Total Basset Case: Down Under: Part 5, our last days

May 3, 2013

Down Under: Part 5, our last days

And now we've come to some of the best and worst parts of the trip.
Best being the company and scenery and worst being that it was the end of the trip.

If we had unlimited funds and Floyd (and lots of miles to fly our friend and family back and forth), I'm not sure we would have ever made it back home.
And as far as paying for food goes, I'm pretty sure I could survive on their produce, Tim Tams, coffee and gelato.  If that's not a balanced diet, I don't know what is.

Moving on to the end of our adventures... :(

We once again 'hired' a car and by now, Mister really had it down pat.  He was whipping around those roundabouts like a veteran. 
We spent our last two days in an adorable beach town called Noosa Heads.
The drive up to Noosa was about 2 hours and I was on kangroo/koala look out duty the whole time.  They have signs on the side of the road to watch for them like we do deer.
Sadly, we didn't see any on the drive.
 We choose Noosa because Jane's dad and husband were participating in a bike ride there later that weekend and we wanted to soak up as much time with them as we could.  And we had heard it was an adorable place, and it was.

To save a little bit of money (and to remind us of what college was like) we spent the first night at Halse Lodge, a 'backpackers' or hostel.  The Lodge was an old house with an adorable patio/wrap around porch, coffee area and bar.
The accommodations were just like college- a bed in a room and communal bathrooms.
I.e. I wore my flips in the shower and didn't have access to a hair dryer.  
But, it really wasn't all that bad.

There is not a shortage of cute shops in Noosa and we spent a large part of our day browsing those and picking up our final souvenirs. 
I finally found my Australian flag togs (swimsuit) I had been searching the whole trip for.
Bet your bottom dollar those will be making an appearance for 4th of July, if not sooner.
We also picked up an awesome Noosa Heads road sign tea towel that we are planning on stapling to a canvas and hanging in the house. 

That evening we went to a little 'meet and greet' at the lodge (i.e. they were giving out free wine) and followed that up with more drinks on their patio.
That was by far the cheapest we found beer the whole trip.  (Food and drinks are SO expensive all around, but that's a separate post.) 
We had dinner down by the beach then sat out on the boardwalk for a long time just taking in the sounds of the ocean and the scenery. 

The next day we were up bright and early-thank you to no air con (AC).  We had heard amazing things about the Noosa National Park and that there were often koala sitings there.  We headed off on a mission to get some exercise and find a koala to take home.
 Well, we got our exercise (walked a couple miles) but continued to bat 0 on the koala sitings. 

We spent most of the rest of the day working on our tans, and then FINALLY saw a koala in the tree on the street. Thank goodness.  That night we had a wonderful farewell dinner with Jane and her family. 
And what's dinner on vacation if it's not followed by ice cream?
Jane raved about the ice cream from Massimos and we knew it was a must try.
Their ice cream is SO good that they will not even give out samples.
 And good it was.
I had cinnamon and white chocolate and it was unlike any ice cream I'd had before.
Oh. My. Lanta.

And thats a wrap!
We had the most amazing time and can not wait to go back one day.
Thank you for letting us share it with you- it has been wonderful to go back through the picture, memories and details of our time in Australia.

Have a fabulous Spring weekend my lovies.
We will be back to our regularly scheduled programming next week.
And more Floyd.

And Floyd and I would like to wish Mr. Henry a very special HAPPY BIRTHDAY! 

P.s. go visit Erin to enter this's one you want to win, trust me.


Kait said...

Love Love Love all these photos! I wish I could have been a stowaway in your suitcase. Next time. Not kidding.

Always Maylee said...

Definitely seems like you had a fantastic trip. The sunset over the beach is just so pretty to look at!

xo, Yi-chia
Always Maylee

Betty said...

I loved reading your Australia posts and seeing all the are making me really want to plan a trip there!

Anne said...

Best travel recap EVA. Loved every post & every beach & every glass of wine pictured! Glad you all had a great time!!

Alison @ Get Your Pretty On said...

WOW, this looks like an amazing trip! How do you get back to reality after that? I'm sure you missed Floyd though.

Head to Toe Chic said...

it sounds like an amazing trip!! I'm definitely jealous!


Allison said...

I love your orange maxi dress. So cute on you!! I'm so glad you all had such a fantastic time! The beach looks amazing!

k8te said...

just saw this shout out...henry says thank you to floyd! such a thoughtful friend!! :)

Jodi said...

Oh I really want to go there even more after reading all of your posts! Looks like the best vacation ever. And that ice cream sounds so good. Love your orange maxi too!

Kaylin said...

where is this dress from?
it's AWESOME!!!