We always enjoy Mooloolaba, and not always for it’s great beaches, user friendly marina or it’s fantastic shopping and dining. Behind Mooloolaba there is a hidden hinterland of small towns and communities high upon the ridge behind the canefields. The Sunshine Coast is indeed one of our most favourite parts of the Australia’s East Coast and a place which we think would be most enticing to live upon.
We visited our friend Ken at Maleny Wagyu and were amazed at the progress of his family’s Farrier Trimaran which is taking shape in the farm’s shed. It was great to catch up and as before we left loaded with good fresh produce from the Maleny Wagyu farm. (Despite the fact that we are supposed to be eating the boat out before Brisbane) Fresh rocket, home grown banana’s, coriander and macadamia pesto, lettuce and more of those grand macadamia’s from the driveway! The very best we could offer was a lunch onboard Fling the next day, as Ken hadn’t seen Fling in 10 years.
After leaving Ken I claimed my birthday present, a lunch at the Spirit House restaurant in Yandina. The day was misty and rainy in the hills and it served well to highlight all the lush greenery the spirit house gardens are surrounded by. We enjoyed lunch watched carefully by a beady eyed water monitor or two!
The rest of the week passed quickly, having Ken down to lunch onboard Fling, seeing a movie and enjoying a beach walk and swim every day.
Yesterday we spent time with Deb and Neil from Zolibato. We have loosely sailed together for months now and it seems a bit strange to realise that we will be heading back off into different worlds soon.
We are now so very close to the end of our cruising year…