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.