I've always thought it was a sin not to explore the surroundings of a place I'm visiting, regardless of how seemingly droll or uninteresting it is. So - a day after visiting Southport (Gold Coast's CBD), with Girlie going to work, I opted to stay home so I could explore Oyster Cove Promenade, a community in the suburb of Helensvale.
Oyster Cove, you see, is one of the four localities of the Helensvale suburb; the three others are River Links, Coombabah Lake and Monterey Keys (the closest from Oyster Cove).
Personally, I couldn't wait to explore the area. Once Girlie drove away, I walked around the very quiet neighborhood. Well appointed homes beside the lake grace the area. RV vans were on sight. And instead of cars, yachts were a common fixture at every lawns. How's that for a residential facade? Only in Helensvale.
|Girlie's rose bush which I started watering on a daily basis.|
Helensvale's integrated communities are well planned, but the shops are a bit distant from most residences. You have to ring a taxi if you require one as there aren't any plying the mostly-deserted roads. Every household needs a car. While roaming around, I came to a gated community, the Serenity Shores which has 24-hour security and surveillance cameras.
With a man-made body of water dotting almost every cranny, there's always a quiet spot for when you need to gather your thoughts; an pensive corner to breathe the air and smell the flowers... so what do you need a park for? Having said that, the place is spotless - not a litter in sight. Unfortunately, you shall bask on an acute sense of isolation, as though you slept through a catastrophic event that dissipated most of the world's population - and you're its only survivor.
But if that were the case, you can be sure, you wouldn't mind being marooned in a place like Oyster Cove Promenade.
This is the Eye in the Sky!
|This small strip of land with a slide is the community's playground set beside the placid lake.|
|"Quiet" is an understatement for these very clean streets.|