Brisbane itself has a beautiful bay, but no really great beaches (sorry Redcliffe inhabitants), but we are blessed by having the Gold Coast just an hour to the south and the Sunshine Coast just a teeny bit further to the north.
For most of the years I have lived in Brisbane, I have generally headed south to the family, firstly the Gold Coast, and now that my parents have passed on, to my brother's in Ballina. Once a year, for many years, my Melbourne cousins visited Queensland, and I would drive up to the Sunshine Coast to stay a couple of days with them at Noosa.
Years later, my trips north to Noosa still hold all the excitement of an occasional treat, and with its up-market shops and fabulous restaurants, it is the perfect spot for a girls' weekend.
Last week two of us headed there to meet up with friends already there: one just back from working in Afghanistan and the other lucky girl, who has made the Sunshine Coast her home.
|View of the river from our apartment|
|Seagulls and crested terns|
|That's me second from the left at Season restaurant in Hastings Street (and check out the colour of the sea in the background!)|
|The girls striding along the boardwalk|
|Plenty of action near the surf club|
|There was a big beach volley ball competition.|
The next morning we hit the local Farmers' Market. It's mango season, and I love mangoes. Heaven!
|Breakfast was yoghurt and fruit salad from this stall|
|We stocked up on mangoes and avocados, but had to forgo the flowers.|
After the markets, time for a quick shop at Noosaville
We grabbed at coffee at a cafe opposite the river.
Then it was off to Jo's for lunch, passing this amazing poinciana on the way.
|Jo's dog Zulu having a snooze|
After a fabulous lunch (Jo's red pepper and pesto tart), it was time to head home to Brisbane, and once again ponder on the drive home how I could have left it so long between visits, and how lucky I am to have such wonderful friends.
To see more of the nearby beaches, visit here and here.