Maroochydore, Sunshine Coast, Queensland

26 July – 6 August, 2009



26 July

Flew Wellington to Brisbane on Air New Zealand - Business Class upgrade using Airpoints.  At Brisbane Airport, we picked up our hire car and drove to Maroochydore where we were booked into the Myconos Resort for 11 nights. 

Once unpacked we drove to Allan and Barbara Nichols, who were a couple of kilometres north at Crystal Waters Resort at Picnic Point, to have a BBQ lunch with them, Alan and Alison Lough, and local friends of theirs, Graham and Barbara.



27 July

Had a good drive and walk around the area including the Mooloolaba Area just south of Maroochydore.









28 July

Don’t remember what we did but we didn’t take any photos that day!


29 July

Drove north to the Eumundi Market, then visited the Bundaberg Ginger Factory and the Macadamia Nutworks across the road.









30 July

Visited the Australia Zoo and then went for a drive around the Glass Mountains area








31 July

Drove up to Montville, a small art and craft village.  The drove north to visit the Mapleton Falls, then back south again to visit a cheese factory and the little town of Maleny.  At Maleny we drove down to Lake Baroon, a large dammed reservoir.


1 August

This morning we visited a large plant nursery in Buderim and then spent a few hours walking in both ends of Buderim Park.  On the way home we visited the Sunshine Coast Airport – quite new and small but with a lot of additional buildings in progress.







2 August

Visited the market in Noosa, then walked around downtown and later walked out to the Headland in Noosa National Park (about 4 km each way).





3 August

This morning we walked to Mooloolaba to visit Underwater World (about 5 km) for an interesting tour, including a “behind the Scenes” Tour.  Then walked somewhat further to have lunch at one of the seafood eating places at the end of the road down the spit.







4 August

Visited Kerryn’s Fabric World and wandered around the big Sunshine Plaza shopping mall.


5 August.  Visited the Eumundi Central Markets again! and visited the Australian Nougat Company close by.






6 August.  Last day.  We drove to the eastern side of Brisbane and caught a ferry boat up the river to downtown Brisbane.  Had a good walk through the city and down the south bank river park.  Caught the ferry back to where we had parked the car, returned the rental car to their depot nearby and they shuttled us to the airport and home.