Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Coolum, Queensland, Australia

While we were up on the Sunshine Coast, we decided to combine seeing some local sights with a physical challenge and what better way to do so than to climb Mount Coolum, which is an isolated volcanic dome 208 metres high. It is quite a tough climb to the top of Mount Coolum so wear good walking shoes and leave early if you are going to do it, but the views are definitely worth the expended energy. From the top you are treated to a spectacular 360 degree view of the Sunshine Coast, from coastline and beaches to cane fields and wetlands. Doing the climb is also a fantastic way to get yourself really fired up about going to the beach by getting all hot and sweaty and in need of a cool down, so as soon as we reached the bottom we headed straight to Coolum beach.

That evening the Coolum Twilight Markets were on and so I headed along to meet some local artists and crafters - it is a lovely market set on a park right on the beach.

There were plenty of things to see and people to meet, and and I thoroughly enjoyed catching up with Leah from Lime Zest and Wendy from Gladragz.

Micro-mini by Wendy from Gladragz

Reversible Top by Leah from Lime Zest

After an fun filled a day of climbing, beaching and shopping, we decided to welcome the evening by sitting on the deck, playing uno, while sipping on our "drink of the moment" which is "Rosso Antico" mixed with lemonade and finished off with a couple of ice cubes and a slice of lemon - the perfect way to end a day of exercising, beaching and shopping...