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The Rocky Road Trip: The First Leg- Mount Coolum

After leaving the Gold Coast, I stopped in Mount Coolum on the northern end of the Sunshine Coast for a day to spend time with family before embarking on the Rocky Road Trip. I was joined there by my Mum, who had been living in Yeppoon for several months prior to my own relocation there, and who was helping me with the big move from the Gold Coast.

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11 km north of Maroochydore, Mount Coolum is a residential suburb whose boundaries enclose the Mount Coolum National Park (north section) and the topographical mountain (207 m). The name is thought to derive from an Aboriginal word describing the blunt or cut-off summit of Mount Coolum. The craggy mount contrasts dramatically with the lowland heaths and wetlands.

Land selection around Mount Coolum began in 1871, including the future adjoining suburbs of Marcoola, Yaroomba and Coolum Beach. All had swampy parts, but drainage schemes during the 1910s-30s produced land for cane farms and dairying. A cane tramway from Nambour and Bli Bli included a passenger service, bringing visitors to the area. Among various beach-subdivision proposals there was the idea of tobogganing on Mount Coolum.

Coolum Beach’s surfing and fishing were more realistic attractions, and the beachfront population came to a few thousand by the mid 1980s. Developers turned their eyes to the mountain’s subdivisional potential, but a successful preservation campaign instead brought about the national park. Land south of the national park had already been acquired for a golf course (1976), to which Mount Coolum is a stunning backdrop.

Mount Coolum has a stretch of beach further east.

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Mount Coolum beach from Point Arkwright

 

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Sunrise at Mount Coolum beach

 

Well-known authors from the Sunshine Coast include Emily Bulcock, Kathleen McArthur and Nancy Cato.

Emily Bulcock became a well-known poet and was awarded an OBE for her services to literature. Emily was a foundation member of the Queensland Country Women’s Association and a member of the Queensland Authors’ and Artists/ Association.

Kathleen McArthur was a gifted wildflower artist and author and, in 1962, co-founded the Wildlife Preservation Society of Queensland. Kathleen’s home in Midyim, near Kings Beach, was named after the native sandberry, and was the first native garden in Caloundra. In 1967, the first Wildflower Show was held in Midyim and continued there until 1971, when it outgrew the space and was moved to Coolum.

A friend and associate of Kathleen’s was the acclaimed Noosa author Nancy Cato. Nancy was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia for services to literature and the environment and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Letters in 1991. She wrote for more than 50 years, producing a vast amount of work includign an accalimed environmental book titled The Noosa Story first published in 1989.

In 2017, local author Jess Townsend was dubbed the next J. K. Rowling with her first novel Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow touted to be the next generation’s Harry Potter.

Join me next at Gympie- the first stopΒ on my Rocky Road Blog Tour!

 

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Books By The Beach: Paid To Dance at Currumbin Beach

Welcome to Currumbin Beach, stop no.11 on my Books By The Beach tour!

Stretching from Currumbin Creek in the north to Wyberba Street in the south the area is easily identified because of its headlands that project into the beach. At the beach front, Elephant Rock and Currumbin Rock enclose a discrete surf beach. Currumbin Alley is a popular surfing site formed on the bar of Currumbin Creek, particularly for longboards.

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Samuel William Grey wa the first European to acquire land in the area. The first hotel in 1910 overlooking the mouth of Currumbin Creek. During this period tourism and industry significantly increased in the beach side and valley areas of Currumbin, and many of the houses at Currumbin date from the period of later subdivisions in the 1920s. The area also contains a number of ‘fibro’ beach houses.

Generally the area contains more natural vegetation than other areas of the coast due in part to the difficulty of building on the steep hillsides and in part to the presence of the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary- a long-standing icon and landmark at the Gold Coast. The Sanctuary comprises a substantial area of land on both sides of the highway adjacent to Flat Rock Creek.

In 2013, Currumbin was named Australia’s cleanest beach. At an award ceremony at Coogee Beach in western australia, the national organisation Keep Australian Beautiful crowned Currumbin with the prestigious title.

In this post I’m sharing with you about the Paid To Dance series.

Spanning three books, the Paid To Dance series provides a comprehensive insight into the stripping industry, from its origins to its modern day evolution.

The first installment, Stripping Past & Present, is a collection of stories from women who have worked as exotic dancers in Australia and overseas.

The second and third installments, Asha’s Story Part One and Part Two, focuses in on one young woman’s experience working as an exotic dancer in Brisbane and Melbourne.

The series was published between 2016-2018, after many years of ongoing research and writing.

PLEASE NOTE: At the end of this video there is information about purchasing the Paid To Dance books on Amazon/Kindle. My books are not currently available on Amazon/Kindle. Instead you can download FREE PDF Excerpts in the coming posts.

I hope you have enjoyed your time here with me at CurrumbinΒ  Beach. Next stop, Tugun Beach!

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Books By The Beach: The New Neighbours at The Spit/Main Beach

Welcome to The Spit!

The Southport Spit is a neighbourhood within the northern end of Main Beach. A permanent sand spit separates the Southport Broadwater from the Pacific Ocean. The Spit is also a popular dog beach, with a large protected cove on the Broadwater and the uninhabited surfside sands of the northern tip of Southport.

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Dogs playing near the sand pumping jetty at The Spit

The Spit was formed between 1897 and 1898, a product of longshore drift when high seas broke through a small area of land called Jumpinpin on Stradbroke Island.

During the 1940s the Southport Yacht Club gew and added marina facilities to the increasing number of private boats wanting to moor on the Spit’s eastern side of the Broadwater. Since the 1950s and ’60s, the local prawning industry used The Spit for their berth. The Spit continued to develop, with tourist attractions opening in the 1960s.

The Spit is home to the Sea World theme park and resort, the Sheraton Mirage Resort and Spa, as well as the Palazzo Versace hotel. On the end of The Spit is the Gold Coast Sand Pumping Jetty, a popular destination for fishermen and part of the Gold Coast Seaway’s Sand Bypassing System.

Pedestrians and cyclists explore the Spit via the Gold Coast Oceanway and the Federation Walk.

Here at The Spit I’m going to tell you about my short story collection The New Neighbours.

PLEASE NOTE: At the end of this video there is information about purchasing The New Neighbours on Amazon. My books are not currently available on Amazon. Instead you can download a PDF version of the title story for FREE at the end of this post.

The New Neighbours is a collection of eight psychological suspense short stories, exploring the secrets hidden behind closed doors, and the dark side of the human psyche. In the title story, a curious teenager uncovers a sinister neighbourhood secret when he loses his football over the fence. In A Kind Gesture, a lonely divorcee picks up a young hitchhiker, but all is not as it seems. The New Neighbours is a mix of twisted stories and unsettling characters, compiled into a cleverly written short fiction collection.

Download the title story from the collection HERE:

The New Neighbours PDF (Short Story Only)

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I hope you have enjoyed your time here with me at The Spit. Next stop, Surfers Paradise!