I’ve probably left this a little bit late to post about because I have a memory like a sieve and only a week after returning from our holiday, I can’t remember which day we did what on. Hopeless!
All I know is, Caloundra is a beautiful place, and a helluva lot warmer than chilly Canberra! When we left it was 23ºC during the day. Just a slight contrast to the -4.2ºC I woke up to the other day here =[ I really love Canberra, but it’s winters are enough to make me want to move somewhere warmer.
Anyhoo, back to the holiday: Our first day we arrived and just got settled, then went out for a nice dinner at a Thai place, about 100m from the unit we were staying in (this roundup will be mostly about food, as when we’re on holiday we live one meal to the next!). The next day it felt quite chilly and windy, so we decided to drive to Maroochydore Sunshine Plaza and see Toy Story 3 (what a fun movie) and by the time we got there the sun was out and it was an absolute stunner of a day. I think it was that evening we went to Montezuma’s for dinner, which was enourmous and fantastic. Sunday again the day started out a bit cloudy, and as it wasn’t exactly beach weather we decided to go to Australia Zoo (we saw the Irwin’s from afar). The highlights were the little piglets, the koalas (funnily enough, but these ones were actually awake and doing something, not like the lazy sods at Canberra Zoo), and the alligators were actually kind of cute in their enclosures, one of them was moving around a bit and I wanted to pat it. Kind of.
Monday was glorious. It was lovely weather, and we spent it on the beach. I sunbathed and read my book, we had a nice lunch on the esplanade, then spent the afternoon watching the sun go down and making the inlet look amazing.
Tuesday we headed down to the Gold Coast about 2 hours away for a day at Sea World. It’s quite expensive to only go to one of the parks, much cheaper to get a super pass and go to all three (or more), but we were staying too far away to be able to do that. We were so lucky because one of the Dolphins had given birth just in February so we got to see the baby dolphin! So cute and little. We also watched people “swim” with them, which I think would be an incredible experience but again really quite expensive (much cheaper and more amazing in Hawaii, just have to go back there…). Our favourite are the Polar Bears, they are just like big big doggies, so gorgeous. I was also very brave and went on one of the (quite small) roller coasters. I hate to admit it but I’m a bit of a scaredy cat… I will try almost anything but I will be afraid while I’m doing it =P Of course the dolphin show is another highlight, totally cheesy in the presentation but it just so incredible to see how intelligent these animals are and what they have been trained to do.
For our last evening in qld we headed back to Caloundra and went out for a nice dinner at an Italian restaurant a short walk away from our unit, and I stuffed myself silly. Yummy yummy Cabonara followed by a delicious chocolate mud cake, mmmm goood. We went to sleep happy and full!
Wednesday we went for a bit of a wander, I found the local craft store (score!) and JA went hunting for computer bits. Our last day there and we realised if we’d turned right on the main street instead of left, we were smack bang in the middle of all the shops and cafes! Lucky I didn’t realise earlier, I probably would have spent far too much on thing I didn’t need.
We arrived home at about 9pm (thanks dad for picking us up from the airport!) to rainy wet weather and some very muddy happy dogs! Of course glad to be home, we enjoyed our little getaway in the sunshine and I’m now really looking forward to leaving winter behind!
More piccies of our trip can be seen on my flickr stream
Countdown is on, 5.5 weeks til spring!