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Books By The Beach: Asha’s Story Part One at Bilinga Beach

Welcome to Bilinga, the thirteenth stop on my Books By The Beach tour!

Bilinga is close to the Queensland/New South Wales border to the west and has the Pacific Ocean to the east.

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The word ‘Bilinga’ is derived from the word ‘Bilinba’, meaning ‘bats’. The name was adopted in 1918 as a place name for Crown lands north of Coolangatta.

Bilinga was located on the Nerang-Tweed Railway line and, after the Crown Land auctions, a rail siding was approved for the site in 1919. By 1923 the nucleus of settlement had formed when Percy Henzel opened a general store near the rail siding.

By the late 1920s, the new coastal motor road improved access to the area for holiday makers and residents.

The drowning of a man on Bilinga Beach in 1937 led to the establishment of the Bilinga Surf Lifesaving Club in 1938.

The Gold Coast Airport is located in Bilinga. Despite being situated in Bilinga and across the border into Tweed Heads West, New South Wales, the airport is also known as Coolangatta, presumably because Coolangatta is better known than Bilinga.

In this post I will be sharing with you about Asha’s Story Part One, the second installment in the Paid To Dance series.

Inspired by a true story, Paid To Dance: Asha’s Story Part One tells of one young woman’s experience working as an exotic dancer in Brisbane, Australia. After a shaky transition into the workforce, eighteen-year-old Asha Graham takes a job at The Runway, a prestigious gentlemen’s club in Brisbane City. During the first two years of a five year journey, Asha’s life is changed in a number of ways, as she learns the ropes and adapts to the often harsh conditions of her chosen profession.

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 a free PDF of the first chapter HERE:

Paid To Dance: Asha’s Story Part One- Chapter One

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I hope you have enjoyed your time here in Bilinga with me. Only two more stops to go! See you next time at Kirra Beach!

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Books By The Beach: A Kind Gesture at Burleigh

Welcome to Burleigh, stop no.8 on my Books By The Beach tour!

Burleigh Heads is a suburb that extends north to Miami Headland, and south to Tallebudgera Creek, Palm Beach. The centre of the neighborhood is James Street, which consists of cafes, delis, hairdressers, retailers, chemists, restaurants and charity stores.

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Burleigh Beach

 

Burleigh Heads’ surf break attracts surfers from the Gold Coast and beyond. At the headland of Burleigh, locally known as “The Point”, is a popular vantage point for surfing spectators. On Sunday afternoons, bongo drum players gather in Justins Park for a jam session, which attracts a crowd for a picnic dinner in the park. Many also practice acrobatics, juggling and hula hooping to the beat of the drums.

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Burleigh Beach

Indigenous Australians inhabited the area of Burleigh Heads for thousands of years prior to European settlement. The Indigenous tribe were known as the Kombumerri clan, who had named the area ‘Jellurgal’. The Jellurgal Aboriginal Cultural Centre is based at the foot of the Burleigh Headland, alomgside the pristine Tallebudgera Creek.

In 1840, James Warner was commissioned to survey the coastline near Moreton Bay. Warner named the Headlands near tallebudgera Creek ‘Burly Head’ because of its massive appearance. Decades later the name was adapted to the more genteel spelling of ‘Burleigh Heads’ and was declared a town reserve by the Queensland Government in 1871.

Burleigh Heads has a number of heritage-listed sites, including the David Fleay Wildlife Park located on Tallebudgera Creek Road. Burleigh Headland is part of a wildlife corridor connecting coastal forests south to the Queensland New South Wales border ranges.

The Gold Coast skyline can be seen in the distance from Burleigh Heads. The north-east facing beach is protected by the point to the south and offers one of the best swimming, body boarding and surfing beaches on the Gold Coast. A mature stand of Norfolk Island Pines form a backdrop and are home to native birds.

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Burleigh Hill, with a view north of the Gold Coast skyline

The Quiksilver Pro, an event on the World Surf League, is often contested at Burleigh Heads when the surf is not contestable at Kirra or Snapper Rocks.

A Kind Gesture is yet another short story that put me through my paces. Loosely based on true events, A Kind Gesture tells the story of Stuart, a lonely divorcee who picks up a young hitchhiker on a cold night in Chicago. As their encounter progresses, it becomes obvious that neither is who they seem.

PLEASE NOTE: At the end of this video there is information about purchasing A Kind Gesture on Amazon. My books are not currently available on Amazon. Instead you can download a PDF version of the story for FREE HERE: A Kind Gesture

Thank-you for joining me here at Burleigh! See you next at Tallebudgera Creek!

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Books by The Beach: Call Your Grandma at Broadbeach

Welcome to Stop No.4 on my Books By The Beach tour!

Broadbeach was the first suburb that my partner and I called home when we moved to the Gold Coast in September 2017. We lived there for a year, just 300m from the beach.

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My apologies for any confusion-I filmed this video when I was still living in Broadbeach. I have since relocated further south to Coolangatta!

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View of Broadbeach from the Q1 Skypoint Observation Deck

Once the little brother of neighbouring Surfers Paradise, Broadbeach or “Broadie” as the locals call it, has made a name for itself in more recent times as a premier dining destination, with an ever-expanding offering of restaurants and bars. Broadbeach Mall is often host to buskers, and even an annual blues festival. Broadbeach is home to The Star Gold Coast, formerly Conrad Jupiters casino, as well as Draculas’s Cabaret Restaurant, the Gold Coast Convention Centre and Pacific Fair Shopping Centre. Beachside parklands span the entire beach foreshore and are home to weekend markets and weekly outdoor exercise programs.

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A Little History

The area south of the original Harpers Wharf is now part of the Cascade Gardens Reserve. The estuary area around Little Tallebudgera Creek and the superb stretch of beach to the east was a feasting ground for the aboriginal people of the area, the Kombumerri people.

Apart from moveable feasts, evident from the surviving eugarie shell middens, archaeologists in the 1960s uncovered an ancient aboriginal burial ground at Broadbeach. In the 1980s, the ancestral remains from this burial ground were reinterred in a reserve known as Kombumerri Park.

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The Broadbeach sand dunes were a strategically important resource during World War 2. Southport Minerals mined the mineral sand rutile from the leased reserves and exported the concentrated mineral overseas for the production of special alloy steels and welding equipment. By the mid 1950s, mining had ceased, the dunes were reconstructed, planted with grasses and trees and the land auctioned for redevelopment. The commercial and housing development of the area was led by the construction of the Lennons Broadbeach Hotel completed in 1957.

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View south from Broadbeach to Burleigh and Coolangatta at Sunrise

Built on a site which had been mined for mineral sand, the hotel was often promoted as an oasis in the desert and is in fact now the site of the Oasis commercial centre in Victoria Avenue.

Told in the first person, Call Your Grandma recounts the storyteller’s experience witnessing a tragedy, and reflections on the events that led to that fateful moment in time.

PLEASE NOTE: At the end of this video there is information about purchasing Call Your Grandma on Amazon/Kindle. My books are not currently available on Amazon/Kindle. Instead you can download a FREE PDF version of the story for HERE:
Call Your Grandma

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I hope you have enjoyed your time here with me at Broadbeach.

Next stop, Mermaid Beach!