Mount Tamborine revisit

0 Comments | This entry was posted on Dec 04 2011

The second day of Edmond’s Australia trip, as per his request we decided to go to Gold Coast.

We had breakfast at the pie shop at Yatala. For people living in Brisbane, it should be a very familiar name. Yatala pie shop is one of the best pie in Brisbane. Because of how popular it is, it was even voted as one of the 150 must do in Queensland too.


The cold one is as tasty as the hot ones

After pie for breakfast, we headed straight to Mt Tamborine National Park. The is a re-visit for me since the photo trip there in Sep. Was going to go to Lamington National Park but it is too far away and takes too long to drive too. We didn’t go to Sprinkbrook as well as my parents has been to Springbrook before. Mt Tamborine’s walks are relatively shorter, easier and it is also closer to other shops etc.

On the way to the Curtis Fall, we saw this hugh lizard. Not sure what species it is but it looked like a much bigger version of those in my backyard.

Having stop every 100m taking photos, it took us a while to get down to the Curtis fall. According to Edmond, the Curtis fall is like a leaking tap. Of course i realise Edmond has spent so many years in Canada. Compare to falls there, Curtis fall is really nothing and not really worth a visit =P

I didn’t take any waterfall photos this time. I reckon i have taken enough 2 months ago. For photos of Curtis fall, please follow the link below:

Mount Tamborine Trip Day 1

Saw this on the way back. Not sure if it’s dragonfly or damselfly. But i wish i have my macro lens with me.

Dad must be a little tired from the walk. He actually looked like a zombie walking in the national park.

After visiting the Curtis fall, we went back to civilization – gallery walk. Gallery walk is much like monteville. You find a lot of interesting shops there, like one that have thousand of clocks and one that sells some antique toys, but you won’t really shop there unless you are a tourist or you are looking for something specific.

Spending close to one hour walking (simply walking) in gallery walk, we went to the George’s Paragon there for lunch.

Luckily it was only a very short wait before we had a table. It was almost 2pm so probably most people had their lunch finished. This one here is an express dining restaurant, unlike the one in sanctuary cove. However, i am not sure really what’s the difference because food wasn’t ready much faster than the other one. I found the one at Sanctuary Cove is actually more tasty with better view. Besides, the whole lunch was a battle with flies. Probably because it is right next to a national park, as soon as food arrives, heaps of flies also arrives. So we had to wave our hands every few minutes to stop flies from landing on the food.

Not sure why i didn’t take any photos for other dishes. I must be too hungry at that time.

Unless you are stuck in Mt Tamborine Region, if you wanted to try George’s Paragon, try the one at Sanctuary Cove. The next stop after lunch is Cedar Creek Estate Winery. Cedar Creek Estate Winery offers a lot of nice scenaries. Unfortunately there was a wedding taking place at the chapel so we couldn’t access the Chapel but only the pond and the duckies.

The lake view from Cedar Creek Estate Winery

Thinking of not taking any duckies photos before coming, i still couldn’t resist when i see some babies birdies.

These babies actually walk on leaves that float on water. I would have thought the leaves are not gonna be able to support their weight.

The front view of these baby birdies looks pretty weird. I guess we are only able to look at their side most of the time.

Baby and mother

Mum was staring at the pond. She thought there was a snake in the pond.

Dad is relaxing while mum is checking out those duckies.

Since we don’t have access to most places in Cedar Creek Estate Wineries, we didn’t spend much time there and head to our next stop a bit earlier – the Polish Place. The Polish shop is actually an accomodation. I have always thought it is only a coffee shop. The most special thing at the Polish Place is probably the Lorikeet and the nice view. From there you can see the whole Mt Tamborine Region. Together with all the Lorikeet, we hardly have our hand off our camera.

View from the Polish Place

There must be a bushfire somewhere around Mt Tamborine.

Same as duckies, i wasn’t going to take photos of Lorikeet. But you don’t get to have such good light always.

After the battle with flies during lunch, we entered into another battle with lorikeets. Lorikeets at the Polish Shop actually feeds on sugar and your drink. Once your drinks arrive, they start to get closer to try “taste” your drink. The word taste probably not right because if you give them opportunities, i am sure they will consume your entire drink. Some even grabbed a bag of sugar and consume the whole bag on the other side of the table. At least, this is less annoyed compare with flies. We all actually found that pretty amazing. These lorikeets are even natural cleaner. After you finish your drink, they will all come lick all the content and make sure there’s nothing left.

We must be quite lucky too seeing a few kookaburras around. This one actually stands right in the middle of the Polish Shop so we can get very close for photos.

Kookaburra is only good looking from its sides. Same as all other birdies, it looks very weird from the front.

My wife must be drunk from her chocolate drink..


The Polish Place not only has a very nice view, you can also watch sunset there. However, since it’s getting quite late (Edmond wanted to have a look at the beach in Surfers Paradise), we left Polish Place just before Sunset. But before we started heading to Surfers Paradise, we stopped by just further down the road. It still the same view but without any tree blocking the view.

Edmond and my wife trying Levitation in front of the nice sunset view.

Nice attempt by Edmond but my wife is definitely jumping up instead of levitating.

Here comes a 360 degree of the view.

Every 360 degree panorame also comes together with a surreal planet photo.

We didn’t wait for the sun to set and left for surfer paradise. However, by the time we get there it was almost dark. Having done some groceries shopping we went for some japanese food before heading home.

A place that we have forgotten – Southbank Parkland

0 Comments | This entry was posted on Nov 19 2011

So, my long looking forwarded holiday began. We had a pretty late yum cha lunch after picking up my parents and my high school best friend, Edmond, from airport. Because of the limited time available, as we have to head back to Sunnybank for an early dinner, we decided to pay  Southbank Parkland a visit. It has been ages since we last visited Southbank. This is indeed the first time since the Brisbane flood in the beginning of year. Apart from the beach area seems to be bigger, there isn’t much changes at all. We sort of did a quick circle around the park. At one side of the park, we found this places where there are heaps of sea gull around. With bird and my 70-200mm of course are more bird photos. 

We actually spent quite a long time shooting bird there. After that we headed to the Brisbane Wheel, now one of the landmark of Southbank. I have to say, Southbank is a lot prettier with than without it.

It’s almost time for dinner after some photos of the Brisbane Wheel. We stopped by Kangaroo Point before we head back to Sunnybank for dinner. From there is a stunning Brisbane city view. This is made even better with the sunset.

Thunder Storm 15/10/2011

0 Comments | This entry was posted on Oct 16 2011

It is again the thunder storm season when summer starts. Ever since it started to get warmer in Sep, we already had like 5 or 6 storm like this, although not as severe. Hopefully people managing the dam has learnt the lesson last year.

Hong Kong – Sunset at the peak

0 Comments | This entry was posted on Oct 07 2011

Some photos taken during the trip back to HK in March. Taken at the peak, which has one of the best views in HK.

Mt Tamborine Trip Day 2 – Part 4

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Part 4 contains mainly landscape photos taken throughout the day.

Mount Tamborine Trip Day 1

0 Comments | This entry was posted on Sep 30 2011

Upon arrival at Mt Tamborine National Park, we went straight to the Curtis Fall. I was really looking forward to taking photos of Curtis Fall. It has been almost 4 years since the last time i took photos of waterfall in the national park at Coffs Harbour. Unlike the other waterfalls at Springbrook and Lamingtons National Park, where you have to walk at least an hour, getting to Curtis Fall is much easier – only 15 minutes walk. The downside is that Curtis Fall is quite small compare with the others.

Tried shooting the Curtis Fall from a different angle. I think we can stay there for a whole day.

Also tried some black and white photos. I always like black and white photos of the bush cause it makes the trees really stand out.

After taking photos of the Curtis Fall, we went for some lunch then check in at the park. We sort of hanging around the park looking for photo opportunities. Luckily, there were quite a lot of birds around the park.

Caught this duck landing on the pond. The photos turned out to be better than i thought, consider it was at least an hour after sunset and i was using iso 12800. Thanks to the high ISO performance, i was able to still use a fairly fast shutter to capture the moment the duck landed

I also find a lot of opportunities for insect macro photos.

A moth i found inside our room.

Here’s something that will definitely be found in a national park – mosquitoes. For some reason, they don’t  response very well. That gives us plenty of time for macro.

Brunei Trip 2011

3 Comments | This entry was posted on Sep 22 2011

This is the second time i went to Brunei. Unlike the first trip to Brunei back in 2007, instead of staying for a few days, i am only there couple of hours waiting for my transit flight back to HK. At the airport, there are quite a few tours for transit passengers. Rather than waiting at the boarding room, we decided to join the tour and explore the city again.

The first stop is a park in Brunei’s capital city, Bandar Seri Begawan. Opposite the park, across the river is the Kampong Ayer, the largest and the most famous water village in Southeast Asia.

Water taxi is the main transport between Kampong Ayer and the city.

The next stop is the Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddin Mosque, located right in the heart of Bandar Seri Begawan.

The third stop, before we head back to the airport, is the Jame’asr Hassanil Bolkiah Mosque. Although not as spectacular as the Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddin Mosque, it is the largest Mosque in Brunei.

Nudgee Beach + Bird Hunting

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Sunset at Cleveland Point

0 Comments | This entry was posted on Aug 28 2011

This is the second time i took sunset photos at Cleveland Point. Sunset is no doubt one of the favourite for most photographer, thanks to the beautiful colour soon after the sun is set. I am in no exception. The only thing i found with sunset (or sunrise) is that the photos can really be quite repetitive. Luckily, unlike the first time at Cleveland Point, this time i went at high tide (I didn’t really check the tides before going =P) and makes it quite different from last time.

Portfolio update: Landscape

0 Comments | This entry was posted on Aug 20 2011

Uploaded some photos taken around Main Beach back in Feb