The story continued …
Monday 9th – We woke up and made an early start – finished packing the car – was one very full car when we were finished and then left. The drive up to Cambroon (Hinterland) took about 2 hours. We stopped for lunch on the way at Melany. From Melany to Cambroon was a really pretty drive – we were so high up and the bush was just so lovely. Our campsite was so cool – and we were the only people there! We spent the afternoon setting up our tent and getting unpacked. We drove to Kenilworth – the nearest town and had a coffee before heading back to our campsite and starting the fire. The night was super fun – being around an open fire is just so nice. We drank tea, cooked dinner, listened to music, toasted marshmallows, stared at the stars, filled our hot water bottles and put them in our sleeping bags, had baileys hot chocolates and just enjoyed being out in the bush! Slept really well – I think we were so prepared for the cold that we didn’t really feel it!!
Tues 10th – The campsite was home to deer so in the morning the campsite owners took us over to see them getting fed and we were able to hand feed little pete who was 7th months old and so cute! Gideon the goat was very old and funny. I learnt lots about deer – like the fact that they lose their antlers every year and they grow back with one more horn so you can count how old they are!! We also got to see the horses being fed! After breakfast we drove along the Obi-Obi road which was one amazing drive. Never before had I been scared that a road could be so steep that the car might actually roll back! It was so steep and we kept going past signs saying 5% increase, 10% increase even 16% increase!! But it was totally worth it as the views were amazing!! (at least for me – Claudette was doing an amazing job driving!!) We were just so high! We stopped at Mapelton Falls, which had a really cool lookout point that was suspended over such a big drop! We drove through Mapelton and shopped at Monetville, which was a beautiful historic town with so many nice boutique shops. We drove back to the campsite as the sun was setting and started our fire again, we had another fun-filled night around the campfire although it started to rain while we were having dinner and we held up for a little while but then our fire died out so we retreated to the tent where we stayed up late talking and listening to music.
Wed 11th – Well we had one rainy night but managed to stay dry and warm! We packed up early and drove up to Eumundi which was about 45 mins north. We had a stop at Kondalilla National Park and walked down to a beautiful waterfall. Drove on to the Eumundi Markets which were really cool – I could not believe how many people were there for a Wednesday not in school holidays! There were just so many stalls … couldn’t resist all the cool things – bought some tea and a few presents. Met up with one of Claudette’s friends for a coffee before walking around the other side of the markets, saw an albino snake! They closed at 1:30pm so we drove across to Maroochydore and went to the beach (because as Claudette says “you can’t come to the sunshine coast and not see the beach!”) it was a bit cloudy when we first got there but the sun came out soon after we got there and it was so lovely and definitely a good detour to make! (The water was ‘refreshing’ ). We drove back home – unpacked, and watched the movie ‘leap year’ and reminisced about Ireland!! (we totally went to some of the places that were in the movie such as the Rock of Dunnmase!!) Had dinner with her family – got recipe for boboite.
Thurs 12th – Was a sad day to think that I had to go back to Newcastle. Had breakfast and packed up, then Claudette dropped me off at the airport – it was busy as some flights were delayed and it was a little hectic checking in but I made it onto the plane before it took off. Was pretty tied by the time I got back to my house … it was a great holiday and so great to see Claudette.