04/06/2010 - 14/06/2010
It's Friday and once again its moving day, but this time rather than a week, we are off to Noosa for 10 nights to incorporate the June Long Weekend.
The trip from the Gold Coast to Noosa is about 3 hours if you by-pass Brisbane, but we detour through Brisbane to catch-up with Jane's Aunt Jillian and 15 month old grandson, Nicholas for lunch.
The Friday afternoon traffic out of Brisbane is chaotic and it takes awhile to get anywhere but once we get onto the Bruce Highway the kilometres fly by.
At Noosa we stay at Bali Hai Apartments, a short but Steep walk up Noosa Hill from Hastings Street. It is recommended to us by our friends Alison and Alex whom we visited in Sydney. It has a great view over Noosa and the hosts are very friendly and accommodating.
The weather during our stay at Noosa is very up and down, when it’s fine it is beautiful and we spend the first weekend going for lots of walks and playing on the sand at Hastings Street Beach.
On Tuesday, Jane and Nadia visit the Ginger Factory at Yandina. Ever since Nadia saw the Gingerbread man ad in the Noosa tourist brochure she has annoyed us to take her. Greg opts out, citing intense boredom, but we end up having a great Mum and Daughter morning. We ride a cane train around the property, eat lots of Gingerbread men and icecream and take a ride on the Showboat ride to see the Gingerbread man's journey around the world (it's a theme park style ride where you take a boat ride through a tunnel and look at the scenes along the way). Nadia loves the whole thing.
During our stay at Noosa we also have lots of catch-ups.
Wednesday we meet up with Jill Maple, a family friend of Greg's parents. We have a great lunch with her on the BoatHouse Restaurant on the Noosa River at Noosaville. Jill works for Noosa tourism so gives us some great tips and ideas for our stay at Noosa. It has been many years since Greg caught up with her and the hours whizz by.
On Thursday, Greg's former business partner, Bevis arrives from Brisbane to stay at his holiday house at Sunshine Beach a few minutes drive from Noosa. We catch up with him for breakfast on Friday and go for a leisurely stroll through Noosa Heads National Park to the Noosa River Mouth.
Friday night we head to Bevis and his wife Anne’s holiday house for dinner where their daughter Claire, her husband Dave (another Screencheck employee) and their two boys (Max, 2 and Oliver, 7 months) are also staying. It doesn’t take long before Nadia and Max are firm friends and over the weekend they have lots of opportunities to catchup and play.
The Saturday of the long weekend is absolutely stunning and also very busy. We catchup with Claire, Dave, Max and Oliver for a beach walk and breakfast at the Noosa SurfClub; in the afternoon we take the Noosa Ferry down the Noosa River to the Tewantin/Noosa Marina and see an amazing sunset over the River and Everglades; before we head to the Sunshine Beach SurfClub for dinner. Greg stays to drink more beer with Bevis and Dave over beer and Rugby!!
On Sunday we have meet with Dave, Claire and their boys at the Noosaville Playground and Nadia and Max have a wow of a time.
We have a great time during our 10 day stay at Noosa and it’s been especially nice to share it with some friends... maybe we are spending too much time on our own with just the four of us....