Lure of coast with the most still strong

It wasn’t until asked to write for travellers that I realised how indelibly “sense of place” equates with “sense of wellbeing” on the Gold Coast....

What makes up that sense of wellbeing are the usual sense of place culprits — landscape, people, culture and lifestyle, the response of our senses to air, water and sky, walking, architecture and local arts, such as dance, theatre, galleries and museums.

Our wellbeing comes from a sturdy appreciation for all these elements.

Water calls me every day on the Gold Coast. It calls me from my home in the early morning for a walk and swim on Burleigh Heads beach. My personal sense of wellbeing is drawn from the ever-changing water and the shades, tones and nuances of the colour blue. Locals have a ritual on Burleigh — start at one end of the beach, northern or southern, and walk the length of the small cove, touching the huge stones at either end that frame the surf and sand.

These imponderable hunks of basalt were thrown from the volcano to the outskirts of the caldera — Mt Warning in NSW being the plug. This ancient volcanic landscape, eroding for 23 million years since the eruption, defines the Coast.

Not many people in this south-east corner of Queensland are heard to say the “Gold Coast” — it is “Goldie” or “the Coast”; we know where we are and who we are in terms of our response to weather, surf, sand, community and self-expression.

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