A busy festive season wound up 2018 starting with our journey north to the tropical paradise of Yeppoon.
A brush with fame for Clive as we were at Footlights for our festive lunch on Christmas Day when the gentleman on the stage made mention of the 'wonderful bus driver Clive from Gympie'. Wow.. nice to be so popular Clive!!! We had a wonderful time and a barrel of laughs and a great feast.
No visit to Yeppoon is complete without a little trip out to Great Keppel Island. The seas were a bit rough but we all made it to the island for a great day. It was sad to see that the resort has some damage after a recent cyclone but the locals assure us it is due for repair this year. The usual pristine waters were also a little cloudy but the scuba divers enjoyed the experience despite this.
We were lucky enough not to encounter Cyclone Owen on this trip, however a visit from Clive and Kathy's son Owen, and his family was a special bonus on this Christmas Trip.Tropical Queensland offers so many wonders to experience and a day trip out to the Koorana Croc Farm gave us the opportunity to hold a real live crocodile!!! Most of us plucked up the courage to hold a dinosaur but a few were more than a little reluctant.
We love our Christmas trips away with our Roundabout Tours family. A few days at home before we headed south for our New Year's getaway at O'Reilly's Rainforest Retreat. As the name suggests, this is a great place to unwind and recharge, what a great idea as we herald in a new year! But don't imagine for a minute that we sat around and twiddled our thumbs.
The Tree Top Walk is a great place to start, test out your gumption and begin the delve into the rainforest. It is a favourite walk for all of us and fully accessible for all our friends. After working so hard of course we need a great dinner and place to lay our head.
Our Billy Tea and Damper Tour was a great adventure. Matt showed us some wonderful highlights, including the Balancing Rock and Moonlight Cragg. A comfy 4WD bus took us around the hinterland, and of course a sumptuous Billy Tea and Damper morning tea is certainly something to enjoy.
We enjoyed the Birds of Prey show and Wildlife Encounter, a great opportunity to see some amazing animals up close and personal. But don't walk around with your eyes closed as there are so many opportunities.
We woke up before the roosters on New Years Day and headed to the lookout to watch the sunrise on 2019. The beautiful clear sky gave way to a bank of sea fog right before the sun decided to join us. Not to be deterred we clinked our juice glasses, enjoyed our brekky muffins and giggled over the power of Mother Nature. Then back to our warm beds for a little while.
On the way home after leaving Canungra we climbed the mountain to Mount Tamborine. The road clearly stated that it was not suitable for buses or trucks. Clive sees this as a challenge and we followed a local truck up the hill and all was well. We stopped for morning tea in this quaint little village, you could easily lose a day... or more, in this beautiful spot.
Then home with our friends. We look forward to the next adventure we can share.