Noosa Diaries: day 7 Troy’s visit

NOTE:- Last night went down the hill for dinner. There is a surf comp in tow so the place is heaving. There were waits at all the food joints. I thought a place on the beach might have been nice to take the parents for like everywhere else there was at least a half hour wait. It didn’t worry me but the InLaws and the Gen Y brother want everything NOW. We went through a small arcade onto the boardwalk and came upon the most marvellous sandcastle. It must have taken hours to construct and was lit by several spirit burners. I’ve never seen anything as wondrous. The note said “please take a photo. A donation is most welcome.” I emptied my coin purse into the container. Here’s why:

 

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Sand castle, Noosa Main Beach. Worth every penny.

 

Our mate Troy drove 2 hours to pop up and see us. We wandered down to Hastings street after going for a short spin in the 508. Troy likes a posh car and thinks the supercharged C180 he is is the bees knees. I’m not sure I agree. If I’m paying 80k I want something with better performance and/or better looks. C classes are all well and good, but cost too much and deliver too little.

 

Had lunch at one of the cafes on the boardwalk on the beach. You can just see the corner or their marquee right near the edge of the lawn.

 

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We had a lazy day after that with more pool, steam and spa. There is nothing wrong with that and it was great to make use of the facilities on holidays for a change, after all we’ve paid for them.

Noosa Diaries: day 6 Crikey, it’s Australia Zoo day!

NOTE:- day 5 hung out in Noosa. Nothing to report.

 

It’s a million degrees today. I remember now why I left Queensland. We’re meeting hubby’s mum and dad at Australia Zoo out on the old highway. In all the years we had a beach house at Marcoola/Mudjimba and drove past this zoon we never went in.

The 508 has travelled 550 k’s and hasn’t yet hit half a tank. How awesome is that? My directionally challenged hubby had some trouble with the Satnav. Mother insisted on calling a hundred times to see where we were. On one of those calls the system froze after she hung up. We couldn’t get it going again so had to stop the car and restart it. It was around that time I discovered the cup holders don’t take a standard cup and since they are on the console under the LCD screen, will spill liquid down the controls if your cup is disturbed. Even worse it completely blocks the view of the screen which is is dumb beyond belief. I always thought the position was suspect, but that was before I used an actual cup. Didn’t a little Frenchman sit in a mock-up before they put it into production? Obviously not, he was too busy having a little un vin rouge.

 

peugeot 508 cup holder

The bit behind the cup is the “map” section of the satnav. And just try getting repeat directions.

 

 

We arrived at the Zoo with Steve Irwin’s picture high overhead and it’s as hot as hades in the car park. Met mum and dad inside.

Saw the wombats, cuddled the Koalas and smooched a Kanga. I’d have kissed the Komodo Dragon but it would have your head off quick as look at you.

Loved the Africa Savannah. We should have caught the tram because it’s a long walk especially under the baking sun. Loved the Rhinos. They reminded me if Gina Rinehart and I just can’t think why. 

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Had lunch after the show at the Crocaseum. I had very low expectations of this event but I had a ball. The Macaws, Major Mitchells and Black Cockatoo made a spectacle but the star was surely the Condor with its 1.8 metre wingspan. How did they train these birds to fly around the stadium and not just fly off into the distance. I know I would have if I was a birdie. The croc rising from the water was a sight to behold.

That Cassowary has a face only a mother could love. Patted the lazy Kanga again on the way back.

All up we spent  5 hours there and could easily have stayed longer. I had my 60 bucks worth though and was anxious to board the Pug and head north to a cold drink and cold A/C.

 

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Noosa Diaries day 3: Montville, Kondalilla falls and the 508 on a mountain road.

Group 1: Kondalilla Falls

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Group 2: Montville, Sunshine Coast, Queensland

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Xanthoria grows 1cm a year so this one above is over a hundred years old.

MOTNVILLE main street - fab suzzi shaft drive

How awesome is this bike? The nice man  said I cold sit on it. Shame I didn’t have my helmetWinking smile

day3: Early brekky. It’s a nice day for a change so it looks like we should take the pug for a spin up the mountain. The stupid Satnav took us half way back along the coast road before joining the Sunshine Motorway. Still, not a total loss as the beaches are sparkling in the bright sunlight today

A decent stereo in the Peugeot thankfully. The auto is sloppy and far too eager to get into 6th so best kept in Sports Mode. You get a snappier change at sensible intervels at the expense of economy. Speaking of which we’ve use 1/3 of a tank but the distance to empty is over 800k’s. Impressive much?

We hit the mountain roads and OMG the 508 is fab in sports mode. It’s a big exec salaoon (I miss my RCZ here) but feels sprightly. Damn and blast! A detour because of a washed out road. A local tells us it washed out 2 years ago, typical QLD. Backtrack a bit and go along the B road, yeah right the A raod wasn’t all that flash.

Emerged from this gloat track glued to the side of a mountain smack in the centre of Montville, and it’s exactly as I remember it. A late 1800′s logging village now relying totally on tourism. A chamring main street runs along the top of the range with houses and businesses perched procariously either side. See view from Poets cafe.

Lunched on fresh scallops and pancetta at Poets Cafe. YUM. Onlt one glass of wine drat-it-all.

On to Kondalilla Falls in the arvo. Took pics until the camera went dead. Iphone pics not quite up to snuff and the video even worse. It’s time for a new camera.

Short walk down a hill from the carpark to the entrance to the walk. Passed a cheeky Kooka who was making a meal of worms. How did he see them?

The walk varies between rain forest and dodgy narrow steps. In parts the edge steeply drops hundreds of metres. It’s warm and sticky so the first pool looked mighty fine. It’s like a movie set with the water glowing from a shaft of light through the thick overhead canopy.

The next stopping pint is the “rockpools” at the head of the main falls. Again like a movie set. See photos and dodgy shaky videos.

Down a further steep path and stairs and WOW! the falls look magnificent. Paused for a moment, took some photos for the outrageously attractive American tourists following us, then headed back. Path going back much less of a picnic when you’re walking up the steps instead of down.

Back home for spa, cocktails by the pool and a jolly good steam for the tired muscles. I’m knackered.