On Monday I posted a bit of an ode to the city I live in…a farewell, of sorts.
I had a lot of people asking if I was feeling nostalgic or sad about leaving and to be honest, while there’s absolutely a little of both, there’s also a lot more excitement…mixed in with a dollop of uncertainty and the usual amount of worry about teeny things like earning a living and finding a place to live.
I’m sad because we’ll be leaving my family – all of whom live in or around Sydney – and all of our friends. There’s also nostalgia for all the great things we’ve done over the years. And, as all the tourists in the streets right now are reminding me, how lucky are we to live in a place that so many people dream of visiting?
Having said that, I won’t miss it for all of the reasons why we’ve chosen to go – most of which are around traffic and lifestyle. Another thing is, and yes, I’m really saying this, Sydney has been where I live – but it’s never felt like home…even if I have been known to tear up at the sight of the Harbour Bridge from a plane after being away.
Anyways, to balance the equation, I figured I’d start making a list of all the places I’m looking forward to either discovering or exploring some more when we move. Bring on the adventure, I say! (Oh, all of the photos I’m using I’ve “borrowed” from Instagram. The original photographer’s tag is on each image).
One Tree Hill, Maleny.
One Tree Hill is probably the most photographed paddock in all of the Sunshine Coast.
Ok, Montville is a mecca for tour buses, and I love Maleny –Mary Cairncross Reserve has long been one of our favourite spots to take a platter of cheese, a loaf of good bread and a bottle of wine to. But there’s so much more to the Hinterland than Montville and Maleny – I’m talking nature and walks and waterfalls. Places like Kondalilla Falls, Mapleton Falls, the Obi Obi Boardwalk, the Blackall Range, and Kennilworth.
Who knew that these existed just a km or so from the village?
Glass House Mountains.
Yes, there’s a bit of a theme happening here. There’s a walk up to the top that I think I could set myself the challenge of. It’s short, but steep, and the views are supposed to make all the huffing and puffing worth it.
I’ve already told you about the Saturday markets at Kawana, and have also mentioned Eumundi in the past – but there are many more…and I intend to try them all. The farmer’s markets held in Yandina, Noosa and Woombye are on my list…for starters.
You know, arty markets, beachy markets, markets with stalls run by people who make, bake, or create stuff. Peregian Beach Market and Mooloolaba Collective Markets will be amongst the first I intend ticking off.
Places like Rainbow Beach, Fraser Island, Hervey Bay, Maryborough and Lady Elliott Island are also on my list. Others include Lady Musgrave Island or Quion Island – anywhere with turtles, essentially.
Do you have any favourite places or markets or beaches on the Sunny Coast? What about places to see (or preferably swim with) turtles? Any suggestions?