Maroochydore circa 2011

Here we are again back at the Chateau Royale apartments in the Cotton Tree precinct of Maroochydore for another two week stint on the gorgeous Sunshine Coast of Queensland.

After just a few days, I am delighted to report that the weather is living up to the usual tourism hype. After departing dodgy Melbourne last Friday, it has been 21 - 23 degrees each day here. I had forgotten what 'sun on your back' felt like!

Panorama from our balcony taken with the cool Photosynth app on the iPhone - 2011

In addition to great weather, we have found some excellent food so far. A Reef & Beef (sirloin / crayfish combo) at the curiously named 'Naked Turtle' in Caloundra and a barramundi / balmain bug stack at 'Yabbi's' in Maroochydore being the standout dishes so far. On previous visits, the wine snob in us (well in Robin anyway) seemed to struggle a touch to find a decent tipple. But not so this year. Especially on the white front, very decent chardonnays and pinot grigio / gris have been had at 'acceptable' price points given the tourist locale.

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Interesting pie marketing plan at Mojos! - 2011

A side event this year is to crank the cameras up looking for the 'money' shot(s). A holiday gallery will be uploaded shortly.

Fishing at dusk is popular on the Maroochy River - 2011

We have a rental car but sadly not the Skoda Octavia we booked. A Holden Cruze is our vehicle and it is absolutely awful. No power, twitchy steering, grabby brakes, holes in the floor so you can watch the road pass under you (true!), and seats like milk crates. And of course it is black, the most practical colour for the Queensland sun. I don't believe the vehicle has one redeeming feature. I can't imagine anyone going into a dealership and test driving one and going back to the salesman to say 'This is the car I have always wanted'. Aarghh.. Some may say I have been spoilt car wise, but previous rental cars have been a Skoda and a Camry both of which fitted their roles admirably.

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Some coastal wildlife! - 2011

More to come soon from a planned Eco waterways tour.

Ah, the Sunshine Coast - 2011

Other highlights - Maleny milk, Arnica Restaurant, frozen banana dipped in Belgian chocolate from Panny's at the Ginger Factory and sunset cocktails at the Boat House to name a few.

Post dinner drinks, Arnica - 2011

Bye for now, BomberBoy