The Sunshine Coast - Paradise on Earth
Trip Start Jul 20, 2007
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The day we arrived, we found the beach filled with dozens of surf boarders and kite sailors all in wet suits, but enjoying the sun and clement conditions none the less (just wait!). It seemed as if no one works up here, or those who do, feel like knocking off early to enjoy the fun of the sand and surf
We stayed in the 'Majorca Isle' resort in a penthouse suite with a sweeping view of the beach front. Our three bedroom apartment also had a private roof top that included a pool, a hot tub and a gigantic BBQ - in fact everything we needed to enjoy this beautiful part of the world. This excellent accommodation had been provided as a joint birthday present for the two of us, by Colin's mum and we are very, very grateful for it!
The next day, Melissa & Colin were keen to just chill out a bit and enjoy the sun, despite the warnings of Colin's mum that a storm was coming. What storm? Why, there's not even a cloud in the sky (not yet, at least)!
We never-the-less went out and did a bit of sightseeing. We explored the Ginger Factory and went to the fabled Big Pineapple Farm. The 'Big Pineapple' was to Melissa the one attraction that Colin had talked about the most - Much like an Australian tourist representative, he praised its virtues: "Be impressed with the wonders of Queensland's Prodigious Pineapple Plantation, savour the delights of a Macadamia Nut Parfait and tour the grounds of this working farm in a steam train!" It did meet up to expectations (well, mostly) and we intend to go back and see it in more detail on some future occasion
In the afternoon the wind picked up and it started to rain quite steadily. By nightfall there was a 95km/hr steady wind, gusting up to 120 km/hr. Up on the top floor we felt battered by the winds and rain and by morning we were starting to rust. Everything seemed some how damp and cold - how could the climate have changed so suddenly? Despite the dire weather conditions, there are no doubt worse places to be held up in.
With the rain beating down, the following day we decided to do some shopping to obtain SIM cards for our mobile phones. To do this, we went to the Sunshine Plaza which is a shopping mall built over the Maroochy River and is by far the largest in the area. We had no luck finding any SIM cards, but it was a great way to spend a rainy afternoon.
The wind and the rain continued unabated for the rest of our time up the coast. We were happy enough though, as it gave us an opportunity to relax and take things easy by playing Scrabble, Risk, (David won both!), reading and spending our mornings having breakfast at the Coffee Club and afternoons watching DVD's or at the movies.
The one day of good weather that we did have was wonderful and we will be back later to discover everything else that the Sunshine Coast has to offer.
Next up: From the sleepy, Sunshine Coast, to the magnificent Gold Coast. Hopefully this time, we'll leave the rain behind us in Brisbane to work on the drought!