Dave Steph Aussie Loop 2012 travel blog

Gympie Town Hall

A mural in the Gympie Township

A view of the beach at the caravan park

Sunset from the caravan park

The Big Pineapple in Nambour

Saturday 1st March

Before we left Gympie we did a small self drive tour around the town, this is interesting as it explains a lot about the history of the town and shows you some of the historic buildings. This tour only took us and hour, so we were back and hooked up by 10am. We headed off down the Bruce Hwy towards Noosa. Nothing interesting happened on this drive, we got to Noosa in about 1 hour, this was interesting because the area was EXTREMELY busy, we had the van still connected and I haven't seen so many round abouts as what they have here; very exciting with the van on the car. I got myself into a few tight area's but because we could not find any parking bays that we could fit into with the van, I got a bit frustrated and said to Steph "*&^* it" I'm going to keep going. So we headed down along the beach front through all the surf beach's, Sunshine Beach, Sunrise Beach, Peregian Beach (which is being developed big time) A lot of beautiful beach blocks with great outlooks that will never be built out. Unfortunately as we were driving along this road it started to rain.

We stopped at Coolum Beach (had stopped raining and was blue sky) had lunch and a look over the beach. This area was also very busy, we asked the guy at the Information center if it was a public holiday in Qld, it wasn't. he said that it was quiet !!, 'you should of been here last weekend because there was a surf carnival on'. We could imagine that we would not of been able to get a parking bay last week. The guy at the information center also gave us the names of a few caravan parks in Maroochydore to try.

We decided that we would go to a park at Cotton Tree Heads (which is a suburb of Maroochydore) this park is in a great position, on the river mouth and also on the coast. it reminds us of Moore River in WA, except it is a very developed area with high rise buildings and also lots of shops (so it probably isn't much like Moore River ;-)!!) great spot for kids to play in the safe water and the parents can basically sit in the c/van park and watch the kids play (if you pay for a waterfront site).

During the afternoon we went for a bit of a walk along the waterfront, had a look at the water at the heads, a bit rough today but the Jet ski guys were enjoying it.

We meet a couple (Paul and Linda McMillan) who live three blocks away from the caravan park, they are in their new Lotus Caravan. They like their van so much and the lifestyle that they are living in the van, while confirming it is all fitted out and working perfectly. They showed us through their van and we were VERY impressed. It was a special built caravan and they had thought of a lot of things to put in it. The hubby, Paul said to me that they probably went overboard a bit with the van but it is a great off road van.

And in the end it cost them $100,000 but it has everything that would make permanently living so easy.

We are so tempted with this van, but we still haven't won lotto...;-(

Sunday 2nd March

Today we have woken to a beautiful day, Steph is doing the washing in our machine, so we have lines strung under the awning. Sunday Brunch was enjoyed outside while we watch lots of people packing up to leave.

We have been told the street across the road from the park is closed off for the Markets. So of course we had to go have a look, this is a no food markets as there are a few cafes and diners along this street. Steph has found another present for Amelia, this one has apples on it, and we have found some more original paintings for the house, that we both like.

We then took a drive to Nambour to have a look around, and stopped at the Big Pineapple where Steph had a look through an art gallery while I had some beer tasting and we both had gourmet pie for lunch.

We headed back to van as I want to watch both the NBL and the Clipsal.

At 5:30 we took another stroll along the beach and watched the sunset and tide coming in and with our drinks in hand this is quite a lovely way to spend a happy hour. Again Paul and Linda chatted to us, they have more information about their van and lifestyle, they have given us some local knowledge of free camp spots close to here, they spent 9 months living in one spot (Inskip), I just cannot imagine living 9 months without power and carting in water every few days, but they said they loved it.

Eventually we headed home, and settled in for the night, the wind has come up a little and there will be showers tonight.

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