Life down under is pretty fantastic I have to admit. Apologies to friends and family in chilly Canada, but the heat beats the heck out of scraping ice from car windows any day. We have been busy visiting local sights, including the Daisy Hill Koala Sanctuary.
As well, we have been fortunate enough to take in some local events to get a taste of day to day life here in Brisbane. We were able to cheer on our friend’s son at a local swim meet and sample the traditional fund raising food while we were there. We were introduced to a place called the Eat Street Market (http://www.eatstreetmarkets.com). Fantastic evening of food and music in the open air, highly recommended if you ever are here. Thank you Brian and Lorraine.
As you may have picked up from previous posts, we have a soft spot for beaches. Having said that I have to admit I am not a huge fan of constantly rubbing chemicals onto my skin all the time. This is something I am slowly getting over here though. The sun is brutally hot and foolishly spending hours on the beach without protection would end poorly.
We have managed day trips up the Bribie Island and Noosa Beach with stops along the way. The size and quality of the beaches is simply outstanding.
The quality of the facilities as well as the lifeguard services leaves me in awe of the Australians commitment to safety on their beaches.
The other attraction we have had the opportunity to explore has been The Glass House Mountains. This is a beautiful area just north of Brisbane that is a very popular getaway.
We did a short day hike up Mt. Ngungun and were not disappointed with the spectacular views it delivered.
The shear size of Australia is amazing and what I find almost overwhelming is the incredible number of gems it has hidden around every corner you choose to look around.