Holiday in Australia

We’ve spent the last couple of months in Queensland, Australia catching up with my family for the holidays.
Brisbane is a city with lots to do and even better for us we have family living here. The river winds its way inland from the coast with the city built along it so there’s lots to see and do. Stu, my brother in law took us out on the Brisbane River to see the sights. Nice! Even spotted a fellow Maverick owner; S/V Island Home anchored in the river. Small world.

Stu, Ruben, Daniel & Louise with the Story Bridge in the background

The boys Stu, Daniel, Ruben & Brett with S/V Island Home and the City in the background

There’s a long walking/ biking path along the river with all sorts of activities especially over the holidays, so no chance for being bored here (ah Ruben!).

At a Xmas concert in a Brisbane park on the river

The beaches in Queensland are amazing with beautiful long white sandy beaches and good surf. We spent quite a bit of time in the Gold Coast and loved walking along them for exercise, getting into a habit of going every day.

Ruben & Daniel came to Surfers to meet us for a little body surfing

We got our exercise walking the beaches here; Surfers Paradise in the distance

My sister, Louise organized a house in Kingscliff, New South Wales to celebrate the festivities. Great location on the Coast with a nice long beach but the pool at the house was appreciated as it was hot while we were there. Even managed a trip into the inland to the hinterland to see the Springbrook National Park.

The pool was a blessing, it was hot!

Hiking a trail to see the Natural Arch in Springbrook National Park

Stu & Louise at the Waterfall near the Natural Arch

We’ve enjoyed some time off the boat, the extra space and luxuries of being on land. Heading back to NZ to enjoy some of the NZ summer, and will cruise the Bay of Islands for a couple of months.

Lots of beautiful anchorages to be found in the Bay of Islands

Here’s to a great year in 2018.

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