Discovering the Sunshine Coast

“Traveling is a brutality. It forces you to trust strangers and to lose sight of all that familiar comfort of home and friends. You are constantly off balance. Nothing is yours except the essential things – air, sleep, dreams, the sea, the sky – all things tending towards the eternal or what we imagine of it.” – Cesare Pavese

Wow, a new country and a new place to explore! Having become accustomed to sand and dust, it took a little bit of time for my eyes to re-adjust to beautiful greenery all around. It wasn’t just my eyes that took a bit of time to adjust but also my ears and nose. The smells in the air and the sound of birds and nature were simply amazing. As well as all this, it was beautiful to see rain and to smell freshly cut grass. I love winters in Doha, please don’t get me wrong, however, one really does notice the lack of smells such as rain and freshness of unpolluted country air as well as (natural) sounds of wildlife such as birds. I instantly fell in love with the Australian countryside (In this part of it anyway).

Being close to Coolum Beach meant that we had access to some awesome beaches IMG_0453 as well as lovely playgrounds. Kati seemed to favour playgrounds over beaches which suited me fine as I am not a huge beach fan, I sat in the park and chatted with some of the locals while she played. we took several trips to Maroochydore as well as a drive up and down the coast. Our exploring fun suffered a bit of a glitch on the Wednesday as during the night, Kati crept into my bed (we were sharing a room) and I could feel she was burning up. I had noticed on Tuesday she was coughing and sneezing a bit, her normal pattern is to develop a high fever not long after. Fortunately I had medication with me to deal with all this. On Wednesday she seemed fine so we went out for a drive and popped into Emundi Market but left soon after as it was heaving and Kati wasn’t feeling great. We returned to base, she had tea and went to bed. It was a long night as her fever kept creeping up within a few hours of taking medication, night turned into day and the fever continued (all normal pattern for her, so I wasn’t desperately worried). I kept her in all day Thursday and by the evening her fever wasn’t quite as bad. By Friday morning it was gone.

During our brief stay, we visited as many places as possible as well as of course spending quality time with the family. here is a highlight of our favourite places:

Ginger Factory – Yandina

The Ginger Factory was pretty much literally on our doorstep, hence why this was a great starting point for our adventure.
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Underwater world Sea Life – Mooloolaba

We took a run to Mooloolaba to Sea Life, Kati had already been to Blue Planet on the Wirral (UK) and enjoyed it. It was fabulous, kati (and I) had a terrific time there. There’s an amazing selection of fishes, Sea Horses, Sting Rays, etc, etc, etc.

Australia Zoo

I don’t think any trip to the Sunshine Coast can be complete without a visit to Australia Zoo. This place was amazing, even if it is a bit of a shrine to the late Steve Irwin. We had a chance to watch the crocodiles being fed as well as Kati feeding the Kangaroos.

We left Australia with a big smile on our faces, not only had we had a great time seeing family, we had also had a chance to discover a tiny little bit of this massive and fascinating country. Some of the memories I brought home from Australia are:

  • Excellent Customer Service
  • Friendly and Welcoming People
  • Amazing Wildlife
  • Most Wildlife would like to kill you
  • Outstanding Natural Beauty

To Conclude

My father went to Australia in the late 80’s, I can remember him being incredibly enthusiastic about the place as he fell in love with it. I went there with his words echoing in my mind. I loved the place (the little we saw anyway) and I can totally understand his love for Australia, after all, what is there not to love? At the same time, I must admit that it’s not a country I would necessarily choose to live in (not at the present moment anyway). As strange as it may sound, it felt unadventurous and too perfect, everything is there and done for you. I feel that where we are in life right now it would not be the sort of adventure we are after. I only went there as a visitor, however, one is always looking for the next move and really feel this is not the place for us as it lacks in the excitement we are looking for. I can’t wait to go back with Cathy one day.


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