We were there to visit our friends Russell and Sue who are enjoying a post-retirement holiday with the help of serial visitors like us. Despite the 4.00 am start it was wonderful to swap wintery Hobart for the blue skies of southern Queensland, where at this time of year it seems to be sunny every day with a daily maximum of 22C.
Jean had never been in Queensland and it is over 30 years since I was in that neck of the woods on a post-conference tour. Noosa beats the rest of the Sunshine Coast in that it is more than just a coastal strip of apartments squeezed between the highway and the beach. The point, with its national park, and the river that winds its way back into lakes and mangroves for many kilometres, make a much more interesting landscape. And of course it's a "smart spot" too: all those expensive boutiques and restaurants along Hastings Street, a far cry from the pictures of the point break that I remember in Surfer Bimonthly, back in the 1960s.
We enjoyed several walks and many new birds, including the ridiculous brush turkeys that wander everywhere, and made friends with several butcherbirds who readily accepted bacon rinds from our fingers as we sat on the deck.
Brush turkey. Common along Hastings St!
Lazy sub-tropical lifestyle.
We didn't climb this one, but a couple like it.
Cane fields and distant Glasshouse Mountains, from Mt Coolum.
Jeannie descending Mt Coolum.
Sunset at the beach, a glass of wine.........
Many others enjoying the sunset.
A very pleasant break and we may well join the snowbirds flying north next winter.