March 8, 2018
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My Mooloolaba holiday is over and I’m suffering with some post holiday blues so what better activity is there to do than to re-live the holiday by writing a blog post about it!

We arrived at Mooloolaba some time after 2pm on Saturday 10 February to this view (including the photograph above). This is what I’ve been lovin’ about life lately – the good fortune I have had to enjoy beautiful nature in the form of beaches, ocean breezes, the ocean’s salt water and glorious hinterlands …. and to have such a fabulous view!

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view, ocean, ocean view, mooloolaba, beach, surf

That’s Mount Coolum you can see in the distance (on the horizon).

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view, ocean, ocean view, mooloolaba, beach, surf

view, ocean, ocean view, mooloolaba, beach, surf

After unpacking and settling in to the apartment it was time to get my feet on some sand and get to the beach for a late afternoon walk.  It was so fabulous to feel the ocean breeze on my face and in my hair and the sand under my feet and to paddle on the water’s edge!

We grabbed some takeaway fish ‘n’ chips for dinner on the first night – yum!  There was a heat wave during the first week but the apartment had the most glorious breezes off the ocean and there was always a breeze on the beach so I didn’t feel it.  It was when you went inland away from the ocean’s breeze that you really felt it!

I took my DSLR (digital) camera and various lenses up the coast with me, all packed away in its special backpack.  I didn’t even get it out!  All photo’s in this post were taken with my phone’s camera.  It speaks volumes about my need for convenience and comfort.  It’s become apparent to me that I really don’t like carting around my big heavy Nikon camera and its assortment of lenses and that I should sell it and buy a lighter and more compact option (I’m looking at you Olympus).  Food for thought!

Here are some of the phone photos I shared on Instagram.

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I drew the love heart in the sand on the beach on Valentines day to post on Instagram, and hey don’t you just love those fairy lights in the palm trees?!

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If you have not tasted Mooloolaba prawns before then you have not lived.  OMG they are so delicious!  We got ours at the Mooloolaba Fish Market.  A confession I must make – I became quite addicted to a particular yoghurt concoction at ‘Yogurt World Mooloolaba‘ which was just a hop, step and a jump from our apartment.  I like the Greek yoghurt with the gluten-free granola mix on top – so divine!  They even featured my photo on their social media – see HERE.  Just quietly – I’ve always spelt yoghurt with a ‘h’.  I believe the version without a ‘h’ is the American spelling.  So is Yogurt World an American company?  What’s your thoughts – yogurt or yoghurt?  We had lunch with my brother-in-law at the Mooloolaba Surf Club one day.  On another evening we met with the same brother-in-law and his wife for dinner at Rice Boi, an asian street food restaurant at The Wharf Mooloolaba, and OMG the most delicious food ever!  I highly recommend it!  Another day we had a little day time explore at The Wharf Mooloolaba and popped into The Wharf Tavern for a nice cold drink!  It was the hottest day of the heat wave that day – oh boy!

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I watched the sun rise many mornings – this one captured from the apartment’s balcony. The photograph below was taken on a morning walk (after sunrise).

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The photo’s above were taken at ‘Chances‘, a restaurant at The Wharf Mooloolaba.  They were the view from the window at the table where I sat with Jo Tracey!  It was fabulous to meet up with her for the first time in person.  We met for lunch and had a wonderful time chatting away!  So much so that we forgot to take a selfie to mark the occasion and share with fellow bloggers.  Next time!

I enjoyed many, many beautiful sunsets.  Here are just two sunset snaps I took while on a late afternoon walk.

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sunset, mooloolaba, mooloolaba beach, beach, silhouette

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Cheers! Enjoying a glass of Pink Champagne on the balcony.

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No visit to the Sunshine Coast is complete without a hinterland visit.  Collage above – from top left and clockwise:  View from the veranda where we had morning tea at The Edge, Montville;  Smashed Avocado with Feta, Radish & micro herbs on Sourdough for breakfast at Winnie at Woombye (visit inspired by this post by Jo Tracey);  Dropped in at Cotton Tree on the way back to Mooloolaba;  View from the verandah of the Mapleton Tavern where we had lunch.

Mooloolaba, Mooloolaba Beach, Lap Pool

There was a lap pool at our apartment complex.  I used it only twice but it was lovely and refreshing!  Mid-way through our holiday the ocean started to get a little rougher with big swells for a few days as a result of Tropical Cyclone Gita over in the South Pacific area.  Soon after that the weather turned with some overcast days and then lots and lots of torrential rain.

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Even on an overcast day there is beauty to be found on Mooloolaba Beach!  I had to stop and capture these gorgeous flowers!

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I made good progress with reading my book Rachel’s Holiday by Marian Keyes. I finished the book soon after I got home from the holiday.  I’m now reading a Cathy Kelly book – The House on Willow Street.  The wet weather was actually a blessing as it forced me to relax and read more.  Another wet weather activity we did was going to the movies at Maroochydore to see I, Tonya. It was good! Fantastic acting, particularly by Margot Robbie … but though I enjoyed it, I didn’t love it like I did The Greatest Showman.

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I was determined to make it to the beach on the final full day of our holiday, and I did, for a little while before the heavens opened.  I didn’t swim but I did paddle on the water’s edge and enjoyed my time on the beach despite the weather.

There are some video’s I shared on Instagram – of the incredible view from our apartment, of the torrential rain on the day we went to the Eumundi Markets, of the torrential rain on the day we decided to explore Buderim, of the incredible lightening display one night during severe storms on the Sunshine Coast, the final farewell raindroppy view from the apartment’s balcony on the morning we left!  To see those either click on the links in this paragraph or pop on over to my Instagram and scroll around and you’ll see them, and more!

So that’s a wrap of what I’ve been lovin’ about life lately – the wonderful two weeks spent at Mooloolaba.  There was a heat wave, big swells, and then torrential rain but I loved it all, despite the weather!  So did I reap the benefits of a beach holiday?  Yes – I sure did!  You don’t need to go far to have a fabulous holiday.  Mooloolaba is only 1 hour and 10 minutes north of home here in Brisbane.

Have you been to Mooloolaba?  Had a beach holiday lately?  Team yogurt or yoghurt?

Ciao for now,

Link up here at WOTM or with another of us in the Lovin’ Life Linky team:

Leanne ofDeep Fried Fruit
ofSeize the Day Project
of 50 Shades of Age
of Debbish
and Jo of The Hungry Writer – Joanne Tracey

It doesn’t matter where you link up as it will magically appear on all six blogs.

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  • Reply Jo Tracey March 8, 2018 at 6:28 am

    Definitely team yoghurt. Some fab shots here. My fave is the sunset beach pic. It’s funny you say that about your SLR – I’ve been saying a similar thing. I love the flexibility of a SLR but lugging it around? So good to finally meet you…

    • Reply Min March 8, 2018 at 7:50 am

      Yes to team yoghurt! My fav shots are the sunset ones too – probably why I chose one as the feature photo for this post. Oh my SLR – I love it but I cannot cope with carting it around everywhere and not only the camera body but each of the lenses (which weigh a ton) that I ‘might’ need. I love photography but I need to make it practical and workable for me. So good to finally meet you too! Hopefully it won’t be too long till the next time. πŸ™‚

  • Reply Ingrid March 8, 2018 at 6:52 am

    I always spell yoghurt with an ‘h’ too! It just doesn’t look right without it!

    Your photos look amazing! What a wonderful and relaxing holiday you’ve had!


    • Reply Min March 8, 2018 at 7:50 am

      Hooray for another on team yoghurt! So glad you like the photos. It was a relaxing holiday – just what I had needed!

  • Reply Kooky Chic March 8, 2018 at 8:32 am

    Oh those photos almost make you feel the sand on your feet, the sun on your back and the smell of the sea spray. Glorious.

    • Reply Min March 8, 2018 at 3:52 pm

      Oh that’s nice to hear – thank you! πŸ™‚

  • Reply Sue from Sizzling Towards 60 & Beyond March 8, 2018 at 9:57 am

    The photos are stunning Min and this type of holiday was just what you needed. You look like you totally relaxed and had a great time. It was good the weather held up for most of the holiday as well. Mooloolaba looks beautiful and we haven’t been there for years so I should revisit it. Have a great week!

    • Reply Min March 8, 2018 at 3:54 pm

      Thanks Sue! It sure was the type of holiday I needed – far more than a busy touristy one. We’ve holidayed down the Gold Coast at Burleigh the last few years so a Sunshine Coast stay at Mooloolaba was a nice change. I’m thinking I’m way overdue for a holiday at the more secluded and quiet beaches in Northern NSW. Might try one of those next time. Love variety! πŸ™‚

  • Reply Leanne | March 8, 2018 at 11:23 am

    Gorgeous photos Min – the view from your apartment was beautiful (it reminded me of Esperance here in WA – but it takes a much longer drive to get to Esperance than you had to get to Mooloolaba!) You make me want to go back to Rottnest again for some sun and sea and white sand – and btw Yoghurt def has an “h” in it πŸ™‚

    • Reply Min March 8, 2018 at 3:55 pm

      Thanks Leanne! I so wish I had got to Rottnest when I had my brief visit to Perth in October 2017. Next time I will get there for sure. So glad you agree Yoghurt has a ‘h’ in it! πŸ™‚

  • Reply Sydney Shop Girl March 8, 2018 at 11:41 am

    Min, absolutely stunning. Looking over your photos here and on Insta was almost as good as being there. Almost πŸ˜›

    SSG xxx

    • Reply Min March 8, 2018 at 3:56 pm

      Thanks SSG – definitely ‘almost’ LOL! xo

  • Reply Denyse March 8, 2018 at 6:55 pm

    I have been to Mooloolaba once for a few days and loved it. Such a pleasant place. Mind you I found it humid but that’s what air con is for. The sea temp was terrific and I loved the beach. It was ages ago but I already know Nikki Parkinson and Stacey Roberts (VeggieMama) lived there (no longer) and they met me for lunch at a local place. So nice. I also ventured up to Gympie to meet a twitter friend who didnt believe I would do that!! Lovely memories made for you after the hard year losing your Dad. Happy 2018. Denyse x

    • Reply Min March 10, 2018 at 7:12 am

      It’s nice that you’ve been to Mooloolaba Denyse. Sounds like you had a wonderful visit despite the humidity! πŸ™‚ xo

  • Reply jodie filogomo March 9, 2018 at 12:38 am

    How wonderful that you were able to meet up with Jo Tracey!!
    I don’t know if it’s just my computer, but some of your images weren’t showing up?
    Yet the ones I could see were incredible!!

    • Reply Min March 10, 2018 at 7:14 am

      It was fabulous to meet Jo! I think it must be your computer/internet connect Jodie because I’ve had no other comments on problems with images loading. Hope you can come back another time and see them all! πŸ™‚ xo

  • Reply Natalie March 9, 2018 at 10:16 am

    Thanks, Min, for sharing the beautiful photos. Sounds like you had a relaxing holiday and it must be fun to meet up with Jo. Even the location name Mooloolaba has a nice ring to it. Have a fabulous week!

    • Reply Min March 10, 2018 at 7:14 am

      Thanks Natalie! It was the kind of holiday I needed at this point in time and a lovely bonus getting to meet up with Jo. πŸ™‚ xo

  • Reply betty - NZ March 9, 2018 at 8:01 pm

    Wow, those colors are just fabulous! I can see why you didn’t want to leave, but you have some wonderful memories with these great images.

    • Reply Min March 10, 2018 at 7:15 am

      Thanks Betty – it’s a lovely spot there at Mooloolaba πŸ™‚

  • Reply Deborah March 10, 2018 at 11:08 am

    One of my girlfriends lived at Mooloolaba briefly in the early – mid 2000s so I went a few times then and it’s really the only part of the Sunshine Coast I’d ever visited. I don’t know it well, but at the time visited the surf club often etc… I still like the Sunshine Coast much better than the Gold Coast, but suspect it depends on which bit you go to!

    • Reply Min March 13, 2018 at 2:40 pm

      I like the Sunshine Coast more than the Gold Coast too Deb. There are parts of the Gold Coast I really like though – like Burleigh Heads – love it there. I’m a big fan of Caloundra – love all the beaches around Caloundra and I have many fond memories of family holidays there.

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