Mooloolaba on the Sunshine Coast is our next stop and while it is further South than both Noosa and Twin Waters we are keen to visit it. Originally we had thought we'd visit Mooloolaba first (then head North to Twin Waters and Noosa) but to ensure that we could catch up with Bevis, Anne, and Dave, Claire, Max and Oliver who were at Noosa over the long weekend, we rejigged our plans slightly.. and considering we're only talking about a few kilometres it's not really a big deal.
We are spoilt for choice for accommodation and end up in the Osprey Apartments which have an amazing view over the beach. Even though it is only a two bedroom apartment it has two living areas and is very spacious.
The weather during our visit to Mooloolaba is a little hit and miss - it's definitely starting to get cold and the nights are often very cold. If the sun is out during the day it can be lovely but we see our fair share of rain and overcast days during our last week on the Sunshine Coast. Time to start heading North towards the warmer weather.
We have another visitor, but for just one night this time. Greg's sister Dana is heading to a health retreat in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland and flies up from Adelaide a day early to spend some time with us. Nadia is very excited to see her and gives her Aunty a huge hug and doesn't want to leave her side - she is especially excited that she will be sharing a bedroom with her.
While Dana is with us we brave a night out for dinner and the kids both behave beautifully. Isaac falls asleep for the whole time and Nadia happily sits up at the table and chats to us all. On Sunday morning before we take Dana to Kin Kin, where Living Valley Springs is located, we once again catch up with Jill in Noosaville for brunch, allowing Dana a chance to catch up with this long time family friend.
The rest of the week passes by with plenty of walks along the gorgeous coastline and Greg gets in a few surfs but finds that the longboard is not the right vehicle for the waves. Often he just stands back and watches some of the best surfers he has seen - it looks like these guys surf every day and it's probably true. One day we catch a glimpse of Jessica Watson walking along the beach and we checkout The Pink Lady harboured in the local marina. We take a ferry cruise along the River and man-made canals and checkout some of the most amazing real estate property on the Sunshine Coast... some of the figures that these properties are worth is simply mindblowing!
Another highlight of the week is Nadia's first visit to the cinema. Jane takes her to her see Toy Story 3 and amazingly she sits through the whole thing with minimal wiggling. While the girls are at the movies, Greg and Isaac take the surfboard to Bevis' place at Sunshine Beach to get sent back to Adelaide. There will be no more need for surfboards up North as the Great Barrier Reef inhibits any wave action on the mainland.