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Augusta (18-21/4/2017)

Augusta is a relaxed village/town in a pretty location by the mouth of the Blackwood river on the south west coast of Western Australia, just south of Margaret River, and is 330 kms south of Cottesloe. Our friend from Cottesloe has a holiday home there and we spent a lovely time there with her for our last few days in Oz. We had spent a few days together there on our last visit to Australia in June 2009 and had really enjoyed touring the area and had been lucky to see whales (which pass by at that time of year), dolphins and kangaroos, beautiful coastal scenery and countryside, and visit the odd vineyard or two! This time our friend came up with ideas to complement the previous visit and, if anything, our wildlife sightings surpassed the visit before!

The drive down there took three and a half hours and we reached there early afternoon. This gave us time to head down to the river mouth for a walk before it started to get dark. It is very pleasant by the water and there are quite a few pelicans there. Being the school holidays, there were families there and those who were fishing tend to clean the fish by the water’s edge. This encourages the pelicans to come close to pick up the scraps but also we spotted quite a few Eagle Rays and a larger Sting Ray – these all came in very close (as can be seen from the photos). We have never seen any rays until this visit, so it was really exciting to see them so close. ... and we spotted a few dolphins in the river mouth afterwards!

The next day we headed up the scenic Caves Road, and took the Karri Drive - a really beautiful drive through Karri forest mainly along un-made up roads, then headed down to the beautiful and wild surfing beach at Redgate, then returning to the coast further up at the mouth of the Margaret river. After stopping for a bite in Margaret River town itself, we visited two of the top Margaret River wineries (Voyager and Leeuwin Estate) for tastings, etc ... They were located close to each other down the same drive and both were in very attractive but quite different settings. We enjoyed the tastings and picked up a bottle at each to have in the evening. Afterwards, on the way back to down to Augusta we spotted a group of about 10 grey kangaroos and then later several emus, and were able to stop to observe and photograph them both times.

On our last day we all headed up the coast again and this time went down to Cosy Corner Beach and (the strangely named) Foul Beach, again both wild and beautiful beaches, then back down to the south of Augusta to another beach, this time to the east of Cape Leeuwin (which is at the end of a promontory to the south of Augusta). All three are really beautiful spots. Our friend had some chores to do in the afternoon so Lindsey and I had a walk up-river through pretty countryside. To finish off, we all drove to the popular Hamelin Bay – another very scenic spot with a camp site and pleasant looking onsite cabins. It is a popular place for fishing from the beach and is also a place where large Stingrays come in to be fed the remnants after cleaning the fish. People were actually feeding them by hand!

Back to Cottesloe the following day, a last walk down to the beach late afternoon and then off to Perth Airport for the flight to Singapore.

So, that's it for Australia! We saw some wonderful countryside, coastal scenery and wildlife, ate and drank very well and had a great time with our friends and relatives - thanks very much to everyone for giving us such a good time.

Augusta by the river

Augusta by the river


Augusta by the river

Augusta by the river


Augusta by the river - Pelican

Augusta by the river - Pelican


Augusta by the river - Pelican

Augusta by the river - Pelican


Augusta by the river - Pelican

Augusta by the river - Pelican


August by the river - Pacific Black Duck

August by the river - Pacific Black Duck


Augusta by the river

Augusta by the river


Augusta by the river - What''s that in the water?!

Augusta by the river - What''s that in the water?!


Augusta by the river - Sting Ray

Augusta by the river - Sting Ray


Augusta by the river - Sting Ray

Augusta by the river - Sting Ray


Augusta by the river - Sting Ray

Augusta by the river - Sting Ray


Augusta by the river - Eagle Ray

Augusta by the river - Eagle Ray


Augusta by the river - Eagle Ray

Augusta by the river - Eagle Ray


Augusta by the river - Sting Ray

Augusta by the river - Sting Ray


Augusta by the river - Sting Ray

Augusta by the river - Sting Ray


Augusta by the river

Augusta by the river


Augusta by the river

Augusta by the river


Augusta by the river

Augusta by the river


Augusta by the river - Dolphins

Augusta by the river - Dolphins


Augusta by the river mouth

Augusta by the river mouth


Augusta by the river

Augusta by the river


August house

August house


Augusta house view down to river

Augusta house view down to river


Birds in the garden - "28" parrot

Birds in the garden - "28" parrot


Birds in the garden - "28" parrot

Birds in the garden - "28" parrot


Birds in the garden - Silvereye

Birds in the garden - Silvereye


Augusta walk upriver

Augusta walk upriver


Augusta walk upriver - Grass Trees

Augusta walk upriver - Grass Trees


Augusta walk upriver - Grass Tree (prev. Blackboy)

Augusta walk upriver - Grass Tree (prev. Blackboy)


Augusta walk upriver

Augusta walk upriver


Augusta walk upriver

Augusta walk upriver


Karri Drive

Karri Drive


Karri Drive

Karri Drive


Karri Drive

Karri Drive


Karri Drive

Karri Drive


Redgate Beach

Redgate Beach


Redgate Beach

Redgate Beach


Redgate Beach

Redgate Beach


Redgate Beach - Pied and Black Oystercatchers

Redgate Beach - Pied and Black Oystercatchers


Redgate Beach

Redgate Beach


Redgate Beach - similar to last photo! Decisions!!

Redgate Beach - similar to last photo! Decisions!!


Redgate Beach

Redgate Beach


Redgate Beach - Surfer

Redgate Beach - Surfer


Redgate Beach - Surfer

Redgate Beach - Surfer


Margaret River mouth

Margaret River mouth


Voyager Winery

Voyager Winery


Voyager Winery

Voyager Winery


Leeuwin Winery

Leeuwin Winery


Kangaroos (off road past the wineries)

Kangaroos (off road past the wineries)


Kangaroo (off road past the wineries)

Kangaroo (off road past the wineries)


Kangaroo (off road past the wineries)

Kangaroo (off road past the wineries)


Kangaroos (off road past the wineries)

Kangaroos (off road past the wineries)


Emus

Emus


Emu

Emu


Cosy Corner Beach

Cosy Corner Beach


Cosy Corner Beach

Cosy Corner Beach


Foul Beach (not literally!!)

Foul Beach (not literally!!)


Foul Beach (not literally!!)

Foul Beach (not literally!!)


Foul Beach (not literally!!)

Foul Beach (not literally!!)


Foul Beach (not literally!!)

Foul Beach (not literally!!)


Beach near Cape Leeuwin

Beach near Cape Leeuwin


Beach near Cape Leeuwin

Beach near Cape Leeuwin


Beach near Cape Leeuwin

Beach near Cape Leeuwin


View to Cape Leeuwin lighthouse

View to Cape Leeuwin lighthouse


Hamelin Bay - Feeding the Sting Rays

Hamelin Bay - Feeding the Sting Rays


Hamelin Bay - Feeding the Sting Rays

Hamelin Bay - Feeding the Sting Rays


Hamelin Bay - Large Sting Ray

Hamelin Bay - Large Sting Ray


Hamelin Bay - Sun setting

Hamelin Bay - Sun setting


Hamelin Bay - Sunset

Hamelin Bay - Sunset


Return journey - Ozzie road sign

Return journey - Ozzie road sign


Return journey - Grass trees

Return journey - Grass trees


Return journey - Grass tree

Return journey - Grass tree


Return journey - Ozzie version of "NO ENTRY"!

Return journey - Ozzie version of "NO ENTRY"!

Posted by Lindseyalan73 17:00 Archived in Australia Comments (0)

Cottesloe (10-18/4/2017)

Taxi to Brisbane airport for the 1245 flight to Perth for the five and a half hour flight to Perth. We were picked up by our long time friend from the Cottesloe suburb, whom we had first met travelling in the eighties, and with whom we were staying for the rest of our stay in Australia.

Cottesloe is a very attractive suburb behind a beautiful and endless beach between Perth and Fremantle, with wide and very attractive tree lined avenues and some very desirable properties, some with really beautiful colonial architecture.

Our friend really pulled out the stops to give us a great time and we had a very hectic week staying at her beautiful new home in Cottesloe: <ul><li>walking to the beautiful beach on several days and, with temperatures in the mid 20’s, having several lovely swims in the ocean</li><li>picnicking by the Swan river at Chidley Point</li><li>spending a day cycling round the beautiful Rottnest island</li><li>heading into nearby Fremantle on the Saturday and Sunday afternoons (during the annual Street Arts festival)</li><li>spending an excellent day with a group of friends of our host on a boat (cabin cruiser), heading up the Swan River estuary, visiting Elizabeth Quay in downtown Perth before heading back to Matilda Bay, where we moored off-shore and enjoyed a few drinks, lunch and Australian banter(!) before returning home</li><li>enjoying a very convivial soiree at her home with a group of our hosts friends</li><li>enjoying a Sunday breakfast (an Australian institution) at a cafe up from the beach on beautiful John Street which is bordered by lofty Norfolk Pines</li><li>enjoying lots and lots of lovely food and drinks, and imbibing some delicious Australian wines</li><li>exercising ourselves and our host’s Staffordshire cross on early morning walks ...</li><li>trying to get photos of the parrots and other birdlife in the trees ...!</li></ul>A visit to the island of Rottnest, nearly 30 kms off the coast from Fremantle is an absolute must. The three of us took the ferry from Fremantle and hired bikes for the day. The island is about 12 kms long with roads encircling it, making bicycles an ideal means to see it. It really is a spectacularly beautiful place, and we headed out to the wild western end culminating in Cape Vlamingh Point. A unique inhabitant is the cute little Quokka &#8211; a small marsupial a bit like a very miniature wallaby. It seems that every place you decide to stop (an outside cafe, in the shade of a tree beside the road, where you have parked your bike, in the beer garden at the Rottnest Hotel ...) one or two of them will come and visit. Very tame! Otherwise, we had some very good views of ospreys (six of them in total) at Mary beach and the group of 15 or so seals basking playfully in the sunny waters near West End. It was, a fabulous, although quite exhausting, day out.

Fremantle is a great place to visit at any time, but the combination of weekend and the street artists festival being held there during our visit made it all the more vibrant! The main drag has some pubs of real character to visit (several brewing their own beer) and an interesting market area, On Saturday, we had a very tasty and reasonably priced fish and chips lunch at Kailis, one of the famous fish restaurants at the Fishermen’s Wharf, and then walked the 50 metres along the waterfront to the large Little Creatures brewery bar and restaurant complex. For the moment, they are offering a tasting tray of 10 different brews for free(!) We also saw some great street acts on both days (from a superb acrobatic dance routine from Te Odiero, to black humour from a couple running a butcher’s stall (using a teddy bear!) by Boucherie Bacul, to a humorous Freddy Mercury inspired act (Mario, Queen of the Circus) and many more ...

An excellent time was had, largely due to the efforts of our friend, but this was just part 1 ...

Cottesloe house

Cottesloe house


Cottesloe - crossroads and Norfolk pines

Cottesloe - crossroads and Norfolk pines


Cottesloe -  colonial style house

Cottesloe - colonial style house


Cottesloe beach (north)

Cottesloe beach (north)


Cottesloe beach (north)

Cottesloe beach (north)


Cottesloe beach (north)

Cottesloe beach (north)


Cottesloe coastline - Rottnest Island on horizon

Cottesloe coastline - Rottnest Island on horizon


Picnic Spot - Chidley Point Swan river

Picnic Spot - Chidley Point Swan river


Picnic Spot - Swan river

Picnic Spot - Swan river


Picnic Spot - Swan river

Picnic Spot - Swan river


Picnic Spot - Black Swans

Picnic Spot - Black Swans


Picnic Spot - Black Swans

Picnic Spot - Black Swans


Swan River view

Swan River view


Swan River - Matilda Bay

Swan River - Matilda Bay


Rottnest ferry

Rottnest ferry


Rottnest by bicycle

Rottnest by bicycle


Rottnest - Mary Cove

Rottnest - Mary Cove


Rottnest - Mary Cove

Rottnest - Mary Cove


Rottnest - Mary Cove

Rottnest - Mary Cove


Rottnest - Mary Cove

Rottnest - Mary Cove


Rottnest - Osprey - Mary Cove

Rottnest - Osprey - Mary Cove


Rottnest - Osprey

Rottnest - Osprey


Rottnest - Eagle Bay

Rottnest - Eagle Bay


Rottnest - Eagle Bay

Rottnest - Eagle Bay


Rottnest - Cape Vlamingh

Rottnest - Cape Vlamingh


Rottnest - Cape Vlamingh

Rottnest - Cape Vlamingh


Rottnest - Cape Vlamingh

Rottnest - Cape Vlamingh


Rottnest - Cape Vlamingh

Rottnest - Cape Vlamingh


Rottnest - Cape Vlamingh

Rottnest - Cape Vlamingh


Rottnest - King''s Skink

Rottnest - King''s Skink


Rottnest - King''s Skink

Rottnest - King''s Skink


Rottnest - Cathedral Rocks Seal Sanctuary

Rottnest - Cathedral Rocks Seal Sanctuary


Rottnest Cathedral Rocks - Basking seals

Rottnest Cathedral Rocks - Basking seals


Rottnest - Basking seals -synchronised swimming!

Rottnest - Basking seals -synchronised swimming!


Rottnest - stop in shade - spot the Quokka!

Rottnest - stop in shade - spot the Quokka!


Rottnest - Quokka

Rottnest - Quokka


Rottnest - Quokka

Rottnest - Quokka


Rottnest - Quokka

Rottnest - Quokka


Rottnest

Rottnest


Rottnest - City of York beach to ourselves!

Rottnest - City of York beach to ourselves!


Rottnest - City of York beach to ourselves!

Rottnest - City of York beach to ourselves!


Rottnest -Pelican to see us off on return ferry

Rottnest -Pelican to see us off on return ferry


Cottesloe Beach south

Cottesloe Beach south


Cottesloe Beach south

Cottesloe Beach south


Cottesloe Beach south with "iconic" pilon

Cottesloe Beach south with "iconic" pilon


Osprey and seagull close to Cottesloe Beach

Osprey and seagull close to Cottesloe Beach


Sunday Breakfast at Arcadia - Cottesloe

Sunday Breakfast at Arcadia - Cottesloe


Exercising the dog!

Exercising the dog!


Fit Alan with local sculpture!

Fit Alan with local sculpture!


Fremantle

Fremantle


Fremantle market

Fremantle market


Fremantle - Blow up octopus on rooftop!

Fremantle - Blow up octopus on rooftop!


Kailis Fish Restaurant Fremantle

Kailis Fish Restaurant Fremantle


Kailis Fish Restaurant Fremantle

Kailis Fish Restaurant Fremantle


Fremantle - Little Creatures brewery complex

Fremantle - Little Creatures brewery complex


Fremantle - Little Creatures brewery complex

Fremantle - Little Creatures brewery complex


Little Creatures free tasting tray (of 10 brews)

Little Creatures free tasting tray (of 10 brews)


Freemantle Street Arts - Daredevil Chicken

Freemantle Street Arts - Daredevil Chicken


Freemantle Street Arts - Boucherie Bacul!

Freemantle Street Arts - Boucherie Bacul!


Freemantle Street Arts - Te Odiero

Freemantle Street Arts - Te Odiero


Fremantle - National pub and crowd

Fremantle - National pub and crowd


Fremantle - Mario queen of the circus

Fremantle - Mario queen of the circus


Fremantle - Mario queen of the circus finale!

Fremantle - Mario queen of the circus finale!


Fremantle

Fremantle


Fremantle

Fremantle


Boat outing up Swan river - from the cockpit

Boat outing up Swan river - from the cockpit


Boat outing up Swan River

Boat outing up Swan River


Boat outing up Swan river - Perth

Boat outing up Swan river - Perth


Boat outing up Swan river - Elizabeth Quay, Perth

Boat outing up Swan river - Elizabeth Quay, Perth


Boat outing up Swan river

Boat outing up Swan river


Boat outing up Swan river - Matilda Bay mooring

Boat outing up Swan river - Matilda Bay mooring


Tieing up to mooring buoy at Matilda Bay

Tieing up to mooring buoy at Matilda Bay


Local birdlife - Cockatoos

Local birdlife - Cockatoos


Local birdlife - Cockatoo

Local birdlife - Cockatoo


Local birdlife - Galahs

Local birdlife - Galahs


Local birdlife - Galah

Local birdlife - Galah


Rainbow lorikeets in backgarden umbrella tree

Rainbow lorikeets in backgarden umbrella tree


Rainbow lorrikeets in backgarden umbrella tree

Rainbow lorrikeets in backgarden umbrella tree


Rainbow lorrikeet in backgarden umbrella tree

Rainbow lorrikeet in backgarden umbrella tree

Posted by Lindseyalan73 17:00 Archived in Australia Comments (0)

Brisbane (6-10/4/2017)

Next stop was Brisbane where we stayed at Lindsey’s cousin’s son’s house in Balmoral &#8211; a very attractive suburb with lots of wooden colonial style houses.

It was about half an hour’s walk from the house down into Bulimba where the leafy and pretty but lively Oxford Avenue had all sorts of interesting shops, cafes, restaurants and bars ending by the Brisbane river where there is a ferry stop on the River Cat line. This was a very convenient and pleasant way for us to travel &#8211; we would head out in the morning and return to Bulimba late afternoon, where we could pick up provisions at the local Woolworths supermarket ... and just be right for a drink stop at the local pub during their weekdays happy hour!

On the first day we covered the whole of the River Cat route, heading initially east the few stops to its terminus, then returning and heading upriver past the skyscrapers of the downtown area and getting off to have a look round the South Bank area. We had visited there when the area was first constructed and used for the world Expo 1988!! The only construction we remembered from the original site was a Nepali temple! It is a very popular spot with families now with lots of eateries, free swimming pools and a &#8216;beach’... Further up the river just across the road from the Regatta stop is the classic Regatta Hotel &#8211; an excellent spot for a bite of lunch. Finally, at the end of the line is the University of Queensland which is set in beautiful parkland with lake and wildlife, before the journey back to Bulimba.

The following day we took the River Cat again and spent most of the day downtown. It’s mostly sky scrapers with a few old buildings hidden in between. Check out the Information office &#8211; its in what was an old movie theatre with amazing decorations. Returning from town a little early for the happy hour in Bulimba (!), we stopped off at the New Farm Park &#8211; another popular and attractive park for families, picnics and barbecues. Just close by on the river is the Powerhouse (an old powerhouse very well converted for entertainment use) &#8211; very popular and would be great for a drink or bite to eat if passing at the right time.

On Sunday morning our host took us all to his favourite Sunday brunch place where we met up with other family members &#8211; very much an Australian Sunday morning tradition. During the afternoon we again went down to the river, this time having a walk along the river by the old wool stores which have been converted into sought-after dwellings.

Our last evening in Brisbane &#8211; out on the decking &#8211; and we ordered in delicious prawn and calamari pizzas, washed down with some excellent Australian rose!

Brisbane River and River Cat boat

Brisbane River and River Cat boat


Brisbane skyline from Balmoral heights

Brisbane skyline from Balmoral heights


Bulimba - typical colonial house on Oxford Street

Bulimba - typical colonial house on Oxford Street


Bulimba - on Oxford Street

Bulimba - on Oxford Street


Bulimba - Oxford Street down to ferry stop

Bulimba - Oxford Street down to ferry stop


Bulimba ferry stop

Bulimba ferry stop


Brisbane River scene

Brisbane River scene


Brisbane River

Brisbane River


Brisbane River scene

Brisbane River scene


Colonial house on riverside

Colonial house on riverside


tourist boat on river

tourist boat on river


Brisbane River - downtown

Brisbane River - downtown


Brisbane River - downtown

Brisbane River - downtown


Brisbane River - downtown

Brisbane River - downtown


Brisbane River - downtown

Brisbane River - downtown


Brisbane River - downtown

Brisbane River - downtown


South Bank from bridge

South Bank from bridge


South Bank - Nepali Temple

South Bank - Nepali Temple


South Bank - Pool

South Bank - Pool


South Bank - artificial Beach!

South Bank - artificial Beach!


South Bank - Pool

South Bank - Pool


Regatta Hotel - lunch stop

Regatta Hotel - lunch stop


Regatta Hotel - lunch stop

Regatta Hotel - lunch stop


University of Queensland campus

University of Queensland campus


University of Queensland campus - Corellas

University of Queensland campus - Corellas


University of Queensland campus - Corellas

University of Queensland campus - Corellas


Brisbane River - return trip down river

Brisbane River - return trip down river


Downtown buildings from the river

Downtown buildings from the river


Downtown buildings from the river

Downtown buildings from the river


Downtown buildings from the river

Downtown buildings from the river


Downtown buildings from the river

Downtown buildings from the river


Bulimba ferry stop

Bulimba ferry stop


Bulimba ferry stop

Bulimba ferry stop


Downtown buildings from the river

Downtown buildings from the river


Brisbane River

Brisbane River


Downtown

Downtown


Downtown - Queen Victoria

Downtown - Queen Victoria


Downtown

Downtown


Downtown - Tourist info bureau!

Downtown - Tourist info bureau!


Downtown

Downtown


Downtown

Downtown


Downtown

Downtown

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Toowoomba (1/4-6/4/2017)

After returning the hire car, we were all dropped back at the airport by the shuttle and caught the Murray’s bus up to Toowoomba, then taxi to house.

Lindsey’s cousin and her husband came out from the UK to Australia in the old days of the assisted &pound;10 passage on a cruise liner (mid-60’s) and have lived in the Toowoomba area practically all the time since then. They have lived the last 30 years in a house they had built in a large plot at the end of a drive on the ranges out of town north of Toowoomba, It’s a lovely place with the feeling of being right out in the wilds. Indeed, most of their large plot is covered in trees &#8211; it really feels like an expedition walking down to the bottom of their plot where there is a stream.

There is practically no noise apart from natural sounds and the early morning calls of the birds are an abiding memory &#8211; completely different from a European dawn chorus &#8211; with striking sounds from Kookaburras, Magpies, Eastern Whip Birds, Honeyeaters, Grey Shrike-Thrush ... along with the squawks of parrots and lorikeets. We had visits on the veranda from spectacular King Parrots and Scaly-Breasted Lorikeets.

We had a trip into Toowoomba town, a visit to a relative in beautiful countryside at Ravensbourne, visits to us from other relatives, an enjoyable outing to a proper old country pub (Farmers Arms at Cabarlah) for lunch, a good walk round the local countryside and a visit to Cooby Dam.

About 30 years ago we had gone to Cooby Dam and seen a koala bear or two and had tried again on our last visit in 2009 but, then, the area where they were usually found was closed due to poisonous algae caused by drought. So, we tried again this time &#8211; pleasant walk by the dam itself and then through a wooded area beneath &#8211; by picnic tables and barbecues ... and nearby I spotted a koala up in the trees and about the same time Lindsey’s cousin spotted a couple of Frogmouths (similar to owls) in nearby trees. Good wildlife sightings!

Grey Gums House

Grey Gums House


Cousin's House

Cousin's House


Cousin's House

Cousin's House


Cousin's Grounds

Cousin's Grounds


Cousin's house - view from veranda

Cousin's house - view from veranda


Cousin's Grounds

Cousin's Grounds


Cousin's Grounds

Cousin's Grounds


Scaly-breasted lorikeets

Scaly-breasted lorikeets


Scaly-breasted lorIkeets

Scaly-breasted lorIkeets


Scaly-breasted lorikeets

Scaly-breasted lorikeets


Scaly-breasted lorikeet

Scaly-breasted lorikeet


Scaly-Breasted Parrots and Lilly the cat!

Scaly-Breasted Parrots and Lilly the cat!


King Parrot (Male and Female)

King Parrot (Male and Female)


King Parrot (Male)

King Parrot (Male)


King Parrot (Male)

King Parrot (Male)


Toowoomba town centre

Toowoomba town centre


Toowoomba town centre

Toowoomba town centre


Toowoomba town centre

Toowoomba town centre


Toowoomba town centre

Toowoomba town centre


Toowoomba town centre - old train station

Toowoomba town centre - old train station


Toowoomba - Southern Cross windmills

Toowoomba - Southern Cross windmills


Cooby Dam

Cooby Dam


Cooby Dam

Cooby Dam


Cooby Dam area

Cooby Dam area


Cooby Dam

Cooby Dam


Cooby Dam area - spot the Koala!

Cooby Dam area - spot the Koala!


Cooby Dam area - Koala

Cooby Dam area - Koala


Cooby Dam area - Koala

Cooby Dam area - Koala


Cooby Dam area - Koala

Cooby Dam area - Koala


Cooby Dam area - Koala

Cooby Dam area - Koala


Cooby Dam area - Frogmouths - (Owls)

Cooby Dam area - Frogmouths - (Owls)


Farmers Arms at Cabarlah

Farmers Arms at Cabarlah


Ravensbourne scenery

Ravensbourne scenery


Blue Mountain Heights scenery

Blue Mountain Heights scenery


Blue Mountain Heights - scenery

Blue Mountain Heights - scenery

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Caloundra (29/3-1/4/2017)

Bus and train to Sydney airport, 90 minute flight to Brisbane and we were met there by Lindsey’s cousin and her husband who live a couple of hours drive inland in Toowoomba. We had arranged to spend the first few nights in Queensland with them by the sea on the Sunshine Coast at Caloundra. We had hired a car and we all took the shuttle to the off-airport pickup and were on our way quite rapidly &#8211; it was about 75 minutes up their M1 motorway in heavy evening traffic to reach Caloundra. Painless arrival, pickup of keys and installation in the comfortable 2 bedroom apartment on the 10th floor of the Centrepoint Apartments complex by around 2000.

We were a bit apprehensive about the weather we would have for our few days in Caloundra! Cyclone Debbie had hit northern Queensland the day before and was expected to move south dumping large quantities of rain with flooding expected! The following morning we went for a short drive stopping at beaches north of Caloundra (Kings, Shelley and Moffat beaches). It was very warm, sultry and windy and we could feel something was coming so we returned via the supermarket to pick up provisions, parked the hire car safely in the basement and retired to our apartment. We had strong winds and some heavy rain all afternoon but it was all over by the evening. Most places had closed and the staff had gone home but we found a takeaway place to get supper and even went for a short walk by the sea. We were lucky &#8211; other places to the north and particularly to the south had substantial flooding. The following day was bright and sunny. We had a lovely walk along the coast and even went for a dip at King’s beach. I won’t say a swim &#8211; the rollers coming in were too strong for swimming!

Having got takeaways and eaten them in the apartment for the previous two evenings, this time we had our supper, a really tasty fish and chips takeaway, at picnic benches by the water, just across from the Sea View Fish Restaurant - very enjoyable. 1000 checkout, coffee and muffins on a picnic bench at Shelley Beach, then drove back towards Brisbane stopping for a visit to other relatives on the way and hire car drop off back at the airport (Alpha Car Hire seemed well priced, well organised and popular).

View from apartment - Bribie Island

View from apartment - Bribie Island


Standing on terrace of apartment (10th floor)

Standing on terrace of apartment (10th floor)


Moffat Beach - storm approaching

Moffat Beach - storm approaching


Moffat Beach - storm approaching

Moffat Beach - storm approaching


Moffat Beach - storm approaching

Moffat Beach - storm approaching


View from apartment as the storm approaches

View from apartment as the storm approaches


View from apartment during storm

View from apartment during storm


View from apartment during storm

View from apartment during storm


View from apartment the day after the storm

View from apartment the day after the storm


View from apartment after storm

View from apartment after storm


Panorama

Panorama


View from apartment

View from apartment


Views from Caloundra walkway to Kings Beach

Views from Caloundra walkway to Kings Beach


Sea by Bribie Island

Sea by Bribie Island


Kings Beach

Kings Beach


Kings Beach

Kings Beach


Kings Beach

Kings Beach


Caloundra Headland

Caloundra Headland


Sea view

Sea view


Sea view

Sea view


Banksia trees

Banksia trees


Banksia

Banksia


Caloundra Headland View

Caloundra Headland View


Kings Beach

Kings Beach


View from apartment

View from apartment


View from apartment - Bribie Island 1

View from apartment - Bribie Island 1


View from apartment

View from apartment


View from apartment - towards Glasshouse mountains

View from apartment - towards Glasshouse mountains


Fish and chips takeaway by the sea

Fish and chips takeaway by the sea


Shelley Beach - Scavenging Bald Ibises

Shelley Beach - Scavenging Bald Ibises


Shelley Beach - Bald Ibis

Shelley Beach - Bald Ibis


Morning coffee at Shelley Beach

Morning coffee at Shelley Beach


Caloundra

Caloundra

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