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Noosa 4/6/2010 - 14/6/2010


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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.
Bali Hai Apartments at Noosa

Bali Hai Apartments at Noosa


The view from our Noosa apartment

The view from our Noosa apartment

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.
Nadia meets the Gingerbread Man at Yandina Ginger Factory

Nadia meets the Gingerbread Man at Yandina Ginger Factory

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!!
Max and Nadia (back) with Isaac and Ollie - enjoying breakfast at Noosa Surf Lifesaving Club

Max and Nadia (back) with Isaac and Ollie - enjoying breakfast at Noosa Surf Lifesaving Club


Greg and Isaac ride the Noosa River Ferry

Greg and Isaac ride the Noosa River Ferry

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.
Isaac at the playground

Isaac at the playground

Oliver at the playground

Oliver at the playground

Dave and Max work out at Noosaville

Dave and Max work out at Noosaville

Max takes charge of the camera

Max takes charge of the camera

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....

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Gold Coast 28/5/2010 - 4/6/2010


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Our week at Kirra comes to an end and we spend a considerable time re-sorting and re-packing the trailer. As we've progressed in our travels we've become more proficient at knowing what we need and how best to unload at each destination.

The trip from Kirra to Gold Coast is only about 25kms, and it doesn't take long to get from our beachside luxury apartment to the "house in the sky" - an apartment on the 58th floor of the Q1. The Q1 is the largest residential building in the world (or so they claim) with a total of 80 floors.

At first Jane is not sure about the idea of being so far off the ground, but it is something Greg is very keen to do and after he wins the week of accommodation in a great deal on eBay, she agrees to do it and swears she won't look down!!

The apartment is very spacious and the views over the Gold Coast Hinterland are amazing. We do have some beach views (both north and south) but primarily we look out over the canals and the Hinterland. Surprisingly, the height doesn't worry us like we thought it would. If you look straight out you don't really notice quite how high you are up!
Q1 from the beach

Q1 from the beach


View from 58th Floor looking North

View from 58th Floor looking North

View from 58th Floor over canals

View from 58th Floor over canals

View from 58th Floor over canals by night

View from 58th Floor over canals by night

View from 58th Floor looking North by night

View from 58th Floor looking North by night

Our week on the Gold Coast starts with some Adelaide visitors, and Greg picks up Nick and Graeme from the airport on Friday evening. They stay for a long weekend leaving on Monday afternoon.

We awake to a wet day on Saturday so we all head to Pacific Fair for a shopping fix. The afternoon clears a little so Nick and Graeme stake out a tennis court from our bird's eye view and head out for a hit. The boys all head out for a big night to take in some of the Goldy nightlife scene.

Sunday, hangovers aside, is a beautiful day and we spend a good proportion of the day at the beach. We take the surfboard, kayak, Nadia's beach gear and have a great time. Nick and Graeme both seem to enjoy making sandcastles more than Nadia - but they are keeping her amused so we are happy.
Nadia in the sand boat that Nick sculptured for her

Nadia in the sand boat that Nick sculptured for her


Nick returning to the sand with the kayak after catching some waves

Nick returning to the sand with the kayak after catching some waves


Graeme flashes his carpet

Graeme flashes his carpet

Nadia and Greg come out of the surf, the yellow floatie in Greg's hand is for Nadia, really

Nadia and Greg come out of the surf, the yellow floatie in Greg's hand is for Nadia, really


Isaac loves the beach

Isaac loves the beach

We head out for an Italian restaurant and while it is not a huge success as both kids won't sit still - the food is great.

On Monday morning the guys all hire bikes and ride down the Coast to the Palm Beach Surf Life Saving Club, where they have a drink on the deck and discuss the pro's and con's of living on the Gold Coast. Luckily, there is then just enough time for a last minute bodysurf at the beach before they fly home. We've had a great weekend and it's been great to catch-up with them both. Nadia is probably the saddest to see them go - she's lost her story tellers; book readers; puzzle helpers and sandcastle buddies - and is really quite subdued after they have gone.
Nick reads Nadia the Cat in the Hat for the 50th time!

Nick reads Nadia the Cat in the Hat for the 50th time!

We go to our one and only theme park and spend the whole day at SeaWorld on Tuesday. It is a great success. Nadia loves the seals, dolphins and sharks but her all-time favourite is Sesame Street Beach - a section with toddler sized rides, attractions and a live show featuring the characters from Sesame Street. Nadia dances along with them all and even gets to meet Elmo and Cookie Monster in a meet and greet at the end of the day. We arrived at opening time at 10am and leave at about 4.15pm - it is a long but very enjoyable day.
We meet Elmo and Cookie Monster at Seaworld

We meet Elmo and Cookie Monster at Seaworld

Nadia meets Elmo

Nadia meets Elmo

Nadia loves Sesame Street Beach

Nadia loves Sesame Street Beach

Sesame Street Beach Live Show

Sesame Street Beach Live Show

Nadia and Jane at Seaworld

Nadia and Jane at Seaworld

Nadia and Greg on the Merry-go-round

Nadia and Greg on the Merry-go-round

Visiting Seaworld

Visiting Seaworld

Nadia and the Penguins

Nadia and the Penguins

The last couple of days we go for walks, visit playgrounds, shop and admire the view from our lofty heights.

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Kirra 21/5/2010 - 28/5/2010


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It's a short sharp trip to our next destination - Kirra on the Southern Gold Coast. We officially cross the border from NSW to Queensland. Whilst we are in our final State of our 4 State tour, this will be the State that we spend 3/4 of our time.

Our accomodation in Kirra is very luxurious. It is a three bedroom ground floor apartment with a small front yard and its own plunge pool and outdoor spa. It is fitted out with all the mod cons - from inbuilt coffee machines; three ovens; wine fridge and no less than 4 toilets and access is via a lift.

The apartment at Kirra

The apartment at Kirra

We are located on the Kirra beachfront - the widest beach we have ever seen (it's about 150-200 metres from the Esplanade to the waters edge).

Sadly the weather is not the best during our week long stay, thoughts of daily swimming, Greg surfing and hours lounging around our own pool are quickly dismissed and instead we spend the week relaxing. We get in lots of walks along the foreshore from Kirra to Coolangatta and beyond; Greg and Nadia take in the sights from the mountain bike and we do plenty of reading.

Isaac taking it easy

Isaac taking it easy

Nadia on the bike - Surfers Paradise on the horizon

Nadia on the bike - Surfers Paradise on the horizon

Playground number 37 for the holiday (so far)

Playground number 37 for the holiday (so far)

Ian once again arrives for a visit, taking advantage of the huge apartment. We all take a trip to the Gold Coast Hinterland (Tamborine Mountain) and go for a rainforest walk.

During the Tamborine Mountain walk

During the Tamborine Mountain walk

Waterfall

Waterfall

Jane and Isaac enjoying the Tamborine Mountain walk

Jane and Isaac enjoying the Tamborine Mountain walk

During the week Isaac masters the art of sitting unaided and by the end of the week can sit by himself for 15-20 minutes.

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Byron Bay 14/5/2010 - 21/5/2010


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Our drive from Coffs Harbour to Byron Bay is smooth and easy travelling. We arrive at 2pm check-in to maximise our time at Byron and the weather on Friday afternoon is simply gorgeous.

We are staying in a two bedroom cabin in a caravan park right at the end of the main street (Johnson St) and on the esplanade. The cabin overlooks Belongil Beach and must be one of the best views in Byron with uninterrupted views of the beach - most of Byron is built behind sanddunes and vegetation.

Jane reading on our cabin deck

Jane reading on our cabin deck


The view from our cabin

The view from our cabin

The cabin is a little small and compact, especially when compared to our previous accommodation, but one look out over our deck at the beach vew and it is easy to forget - or at least forgive.

Sunset over Belongil Beach, Byron Bay

Sunset over Belongil Beach, Byron Bay

The weather over the week oscillates between beautiful and thundery showers, but is never really cold.

Rainbow over the caravan park

Rainbow over the caravan park

We take long walks along the beaches and foreshore of Byron Bay, and one day head to near-by Lennox Head - another beautiful little township perfect for beachside relaxing.

Greg and Nadia ride up to the lighthouse at Cape Bryon and watch huge pods of dolphins surfing the waves.

Speaking of surfing Greg once again gets out on his surfboard and waveski and even manages to catch a few waves.. apparently.. Jane didn't witness it but Greg assures her he was fantastic....
Proof that Greg went surfing - look really closely!

Proof that Greg went surfing - look really closely!

Nadia has a great time at the caravan and makes friends with a number of children from neighbouring cabins. First Olivia (5) but she's only around for a couple of days. On Monday Oliver (4) and Alana (2) move in next door and within hours they are firm friends. The next four days the three of them run amok between the two cabins and have a wow of a time.

Oliver, Alana and Nadia take some time out from riding Nadia's bike

Oliver, Alana and Nadia take some time out from riding Nadia's bike


Smile for the camera

Smile for the camera


Nadia and Alana give each other a farewell hug

Nadia and Alana give each other a farewell hug

Isaac moves closer and closer to sitting up by himself and by our last afternoon he is sitting for a few minutes before toppling over. Unfortunately over the week he develops an unhealthy fascination with eating sand - so on our beach visits from now on we'll have to be very diligent and observant!

Look at me - I'm sitting all by myself!

Look at me - I'm sitting all by myself!

Nadia's private playground

Nadia's private playground

Another sunset over Belongil Beach

Another sunset over Belongil Beach

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Coffs Harbour 7/5/2010 - 14/5/2010


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The trip from Shoal Bay to Coffs Harbour was very slow travelling, despite it being a relatively short 350 odd kms. When we are not on dual road highways it feels like we only average about 60kms an hour as we constantly speed up and down for roadworks, two-bit towns and school crossings.

Our accommodation at Coffs is a 2 bedroom apartment located in a Novotel resort. The bonus is that we have access to all the Novotel facilities including pools, kids playgrounds, restaurants, golf (as if) and a beauty parlour if we feel so inclined!

Our apartment complex at Coffs Harbour

Our apartment complex at Coffs Harbour


Our apartment complex at Coffs Harbour

Our apartment complex at Coffs Harbour

Once again we enjoy some lovely weather although the nights are freezing - especially for Jane who is up multiple times with Isaac!

A few highlights of Coffs Harbour include:

1st Mothers Day with our two beautiful children - even if they don't sleep as well as we'd hope! Jane had a bit of a sleep-in before we head off for a walk and play at the main beach - Park Beach - at Coffs Harbour. We head home for a swim at the apartment pool before quiet time and naps and then we all go for a walk around the resort in the afternoon. Pretty cruisy but a very relaxing day.

Isaac has his 6 month immunisation jabs - good to have them out of the way - and yeah no more until he's 12 months old!!

We do the obligatory trip to the Big Banana - what trip to Coffs would be complete without seeing this Aussie Icon!! Sadly in real life it is a little smaller than what you imagine - but Nadia gets a thrill from visiting it. We decide that the hour long interactive session on the "History of the Banana" will not hold our kids attention so Nadia and Greg decide a couple of rides on the toboggan are more our scene. We also visit the cafe and Greg has a very authentic Banana Smoothie (he's determined to try one in every place we visit) while Nadia has a chocolate covered frozen banana..
The Big Banana

The Big Banana


Toboganning at the Big Banana

Toboganning at the Big Banana


The finish line!

The finish line!

Nadia meets the locals

Nadia meets the locals

Greg finally gets the surfboard off the trailer and spends a morning fighting the waves.

Jane takes Nadia and Isaac to visit the Butterfly House. Nadia loves the hundreds of Butterflies on display.. she desperately wants one to land on her and then when it happens she's not so sure!! Isaac is oblivious to the whole experience and sleeps through the whole adventure.
Nadia waiting patiently for a butterfly to land on her

Nadia waiting patiently for a butterfly to land on her


I'm not sure I like these butterflies anymore!

I'm not sure I like these butterflies anymore!

Nadia's first photo - a butterfly at Coffs Butterfly House

Nadia's first photo - a butterfly at Coffs Butterfly House


Butterfly at Coffs Butterfly House

Butterfly at Coffs Butterfly House

We also explore the Marina and get in some other good walks (and bike rides) around the town and coast.
View over Coffs from Muttonbird Island, Coffs Marina

View over Coffs from Muttonbird Island, Coffs Marina

Nadia cruises the streets of the resort

Nadia cruises the streets of the resort

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