Sunday, April 29, 2012

The Australian Hinterlands and the Sunshine Coast

Following a great weekend with our cousins on the Gold Coast, it was time to move on. No more 5:00 p.m. drinks on the beach, toasting the end of another beautiful day in paradise. We had three wonderful barbies (barbecues), brunch with the entire family at the local Surf Club, and walks on the beach. But more sightseeing beckoned.

We drove back to Brisbane via the Hinterlands - the area inland from the coast. It is a scenic, mountainous part of Australia. The pictures above of hub and I were taken on the Tambourine Mountain skywalk. The skywalk is a sturdy walkway above the rainforest. I am not a fan of heights or the ability of the skywalk to sway at times, therefore I held on for dear life on parts of it. Hub, on the other hand, enjoyed moving the skywalk back and forth and looking down, enjoying the view.
The following day we drove north through the countryside to the Sunshine Coast, the beaches north of Brisbane. We passed through the Glass Mountains, in the picture above, stopping at various lookouts to enjoy the scenery. Throughout our trip we did some bushwalking - hiking. On one bushwalk through the Storybook Mountains we spied wallabies (or kangaroos, but we can't tell the difference).

We drove to Noosa Heads, the town at the northern tip of the Sunshine Coast. Our idea was to spend some time in Noosa, then drive home south along the coast. Noosa and the Sunshine Coast area turned out to be totally different from the Gold Coast - sort of like the difference between Miami Beach or Virginia Beach, and Carmel and Palm Beach. Noosa Heads is an affluent, upscale beach resort. This was not exactly our kind of town. The pictures above are proof positive hub tested the Pacific waters at Noosa, and show one of the high-end boutiques on the boulevard. Somehow I know I do not fit the profile of a Noosa girl...
April 25th is one of the most important Australian national holidays - ANZAC Day. Anzac stands for the Australian New Zealand Army Corps. ANZAC Day is similar to The U.S.'s Veterans or Memorial Day. The holiday originally commemorated the heroics of the Australian and New Zealand forces at Gallipoli during World War I. The Allies attempted to open the Dardanelles Straits, between the Mediterranean and Black Seas, with the ultimate goal of capturing the capital of the Ottoman Empire, Constantinople (Istanbul today). The campaign failed miserably. Troops initially landed on Gallipoli April 25th, 1915; eight months later the Allies retreated. Over 10,000 ANZAC troops died during the ordeal. Today the holiday memorializes all troops who fought in wars over the past century, including those currently in Afghanistan.

We woke early and attended the local parade and service in our Brisbane neighborhood. The parade started at 7:30 .a.m. - many towns have sunrise services. 

Following the service and breakfast at a local cafe, we drove north through an area with mountains, fruit and vegetable farms, ranches (cattle and sheep), and wineries. Almost everything - stores, cafes, schools - was closed. We could not find a cafe open for lunch, but did find a small market in the town of Crows Nest. We bought a cooked chicken and sat in the park, enjoying our lunch.
Hub preparing our chicken feast.

Sorry that posting has been erratic - internet service has been slow, non-existent, and/or expensive.

I have been posting articles about our Australian Adventure on seniorreport.com. Check them out here.

2 comments:

  1. This sure sounds like a great trip. It hard sometimes to post when you can't find internet, but this made up for it! Love the pictures, too. Thanks for letting me know how it's going Down Under. :-)

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  2. Australia is a foreign country to me, but I do know what ANZAC day is. Sad occasion. Dianne

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