The home leg

Trip Start Dec 30, 2008
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Trip End Sep 2009


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Friday, October 9, 2009

I am now writing this entry, post travelling. We did the trip from Cairns to Queensland's Sunshine Coast in three weeks.  We stopped at some beautiful & memorable spots.  Rollingstone Beach was an idyllic camp.  We were right on the beach, the weather was perfect & our little family enjoyed a bit of 'quiet time’ after the busyness of Palm Cove.  The prawns we bought off the trailer there were the best I’ve ever had and the local pineapples were beaut!  Days spent sitting in the dappled sun, a line in the water…kids building sand castles & digging holes, happy as.

Magnetic Island…we spent 5 nights here I think.  The trip over with the camper trailer was worth it.  Not much fishing or snorkelling to be had whilst we were there, but the walks & the scenery were brilliant & the local vibe & sunsets very worthy.  Our neighbours in the campsite were good value too, & together we drank our wine out of coffee cups to avoid the park rangers rousing on us.  A unique rule here; ‘no byo alcohol into campgrounds’ (??!!#@)    We decided that rule was for all the backpackers & not us professional campers!  Magnetic island was about the whole place in the country there were no grey nomads! 

At Mission Beach we met up again with the McCorkindales.  Despite the grumpy caretaker, we managed to secure the very last campspots in the council campground (easily the best location) even if we did end up camping on the basketball courts.  The Barrets joined us here too after a couple of nights. From here we experienced Tully (home of the big gumboot) & M & I managed to get away by ourselves for an early morning walk through the national park & had the absolute pleasure (& scare) of meeting 2 oncoming casuaries (on a trail only wide enough for single file!) .  They were coming up when we were going down.  They didn’t see us until the very last minute & they really didn’t like having to give way!  I hid behind M until we were well clear as they kept advancing quickly towards us & then retreating again.

In Ingham we caught up with old mate Grossi, who i really think will become 'the Don' there one day!  It was really good to see him doing so well.  Airlie Beach was spectacular.  Just like the postcards & the campground we stayed in (a cheap one out of town a bit) was on a river & had live music every arvo on the banks.  What a treat.

Yeppoon was a little disappointing.  We had been recommended a spot to camp in ‘Red Rock’ campground but the weather was poor & the mossies were bad.  We got there late & there was nothing around, so it became a one nighter…

Seventeen Seventy was beautiful despite the sandflies.  We were amazed that there was not a single spot on the beach there to spend a cent.  There was a closed down pub that was up for tender there though, and when the Barretts joined us there, we entertained ideas & plans that we were going to buy it & make a motsa.  Dream on!

From there we travelled to Hervey Bay.  Wow…a major difference in this town since last we were there (maybe 10years ago!)  This place is a metropolis now.  Boom town.

We were still with the Barretts in Hervey Bay, but they departed early to get the best of some surf time in Coolum.  We sort of dallied  a while.  M was determined to stay until he caught a fish off the pier (we made do with squid in the end…my preferred dinner anyway!) and we sort of knew this was to be our last camp.    No wonder we were a litte sad to break camp here, however appealing the thought of a shower with no thongs on! Our next stop was Noosa where old mates Ross & Gabs were going to put us up.

And that is about where our camping trip ended.  The rest, as they say, is history.  Happy endings all around though.  Our first weeks back in the Sunshine Coast/Brisbane area were made easy, with our friends in Noosa opening their home to usand our feral children, and also M’s brother Jeremy & his wife Ana (who we hadn’t seen since Squeaky Bay S.A.!) letting us base ourselves in the middle of their renovation project in Shorncliff.  M&I spent a harrowing couple of weeks looking at every bit of real estate for sale in the Noosa hinterland.  This was our chosen place to settle & bring up our boys.  After looking at absolutely everything  & not finding what we wanted (at our price range anyway!) we were adjusting to the idea that we would need to rent for the short term.  Then on our last afternoon of house hunting, we were shown a property we both just fell for.  It was a Thursday afternoon & it was going to auction on Saturday!  We had promised my sister we would visit them in Lennox Head though, so Friday morning we were headed down the coast.  We loved the Byron hinter too & were still not ruling it out entirely.  After 2 sleepless nights though, M&I both had the same idea in our heads – lets go to the auction!

We hightailed it back up the coast, with J&A and my mum along for support.  I was totally sleep deprived & harrowed by this stage & happily agreed to leave M at the auction and go & have coffee with mum & the boys.  The auction was absolutely packed & I resigned myself to the idea that it wasn’t going to happen.  However, my husband was Mr Cool himself and totally wore out the other bidders, setting a local auction record (the most bids – a total of 80 or something!) & still managed to get a steal!   We now have our little bit of country, close to the beach.  We moved in 3 weeks later (a quick settlement’s a good one!).  The first couple of weeks we had plenty of help warming the house, with the Millers & the McCorkindales camping on the lawn.  What a blast!  And J started term 4 prep at the local primary school this week.  But that’s a whole new story….

For now, the honeymoon is over & what a honeymoon it has been!  The first 10 months of our married lifes together in wonderful circumstance.  We count our blessings regularly.  Thank you Australia.

Now, it’s time to get back to work and to enjoy being back around old friends & family…!

xoxoxoxLoz
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