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Sunshine Coast

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  • Day27

    Tewantin - Teil von Noosa

    November 4 in Australia

    Von Cairns gings mit dem Flugzeug nach Brisbane, wo ich meine Eltern getroffen habe :)
    Nach fast 1 Monat hab ich also wieder bekannte Gesichter um mich. Wir sind dann mit dem Mietauto nach Tewantin, ein Teil von Noosa gefahren und werden hier die nächsten Tage verbringen.
    Bereits morgen werden wir einige unserer australischen Verwandten besuchen und kennenlernen :)
    In Tewantin selbst ist eigentlich gar nichts los, ist aber auch nur ein ruhiger Vorort mit viel Natur und Häusern.
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  • Day40

    Noosa National Park

    October 31 in Australia

    Heute haben wir uns erst ein bisschen Noosa angeguckt. Das ist ein richtig typischer Ferienort, ein bisschen wie in Spanien. Dann waren wir nochmal im National Park und sind den Coastal Walk noch weiter bis nach Hell‘s Gate gegangen, einem Lookout auf die Alexandria Bay. Die Ausblicke sind immer wieder schön! Ausserdem haben wir einen Koala gesehen, aber nur ganz weit oben im Baum. Was aber witzig ist, da wir mit Ele und Uwe über zwei Wochen lang wilde Koalas gesucht und keine entdeckt haben 😄
    Auf dem Rückweg waren wir noch ein bisschen am Strand.
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  • Day29

    Zu Besuch in Kin Kin

    November 6 in Australia

    Kin Kin ist ein sehr kleiner Ort mitten im Nirgendwo am Land in Australien. Als Tourist würde man nie dorthin kommen, wenn nicht wie bei mir Verwandte dort wohnen würden. Das Land von Australien ist wunderschön und im Vergleich zu uns ist es dort üblich, dass man gleich mehrere Hektar Wald und Wiese als Grundstück beim Haus hat. Es ist traumhaft schön so einsam und verlassen in der Natur zu wohnen, aber ich denke die Schlangenbesuche wären nichts für mich...
    Allerdings bekommt man auch tolle Besuche wie zB von süßen Opossums, die den Tag schlafend und kuschelnd im Schutze eines Korbes unter einem Dach verbringen :)

    Hier einige Fotos vom riesigen Grundstück und von einer der vielen süßen Straßentafeln, die man überall in Australien findet.
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  • Day39

    Noosa

    October 30 in Australia

    Heute haben wir früh die Fähre runter von Stradbroke Island genommen und haben dann Ele und Uwe in Brisbane am Flughafen abgesetzt. Für uns ging es dann weiter bis nach Noosa. Hier waren wir im Noosa National Park und waren in einem Wald, wo wir eine ungefähr 1 Meter große Echse gesehen haben! Dann haben wir noch ein Stück vom Coastal Walk gemacht. Das war ziemlich schön, weil man wirklich direkt an der Küste längs geht. An einer Bucht haben wir dann Pause gemacht und Anni hat sich noch im Meer abgekühlt 🌊
    In dem Hostel hier haben wir auch unseren Rekord gebrochen: wir schlafen in einem 16er-Raum 😄 aber er ist zumindest ein bisschen in der Mitte geteilt und das Zimmer ist eine Art Bungalow mit Balkon direkt zum Wald raus, was ganz schön ist.
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  • Day28

    Noosa mit den Verwandten

    November 5 in Australia

    Noosa ist ein richtiger Urlaubsort, die Strände sind richtig voll mit Menschen. Die Landschaft und die Strände sind wie überall in Australien traumhaft schön!
    Heute haben wir unsere australischen Verwandten getroffen und werden mit ihnen die nächsten Tage Noosa erkunden. Es ist richtig nett manche davon zum allerersten Mal zu sehen! :)Read more

  • Day14

    Brisbane Bound

    November 27 in Australia

    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

  • Day12

    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 in Australia

    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

  • Day15

    Its all happening at the zoo!

    November 28 in Australia

    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 in Australia

    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

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