To me, the big ticket item for Australia is definitely our beaches. In order to give Aubain and Ingrid a sample of this, we booked a top-floor, three bedroom unit at Atlantis Marcoola for three nights. Our unit also included a private rooftop terrace which afforded us some spectacular views over Marcoola and Mudjimba beaches.
Aubain was keen to try his hand at surfing, so he and I booked a lesson with Heath at the Mudjimba Surf School. We both managed to get a few good rides, and I really took to Heath’s teaching style – though I had a bit of an advantage over Aubain given that it was my 4th attempt at surfing!
Of course, we couldn’t entertain two trendy Europeans without taking them to the trendiest place that we know of on the coast – Hastings Street, Noosa. The Threebies joined us for lunch at the always excellent Bistro C; as awesome as their beer battered fish ‘n chips is, I strongly envied Kristy’s chicken and coconut risotto dish!
We walked our lunch off with a walk along the Noosa Heads Costal Track. We didn’t make it the whole way around, though it was getting dark by the time we got back to the car, so it’s probably good that we didn’t stay much longer. I really loved watching the surfers working the point, especially as with the setting sun as their backdrop. Unfortunately I didn’t take my camera with me on the walk (I had a baby taking up all the carrying real-estate on my back), so I’m going to shamelessly poach one of Ingrid’s photos here instead.
The dark coastal sky provided an excellent setting for some Grande Florida style sparkler writing, but none of us were able to come up with anything that looked convincingly legible! I’m not sure why this is, though I partially blame the sparklers – star shaped sparklers (which we had last time) seem better for writing than the straight-shooting ones (which we had this time). This here homage to our visitors from overseas was probably our best win.
Our three days went by far too quickly! We took the scenic route to get back to Brisbane, first stopping at what is now my favourite place to eat breakfast – the Sunrise Cafe at Coolum. The sun came out in full force on Friday, so we stayed a while to bask in its warmth, and snap up some memories overlooking Coolum beach.
We had planned to visit Kennilworth Falls via Mapleton, but our plans were foiled only a few kilometres from our destination when we found the road closed due to landslip. Thankfully, our day was not entirely without a waterfall viewing, as we had taken a short feeding break (mainly for Oscar, though I had some rocky road) earlier in the day at Kondalilla National Park. We grabbed a couple of photos at the waterfall at Picnic Creek, but we didn’t undertake the 1.5km (or so) walk down to the main show.
Our drive home took us along the Blackall Range, which was just beautiful – I honestly had no idea that we had such amazing scenery sitting there, practically in our backyard! After stopping for a pie in Maleny, our plans to drive home along the Glasshouse Mountain Tourist Drive were once again foiled by road closure! And so, back to the highway we trundled; it definitely wasn’t a winning way to finish the day!
Still, after so many hours in the car, I think we were all pleased to arrive back home and tuck in to some pizza for dinner!