Sunday 13th September – Coolangatta, Burleigh Bongos & Fire Twirling
Coronavirus Lockdown Day 175
1,149 cases: 0 new, 30 active.
Tamborine Mountain Scarecrow Festival
Bronwen and I got up early—leaving home before 7:30. We stopped for fuel on the way, and were at Tamborine Mountain, looking for scarecrows, shortly after 8 AM. There seemed to be fewer scarecrows this year—presumably many had died from the coronavirus pandemic—but we still spent five and a half hours driving around photographing them and were quite scarecrowed-out by the end of it.
Swell Sculpture Festival
We left Tamborine Mountain, and the scarecrows, around 1:30, and drove down to Currumbin Beach. We managed to find parking almost immediately which was nice considering everything was totally full. We then spent the rest of the afternoon wandering around taking photos of the sculptures. It was definitely smaller this year, but still quite good.
After finishing at Swell Sculpture Festival we drove to Coolangatta to have a look at the QLD/NSW border and the roadblocks. To our surprise there was nothing stopping us from driving into NSW. We stopped and had a chat to some police and SES people, who told us they don’t mind if people walk across the border, and that a lot of people drive across by accident and freak out and turn up at the roadblocks trying to get back into QLD, and that they usually just let them through.
Burleigh Bongos and Fire Twirling
After failing to quarantine after our short entry to NSW we drove to Burleigh and watched a large group ignore the coronavirus health directives while dancing wildly to the Burleigh Bongos and twirling fire. We met Carissa and her friend Emma, and ate hot chips for dinner.
Then, quite tired, we drove home—via Coles for some iced coffee, which unlike in Brisbane, is open until 9 PM on a Sunday down here.