New Years

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New Years Eve
New Years Eve we travelled a couple of hours north to a small place on the Sunshine Coast called Tewantin. The family of one of Jane's housemates had very kindly agreed to host about 30 of us for the night and even cook us a bbq dinner! Spent the afternoon eating lunch on the beach, the evening drinking some beers, eating some lamb and meeting lots of Ruth & Jane's friends. Midnight itself was spent watching fireworks at the small quay near the house. Not quite Sydney fireworks, but fun nonetheless.

Grabbed a few hours sleep on a mattress out on the decking (cooler and quieter than inside, at least until dawn) before we were cooked a breakfast of blueberry pancakes and bacon. Yum. New Years Day was relaxing - went to the cinema in Maroochydore (to escape humidity) to watch the Lonely Bones (verdict = ok), then to the beach where me and Sarah went rock-pooling.
Not a bad place to be
Crabs weren't too big, but failed to catch anything. There was also a bit of drama when the shark alarm went off - sirens with a voice over a loud speaker saying "Evacuate the water! Evacuate the water!" Cue the lifeguards heading out in a dingy to ensure everybody was clear, although we didn't actually see the shark. Dinner at the surf club in nearby Noosa was fun, what with trying to fit 20 of us in.

Saturday = early start to pick up a boat. With Ruth & Jane's brother Anthony as skipper (licensed and everything), nine of us jumped aboard a hired boat to go cruising in the river. Nice and easy to drive, so I was allowed a turn at the wheel, even with a beer in one hand. We managed to avoid the big sandbars and the sea itself, heading to a beach where we dropped anchor for a swim and frisbee throwing. Most exciting moment was definitely discovering a dead puffer fish (inflated I might add), but was thankful not to encounter a live one. Swim finished, we cruised back up the river, feeling very out of place amongst the speed boats pulling water skis or rubber rings, until it was time to return the boat. Good morning well spent.

Headed back to Tewantin for our bags and then it was back down the motorway to Brisbane. Slightly different New Years to what I'm used to, but all good fun.

Luke
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New Years Eve
New Years Eve
Not a bad place to be
Not a bad place to be
Shark alert!
Shark alert!
Our boat
Our boat
Puffer Fish
Puffer Fish
Tewantin
photo by: lukeandsarah