Friday 20th September, (Sunshine Coast/Coolum Beach).
A leisurely drive down the coast was the order of the day, but it turned out too leisurely and we did not get to the southern end. We will no doubt be back here some day so I guess something will be left for next time.
The Sunshine Coast is not what I expected, I was told that it is different than the Gold Coast but I guess I still expected it to be somewhat similar. The main difference I noticed is that apart from the Maroochydore area established housing is restricted to very close proximity to the coast where the Gold Coast is spread out inland a lot further. It was a strange feeling driving along the Motorway, only a couple of kilometres from the coast, and it seemed like one could have been anywhere in a remote area.
There seems to be heaps to do here so I think we are going to enjoy returning here several times. If one were to stay at different parks there would be no trouble filling in time whenever we return.
After finding out more about the climb up Mt Coolum to a lookout Linda is already having reservations about the climb, but we will see when we get there, Probably Sunday, as tomorrow is a tour of the Hinterland.
Thursday 19th September, (Sunshine Coast/Coolum Beach).
We had a trip to Noosa Heads for a look around today, and boy is that a big money area. It is an area that one could easily find things to do no matter what ones preferences would be; activities are very diverse, especially in the boating field. We intend returning again for a day trip as the Noosa Heads National Park have numerous walks and if the short one we went on today was any example, they should be very interesting.
We were talking today with a couple we met earlier at Rollingstone about a lookout a little south of here, Mt Coolum, that offers spectacular views of the entire Sunshine Coast. We had intended to visit it and are aware that it is a little steep, but when they said that she stopped at the sheer rock face section Linda cringed as if to say that’s it I’m not going, but we will go there and find out for ourselves.
School holidays have started and Linda has already commented that the park is filling up with “bratty kids”. I guess they are entitled to travel as much as we are so if they are a problem we will just have to grin and bear it.
Wednesday 18th September, (Sunshine Coast/Coolum Beach).
We made an early start this morning and what a difference it made, we had left by 8:30 instead of 10:00. Firstly the thing we noticed was all the caravans on the road, most must travel before the hour of 11AM. The cooler morning air makes a difference to the car performance, as its temperature does not rise as much. I also noticed that I had so much spare time at the end of the day after setting up, and it was nice to have some time to catch a nap.
We are quite happy with the decision of selecting the caravan park we had. It is situated on the beach, close to shops and is of a standard one would expect being an FPA park. It is one of a group of parks run by the Maroochy Shire council and it would be interesting to see if the others are of equal quality. They are more toward the centre of the Sunshine coast at Maroochydore and the reason we didn’t select one of these is because of the school holidays with people everywhere, especially in that area. This is of coarse only an assumption though as we have never been here before and don’t really know any better.
News from Matthew today reveals that it is doubtful as to whether they are now coming to Brisbane this month, yet another of the plans for the year that has fallen through. They are having several problems at the moment that will prevent them from coming, Louisa’s father is in hospital, not very well at all and she does not want to leave him at the moment, they have to vacate there house soon and don’t have anywhere to move to, and of coarse there usual problem is finances. Matthew suggested that maybe he will come on his own, and bring Jay, so it looks as though we will, or can be, in Brisbane then anyway so whatever happens is of no real problem.
Tuesday 17th September, (Hervey Bay).
The Sunshine Coast tomorrow, and an old problem has once again cropped up; School holidays start on Friday and we will be in an area that will be inundated with holidaymakers from Brisbane. The other ill side effect of these holidays is the increase in costs of caravan parks. It’s a pity that we, as travellers, are caught up with increased costs because holidaymakers invade the area that we wish to visit. The other problem as well, is finding a park that has room. This is especially a problem when we haven’t been to the area before.
Whilst looking for parks today I stumbled across one at Yandina, a small town west of the Sunshine Coast that provided facilities galore and is super cheap. The price led me to start enquiring as to why it was so cheap and one suggestion was that it is the park that appeared on TV a week or so ago that featured strange things happening. The complaints were by permanents against management, who seem to want to get rid of them. Whether this is that park or not, we decided that there must be some reason that it is so cheap, so we selected a park at Coolum Beach, a little dearer but we know what to expect.
Sunday 15th September, (Hervey Bay).
After yesterday deciding to move on to Hervey Bay today I realised that the Queensland 500 car race was on today and I would normally sit and watch it. The solution was to get an early start so we could part set up so I could sit and watch it. We also needed an early start so we could first select the park to stay at; as it was quite obvious the choice was going to be difficult. There are in the order of 25 caravan parks in the Hervey Bay area, so which one would be the correct selection.
All worked out in the end as our process of elimination proved to be successful once again, and after driving around the district to get a perspective of the area, and the parks, we ended up selecting what was our second choice. The time taken to drive around looking somewhat limited set-up time once we had settled, but it turned out I had ample time to set up in time for the race.
I mentioned to Linda later in the afternoon that I was surprised to have that feeling that some parks give of comfort and the feel of being where we could easily spend quite some time. A look around the area, and a couple of days here will reveal if the feeling is genuine.
Monday 16th September, (Hervey Bay).
A drive around the area today left us with a simple attitude of Hervey Bay: Apart from being the gateway to Fraser Island, Hervey Bay really has nothing else to offer except being a nice place to relax in a calm seaside area. The sea in the immediate vicinity is apparently always calm as Fraser Island acts as a giant breakwater and there is never any surf on these beaches. I suppose this would make it a great spot for fishing, if one owned a boat, as the water is always reasonably calm.
We have booked in here for 3 days so I guess this will allow a full day for relaxing tomorrow. In hindsight it would have paid to only stay here for the two days to give us an extra day to get to Brisbane, but that’s the way it goes, eh.