I know it has been ages and ages since I last wrote a post and for that I’m sorry. As most of you know my boyfriend Braden met up with me in mid-December and we immediately set out on a week long camper-van road trip around the Sunshine Coast. Our first stop was in Mooloolaba for lunch and a brief stroll down the beach. We spent our first night in Noosa (I just had to go back) in a very cheap and unpowered camper site, which kind of sucked since all of our electronics happened to all die that day of course. For our first full day in Noosa we decided to hike through the same National Park that Grace and I previously hiked through only this time we went all the way down to the beach in Alexandria Bay. The beach ended up being a clothing optional beach so needless to say we saw a few naked grannies and grandpas wandering around (we however chose to remain clothed). After Noosa we drove further up the coast to Rainbow Beach, a sleepy little town that serves as the less busy gateway to Fraser Island. We stayed in a fantastic camper park right behind the main strip and directly across from the beach. Since our camper did not have 4 wheel drive we decided to book a day tour out to Fraser Island. On our day trip we saw a few dingos, tons of dead jellyfish, the shipwrecked S.S. Maheno, swam in Lake McKenzie, and wadded down Eli Creek.
We left Rainbow beach early the next day to head to the small town of Tin Can Bay in order to feed some dolphins that come in every day for breakfast. We spent the rest of that day making our way first through the town of Gympie then down the highway and through the hills and valleys of the inner part of the Sunshine Coast on route to Monteville. My dad recommended we check out this little sleepy hill town that boasted tons of B&Bs, quirky gift shops and lots of little restaurants. We had a wander through the little town and grabbed some lunch there before continuing down to our next camper site for the night. The other town my dad suggested we check out was Maleny which was just a little ways up the road from our camper site and we decided to pop into a local winery for a tasting (and a little shopping) on the way. The town of Maleny itself is quite small and very eco-orientated, boasting lots of organic stores and vegan restaurants. Our final stop along the Sunshine coast was Caloundra for a late breakfast but we didn’t stay long because storm clouds began rolling in.
Our last night in the camper was spent in a small camper park off a back road in Yatala, just south of Brisbane. The reason we stayed at such a random place was because of its proximity to a drive-in movie theatre which I had never been to before. We saw Anchorman 2 and Hunger Games 2 all from the comfort of our camper van’s bed, such a perfect date night. Our final day was spent at the Warner Brothers Movie World theme park for a day full of rides.
So the night of my last post in Byron Bay ended with a massive thunderstorm that raged for two hours and gave us a pretty dramatic light show. We were supposed to go out that night but when the power went out because of the storm we changed our minds, that didn’t stop the schoolies kids though (basically australian grade 12 grad trip). The next morning we packed our bags and said a tearful goodbye to byron’s lovely beach and hopped on the Greyhound to Brisbane. The 4 hour bus ride wasn’t too bad and provided some cool views of the gold coast. Upon arrival in Brisbane we were greeted at the bus terminal by my dad which was really really awesome, so good to see him again after all this years. We quickly checked in to our room at the Brisbane City YHA and then my dad whisked us off to the best meal we have had in Australia! The next morning we made ghetto pancakes in a shake bottle at the hostel which turned out ok (despite some interesting cooking equipment). We spent the day road tripping around Brisbane with my dad who took us to the biggest mall in Australia (pretty sure yorkdale and sherway could fit inside), for a sushi lunch, and a few drinks at his favourite spots. We also stopped for a visit with my nana who is still up and moving at 98 (!!), it was so lovely to see her again. That night Grace and I went for a walk around the neighbourhood of our hostel and made a yummy pasta dinner (cause we are old ladies and never party lol). Next morning after epically failing at making pancakes we discovered that the cafe in the hostel makes amazing breakfast (we will be going back for the waffles next time!). Dad then picked us up and drove us up the Sunshine coast towards Noosa, stopping at a cool pub that has a car on its roof!! Upon arriving in Noosa we discovered that our hostel had lied to us and was actually in the middle of nowhere so luckly my father came to the rescue and switch us into a hotel right in the centre of town and two minutes walk to the beach. We had a delicious lunch at the beach club overlooking the ocean where I bought my dad his first drink from me. That night we took advantage of the tv in our room and curled up watching The Great Gatsby. We spent our full day in Noosa checking out the nearby shops and then hitting the beach and hotel pool, such a perfectly relaxing day. That evening we decided to hike out to a view point in the nearby national park to get some amazing sunset views. After reaching Hell’s Gates and taking a billion photos we started to head back towards town when Grace realized that she might have lost her passport. With the sun rapidly setting we ran back out to the viewpoint to look but found nothing. We walked back through the very dark park arm in arm with my phone out as a flashlight terrified that we were in some horror movie. Returning to the room we discovered that Grace’s brain was smart and left her passport safely in the room, phew! That night we pigged out on pizza hut and had an early night before heading to the airport in the am for our flights to Cairns (where we are now but I will update later with a full post about that).