Work has been quite busy of late and the arrival of the school holidays gave us a chance to get away to the Sunshine Coast and take it easy for a few nights. We stayed at Noosa, a favourite of ours, did a little bit of touring up in the hinterland and mostly relaxed. One of the highlights of the resort we stayed at (Ivory Palms) was the morning Croissant Van arrival with lovely fresh croissants, pain chocolat, danish pastries, quiches and baguettes just after 7, perfect timing for breakfast. Of course an Aussie croissant isn't quite the same as the genuine French article and they're actually called kre-zonce' in the local language. I was pleased to see the van was a Renault, most appropriate. Pronunciation aside, they get full marks for the spelling which is more than I can say for the crepe stall at Cairns Central shopping centre where they're quite unashamedly selling crapes, written enough times like that to convince you it's not a stray typo.
The last few times we've been to Noosa, The Handbrake and I have gone for a walk in the National Park. On every occasion, somewhere near the Boiling Pot look-out, there's been a koala or two lurking in some of the trees close to the edge of the track. One in particular seems to have no fear of the public and always draws a crowd of admiring spectators. The last couple of times he's been asleep but this time he was wide-awake and conveniently posed for a few photos. For some odd reason he's actually sitting in a pandanus palm which is definitely out of character for this habitual gum-leaf eating Aussie icon. We later saw another koala, a frighteningly long way up a gum tree.
More on the Sunshine Coast over the next few days.