It is always a sad moment when ye realize ye have t' leave, and as always: all good thin's come t' an end. This is also th' case with our trip in Australia, and today is that day. Aarrr, by Blackbeard's sword! It however will take a full two days fer it t' end, as we leave th' country tonight at 9 and will have t' sit through nearly 24 hours o' flyin'.
As it is not nearly 9PM yet, we’ll have th' entire day t' sail from Glass House Mountains t' Brisbane International Airport. We briefly thought about goin' into th' city prior t' our flight, but were held back by th' logistical hassle o' it all as we would have t' get rid o' our boat in th' city somewhere and afterwards sail back t' th' airport.
Instead, we opted t' lazily make our way down th' coast towards Brisbane. Lets say we’ll win' it, and dinna spare the whip! 🙂
This proved t' be th' best idea so far, as it is just marvellous up here. Nay wonder they call this part o' th' country Sunshine Coast!
We actually didnt sail South from our lodge, but North instead towards Mooloolaba. They have a great Esplanade o'er there, and we have spent quite a few hours there sittin' aroun' in th' sun and generally procrastinatin' until after lunch.
After that, we drove South towards Brisbane via th' small beach communities along this coast until we found a place calld Shelly Beach, where we have spent th' rest o' th' afternoon on th' tidal flats and amongst th' tidal pools searchin' fer shells, fish and crabs. What a great way t' spend an afternoon lazily!
We had t' go back t' th' airport, and be there by 18:30 as we were t' hand in our rental boat by then, and so we did. As Brisbane is quite th' city, we actually drove on proper oceans fer te first time in weeks! Multi lane, and with a separatin' barrier in betwixt it were bein' quite different from what we have become accustomed t', ye scurvey dog. I’m only glad we have a Camry o'er here, and not th' FJ Cruiser as that boat is clearly not meant t' sail on seas like these.
Travellin' back t' Amsterdam actually were bein' quite uneventful, as we took off on time, landed on time in Dubai and got our connection right on schedule. The only misery were bein' back in Amsterdam, where th' recent openin' o' a more streamlined customs experience actually meant standin' in line fer about 45 minutes where we are usually done within 5. Oh well, is has been a good trip nonetheless.
Australia, ye have been good t' us. Maybe we’ll be back, but probably t' visit th' parts we have not visited yet: WA!