It’s been many years since I’ve been to Noosa but with the added incentive of having friends from Melbourne now living there, Peter and I decided to re-visit.
Lots of people were on the beach and in the town itself, happy to be without masks and by the look of things, retail here was thriving.
The old caravan park at the end of Hastings Street was no more, having been converted into a large car park.
Catching up with Jane and Paul McKearnan was great – and fantastic that after all their years of hard work they’ve been able to live their dream.
Paul recommended we head for Boreen Point (at first I thought he’d said “Boring Point”) which we did, after a brief walk around Hastings Street to buy us both a new pair of comfy sandals.
(Since the gutzy granny broke her ankle in March this year, comfortable walking shoes are more important than ever before!!)
Boreen Point proved to be a wonderful diversion. We had a beer at the grand old Apollonion Hotel and heard there was to be a bluegrass jam session that night.
The Manager said we could camp overnight in the car park next to the amenities block since we had decided to have a meal and stay and listen to the band.
And what a fabulous night it was! About 20 band members playing guitar, violin and double bass! It was truly worth staying – and the meal was pretty good too.
After leaving Boreen Point we headed for Maryborough, where we camped at the showgrounds and spent an enjoyable night with Rick and Rhondda from Redcliffe, who were on their way to 1770.
There are vans of every size, style and description on the road, and some of these seem almost like houses. Once parked for the night, at the push of a few buttons it seems, they sprout further ‘rooms’ extending from the sides. (I observe however, that these enormous vehicles seem to necessitate considerable cleaning – the gentleman next door to us here has spent much of his time hosing down the roof and cleaning the outside of his van this morning!)
That particular weekend, there was music happening at the Maryborough showgrounds on Saturday night. There were also excellent displays of equipment from fire engines to police cars, plus a great array of market stalls.
For those who seek old car parts, machinery etc. there was plenty to get excited about, but nothing the gutzy granny was interested in!!
But the music and the food stalls were great and we ended up staying three nights.
Unfortunately, we didn’t get a good look around some of the magnificent buildings in Maryborough, so will definitely have to return again one day.
Hervey Bay was next on the agenda and after driving around for about half an hour, we decided that we might continue on further up the coast.
That is – until we were replenishing supplies at Dan Murphy’s and heard the music!
Next thing, we bought tickets to the Lee Kernighan and Beccy Cole concert that was happening right there in the Dan Murphy’s car park! Loved Beccy Coles’ music and in particular The Lioness. Thank you Beccy.
A fantastic night was spent listening to country music. My only concern was that we had parked our van in the supermarket car park for the night and would get disturbed by security guards.
However, Peter had a ready excuse – “Well, officer, you wouldn’t expect us to be driving anywhere after a night spent having a few drinks at the concert, would you?”
We have been very lucky so far to have arrived in time for some magic music events.