I got up at 3 am in the morning today and headed down the M1 to hopefully get a good sunrise on my day off. I headed to one of my favorite and popular spots in Snapper Rocks. Snapper Rocks is a small rocky outcrop on the northern side of Point Danger at the southern end of Rainbow Bay on the Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia. 

Sunrise at Snapper Rocks as the barrels are thumping. It’s barely 4.30am yet one die-hard surfer is already tackling the cheeky waves and another is about to enter. In another hour, the water will be dotted with devotees to the Gold Coast surf culture. 

Photographers were dotted across the beach and adoring the southern spot, one of the true easterly aspects on the coast with its rocks, sea spray and the occasional silhouette of a brave soul prepared to stand on the sea wall. The green rock frog, which has sat for decades on the hill leading to Point Danger, waits expectantly for the day to dawn. The air here is 100 per cent pure salt. Glimpse behind you and the sun glints off the reflections of the Surfers Paradise high rises in the far distance like pure gold.

It was getting close to 8am, so I decided to drop into the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary which is filled with colourful birds eager for a feed. The Lorikeets certainly aren’t shy from the crowd with many landing on everyone’s heads, cameras and feeding bowls without hesitation. It was a great opportunity to take a few photos.  

Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary
generously offers FREE ENTRY to view the Lorikeet Feeding, with feeding bowls available for a gold coin donation.

After leaving Wildlife Sanctuary I stopped into The Alley at Currumbin, which has very long rights, well sheltered from the strongest SE winds. Rarely a barrel, it lazily peels for hundreds of metres, just asking to be ripped to pieces. It is such an accommodating wave that all types of surfcraft tackle it making the crowds of longboards, SUP and even kiteboarders a bit daunting. The seas were a little choppy but a dozen surfers enjoyed the morning surf.

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We started our blog “tony&”, in 2015 after our great 5 week adventure in Europe. We’ve had so many adventures, we decided to start a blog to capture and show our family and close friends in Australia and many Overseas on what we get up to. On our sometimes long work days we realized most of the travel blogs we were reading were people who had quit their jobs, sold all of their belongings and travel full-time. While this way of life is admirable, it’s not reality for a lot of people so we created this space on the internet as a way to show others you can have the best of both worlds. We are happily married for 10+ years and both of us have great challenging and rewarding jobs and a house almost paid off. Plus in 2016 we added our Kelpie pup Shari to our Adventures. Travelling is an expense that brings us happiness, joy and helps create lasting memories. Travelling with that special someone in your life makes those adventures all the more memorable. Our Adventures are all about taking each experience, regardless if you know the outcome or not and facing it head on. Its about seeing the world from a different perspective, even if you’ve seen it a million times before. It is choosing to see the beauty from the ordinary and finding ways on how to do it differently. We get out every opportunity to explore our Town of Brisbane, State of Queensland and Country of Australia; Markets, Festivals, Concerts, Stage Shows, Beaches, Hinterland, Rainforests, History and Shopping. We also love getting 2+ hours out of the City of Brisbane to Camp, explore and enjoy the quietness. We enjoy putting technology away and enjoy the company of each other. We have already explored many parts of Australia from Cape York in Queensland to The Great Ocean Road in Victoria. Tasmania, Perth-Fremantle, Sydney, Melbourne, NT, many places in Queensland and Queensland Outback. We have enjoyed overseas destinations in London, Amsterdam, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Monaco, France, Spain, Dubai and Singapore. We also take time out to give back to the community in volunteering. We were privileged to be chosen as Games Shapers for the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games. We also help out many Breast Cancer charity walks and rides. Giving up our time is rewarding and uplifting experience some people will never experience. With many day and weekend trips away we always set aside a major trip each year. We are looking forward to our 12 Day New Zealand Cruise at the start of 2019.


  1. Your photos are gorgeous! I don't like getting up that early, but I think I could for a view like this, too. I'm from the west coast of Florida in the US, so I am used to capturing the sunsets, not the sunrise.


  2. Your photos are so vibrant! Loved how you captured them! Photography is something I've always wanted to delve into as it's a great form of self expression and art itself .thanks for sharing these shots with us!


  3. OMG – I just wish I could take the beautiful images that you do! Looks like you have a great camera as well as some pretty good knowledge on how to use it. Just love the colours and natural beauty you captured here. The surfers and the bird shots were equally good. Love this part of the Gold Coast and getting up that early definitely has its perks.


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