20.04.2012 - 27.04.2012
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.
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.
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.