7 January 2013

Sunshine Coast Summer holidays 2012

Happy New Year everyone! I hope you have had a lovely holiday and feel good about getting stuck into a new year. We had a great time at the Sunshine Coast with my parents, and drove home via Yamba and Forster, with a quick swim and a stop or two along the way. Here are a few of my favourite pics that I posted on Instagram over the last few weeks.

These were taken at sunset at Peregian Beach on Christmas Eve for carols by candlelight. The big surprise for the kids was Santa arriving by helipcopter!



Christmas Day was gorgeous and we spent it like many people - cooking and then eating way too much. Then we headed off to the beach. Here's a view from the Peregian Beach surf lifesaving lookout. This is really one of my favourite places on the Sunshine Coast. It's never too crowded and there is a playground, facilities and surfclub right there. I have high hopes for the park renovation too. And of course the cute shops (Evolve is right on the money for kids).

My little one's birthday is on the 28th December which is entirely unfair, so we make a big fuss on her actual birthday and also had a party for her the day after we got back. Her only request for her birthday was a "box full of babies" and a "baby cake". So a box full of babies it was. And for the cake, Mum made a sponge and I smothered it in buttercream icing and babies, which she loved.

We were lucky enough to go on a few dates to see The Hobbit and Les Miserables at Maroochydore. Here is the view heading back north at sunset from the car window, west of Coolum. So beautiful.

We also managed to catch up with a few groups of friends who were visiting the coast from different places around the world at the same time. We went for a swim and a walk through Noosa National Park with my friend Celia and her family where I took this pic. It's always breathtaking.

For New Year's Eve we seem drawn to Sunshine Beach where we spent our third NYE. This year we had a great meal at Embassy XO and watched the 9 o'clock fireworks from a spot amongst the locals near the surf club. Look! It's us!

We took our time heading back to Sydney - first stop Yamba. Here are some local kids jumping into a water hole at Angourie. I wish these photos had sound - insert here raucous black cockatoos and waves crashing against the rocks just metres away.

Turn around, and these are said rock pools at Angourie. Gorgeous spot.

And then it was on the road again, with a quick stop at Coffs Harbour for a swim with friends before arriving in Forster. We had a fun dinner with the girls at The Aztec mexican restaurant with this view of Lake Wallis. I can't believe that we didn't get a chance to try the local oysters.

By day three we were ready to head home, and get organised for Miss 3's birthday the next day. Needless to say, you can't go too overboard when you have less than 24 hours to put together a party, and I think it was my favourite one yet. I'll share pics in the next few days.

Happy 2013!

Steph
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1 comment:

  1. The photos are all all so lovely. The place must be fantastic. And I love the homemade cake a lot!

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