On our way towards Brisbane we surfed through the sunshine coast. A quick stop over in Maroochydore, a camping and caravaning show where we bought nothing, and a leisurely drive down some beaut beachfront brought us back to city life.
Neither of us have spent much time in Brisneyland so navigating became.... interesting.
Our approach through the northern suburbs took us past ARB so we stopped in to discuss our warranty issue with the tent. Alan was very very accommodating and organised to get the tent removed, fixed and refitted the following Tuesday. No mention of receipts or blame. Top service.
We met Scottie at his house after a few wrong turns. The GPS seemed to struggle the whole time we were in Brisbane.
Scottie was kind and brave enough to put us up for a few days. We first met him on our trip to Africa and his genourosity was much appreciated.
We spent the next few days watching Meg play water-polo, cleaning the car and cruising around town in a smart car that Scottie had loaded us.
A quick blast up the coast after we had dropped the tent off took us to Caloundra. We met up with Nerida and Lisa and wandered around the town before heading back south.
Soon enough we had to press on to our next stop. Thanks to Scottie, Megs, Max and Jess for putting up with us.
Only just down the road we stopped at Greg and Lisa's Pistachio Tavern.
We had a quiet night at the Jones' sampling Greg's great European home brew from his keg. Some great ideas and info that will be put into use at the Mt Rumney Tavern when we get home.
The Gold Coast beckoned and we set off on Saturday afternoon. The hour long drive ended up taking us considerably longer as we wound around the highway without getting onto it.
We arrived at Andy and Juanita's early in the evening. After being assaulted by their keg on legs, Milly, we caught up on old times. Jody, Simon and Ollie arrived and we had a wonderful dinner.
Sunday was more time for catching up with friends. We hadn't seen Carly since we left Hayman in 2004 so it was great to see her and meet Anton and reminisce about island life. We also got to see their new black shiny Prado and remember what a Prado looks like before being driven around the country side.
Sunday night Jaks headed into Surfers Paradise for a catch up with Laura, Andy and Hannah. More catching up with people on Monday with a trip to Helensvale to visit the Arrowsmiths. A quick demonstration of the Ecotourer saw the afternoon fly by.
With time pressing on and our deadline to be in Melbourne rapidly approaching Tuesday morning saw us back on the road once again, heading down the coast to Byron to tick of the most Eastern Point!