I’ve written a post previously about visiting somewhere new at least once a year. Our family were grateful to be able to do that earlier this year when we visited the Sunshine Coast in Queensland for the first time. My husband and I had only been to the Gold Coast before and were worried that the environment was going to be similar but were pleasantly surprised. We stayed in Mooloolaba and found it to be quite family friendly and relaxing with the beautiful surrounding beaches, coastal walk and nearby activities to do and see.
We stayed at serviced apartments in Mooloolaba, called Coco Mooloolaba. The apartment block was situated one street back from the main road which suited us as it was less noisy. It was 5 mins walk to the beach, main shopping and cafe strip. It was also only a 2 minute walk to the local Coles supermarket which was handy for us to stock up on essentials while we were there.
The apartments have onsite management and are owned by a lovely couple originally from New Zealand. They are very friendly and provided helpful advice for visiting different places and booking tickets in advance. We would definitely recommend staying there and we would definitely stay there again. The apartment was spacious, air conditioned, clean and had a lovely balcony where we enjoyed breakfast and lunch on most days, and sometimes dinner if we didn’t eat out. There was plenty of different cuisine to choose from should you choose to eat out: Thai, Chinese, Vietnamese, Italian Mexican – cafes and restaurants as well as fast food outlets and of course, fish and chips!
We visited the Sea Life Aquarium – enjoyed a very entertaining Seal show, saw some great sea life, exhibits and learnt new information. There were some Barramundi there that were almost the size of my daughter – they were huge! It is amazing to see nature’s creatures and it never ceases to amaze me to see the majesty of nature’s creatures.
We were also lucky to visit Steve Irwin’s Australia Zoo. This zoo was like no other zoo we had visited and it was a vast place! We spent all day there and still felt we hadn’t seen everything (we didn’t)! My daughter’s favourite animal is the wombat and she was so excited to discover that she could have a wombat animal experience! It enabled her to go with a group of other visitors to get up close and personal to two different wombats – the oldest wombat is a grandma wombat called Minibus. She is a Common Wombat and is mother and grandmother to two other wombats in the zoo. The other wombat is a Southern Hairy Nosed Wombat called Meg. We were able to take photos of my daughter with Meg and also purchase professional photos.
Most days were spent at the beach or the pool at the apartment complex as it is very humid in Central and North Queensland – even on a cloudy day! Our daughter learnt how to dive in the pool – there’s still some work to do but much progress was made!
We also took a drive up to Maroochydore to visit the Maroochydore Lakes and shopping centre which is built over the lakes. My husband and I did a driving holiday very early on in our relationship which ended up in Maroochydore so it was nice to go back and visit as our previous visit was about 18 years ago!
It was a nice break visiting somewhere new and exploring while we were there. It’s nice to have family time, enjoying each other’s company and taking in the new surrounds. We were literally chasing the sun for my daughter, working out what was causing her anxiety and sadness which clouded over on a couple of days – some photos are reminiscent of happier times away but overall, we enjoyed our time there. It was nice to be able to get away to somewhere new and enjoy a few of our favourite things together – sun, sand and sea!
We were also able to take many lovely evening walks along the boulevard as it was a little cooler once the sun went down, we were lucky to see a beautiful full moon rising over the sea – something we don’t get to experience at home! We appreciated being able to enjoy different things together, experience a different environment and enjoy new things. It enabled us to rejuvenate, strengthen and renew to be able to continue the fight against my daughter’s demons. My husband and I have been able to make some great progress since this trip which was 7 months ago and even though we had noticed changes in our daughter’s behaviour and demeanour, it didn’t come to a head until late last year. It’s hard to watch your child not knowing what the issue is and how you can help. We’ve been able to share with her strategies and tools that are helping – it’s been a challenging process but we can see the benefits when we observe how our daughter is now able to chase her own sun and catch it! It’s early days but we are starting to see some light!
We are grateful for this trip and anytime we get to spend together. We look forward to where our next adventure will take us to continue to Laugh. Love. Live. I’m aware that it’s been far and few between posts for me but hopefully some more consistent posting will follow soon. My frame of mind hasn’t lent itself to posting much lately but hopefully as things improve with my daughter, so does our frame of mind. May you also have an opportunity to visit somewhere new to Laugh. Love. Live – peace and blessings!