Lots of family fun but no sun on the sunshine coast…

Feeding the kangaroos with Isaac

Its been a while since the last post… what can I say, I guess I’d rather visit with family and see the sights than write blog posts.

On Tuesday June 5th we left 1770 and headed south on the road again. After a lunch stop in Bundaberg we arrived at Koos and Marina’s (my Aunt and Uncle) on the Sunshine Coast in time for a great supper. My cousin Cassie with husband Adrian and new baby boy Lincoln and my cousin Nik with his girlfriend Katie all live in the same area and came over as well. We got to meet Adrian and Katie for the first time and were also lucky enough to meet 3 month old baby Lincoln.

The next week was full of some great sightseeing but a lot of cool rainy weather. Still, it was great to hang out with my Australian family and get to know everyone a bit better. Both Cassie and Adrian were off for the time we were there and they accompanied us on many of our excursions, showing us the sights and keeping us company. Thanks guys!

Here’s how the week went by;

Wednesday – checked out the Eumundi markets (like a giant farmers market) and Noosa National park with Cassie, Adrian and Lincoln

Thursday – Explored Mooloolaba and Underwater World with Cassie, Adrian and Lincoln, highlights included the otter show and seal kisses for Jena and Cassie! The whole family then met for an awesome supper at Koos’s Mexican restaurant

Friday – We borrowed Koos’s 4×4 and drove up Cooloola and Rainbow beach in Great Sandy national park along with Cassie, Adrian and Lincoln. Highlights included driving on the beach beside crashing surf and having a dolphin swimming around me while I went for a swim.

Saturday – Cassie and Adrian took a day off while we took a driving tour around the Glass house mountains and Blackall range. We climbed Mt. Ngungan for some great views and explored the towns and viewpoints around the Blackall range.

Sunday – Rained all day so we had a relaxing inside day, Cassie, Adrian, Lincoln, Nik and Katie all came over for the day and Jena and I made supper, sharing some of our favourites from Canada.

Monday – We all went to the Australia Zoo to see some crocs (Crikey!) and all sorts of other native and non native animals and then met at Koos and Marina’s for calamari and prawns.

Tuesday – We left my family’s place on the sunshine coast after an awesome week and started driving south again. Huge thanks to everyone for hosting us for the week! Isaac got to meet his Australian family and practice his crawling skills and Jena and I got to relax not having to worry about finding hotels and places to eat. Despite the weather this has been a definite highlight. It was awesome to see everyone!

We’ve got 4 days to make it to Sydney before we need to drop off the car there so we’ll explore on our way down. We’re in Byron Bay for the next couple nights and we’ll see where we end up after that. Probably one more post before we fly out and then we’ll be home. Until next time!

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