Coolum Beach, Crocodile hunter, Aussie World and Noosa...
21.04.2012 - 26.04.2012
Late on Saturday afternoon we arrived at Sammie's house at Coolum Beach on the Sunshine Coast. On the way we passed all the attractions on the Gold Coast, which Izaak woke up and saw at the last minute and started begging to go to one. However after we arrived a Coolum, we decided that Aussie world was a better option- about a third of the price and albeit a third of the rides, they were still very good quality and probably more age appropriate. Our favourites were 'Plunge' a log river ride (makes me think of Noojee- Hey Lisa ), Rock n Roll Rebel (similar to alpine express but in a dark disco room) and the Octopus. And we were pleasantly suprised by Mozzie Muster, an older, simple looking ride that spun the fastest! We were left a bit shaken by the Wild Mouse Rollercoaster- the oldest in operation on Australia, originally built in 1935 and carefully restored. You could only ride in single file and Izaak went first. I watched him from my carriage and he wasnt smiling, he looked pale and worried! I soon found out why. It was a very rough ride with EXTREMELY sharp corners at which Im suprised neither of us suffered whiplash or neck injury. Steer clear of this one if you ever visit! Overall it was a good day. Aussie world is located next to an Ettamogah Pub (not the original- an imitation) which was a beautiful old building. Dad again stayed outside while we were at Aussie world and seemed quite content to wander the shops and pub.
He had his turn today when he took Izaak to Steve Irwin's Australia Zoo while I completed assignments for uni. They both seemed to really enjoy it. There was a wildlife safari bus to transport them around the zoo and I was shown a video of Izaak hand feeding an elephant! Apparently they also witnessed crocodiles tear apart a dead wild pig and Izaak was excited to see lots of snakes and lizards- his favourite! They also spotted Bindi and Bob who were filming a new documentary.
I wonder what its like for those kids growing up having been born into such a life!! WoW!
Sammie's and Jud have been excellent hosts and with her artistic flair and hippy nature they have the coolest house and garden. There is a banana and a mango tree in the backyard and lots of birdlife visit in the mornings. The house is a short walk to the shops and beachfront which I have made the most of today and last night. Izaak and I enjoyed the beach at sunset.
We also were FINALLY able to find a church to go to on Sunday. Id been thinking of getting a tattoo with "Love Never Fails" on it while I was here(sshh dont tell Mum) and when I looked up local churches online this one in Noosa had those exact words on the front of their website. I took it as a sign and made for Noosa Sunday morning. It was a great church with a good message and amazing stories told by a local surfer who had just gone to Africa to support the locals. They also had a nice outdoor cafe with super cheap, healthy and tasty lunches and coffee. I got a hommus and salad wrap for $4! The peope were friendly and I made friends with an english lady called Jane, who had moved over 5 years ago to be near her daughter. They also had a 2nd hand bookshop. Excellent place, I was really happy, it was a sight for sore eyes, truly
Besides this we have just been enjoying the warm weather in Coolum. Oh yeah, on the first night we went shopping in Mount Coolum, it looked huge! Sammie then told us that it is the 2nd largest single rock in Australia (Ayers Rock being the first). Tomorrow we are going fishing and Ill be checking out the Eumundi Markets near Noosa. Of course we will pause to remember those who have given their lives for our country at 11am.....Lest we forget xx www.aussieworld.com.auwww.australiazoo.com.auwww.noosacoc.org.au