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Alexandra Headland Beach

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  • Day14

    Brisbane Bound

    November 27, 2018 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 26 °C

    This morning, Dave got up at 4am to head over to the beach to watch the sunrise, and got some lovely photos. I wasn’t far behind, but watched from the deck of our condo! We were on the road just after 6 heading to the station at Landsborough to take the train into Brisbane, where we were meeting Jeff’s good friend, Chelsea, who has been in Australia for 2 months. Had to take some photos of the interesting place names en route - Burpengary and Beerburrum...? Hmmmm! We arrived in Brisbane around 9 and met up with Chelsea, and after having a coffee, she toured us around this lovely city. There are so many public walkways, green spaces and gathering spots for entertainment, food and drink, and just hanging out. Also some beautiful flowers, trees and plants along the way. The Main Street of Brisbane is pedestrian only with lots of shops, cafes and bars - a very people friendly city. We took the free harbour boat on a tour down the river, ending up not far from where Chelsea now works - a brand new brew pub called Felons (named in honour of 4 freed convicts who were instrumental in the discovery of Brisbane!). The pub is part of a large, and mostly as yet unfinished complex, which will eventually house restaurants, bars and event venues in an area under the bridge which is very reminiscent of Granville Island! We had a delicious lunch at Felons, including a flight of beers for Dave, a beer for Chelsea, and a cider for me - all made onsite - and Chelsea gave us a little tour of the brewery. We left there and took another of the pretty walkways and entered New Farm, a residential area with both old and new buildings and a nice community feel to it. We headed back into town to the train station around 3, said our farewells to Chelsea, and took the train back to Landsborough, then drove back to our condo. We headed over to the beach for sunset, went for dinner, then back to crash after a long, busy but awesome day!Read more

  • Day15

    Its all happening at the zoo!

    November 28, 2018 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 30 °C

    Started the day by going for a drive not far from our place called Point Cartwright, a place we had seen from our beach and decided to go explore. A lovely park, a water reservoir, a lighthouse, and another amazing beach on the other side! We looked around a little bit, then headed for the Australia Zoo, founded by the late Crocodile Hunter, Steve Irwin. Crikey - what an amazing place! We started out in Kangaroo Haven where the Roos just hang out with each other and love to be watched, fed Roo food, and petted by the visitors. We saw a mom with Joey in her pouch, although Joey looked like he was outgrowing that little space. Next we went through the Wetland area where we saw Jabirus and Emus, then off to the Koala Walkthrough, where these cuddly little marsupials were sitting around and sleeping in the trees after eating copious amounts of eucalyptus! Made our way back to the “Crocoseum” by noon for the Wildlife Warriors Show, where birds, snakes and saltwater crocodiles are showcased in an awesome display put on by some of the handlers. This zoo is enormous and after the show, we hiked back to the South East Asia and Africa areas where we saw tigers, lemurs, parrots, zebras, giraffes, rhinos and meerkats! Back to the central area, where there were red kangaroos, wombats, snakes and other reptiles. Then dingos, Tasmanian Devils (fast asleep - not like in the cartoons!), binturong and more crocs and alligators! (Just as a side note, it was around 33 degrees and sunny, so all this walking called for lots of water during the day - sweltering!!)

    By this time, we had to be back at the information area for me to meet with the guide for a Koala encounter... yikes! This is an add on to the zoo experience where a small group spends about half an hour cuddling koalas, having photos taken and learning more about these adorable little Australian icons! What an awesome experience! Our little guy was named Onyx and he was 2 years old, his mom and 2 sisters (Gemma, Ruby and Pearl) also live at the zoo along with about 65 other koalas, who are only on display 3 times a week for about 30 minutes each time - nice work if you can get it! Such lovely creatures, and I was so happy to check this experience off my bucket list! We could have spent so many more hours at this zoo - it’s a definite must do for anyone coming to Queensland. The animals are so well taken care of and the main goal of the zoo is conservation. We did have tickets to visit the Wild Life Animal Hospital, but ran out of time unfortunately.

    We got back to our condo and had quick showers, as we were meeting my friend Katie (who I met through Healthy Role Models) and her husband, Ben for dinner. We drove up to Coolum Beach and met them at the Coolum Beach Surf Club, which is only about 6 minutes from their home. Had a delicious dinner with them, and learned lots about this area, as well as many other parts of Australia. I had met Katie when she was in Nanaimo in June, as well as being connected through our HRM group, so it was very cool to be able to get together on the other side of the world! Said our goodbyes to them and came back to the condo, very tired but happy to have had such an awesome day!
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  • Day16

    Last day in Oz!

    November 29, 2018 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 29 °C

    These were supposed to be our r & r days on the Sunshine Coast, but as you can see from the previous 3 or 4 posts, we’ve been pretty much on the go since we got here! So today we had no plans and decided to take the day as it came - slept in a little and had our coffees and breakfast without rushing around! We left our place around 10am and headed back out to Point Cartwright to get some photos of the lighthouse, the reservoir and the lovely beach. We then decided to go back up to Coolum Beach to explore the town a little. We got up there around 11:30 and poked around for about an hour, checking out the little beach stores and the cafes. Dave decided if we ever come back here, he’s definitely renting a surfboard for the day! We had lunch at one of the street cafes, then headed back to our place and went to the pool for a few hours to chill out! Down to the beach around 6 for a last sunset glass of wine, out for dinner, then back to get an early night - we have to leave here around 5am to drive to Brisbane airport for our flight back to New Zealand, so off to get some shut eye and anticipate the next leg of this trip!Read more

  • Day10

    Weitere Camperprobleme

    January 24 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 29 °C

    Wir sind immer noch an der Sunshine Coast und kommen nicht weiter. Das Problem mit unserem Camper ist leider größer als gedacht. Heute morgen kamen direkt drei Elektriker, die sich das Problem angeschaut haben und sich lange beratschlagt haben. Der Camper steht also unter Strom, wenn er angeschlossen ist und verteilt heftige Stromschläge. Der Camper musste in die Werkstatt und komplett durch gecheckt werden. In der Werkstatt angekommen, warteten auch schon zwei Herren von der Regierung auf uns und haben uns etliche Fragen gestellt und wollten alles bis ins Detail wissen.
    Für uns wurde für eine Nacht eine Unterkunft am Meer gebucht und morgen wird ein neuer Camper bereit gestellt. In der Unterkunft konnten wir Nachmittags wenigstens noch eine Abkühlung im Pool genießen.
    Jetzt kann es eigentlich nur besser werden.
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  • Day11

    Warten auf den neuen Camper

    January 25 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 29 °C

    Heute morgen bekamen wir einen Anruf von Camperman, wie bekommen in 5 Stunden einen neuen Camper! Gut, nochmal warten! Immerhin wurde unsere Unterkunft nochmal eine Nacht verlängert, dass wir so lange einen Unterschlupf hatten! Waren dann gegen Mittag nochmal am Strand, ein wenig Sonne tanken.
    Leider kam der Fahrer nicht gut durch, er war am Vorabend gestartet und hatte insgesamt um die 1700 km zurück zu legen! Abends um halb 7 war er dann endlich da und wir hatten endlich unseren Camper!
    Wir entschlossen uns dann die Nacht nochmal im großen Bett in der klimatisierten Unterkunft zu verbringen und am nächsten Morgen ausgeruht zu starten! Das Zimmer war ja auch schon bezahlt!
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  • Day25

    Surfing

    January 1, 2017 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 29 °C

    Andy was nice enough to give me a quick surfing lesson.

    I managed to get up on the board fairly quickly, but I am still struggling to read the waves, but apparently that comes with time.

    The biggest lesson I learned was, to never surf without a rash vest. After an hour and a bit of surfing my chest and nipples was raw from the scratchy surface of the board.

    Great fun, and one more tick off the bucket list.

    {Roedolf}
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  • Day25

    Start 2017 right

    January 1, 2017 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 27 °C

    For the second year in a row we did a little New Years morning run.

    This is a great start to a year of good choices.

    Unlike last year we did not try to run around the world but did a nice and easy 7km with lots of walking in between.

    Even at 8am the sun had no mercy, apart from the annoying running shirt tan, we took about 2 hours to completely cool down after.

    Nothing tastes as good as feeling fit!

    {Roedolf}
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  • Day12

    North to...... the Sunny Coast beaches!

    November 25, 2018 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 30 °C

    Another travel day, but not too far, and now it’s time for a bit of R & R for our last 5 days in Australia. We flew out of Sydney and arrived at the Sunshine Coast airport around 12:30pm, picked up our rental car, and made our way to Alexandra Headlands, a beautiful beach town on the coast. Had a little problem with the GPS, which didn’t recognize the name of the town, so had to rely on a map 😳😳😳! After a few wrong turns, u-turns and a bit of stress, we made it to our condo, which is right across the road from the beach in this lovely place! Dropped off our luggage and walked over to have a look at the gorgeous beach, grabbed some lunch, then went to pick up wine and groceries. Went to the amazing pool at our complex and grabbed a few rays, then the clouds came in and it rained a little, but we were rewarded with a beautiful rainbow! We went across the road and sat on the beach for sunset, which was actually behind us, since we’re on the east coast of Australia, but the sun and cloud formation was stunning. I dipped my toes in the ocean and was pleasantly surprised at how warm the water is here! There are lots of funky restaurants along the main street, so we walked a couple of blocks to a little Mexican place and I had the best coconut prawn tacos, and Dave had the beef - delicious! Back to our condo to settle in for the night and make plans for tomorrow!Read more

  • Day13

    Beautiful Beaches!

    November 26, 2018 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 30 °C

    So Dave got up this morning and headed across the road to the beach to take a couple of early photos! We were then on the road early to travel a little north of where we are staying, with our destination being Noosa National Park. We decided to take the coast road and stop at some beaches along the way. The first one we stopped at was Coolum Beach, an absolutely spectacular stretch of beautiful sand with turquoise waters, in a lovely little beach town. After spending some time on the beach, we walked back into town and had an excellent breakfast sandwich at a little cafe in Coolum. Our next stop was Peregian Beach, equally as beautiful with little sand dunes at the entrance to the beach - so lovely! We then drove to the town of Noosa, a bigger place than the first two, with a national park and amazing trails. Finding parking was a challenge in the park but we lucked out when we spied someone leaving! An interesting van in the parking lot made me laugh, so I had to get a pic (see photos!). We walked along the beautifully maintained trail viewing more fabulous beaches and interesting tree and plant life. Supposedly, there are koalas in the eucalyptus trees in the park, but we weren’t lucky enough to see any! ☹️. Lots of surfers on the beaches in the park, as well as sun worshippers. We stopped at a place called Boiling Pot, so named because of the witches cauldron effect made by the water flowing over the rocks. Walked a few kilometres, then headed back into Noosa for refreshments and a little retail therapy for me 😜. It was hot here today, around 32 degrees so good to stay hydrated, and lots of sunscreen was a must! We headed back to Alexandra Headlands around 2, picked up a few groceries, then went to the pool at our complex to catch a few rays. Went out for dinner and a walk, then back to our condo to rest up for a busy day tomorrow, when we meet Chelsea in Brisbane! 😊Read more

  • Day28

    BBQ

    April 27, 2018 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 24 °C

    Am fritig bini lang mit eme Kolleg am Strand gsih und hend eusi Ziit nach de Schuel gnosse... Nachher hemmer wieder mal es Bbq gmacht😁😍 Es isch en mega coole Abig gsih... Verschiedeni Natione, Mentalitäte und Kulture wo eifach ziit da in Australie gnüssed🇦🇺

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