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Alexandra Headland Beach

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  • Day5

    Mother's Day

    May 12, 2019 in Australia ⋅ 🌬 20 °C

    We had a great day - a Mother's Day lunch and gathering. We started the day with a special breakfast from Miles - waffles, fruit - strawberries, kiwifruit and raspberries - and cream too. We gave Mum a bunch of flowers. Before everyone arrived we visited Nathan & Caroline's new flat, which is just around the corner on a canal. Then we visited the new house that Meghan & Dominic have just moved too.
    For lunch we had all of the above and Caroline's parents. We have a big lunch - roast, vegies etc.

    It was great to see them all and catch up.
    Tomorrow we leave for Noosaville, but before that we need to pick up Mark & Penny at the Brisbane airport.
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  • Day3

    For a walk

    May 10, 2019 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 23 °C

    Friday we left early for a walk. Lynne and Libby walked from home to the meeting place - the rest of us drove. We stopped for morning tea near the breakwater south of Mooloolaba. The sea was flat. Mum walked from the car to the picnic table. Then Miles, Robyn and I walked home - it was a fair hike in the heat so into the pool to cool off. The water was freezing cold. After lunch the four of us went to the movies - The Chaperone.Read more

  • 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

  • Day2

    Warm and sunny

    May 9, 2019 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 23 °C

    We had a fairly quiet day - lazy morning sitting and talking. Did go into the mall to by a pair of shorts for me - had a coffee and bought some groceries. I did get this nice photo of mum while she was getting her exercise.

  • Day198

    Sunshine Coast

    March 25, 2019 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 27 °C

    Heute sind wir von Noosa nach Brisbane gefahren und haben einen kurzen Stop an der Sunshine Coast gemacht.
    Wir waren in der Flussmündung am Hundestrand schwimmen und sind danach weiter zum Meer gefahren. Von dort aus hatte man einen schönen Blick auf die Skyline.

    Kurz vor Brisbane ging es dann noch hoch hinaus auf den Wild Horses Mt Lookout, um ein paar Vulkanberge im Hintergrund und den State Forest im Vordergrund zu bewundern.Read more

  • Day39

    Tag 38: Auf zur Sunshine Coast

    January 24 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 30 °C

    Heute morgen ging es ungewollt um 6 Uhr aus dem Bett. Unsere Nachbarn waren so verdammt klug, auf ihrer Terrasse Vogelfutter zu verteilen. Kurz vor 6 Uhr kam der dicke Truthahn zum Frühstück vorbei. Das Picken auf Holz hat glaub nicht nur uns sondern auch noch die umliegenden Hütten geweckt.
    Wo wir schon mal wach waren sind wir spontan zur morgendlichen Vogelbeobachtungstour gegangen.
    Ein paar interessante Vögel haben wir dann wenigstens gesehen und auch einige Nester des Seidenlaubenvogels. Was ihn so besonders macht? Die Weibchen stehen auf die Farbe blau, daher sammeln die Männchen alles mögliche an blauen Müll (Deckel von Flaschen, Strohhalme etc.) und dekorieren damit den Bau. Der ganze Müll wird dann auch nicht einfach nur hingelegt sondern so lange hin und her arrangiert, bis der Vogel mit dem Gesamtresultat zufrieden ist.
    Zwischendrin hat sich auch ein „Rotbeinfilander“ gezeigt, eine relativ kleine Känguru-Art die vom Gesicht her einem Quokka ähnelt mit dem Körper eines Wallaby.
    Zum Abschluss der Tour gab es dann nochmal reichlich Vogelfutter in die Hand. Elmar der Vogelflüsterer hatte teilweise 4 Papageien auf sich sitzen, die auch brav gewartet haben bis er ihnen das nächste Stück gegeben hat. Zum Dank hat sein „Liebling“ ihm dann auch noch auf die Schulter gekackt 🤣
    Auf dem Gelände unserer Unterkunft steht übrigens die Replik eines Flugzeugs, das 1937 im Lamington Nationalpark abgestürzt ist, der damalige Besitzer hat das Wrack einige Tage später gefunden und so konnten noch 2 der 7 Insassen gerettet werden. Die Replik wurde für Dreharbeiten eines Spielfilms über den Absturz angefertigt.

    Unser nächstes Ziel heute war die Sunshine Coast, zur Abwechslung mal ohne Umwege. Hätten wir doch nur welche gemacht. Hier angekommen sind wir dann doch etwas enttäuscht. Alles ist sehr touristisch (riesige Bettenbunker) und es fehlt der gewisse Charme und das Flair, wie wir es von unseren bisherigen Stationen kannten.
    Wir sind insgesamt wieder knappe 10 km gelaufen aber haben nicht viel gefunden, was uns gefällt. Also haben wir den restlichen Tag am Skatepark verbracht um den Skatern, BMXlern und Rollerfahrern bei ihren Tricks zuzuschauen ( ich hätte nicht gedacht, was mit einem Roller alles möglich ist 😮).
    Morgen haben wir auch noch den ganzen Tag hier, mal schauen wie wir den Tag rum bringen.
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  • Day10

    Weitere Camperprobleme

    January 24, 2019 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, 2019 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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