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Dunwich War Memorial

Dunwich, North Stradbroke Island, Redland City Area

North Stradbroke Island is synonymous with good times and peacefulness. Its residents also felt the heartache that WWI handed mainland Australia.

An Honour Board to those who served in WWI, funded by Thomas Welsby was installed in the Dunwich Hall.

The Dunwich Benevolent Asylum provided accommodation for some returned servicemen at the end of the war.

Dunwich was much more populated during WWII and many more were able to participate in this war. A white painted cairn was unveiled by Premier Frank Nicklin on 11 March 1967, as a tribute to Stradbroke locals who had enlisted in all conflicts including WWI.

Tellingly, the Aboriginal flag flies alongside the Australian flag at remembrance services. Even though Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples were not considered 'Australian' back in 1914, many enlisted, about 500 nationally according to the Department of Veterans' Affairs. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples were not recognised as citizens of Australia until 1967.

The plinth remembers later conflicts too: WWII, Malaya, Korea, Indonesia and Vietnam.

Stradbroke's most famous poet (and activist) Oodgeroo Noonuccal, known also as Kath Walker, served as a telephonist in the armed forces in WWII.

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Burleigh Head National Park

Burleigh Heads, Gold Coast Area
Free Entry
A wild, natural headland in the heart of the Gold Coast offers walks along the rocky foreshore and through rainforest, and the chance to see whales in spring and sea-eagles soaring along the coast. At Burleigh Head, where ancient volcanic columns meet the sea, this park features rainforest, eucalypt forest, pandanus groves, tussock grassland, coastal heath and mangroves.

Palm Beach Reef Dive Site

Gold Coast, Gold Coast Area
Free Entry
Palm Beach Reef, located close to its namesake beach on the Gold Coast, is a large reef of varying depths, perfect for any diver. With sections of the area as shallow as five metres, and other sections dropping to depths of 24 metres, there are lots of different environments here to explore.

Expedition National Park

Taroom, Banana Area
Free Entry
Expedition National Park is like a three-in-one surprise package. Divided into distinct sections—Robinson, Lonesome and Beilba—the park splays out over more than 1000 km2, bristling with rugged white orange escarpments and deep floors of native forest.

Broadbeach

Broadbeach, Gold Coast Area
Boy has bustling Broadbeach come a long way baby. Once the little brother to big sister Surfers Paradise, Broadbeach or "Broadie" to locals, is all grown up, and how. You could start in the surf, with its beautiful beaches, framed by lazy parks home to weekend markets and weekday yoga classes.

Miami

Miami, Gold Coast Area
For 69 years, this relaxed Gold Coast suburb was home to Miami Ice, an iconic ice factory built from two recycled army huts which were demolished in 2013. Even Australian singer John Farnham used this venue to film his Two Strong Hearts film clip.

Broadbeach Waters

Broadbeach Waters, Gold Coast Area
Picture perfect Broadbeach is centred around Kurrawa Beach and likened to the Gold Coast's metropole - mixing Aussie beach culture with high-end apartments, shopping and dining. Take advantage of the rolling swell and patrolled coastline only a stone's throw away and stretch surfed-out muscles at a yoga class in nearby parklands or a day spa.

Mermaid Waters

Mermaid Waters, Gold Coast Area
Boasting waterways with names such as Rumrunner Lake and Lake Wonderland, it's easy to see the appeal of Mermaid Waters, a canal community which sits at the elbow of Mermaid Beach. Australian surveyor John Oxley first came to the area in 1823 and gave it its name after the cutter ship Mermaid on which he travelled.

Palm Beach

Palm Beach, Gold Coast Area
If the Gold Coast had a middle child it would possibly be Palm Beach, nestled between Tallebudgera Creek on one side and Currumbin Creek on the other. But don't for one minute think this destination is dull.

Tallebudgera Valley

Tallebudgera Valley, Gold Coast Area
Its formal name is Tallebudgera Valley but in true Aussie minimalist style, you'll probably hear locals around these parts refer to it as the Tally Valley. However you prefer to wrap your mouth around it, this lush valley at the back of Tallebudgera Beach leads you into emerald-green farmland and natural forests and the relaxed ambience for which the southern Gold Coast is renowned.

Mermaid Beach

Mermaid Beach, Gold Coast Area
Adjacent to its fashionable neighbours Broadbeach and Miami lies the Gold Coast's coastal town of Mermaid Beach, called so after the cutter HMS Mermaid. This relaxed stretch of golden coastline is popular with swimmers and surfers looking to escape the flocks of people.
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