We spent a couple of lovely weeks in Mooloolaba catching up with family and friends and enjoying all that the area has to offer in the way of little trips to interesting places such as Buderim, where we walked up through the rainy-rainforest to the waterfall, as well as eating out and drinking lots of great coffee at some of the myriad restaurants that line the esplanade in Mooloolaba. One sunny afternoon Peter took us all out sailing on the 40ft catamaran that he and Val have been living on for the past few years while they sailed around the pacific islands. The boat is for sale now, and I am sure they will miss it when it goes to a new owner. We will also miss flying over to stay with them in some of the exotic places they visited.
Another day we took the kayaks out for a paddle up the Mooloolah River and through the canals lined with multi-million dollar houses, each with it’s own private jetty at the bottom of the garden. It was interesting to check out the houses and the expensive boats moored at the back of the properties. The river was the colour of cocoa, because of all the recent rains. Fortunately for us, the weather had pretty much cleared by the time we arrived, although the evenings were still cool.
The day we picked Mel up from Brisbane airport, we spent the day exploring Brisbane via the City Cat that travels up and down the Brisbane River, stopping off for yummy Yiros from a Greek restaurant at South Bank then strolling back into the city itself via a riverside boardwalk that meandered through the mangroves and past the Botanic Gardens, finally ending up at Eagle Street Pier where we caught the City Cat back down river to where we had parked the car.