14/06/2010 - 18/06/2010
On the Monday of the long weekend we pack up and leave Noosa. Bevis has kindly allowed us to unload some of our luggage from the trailer at his holdiay house so we can remove some of the excess belongings that we no longer require. We will arrange to get them back to Adelaide by freight, or they will be picked up on the return journey. It leaves us with a lot more space in the trailer and will hopefully make packing and unpacking a little easier.
Claire and Dave feed us lunch before we make the huge drive to Twin Waters (about 20km!).
Twin Waters is a resort town between Noosa and Maroochydore, but we are staying in some self-contained apartments on the lagoon. (Like Coffs Harbour we can use all the resort facilities but are able to self-cater rather than stay in the hotel rooms of the resort).
We decided to stay at Twin Waters for four nights to catch-up with some friends from Adelaide, who just happened to be travelling to the Sunshine Coast while we were on our road trip. Michelle and Matt, whom we met through Jane's Mothers' Group, kindly let us gate-crash their holiday! Tia, their daughter, and Nadia are great friends in Adelaide and their reunion is beautiful - big hugs and kisses all round. It's not long before they share a bath and leave the adults to chat away.
Australia Zoo (ala Steve Irwin) beckons on Tuesday and we make it a big family outing. Not only do Michelle, Matt and Tia join us, but Dave and Claire drive from Sunshine Beach (Noosa) with Max and Oliver to also join in the fun. We have a great day feeding elephants and kangaroos; watching live crocodile shows; petting the goats and pigs at the petting zoo and visiting the tigers and all the other animals. There are also some kiddy rides that are popular with the 2 year olds.
On Wednesday Jane and Michelle (with Isaac in tow) decide to take on the Eumundi markets - apparently the best markets in Queensland. They are not disappointed. The first stop results in some successful purchases and from there on in, we are on a shopping roll!!
While Jane and Michelle spend a small fortune, Greg and Matt entertain the girls around the resort. The girls have a great time riding Nadia's pink bike; playing sand castles and generally running amok.
On Thursday we let Matt, Michelle and Tia have their own family holiday time and check out some local playgrounds.
Friday morning is once again moving day (we only have a quick four-night stop this time) but we catch-up with Michelle, Matt and Tia for coffee and breakfast in the park. Nadia and Tia have a last minute play before we head our seperate ways. Once again it has been lovely spending time with some well-known faces from Adelaide, and we are sad to leave them.