were enjoyed by everybody especially Suzie. Coffee & chit chat was as always enjoyed at the local coffee shop.
Trip to Eltham Valley Pecan Nut Farm, 2019
Last Monday 52 nuts …all from Probus went to Eltham Valley Pecan Nut Farm to see how they were grown and harvested. Firstly, we stopped for morning tea at Yelgun…Col Collins promised us cream buns, but these were not forth coming…will check with Phil the bus driver for their whereabouts. Our next stop was a lovely New South Wales country town called Bangalow. We stopped here for just on an hour to purchase a bargain. All aboard for the run to the working pecan farm at Eltham Valley. Ashleigh met the bus and explained the growing and the harvesting of the pecan nut. Also, she explained the difference from other nuts namely walnuts and macadamia. All this information made us hungry, and so we were ushered into the Eltham Valley Pantry for lunch. During lunch Col organised a display from the local Rural Fire Brigade who put out the fire. After lunch we had a chance to buy many types of pecan nuts…chocolate coated or roasted to name a few. With the promise of stopping at the small town of Burringbar to check out the antiques, not the ones on the bus, we boarded the bus with our purchases of nuts. A check of the antiques soon showed that they were old and very expensive. Then onto the bus and a safe trip home…thanks Phil the bus driver and Col for the activity.
Twenty three enthusiastic members met up at the Tallebudgera Fitness Camp car park,
on a beautiful sunny morning. The walk around Burleigh headland was enjoyed by all.
An extra well done to those that chose the high route on the return journey. No whales
were spotted on this occasion, but the sighting of the 19th Ave Reef building equipment
was of great interest. Coffee & Chit Chat was enjoyed by all at the ‘Bam Bam’ Cafe.
Our latest excursion was on 5th August to Mt Coot-tha Botanical Gardens in Brisbane. Our happy band of “green thumbs” left the Burleigh Waters Community Centre and headed up the M1. A welcome cup of coffee was had at a park in Beenleigh. Then we drove through the outskirts of Brisbane city. Phil, our bus driver, suggested we take in Mt Coot-tha Lookout, which we did. We all agreed that it was a long time since we had been to the lookout. Next stop was the gardens. A number of volunteers were waiting to escort us around the gardens. Many questions were asked and answered by our guides. No1 question was – why doesn’t ours grow like that. The gardens being so vast we only saw a small portion of the grounds – a trip for next year maybe. Lunch beckoned at the Breakfast Creek Hotel and soon we were tucking into a steak. Too soon we were on the bus heading home, all agreeing a great meal and a great day out was had by all.
Christmas in July 2019
Merry Christmas to all who attended our Christmas in July lunch last Monday at The Palmer Colonial Golf Course. A picture perfect day was order and duly arrived. Approx 70 Santa’s helpers enjoyed a 2 course meal—main course and sweets. Santa’s helper Jenny Moore helped pull the lucky tickets out for the 2 door prizes. Bill Burton and Arthur Pope were the lucky recipients— and whose birthday was it Arthur??? The next prize was the Christmas best dressed male and female. The judges took a long time in picking the duo knowing it would not be easy. The winners were Frances Mallett and Ian Levy. A big thank you goes to Col Collins for his great camera work. Soon it was time to put the reindeers back into the stables until next year’s festive season. Everyone agreed it was a great day.
Chung Tian Temple, June 2019
On the way to Brisbane, our Probus group enjoyed morning tea at Logan River Parklands on the banks of the Logan River. We then wound through some of Brisbane’s southern suburbs before arriving at the Buddhist Chung Tian Temple in Priestdale. Lyan, our guide for our group of 40, was well informed, and after explaining about the different sections of Buddhism, one of the Fo Guang Shan Venerables talked to us on Buddhism philosophies. In the Bodhisattva Hall, Lyan informed us about the many aspects relative to the statues, decorations and items in this beautiful hall, which was dominated by a large Bodhisattva statue with many arms. During the remainder of our tour we saw a great Taiwanese Indigenous Culture art display, ‘The Formosa’, in the Art Gallery; visited an interesting Museum; plus the Temple Pagoda, where Lyan explained more about the different aspects of the rooms, statues and customs. In the central courtyard area some of us were permitted to ring the large Blessing Bell. The various garden areas were immaculate, with statues located throughout. We were all impressed with our tour, and from there we went to the Springwood Hotel for a great smorgasbord lunch. Then it was time to head for home, with thanks going to Col Collins for a great day out.
May Walk, 2019
Twenty enthusiastic fit & healthy members plus the Wicks dog (also enthusiastic) walked the Palm Beach Esplanade & Tallebudgera Creek Groyne. It was a great morning to be walking. Everybody enjoyed Coffee & chit chat at Bam Bam’s Kiosk.
Picnic at Botanic Gardens, May 2019
On Monday May 6th, 32 Probians (and half of the Gold Coast) visited the Gold Coast Botanical Gardens for a BYO Picnic Lunch. What a surprise we received. Right in the middle of the Gold Coast this oasis was a secret that has been well kept. The common expression was “I didn’t know this was here”. Parking was at a premium, but a mixture of public holiday, great weather and good company made parking difficult but not impossible. One member was heard to say that he left home in the morning and arrived in the afternoon. He blessed the members and all was forgiven. The surroundings were aimed at the visitors to make their stay memorable – lots of shade, big playground for the kids, flowering plants, and lots of wildlife on the lake. A good and relaxing day was had by all.
Redland Bay Area Trip, April 2019
A full busload of members departed Burleigh Waters on a magnificent autumn morning bound for the Redlands District. Our morning tea stop was at the INDIGISCAPES CENTRE at Capalaba amongst the landscaped gardens, bush setting and flowing stream, with some trying out the interesting balance testing equipment and flying fox. We then headed to the Redland Bay Marina and boarded our fast cat ferry which took us on a delightful ride around Redland Bay, calling into Karragarra, Macleay, Lamb and Russell Islands. Following our short “CRUISE” we drove to the Redlands Sporting Club at Wellington Point where we enjoyed a healthy meal and liquid refreshments. We then returned to the Gold Coast after a very enjoyable day was had by all.
Mar. Walk, 2019
A really good walk was enjoyed by fourteen ENTHUSIASTIC & SUPERFIT members, plus Susie the dog, following the boardwalk trail from Fleays Car Park along the undulating scenic foreshore of Tallebudgera Creek. Coffee and chit chat was enjoyed at Fleays Cafe.
Brisbane City Hall Tour, March 2019
Forty seven members and partners attended the Brisbane City Hall Coach Tour on Monday 4th March, and on the way we called into Logan River Parklands for morning tea. We were split into two groups, and were given an excellent tour of the City Hall, including a detailed explanation of its history by our tour guides. Then it was off to one of our favourite watering and eating holes for lunch, the famed Breakfast Creek Hotel, where we enjoyed a delicious two course meal with tea and coffee. We arrived home around 4.00pm well satisfied with the day’s outing in which there was much laughter and good friendships.
30th Anniversary, Feb. 2019
The Probus Club of Burleigh Waters celebrated its 30th Anniversary in February, with Rex and Fred, our two longest serving members cutting the special Anniversary Cake. Previous Presidents Kevin C, Bill C, Brian H, Barry S & Dan N who are still in the Club spoke on their experiences, plus Maureen M spoke on behalf of Terry M, with Keith C also being acknowledged. Displays for members to reminisce were done through photos in albums and on slides shows, publicity information and past history booklets.
2019, Trip to Ballina Maritime Museum
On the 4th of February 37 members went by bus to check out the Ballina Maritime Museum. The main attraction was the Las Balsas Expedition. In 1973 these rafts were credited with “the longest raft voyage in history”, sailing from Ecuador, South America to Ballina. There is over 150 naval and merchant ship models, seafaring history, naval uniforms, and an extensive range of other maritime displays. The models showed the change from dugout canoes, rafts, to the steam and sailing vessels of today. Lunch called, so we departed to the Ballina RSL where a nice lunch was served. After lunch Phil, our entertaining bus driver, took the scenic route home through northern NSW taking in Lennox Heads, Byron Bay and Ocean Shores to name a few. Congrats to our bus driver for a great day.
Jan. Walk, 2019
Twenty members met at Tugun Surf Club (a new record number). The new Ocean Walk Way from Tugun to Bilinga was a great walk. The house built by Mick Fanning stood out amongst the many impressive beach side homes & high rises along the way. This newly opened walkway, now means you can walk, cycle or skateboard, all the way from Currumbin to Coolangatta. Coffee & “Chit Chat” was enjoyed by all at the Tugun Surf Club.
Jan 2019 Lunch
Thirty nine people enjoyed a very pleasant luncheon at the Currumbin RSL on Monday 7 January 2019. Due to the hot weather conditions we moved from the verandah area to an air-conditioned room inside the dining room area. There was a very friendly atmosphere within the room with everyone mixing and at times the noise of laughter coming from some tables became a little loud. The food was excellent and very reasonably priced. The only reported complaint came from one male member who said (with tongue in cheek) that his meal was too large. Thank you to all who attended.
Dec. Walk 2018
On our last walk a group of sixteen crossed the bridge over Tallebudgera Creek and walked around Burleigh Headland on the nice newly surfaced track, and returned to the car park to relax and chat over hot drinks.
Annual Christmas Dinner – 2018
On the 3rd of December, Burleigh Waters Probus had their annual Christmas Dinner at the Currumbin RSL. Members availed themselves to a set menu which consisted of a medley of roasts, followed by dessert- pavlova or plum pudding – – yum. The members were entertained by a band called Sweet Mixjah. This got the more adventurous members up dancing. During the course of the night prizes were given for the lucky door prize and the winner of the trivia. This led to the highlight of the night. Hollywood comes to Burleigh Waters with stars Charlie Chaplin, Benny Hill, Dame Edna, Groucho Marx, Marlon Brando, Judy Garland and Toto, Julie Andrews, Bob Hope and Bing Crosby. Even though a few of the stars might have passed it, they brushed up well on the night. Last event of the night was the raffle of the hampers. A big thank you goes out to the ladies who organised the hampers – Carol, Lynn and Margaret. The end of the night came all too soon. Everyone agreed it was a great night. A Merry Christmas to all
Nov. Walk, 2018
A very enjoyable walk was shared by seventeen members around the lakes at Lakewoods, Elanora. Much comment was made regarding this pristine and very much unknown area of Parkland & housing, developed by ‘Eddie Kornhauser’ about fifteen years ago. Coffee & Chit Chat was enjoyed at the mobile Coffee Shop in the car park of Tally Valley Golf Club.
Trip to Byron Bay and Solar Train – Nov. 2018
Fifty one members and three visitors supported our activity to Byron Bay on Monday 5th November. Despite a real problem to find a park for the bus, we enjoyed morning tea at Brunswick Heads in front of a not so happy local resident’s house. We then travelled on to the NORTH BEACH STATION for a very crowded ‘’SOLAR TRAIN’’ trip into BYRON BAY. After one hour at leisure in Byron Bay, we reboarded the solar train for the return trip to reconnect with our coach for the short trip to Byron Bay Services Club where we enjoyed lunch and drinks. Our committee also used the opportunity to organise Melbourne Cup sweeps. Our return journey to the Gold Coast was via the ‘’ BACK ROADS’’ of Stokers Siding, Mooball, Kingscliff, Chinderah, Tumbulgum and Terranora, then back to Burleigh Waters. All on board enjoyed a very pleasant outing with their fellow Probians.
36 members and partners set off on a coach tour of South West Queensland and Lightning Ridge, stopping at Gatton Information Centre where we had home cooked scones, jam and cream and fruit platters, then on to Goondiwindi for lunch at the Railway Hotel. In the afternoon we called into Nindigully Hotel for a drink stop and to watch the final quarter of the AFL grand final. We arrived at St George late in the afternoon and checked into the Marino Motel where we enjoyed an excellent meal and then had an early night. On Sunday we went on a guided tour of St George, and called into Riversands Winery for morning tea and wine tasting. We then into Hebel and had lunch at the Hebel Store, and arrived in Lightning Ridge about mid afternoon and visited the Information Centre, then our coach diver, Allan, took us on brief tour of the town and a visit to John Murray Art Gallery. We enjoyed excellent dinners at our motels, the Wallangulla Motel and the Lightning Ridge Resort.
On Monday our guide Chuck took us an extensive tour of Fred Bodels Hut, and we also toured the oldest miner’s camp of Historic Three Mine Flat, Lunatic Hill Open Cut Mine. We had morning tea at Black Opal Tour Centre where we were given an informative talk on opal cutting and the famous black opal. Next we visited Simmons Hill Opal Fields, miners camps, the Astronomers Monument, Amigo’s Castle and the house of bottles. Lunch was back at Black Opal Tour Centre and then we visited the amazing Bevan’s Opal Cactus Gardens, and the Chambers of the Black Hand which is a disused opal mine. We were given hard hats and had to negotiate eighty four steps to get to the bottom where we found hundreds of incredible sculptures which apparently the self taught artist carved by using only a spoon and knife. Some then went to the 46°C artesian spa for a refreshing dip, and we had delicious dinner at the local Bowling Club. On Tuesday we started our homeward journey, and called into Collarenabri Hotel for morning tea, but the town is in a pretty desperate situation with the majority of shops having closed down as a result of the severe drought. On the way to Goondiwindi we had an excellent lunch at Moree Golf Club, and then some went shopping and others had a dip in the hot pools. We arrived at Goondiwindi late in the afternoon and again had an excellent dinner at our motel.
After breakfast on Wednesday we had a guided tour of Goondiwindi and some of the cotton farms in the area. We were amazed to see conditions that the drought has caused, with failed and stunted crops. We also saw one dam that was capable of holding the equivalent of 1,500 Olympic size pools which was virtually empty. We were taken to the Goondiwindi Cotton Centre, and then onto Coolmunda Olives near Inglewood, for another amazing morning tea and to purchase olive products. We headed to Warwick for lunch and a tour of the magnificent two story Glengallan Homestead which dates back to 1860, and is gradually being restored. We arrived back at Burleigh Heads around 6.45pm, all very tired but very happy. We were able to see first hand the plight of the country people and it was quite an eye opener for us. We were also amazed at the resilience of these people with their “it’ll be ok when we get some rain” attitude. Old friendships were cemented and new ones were formed. All who went on the trip agreed that it was worth the cost as all meals, accommodation and tours were included in the price of the tour. Special congratulations go to Allan Foster of Granite Highlands Maxi Tours who organised the tour itinerary and acted as coach driver and gave informative commentary. He was also extremely helpful and nothing was too much trouble to him.
Picnic at Preston Park, October 2018
Twenty six of us enjoyed a relaxing BYO Picnic Lunch at Preston Park, Currumbin on 1st October. The circle gradually grew larger as each additional couple arrived on this lovely sunny holiday Monday. The yummy goodies doing the rounds were suitably dealt with during the day. At one stage two dolphins in Currumbin Creek glided past. To top off the day Ngaire also recited two humorous poems which sh had written, The Cake Stall and The Gym.
September Walk, 2018
Once again, we were treated to a fabulous sunny morning. Walking from Greenmount (Coolangatta &Tweed Surf Club) to Point Danger lookout and back. Several Whales were spotted and also, some Water Dragons along the way. It was good to see sixteen members enjoying the opportunity. The views were outstanding! Coffee & Chit Chat was further enjoyed, back at the Surf Club Kiosk.
Rathlogan Olive Grove 2018
After a delay caused by heavy traffic, fifty seven members left for our day out in the beautiful Scenic Rim country. Our first stop was at The Lions Bicentennial Park at Beaudesert for our tea or coffee, biscuits and anything else you needed to do. Onto the Scenic Rim village of Rathdowney where we had a visit to the Rathdowney Museum and Information Centre, which was very interesting. Our next stop was the Shed Cafe at the Rathlogan Olive Grove. This is situated in the foothills of Mount Barney, and we had a great view of nearby Mt Maroon. After lunch, tastings of olives, balsamic vinegar, dukka, etc., and many purchases of the local products we headed back to Beaudesert. We spent an interesting time at the Beaudesert Information and Arts Centre and again many purchases were made, then we headed for home. The bus trips are becoming very popular again, as we had a full bus, plus four members were on the waiting list.
Bowls Day 2018
Thirty four “bowlers” and six spectators attended the barefoot bowls morning at Mermaid Beach Lawn Bowls Club on Monday, 6th August. Under perfect Gold Coast skies the games were played in friendly spirit with lots of laughter and good fellowship being the order of the day. There were some good bowls and some not so good bowls put down during the morning, but no one minded. There were no winners or losers on the day with fun being the winner. The meals that the Bowls Club provided were excellent and judging by the comments of many, this could be on the agenda in the future. Thanks to the Activities Team for organising yet another successful event.
July Walk, 2018
It was great to see Fifteen members and Two (Miller) Dogs meet at Gecko House, Currumbin, for a very enjoyable walk eastward, down to Currumbin Alley and a little beyond. Then back for Coffee & chit chat at the Boat Shed Cafe Coffee Shop. A group photo was taken with the Bronze Lady on the sea front. Another group photo was taken with the Bronze statue of the founder of the old ‘Playroom’ (Memories !!) The weather was fantastic and not a cloud in the sky.
Christmas in July, 2018
Sixty six members and partners attended the Christmas in July luncheon held at Palmer Colonial Golf Club on Monday 2 July. Judging by the interaction between most of those who attended, it was a very successful day. The food was plentiful and of excellent quality, if fact there were some comments that there was too much food. Jill Crawford won the lucky door prize of a bottle of champagne. The trivia quiz was a closely fought competition and it came down to a toss of the coin between Jan McMahon and Barry Paton to decide the winning table. The toss was won by Jan McMahon whose table members each received the wonderful winner’s prize. Thanks to all the members of the Activities Committee for organising another great activity.
Another beautiful morning for a fabulous walk. Seventeen members walked North from Kirra Surf Club. No whales to be spotted on this occasion. However, a great photo stop alongside a giant Koala was managed – “Brian has the evidence”. Coffee & chit chat was enjoyed by all at the Nirvana Cafe. ‘
57 would be pilots and partners boarded the Brisbane Airport coach on Monday 4th June.
We started with an enjoyable morning tea at Logan River Parklands, just outside Beenleigh. Back on board we made our way to the Brisbane Airport Corporation Head Office where Jessica Shannon came on board and directed our driver around the airport. Jessica’s vast knowledge was put to the test as we drove around the airport and passed terminals and many hangers. Highlight was stopping at aircraft spotter corner. We alighted from the bus and soon spotted a large number of international aircraft (Air Canada, Air China, to name a few.) We continued our tour and had time for a wee break at the International Terminal. Jessica was a fount of information and answered many questions. We said goodbye to Jessica and headed for lunch and drinks at the famous Breakfast Creek Hotel. After lunch Phil our very capable driver headed for home arriving around 4.00 pm. All members agreed the day was a great success.
May Walk, 2018
Good to see Seventeen members, meet for a very enjoyable walk from Miami Beach heading North to Wave St & back. Not a cloud in the sky !!. Coffee & Chit Chat was enjoyed by all, at Piccolo Espresso, Miami Surf Club.
Forty nine members and partners set off on a tour of Albert River Wines on Monday 7th May under threatening rain clouds. Fortunately the rain held off until we were on our way home. Peter, our driver, took us to a nice little park at Hinze Dam for morning tea on the way. He then stopped at Canungra long enough for some of the ladies to do some shoe shopping. We arrived at Albert River Wines around 11.00am and were given a brief talk about the history of the place by our tour guide, Yvonne. We then toured the historical Tamborine House and chapel, with Yvonne entertaining us with more history and amusing stories. Next we watched a demonstration of sheep dogs rounding up a flock of sheep. The majority of us believed the sheep were better trained than the dogs. Some of the group then tried their hand at whip cracking, with surprisingly good results. We then enjoyed a two course meal and drinks and after all were satisfied we headed for home.
The walk out on the Tallebudgera Creek groyne and along the foreshore of northern Palm Beach on a sunny 9th April was enjoyed by 15 of our Walkers, followed by a relax over hot drinks by Tallebudgera Creek.
April 2018 – Preston Park Picnic
“Despite the uncertain weather, twenty three members and partners enjoyed what turned out to be an excellent picnic at Preston Park on Monday 2nd April. Everyone joined in and had lots of fun and shared good fellowship. The home cooking that some of the ladies brought along was absolutely yummy. I am aware of some who may have over indulged a little. We all look forward to having a similar outing in the near future. Another successful Activities Committee function”.
On Monday morning, 5th March, 50 sailors met Capt. Hank of The ‘Rum Runner’ Boat Cruise in the foyer of the Ramada Hotel on Hope Island. Once on board Capt. Hank told us where all the important features of the boat and this allowed 2 of Peter Pan’s Lost Boys to arrive fashionably late. Our cruise on the Coomera River and Broadwater took in the dwellings of the rich and famous of Sovereign Island and the natural waterways of Sanctuary Cove and we finished back at Hope Harbour. The Kangaroo crossing sign in the Coomera River and the luxury yacht ‘Dragonfly’ were also items of interest along the way. After thanking Capt. Hank and crew, we made our way to the ‘all you could eat’ buffet at Saltwater Creek Hotel Bistro. All concerned agreed no dinner was needed that night.
Fifty one members and partners boarded the Port of Brisbane coach on Monday 5th February with expectations of a day filled with fun and adventure. Nobody came home disappointed. We had morning tea on the way at a beautifully kept recreation park in Logan. Thanks to our coach driver our itinerary was changed. He took us on a guided tour through the inner city of Brisbane then off to the Breakfast Creek Hotel where we enjoyed a beautiful lunch and drinks. We then headed off to the Port of Brisbane where we met our tour guide, Peter (also arranged by Wally). Peter has been with the Port of Brisbane for almost forty years and he gave us a very informative tour of the complex and answered many questions from the members. We arrived back home around 5.00 pm well satisfied with our day’s adventure.
New Year’s Lunch, 2018
Fifty four members and partners enjoyed a very pleasant luncheon at the Palmer Colonial Golf Club on Monday 8 January. The venue was set in the beautiful surrounds of the golf course. The atmosphere and fellowship shared by everyone was extremely pleasant with people mingling throughout the day. Overall the meals were of good quality. The Australia trivia quiz was hotly contested with the table of “The Newbys” supported by the Jeffries coming out on top with a perfect score. Merle Knowles was the winner of the lucky door prize of a bottle of champagne. It was very pleasing to the Activities Committee to receive positive feedback on the function after all the hard work that went into organising it.
January Walk, 2018
16 members walked from the car park in Duringan St, Currumbin, adjacent to The Boatshed Café, heading west along to the old railway bridge, just past The Currumbin RSL Club, guided by Rex Dell and then up past a Council BBQ facility, then returned, to cross the Creek via the new pedestrian bridge to the Northern banks and then back South across the Creek via the Thrower Bridge to The Boatshed Café for a coffee and a good old chat. Once again, we were treated to Rex Dell’s knowledge of the area. He advised us that The Thrower Family Trust donated Thrower House for the local Latch Key kids in the area.
14 members enjoyed the walk along the Currumbin Creek from the car park near Gecko House, over the new bridge and back along the boardwalk, over the old bridge and had coffee at The Boatshed Café, where we were entertained and informed by Rex Dell.
Christmas Party, December 2017
Eighty four members and partners attended our Christmas Party at the Quality Hotel, Mermaid Waters with high expectations that the night would provide great comradery, a pleasant venue, sparkling entertainment and excellent food. We managed to get three out of four. Unfortunately it was the food that was not up to standard. It was pleasing to see that many who attended mingled and seemed to thoroughly enjoy the night, particularly “the Newbys”. The Fashion Parade was a big hit with everyone, thanks to the class that was added by the glamorous “International Models”. Also the local models held up their end. A big thank you goes to Junette and Jenny for their tireless work and keeping the temperamental models on track. They were ably supported by Leonie and Carolyn. Also special recognition goes to Lyn Wicks and Maxine Nicholls for preparing the hampers for the raffles. A big thanks to everyone who contributed to making the evening a success.
Twenty four of us had an adventurous bus/train ride to Yeppoon (because of track work) with Col & Jenny & J joining us there. Our ride home on Friday was much simpler and only on trains. Visits to local attractions included a Lunch & Show at Footlights Theatre Restaurant; a bus trip to Rockhampton Botanic Gardens and Zoo, and St Christopher’s Chapel, plus the Singing Ship and ANZAC Memorial Walk in Emu Park; a lunch with members of the Probus Club of Yeppoon; and the Rockhampton Heritage Village for lunch and a great tour of this extensive complex. Breakfasts and dinners were included and provided great times for fellowship, and for three of the evenings we had Entertainment performed by Country & Western singer Wayne, Bush Poet Bob Pacey, and singer Gaye Hart. Other things done by some included a visit to Rosslyn Bay, shopping, and watching the many red-tailed black cockatoos which spent their days eating seed from the pine cones
A total of fifty seven members and partners, including some prospective members, attended the barbecue/picnic lunch at the Burleigh Esplanade Park on Monday 6th November. From all reports and judging by the noise coming from the group, everyone had a very enjoyable time. To set the day off, all were treated to a sumptuous meal of sausages, onions, bread and a variety of sauces prepared by “Master Chefs” Bill and Des. Congratulations to the Activities Team for choosing such a magnificent venue and for putting on typical beautiful Gold Coast weather.
It was a beautiful, sunny morning at Tallebudgera. Fifteen enthusiastic & “FIT” members met & walked around the Burleigh Headland to Goodwin terrace and return. The new pathway & landscaping is great on this ocean view walkway. On route we spotted snakes (Python), fish in the creek, water dragons & a variety of birds. Coffee & chit chat was once again enjoyed by all at “Bam Bam” coffee shop. Great to have Fay H. back in the walking group.
September Lunch, 2017
Thirty four members and guests enjoyed their interstate trip to Danny’s Restaurant at the Coolangatta and Tweed Heads Golf Club. The fact we were the last table to leave the restaurant was probably a good sign that everyone was enjoying the fellowship and the food.
Toowoomba Visit, 2017
On 4th September, 35 “Sweetpeas” joined Wally, our very informative bus driver, for a great day in Toowoomba. The day was all about the Flowers!! We made our way to a very scenic picnic spot at Lake Apex in Gatton for morning tea. Wally pointed out a memorial dedicated to truck drivers killed in the course of their work. Next stop, Picnic Point in Toowoomba, great views overlooking Table Mountain – a taste of what was coming – Flower Power!! Before lunch, a stop at the Botanical Gardens where a great show was on display. A tasty lunch at the City Pro Golf Club and then onto another outstanding floral display at Laurel Park. A friend of Wally’s opened his competition garden for us to walk and admire and ask many botanical questions. A big thanks went to Wally’s mate. Time to head home and all agreed what a great day it was. Many Thanks again Wally.
August 2017 Walk
It was a beautiful sunny morning at Greenmount. Twelve enthusiastic members met and walked in a southerly direction around Jack Evans boat harbour. Following the Tweed River we all enjoyed the running commentary from our Tour Guide Rex Dell who once again shared his vast knowledge of this area. Coffee & Chit Chat was enjoyed by all at the Greenmount Surf Club.
Trip to North Stradbroke Island
Whale of a time!!! Peter our bus driver ensured that the 33 early starters made the Stradbroke ferry on time. A relaxing boat trip saw us looking forward to a coffee break which was enjoyed at a very scenic spot on the water at Amity Point. Next stop at Point Lookout, we were all thrilled by numerous pods of whales and a lonesome turtle. A hectic lunch was enjoyed at Point Lookout Bowls Club. We then made a quick dash back to the ferry. All too soon we made our way home.
Christmas in July Luncheon
A total of sixty one members, including partners, attended the Christmas in July Lunch at Palmer Colonial Golf Club on Monday 3 July. The Venue was magnificent and the food was more than plentiful and excellent quality. All who attended participated in the light-hearted fun of Guess the Parcel, won by Lorraine P, and a Christmas Trivia Quiz. Although the quizmaster set very easy questions, the scores indicated a lack of Christmas knowledge by all. There also was a Lucky Seat prize, won by Lesley M. Judging by the comments made, it appears everyone who attended had a great time and were looking forward to next year’s Christmas in July party.
Picnic at Schusters Park
A good contingent of members and wives attended the picnic lunch. It was a beautiful sunny/cool day. We all sat around the tables, full of goodies, while chatting or laughing at various jokes and stories.The Council BBQs were out of action due to the recent floods, so we all brought along sandwiches, cold food and a variety of cakes & cookies. Col C. coordinated the bird watching, while others played petanque.
Good to see ten walkers meet at Greenmount Surf Club. Thank you to Rex Dell for leading us around “Jack Evans” boat harbour to the Seaway entrance to the Tweed River and back to Greenmount Surf Club for coffee and chit chat. Rex gave us a running commentary on local points of interest and was very informative on the local history.
Winners of PUTT PUTT at Emerald Lakes A good contingent of members and wives attended the picnic lunch.It was a beautiful sunny/cool day. We all sat around the tables, full of goodies,while chatting or laughing at various jokes & stories.The Council BBQs were out of action due to the recent floods, so we all brought along sandwiches, cold food and a variety of cakes & cookies.
Fifty two members enjoyed a beautiful Gold Coast day at Emerald Lakes Golf Club playing for the Putt Putt championship. It was good to see such a large attendance especially a good number of new members. After the game we all enjoyed a very good meal in the club’s restaurant. The ladies winner was Margaret Key. We had a tie for first place in the men’s, not enough time for a play off, Darryl Heeney and David Clayfield-Hoskin. The Bradman award went to Pat Picot. As we only had three bottles of wine and four winners Pat donated her very expensive bottle of wine to one of the joint winners. On a sadder note Allan Morley collapsed and was taken to hospital and we wish you all the best Allan. Thank you all for participating and making it a wonderful day
April 2017 Walk
Thirteen members accompanied by Laila Brydon (Grandaughter, of Chris and Leonie), enjoyed a beautiful morning walk from Greenmount Surf Club to Point Danger Lookout, Qld / NSW border. Coffee and chit chat was further enjoyed at the Surf Club.
Bus trip to Ipswich
Thirty seven Thomas the Tank Engine followers went to the Ipswich Railway Museum. Fast Ken–the tour leader informed us of many interesting facts about the numerous steam trains that plied their trade throughout Queensland. The trick was to keep up with him. Peter our bus driver made good time and ensured we had morning tea after the tour. Having been refreshed Peter drove us around Ipswich showing us some beautiful old Queenslanders .It soon became time for lunch which we had at Ipswich Brothers Leagues Club. After lunch Peter pointed the bus towards home where a group photo was taken as a record of the day. All agreed it was a good day.
March 2017 Walk
Great to see the number of walkers is increasing. Twelve members enjoyed a most enjoyable stroll around the Boardwalks of Fleays wild life sanctuary & Tallebudgera Creek. On this occasion the tide was high, which enhanced the area up to another level. Along the way Col & Lyn Collins pointed out various types of birds & bird sounds. Koalas were spotted in amongst the trees. Water dragons were also to be seen. Coffee was enjoyed with the usual “Chit Chat” at the Fleays Coffee house. The rain was timely, just as we prepared to leave the car park. It was also most welcome!!
Barefoot Bowls at Robina Bowls Club.
A total of twenty four members and partners (and eight spectators) bravely faced the morning heat to try their hand at lawn bowls. To avoid bickering and sledging between partners, they were separated onto different teams and rinks. This arrangement seemed to work well. The purpose of the day was for people to have fun and enjoy the company of those who they would not normally mix with. Judging by the noise and laughter coming from the players there were certainly no doubt that everyone was enjoying themselves. Some of the players showed good skills at bowls but there were also quite a lot of bowls that would be classed as “forgettable”. After bowls all members and partners enjoyed a very tasty barbecue buffet lunch in the Robina Bowls Club’s bistro. The team with the highest winning margin was Keith C and Kaye P with a score of 25 to 5. Their opposition shall remain nameless. Keith and Kaye also won the prize for the lucky winning rink draw.But by far the winner on the day was the fun and fellowship that everyone experienced and I’m sure will be talked about for a long time.
OnMonday 6th February, 48 would be pirates embarked on the Pee-and-Owe boat, Titanic II, for a trip around the canals and Broadwater of the Gold Coast. Once on board we were greeted with tea, coffee and sweets. Once away we passed the up market real estate with their helipads and personal hair salons. Our favourite house was put on our wish list. We then cruised to the Broadwater and drooled over the numerous high valued boats. All too short of time, we headed back and at one stage a pod of dolphins gave us some camera time. Having docked we thanked the ever obliging staff and headed to the Surfers Paradise RSL where air conditioning and copious cold drinks were consumed to quench our thirst, followed by an enjoyable lunch A great day was had by all. Organiser Bill Key
Bus trip to Byron Bay
The first outing of the year was great fun and enjoyed by all who attended. Twenty four members and guests boarded the bus at the Burleigh Waters Community Centre and we headed south to Point Danger on the Tweed for morning tea. It was a beautiful day and all were glad of the comfort of air conditioning aboard the coach. After admiring the view and partaking of the tea coffee and biscuits provided, we set off for Byron Bay. All went well until we met the Christmas traffic on the road into the town. To keep us amused, Commander Des asked trivia questions about Australia that no one knew. Prizes were awarded anyway. We finally arrived, half an hour behind schedule, at the light house and spent an hour exploring the spot and checking out the facilities. From there, it was off to lunch at the RSL where we experienced a plentiful feed of our choice at a reasonable cost. On the return journey the driver took us via the old state highway through Murwillumbah, to Tropical Fruit World where many indulged in their special ice cream. We arrived back at the Community Centre at 4.00 where a photo of the group was taken. Des Wicks Organiser.