It turns out that we made the correct decision to make a dash over the border in to Queensland. Only hours later the QLD government decided that due to a rise in COVID cases in NSW a pass would be needed and a 14 day quarantine would be mandatory.
Our road mates “the O’Neills on the bus go round and round” had made the same dash as ourselves and were also happy to be in QLD. Later we get together and Kaz has cooked a chilli con carne which we all get in to and Richo as usual has a great fire on the go. We were also joined by another couple who were from South Australia and they were also travelling in a bus. They are spending a week visiting all the Gold Coast theme parks with their three kids.
Next day and we rise a little later than usual and take a walk in to the Main Street of the town. We have never heard of this place but it seems a lot of folks do as the coffee shops are very busy and there are the usual weekend toys out including some fancy cars and motorbikes in addition to some motor homes and caravans. The sun is shining and everyone is enjoying the relaxed vibe.
We then take a drive to Broadbeach to grab an ocean fix. This place is really nice with a fantastic beach and boardwalk. It also provides a great view of surfers paradise and the Gold Coast massive skyscrapers including Q1 which we have stayed at a few years ago. Max also enjoys a splash in the ocean before we get in the shade for some lunch then heading back to Canungra.
Later on we treat ourselves and order a wood fired pizza and then head over to the O’Neills bus and watch a fantastic game of AFL footy on the big telly with Geelong winning the match with the last kick of the game against the Bulldogs.
Saturday we are up to take a drive up to the world heritage listed Lamington National Park. It’s a steep and torturous 36K drive up the green mountains with hairpin bends, one way sections, blind crests and passing places. Thankfully Kaz is driving as she is not the best passenger even on normal roads. I get the best of the views as Kaz is unable to take her eyes off the road for a second. At the very top we reach the O’Reillys rainforest resort which is a bit chaotic with very little opportunities to park and of course being a National park we are not allowed to do much as we have Max in tow. There are a great number of walking tracks in to bush ranging from 1.8 to 21.4K all of different levels and terrain. We decide to make our way back down to the village as we can’t do anything and we won’t leave Max in the car. The return trip is just as hairy and again Kaz handles it without issue.
Tonight we have another treat as we head down to the Canungra hotel for food and drinks with our bus mates. Strangely we are in the same part of the lounge where a wedding is taking place. I look across the room as the bride in full wedding dress is walking through. I smile my congratulations to which she walks over to our table and asks how our evening is going. We again congratulate her and she chats a bit more before walking off!! Not sure if she thought we were part of the wedding party but it sure was strange. Having had a good night we walk back up the hill in pitch darkness and use our phone torches to navigate.
Sunday we headed to the town of Nerang for supplies including dog food then returned to again have a walk through Canungra where we swap our gas bottle (first time on the trip) and also grab some fire wood to use on our newly purchased fire pit. Tomorrow we will leave to head further north so we have a quiet night having packed up our kit again.