580kms, local markets and a spot of fishing

Category: News, Date: 10 August 2016

Unfortunately, the return journey has to continue and it was a long drive, around 580km from Yeppoon to Maroochydore.  One thig is for sure, with a van in tow, speeding tickets won’t be coming our way anytime soon.

The children are blowing us away with how patient they all are in the car.  There is the occasional outburst but they are trumping sitting hip to hip in the back seat, as long as they eat NOTHING coloured either red or orange.  We learnt the hard way giving them burger rings back in week 1, trust me all three were unbearable.


We arrived back at one of our favourite towns Maroochydore and we made a beeline for Cotton Tree Caravan Park.  We were so pleased to see a few people there that we had meet on the way up.   For me, it feels so lovely to see familiar faces while away as I am a total people person where John is a little happier keeping to himself a bit more.  It was just a short stay and every time we stay in this park we never venture far as it’s beautiful and the beach is amazing.

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This time we were around for the Eumundi Market.  This is an absolutely must do, it’s such a big market with unbelievable fresh food, handmade eclectic wares and no limit to the creativity of what some of the stall holders produce.  It took us the best part of the day to see everything we all loved it, even in the rain.

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We were back in the car for only a few hours for some Gold Coast loving.  We found a park on Main Beach with in riding distance from Cavil Avenue, Surfers Paradise.  Now I must admit this one threw me a bit – in my up-bringing we had regular Gold Coast holidays staying in amazing hotels with the days packed with theme parks so truthfully I didn’t love the fact that I was caravanning, looking at all the hotels around me.

My sweet husband suggested we do the Surfers Paradise fancy breakfast which we all loved at a bargain price, as usual Charlie got his monies worth.  We had two nights here and were able to catch up with John’s Brother and his family.  We spent the afternoon fishing off the jetty in front of their place and they boys were lucky enough to catch a few little brim.  It was so great to see some family and really relax.  The next night we visited our friends from Tassie while feasting on a BBQ and laughing till late, well we call late 9pm late when you have kids.   I was brave enough to drive home and hated every moment of it.  Seriously, I liken John’s car to the titanic and I drive ‘by feel’ hence he politely declines every time I’ve offer to drive.


Sunday we stopped in at the Carrara Market. It’s defiantly more of the generic imported type of market but the kids loved this one as they tried the oversized trampolines while being harnessed with some bungee ropes.  They figured out how to do backflips and had a wow of a time.

Next stop just down the road – Byron Bay Baby……..


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