It’s the end of my forth day back in Australia. I’m in Kuluin, on the Sunshine Coast, Queensland. I’m sitting here drinking goon. It’s not bad. Not bad at all. According to Urban Dictionary goon is,
Mine actually cost $14 actually. Maybe there are different, higher classes of goon. Anyway, back to Urban Dictionary.
Yes, I’m trying to fit in here in Oz and in doing so I’m finding it hard to avoid the stereotypes, or maybe I’m just attracted to them. I dunno. Either way, I’ve been to the beach, had steaks on the barby (no shrimp), had a few beers in the Surf Club (no Fosters) & now I’m drinking the goon while sitting on this veranda. I’m also looking at the pictures I’ve taken over the last few days of sightseeing on the Sunshine Coast, pretty much all of which feature beaches, rainforests & random Aussie wildlife. It’s been a good first few days in Oz. I love Asia but it is good to be out of it, at least for now. Oz so far has been relaxing. I have a base, somewhere to call home for a bit, & I’ve nothing really to do, so it’s bound to be relaxing. It’s also clean, sunny — they have blue skies here with fluffy-white clouds, meaning it’s important to slip– (on a shirt)-slop (on the sunscreen)-slap (on a hat) — & I have access to traveller luxuries (a washing machine, an iron, clean tap water, good, safe food, & even a car) that I haven’t had up to now. Life is good.
The Sunshine Coast
For the last few days I’ve driven around & seen what the Sunshine Coast () has to offer. It has been fun. Admittedly there’s not all that much to see – all that much that’s good I mean. There’s no doubting that this is a beautiful part of the world, but truth be told The Sunshine Coast has its fair share of tacky tourist traps (The Big Pineapple, Aussie World etc.). Australia Zoo is the stand-out exception, a world-class attraction if ever there was one. I have, not intentionally mind, seemed to have spent most of my time getting at one with nature – I’ve seen a lot of National Parks & rainforests, had a few picnics, stared at a few mountains, walked the streets of a few quaint country villages & not so quaint seaside towns & of course seen quite a bit of beach & beach activity (surfers, lifeguards etc.). All of that, the aforementioned tacky attractions & suburbia seems to be what the Sunshine Coast is all about.