Bribie Island and the Sunshine Coast At Last

I posted a quick recap of our wedding exactly 4 weeks after the fact, so I’m going to continue that with our trip to Australia. The posts are listed chronologically on our Honeymoon page, so please start there. This post covers Tuesday, October 10 through Thursday, October 13.

We finally got to see my parents’ place on Bribie Island. It was already dark when we arrived on Monday, so Tuesday morning was our first chance to really look around.

We started off with a visit to the Village Deli for an introduction to the local coffee scene.

We borrowed a couple of bikes from my uncle and aunt so we could cycle around. My mom noted various points of interest on our Tour De Bribie. We also caught up with Rufus, who seems to have settled into his life in the tropics after growing up in Edmonton.

Wednesday is market day in Eumundi, a must-see event on your itinerary when visiting the Sunshine Coast. I got a new hat, which is important when spending so much time in the sun.

At lunch, we had a couple of cold Burleigh Brewing beers that really hit the spot. Wendy was interested in the nearby chocolate company and how they dealt with the heat. Short answer: lots of air conditioning.

We moved on to Noosa and then Mooloolaba, including the Loo With a View. Uncle Jon designed the first incarnation back in the day. Some fish, chips, and prawns on the beach tied it all together nicely. We got back to Woorim on Bribie Island just in time for the lunar party that my parents’ friends throw every month.

Thursday was more relaxing. We enjoyed the sun and the calm on the island. I also recall eating a lot of fruit. For me, good fruit is a big draw for Australia. The Lady Finger bananas are smaller and less sweet than the Cavendish ones we get in North America. And the plentiful mangoes and papayas (“paw paws”) are a real treat. We tried to make an Australian version of the Dark and Stormies that we always enjoy in Bermuda. The Bundaberg rum isn’t really dark enough, but there was no reason to complain.