Sunshine Coast

Saturday 28th August.

We had planned on doing a few trips in the area to do some bush walks, but things have been put on holds for a short while. I have taken ill with a horrible tummy wog that has laid me up for a few days. We are not game to go anywhere until we are sure I have ceased running to the toilet at regular intervals. It seems the wog is going around the park with several people having the same complaint, and after seeing what some people do in the amenity blocks I am not surprised. Somebody actually vomited in one of the washbasins last night and this would be an ideal way for it to spread. We also hear stories of people cleaning their night buckets in the washbasins as well. With these events taking place I am not at all surprised it is spreading.

Ah well we do still have a few days to do our walks, or there is always the option of staying for another week.

Sunshine Coast

Tuesday 24th August.

A slight change to plans has once again occurred. Barry and Ida are now not coming to Noosa as Ida has had a couple of falls and needs medical treatment. They decided that treatment at home would be better, so they are going home this weekend from Hervey Bay. It turns out we may have been just as well off by going to Hervey Bay for this week as originally planned, because we now plan on making a trip up there tomorrow to visit them anyway. This will give us a days outing anyway.

We have decided to stay here until Friday 3rd September regardless and give Linda a spell of good warm weather, as it is getting much warmer now, and then casually make our way down the east coast staying in small coastal towns that we have heard about, but have not visited.

We, or at least I, have had emotional changes of late regarding our travel arrangements. I went through a phase where all I wanted to do was up and move again: I don’t know whether it may have been the windy weather we were experiencing at the time, but I have now come around and am happy to just sit here for a while. Actually I think of all the places we have been to so far, this would have to be my main choice if we were to consider settling. It is just such an easy lifestyle here: probably influenced a lot by the standard of, and the cheapness of, the caravan park we are in. It is also so convenient to everything we want to do, and we are now finding our way around fairly well and even locating things like places to buy cheap vegies and meat and such.

We intend arriving in Melbourne in mid November, as the Telstra Super office is in Melbourne and this will give me an opportunity to personally seek more advise and submit my request for a pension. This will hopefully overcome a couple of small problems I could have with timing of receipt of our first payment.

Sunshine Coast

Wednesday 11th August.

Considerations of costs have convinced us to stay here for a couple more weeks to meet up with Barry and Ida. The caravan parks at Hervey Bay are considerably dearer than here, and the travel costs saved from not going up there would mean a considerable saving so we will stay here until 3rd of September, and then head down the coast toward going home for Xmas. It is starting to look as though we may be going back for the two months dictated by the peak period on the boat.

Finances are having quite a large bearing on what we do now as we are starting to “see the end of the dollar” from our four year travel budget. A lot of consideration is also being given to a start to using our super as a pension later in the year, so things do look a little tight at the moment.

We have now decided that we have been in this area doing not much at all so it must be time to do some sightseeing. A trip to the tourist office today gave us a brochure to give us details of a few things we wish to see while here so we can fill in some time over the next couple of weeks.

We went to Eumundi markets today, as we had heard so much about them for so long. The things we have heard have obviously been heard by many others as well, as demonstrated by the crowd present.

This would be the largest market we have been to and, as the story goes, it is bigger on Saturdays. It is rather annoying going to somewhere like this not being able to buy anything. Looking after finances is one reason, but the most important is that we just can’t keep buying things and expect to carry the extra weight in the caravan.

There are also a Ginger factory and a honey plant in the area that Linda insists on visiting, they have quite a deal more to offer so they should be worth the visit.

One thing we have been noticing around this area is a thing with town names. There seems to be a thing with names with O’s in them, especially double O’s, such as: Caboolture, Toorbul, Woorim, Donnybrook, Booroobin, Wootha, Mooloolah, Mooloolaba, Maroochydore, Obi Obi, Marcoola, Coolum, Doonan, Cooroibah, Cooloothin, Romona, Coondoo, Noosa, and there are plenty more.