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Maroochydore

Sunshine Coast

Staying at the Cotton Tree Holiday Park, it is right at the mouth of the Maroochy River, so we have river access on one side and ocean access on the other. Weather is fine, but the seas have been wiped up by the recent low off the coast so we need to go to the more protected beaches to swim.

We drove down to Pelican Point on the Pumicestone Passage, this is at the northern end of Bribie Island, then followed the coast up through Caloundra, Currimundi, Buberim, Mooloolaba and Alexandra Headlands back to Maroochydore. It is very pretty coastline, especially around Mooloolaba and Alexandra Headlands.

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Visited Nambour, then up into the hinterland hills to Mapleton, Flaxton, Montville and Maleny, these are all pretty towns overlooking the Sunshine Coast. From here we drove to the Glass House Mountains. Named by James Cook as they reminded him of the glass kilns back home, the Glass Houses are rhyolite plugs formed by volcanic activity millions of years ago.

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Wednesday we went to the Eumundi markets, these are promoted as the biggest markets in the southern hemisphere. Not sure of this claim, but they were very large. On the way back to the caravan we visited Noosa, walked down Hastings Street and the Noosa Woods at the end of Hastings Street on the river mouth and returned by Noosa beach. From Noosa we drove along the coast back to Maroochydore.

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Scarborough

Brisbane Area

Left home at 8.15am on 12/4 with the caravan in tow. We allocated 2 days to reach our first stop at Scarborough, just north of Brisbane on Morton Bay. The plan was to stop on the road for the night somewhere north of Grafton around New Italy, due to our indecisiveness we ended driving well into darkness, stopping just north of Byron Bay.
Early start the next morning due to traffic noise through the night, we arrived at Scarborough Holiday Village at about 10am after taking the wrong motorway into Brisbane, we ended up towing the van through the CBD at peak hour in the rain, a great way to increase our stress level. The rest of the day we spent setting up and looking around Redcliffe & Scarborough, for dinner we went to the Morton Bay Boat Club and had a seafood platter for two and a bottle of Fifth leg Whippersnapper, a good way to start the first real day of our holiday.

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Saturday we drove out to Bribie Island, this had changed from the sleepy little village we remember from past visits, it is now quite developed, apparently a lot of retired folk from Brisbane.

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Beachmere

Saturday afternoon we had a visit from old friends, Robyn & Crawford. Robyn started work on the same day as Kim forty years ago at Lane Cove Library.

Sunday markets at Redcliffe, since we have been here there have been heavy showers of rain lasting a few minutes followed by clear blue skies, the markets were interrupted by one of these showers. A kilo of local bay prawns ($7.99) by the bay was lunch, salmon for dinner, we are doing it tough.

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Redcliffe Pier

Monday we caught a train into Brisbane, enjoyable day wandering around the CBD, Botanical Gardens and South Bank. Jumped on the river cat for a cruise up and down the Brisbane river. Brisbane is a city for the people with all the infrastructure around the river, walking & cycle paths everywhere, South Bank is a great public area with the pools gardens and walkways. Public transport is very clean, efficient and cheap with the GoCard, trains even have free WiFi.

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South Bank Beach

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South Bank walkways

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Brisbane

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