For those who didn’t know, we’ve uprooted ourselves from our home town of some sixty years and relocated to the Sunshine Coast just 98 km north of Brisbane, the capital of Queensland, the Sunshine State.
It was a big move distance-wise, some 1,243 kilometres by road in fact, but in other ways it feels so familiar – like we’ve slipped into a parallel universe. We’ve holidayed on the Sunshine Coast for ten years or more while our kids were growing up. We’ve stayed in caravan parks and rented holiday homes in Peregian, Marcus, Sunshine and Coolum Beaches but now finally we live in our own place.
In this post I’m sharing some of my Sunshine Coast Instagram Photos. There are beaches galore on the Sunshine Coast from Caloundra to Noosa but we usually roam from Maroochydore north to Noosa. Today I’m featuring just a few scenes from Coolum and Mudjimba Beaches to give you a feel for the place.
Heading south from the Surf Club on Coolum’s Main Beach, a much prized parking area overlooks the beach with a staircase leading down to secluded spots amongst rocky alcoves. Surfers access the waves here and that is Point Perry is in the background.
Coolum Surf Club has uninterrupted Sun, Surf and Sand views. The large 1st floor deck, front and centre is a great place for a counter meal/sundowner or to just check out the action.
At dusk the Flying Foxes (Fruit Bats) alight from the wildlife corridors and go searching for food. In this video you can hear the Storm Birds calling their opinions.
Mudjimba is a beach we first discovered when house-sitting a few years back. It is a couple of beaches south of Coolum and lately we have stayed several times in the Caravan Park which is in a pretty and handy location near the beach. We think Coolum has a friendly village feel to it, but Mudjimba is even more so.
On the week-ends the local surf club members put in a huge effort patrolling the beaches and at other times Council Life Savers are on duty.
Also at Mudjimba, High Tide bar and cafe. The Sunday afternoon session here rocks with live music – a girl guitarist/singer on this occasion. The clientele is an eclectic mix of buffed bodies with tattoos, old codgers like us, young’uns, skate-boarders and even off-duty lifesavers. I like a place with a mix of people.
White wine, bottled cider and beer seemed to be the favourites at the bar. Waiters carried food from the kitchen directly past us on our street-side stools and the calamari share plates and fish tacos looked amazing. I’m definitely going to be trying them and soon.
While we are still in Mudjimba might I introduce you to our go-to Mudjimba coffee place? The Esplanade is the one and only shopping street with cafes, bars and shops strung out adjacent to the park and beach nature reserve. High Tide is on the corner of Mudjimba Beach Road and south from it is The Island, a Surf Clothing Shop and Coffee joint. The first day we ordered the muffin of the day which was delectably moist, a little chewy with occasional melted blobs of chocolate inside and coffee beans sprinkled on top. It was seriously good – the coffee played second fiddle to that muffin! Polished concrete Mmmm – my favourite bench top.
Here in Coolum we go for a walk most nights directly from our home. In Townsville we had to drive 20 minutes to the beach to go walking but here we walk a different route each night to familiarise ourselves with the suburb. Although temperatures are warm, the sea breeze makes exercising pleasant. I feel like I can walk forever when the temperature is right.
We have been super-impressed by the sunsets on the Coast – this last week there have been stunning fiery displays every night. This one taken from our street.
A couple of nights ago as we walked downhill toward the beach, the ocean was lit up by the full moon.
Coolum Beach has a social conscience. On our walks I’ve noticed many signs about banning high-rise developments and saving the trees. I’m happy that our new back yard is full of huge Melaleucas or paperbark trees. These trees are in a council owned allotment in our street.
The Sunshine Coast including Coolum Beach is a family holiday destination with a quieter reputation than The Gold Coast, that other well-known Queensland surfing spot on the southern side of Brisbane.
Art work covers the fence between the caravan park and Tickle Park on Coolum’s foreshore.
How lucky are Brisbanites with spectacular beaches in both directions. I hope you enjoyed learning a little about this great holiday destination which also happens to be our new home.
Thanks for visiting, I really appreciate it and would love you to add your travel post to the link below for Nancie’s Travel Photo Thursday which I co-host with Ruth from Tanama Tales and Rachel from Rachel’s Ruminations.