The Sunshine Coast and Brisbane

After Fraser Island, let’s go to the Sunshine Coast and Brisbane.

As Jérémy wants to try surfing, we are going to Noosa Heads. Once we arrived in front of the campsite, a sign announced that it was fully booked. Nothing really surprising considering the season and the reputation of this place to surf. So we went to Mudjimba for one night, but there was not much to do.

The next day, we went to Maroochydore. We walked in the city and looked for a surf school so Jérémy could book his lesson. We went to two Surf Clubs before realizing that a Surf Club, well it is a restaurant. Alright, great logic! We asked in a Surf Club how we could book a lesson in one Surf School (we found a flyer – in a Surf Club!). We were explained that this surf school did not have a store and that we should call them. Ooook, we could have searched for a while! Anyway, Jérémy called and booked his first lesson for the next morning (45$ for a ‘beginner’ lesson during 1h30).

The next morning, we went to the meeting point, and Jérémy had his first surf lesson. He found that very hard and exhausting but really loved it. Here are some picture of his first ‘sledging’…

Difficult beginning...
Difficult beginning…
But finally it was quite a success...
But finally it was quite a success…

Then, on November 28th, we went to Brisbane.

Brisbane !
Brisbane !

We visited and realized that except for some old buildings that where pretty nice, there was not much to visit. We were lucky because we could see the Christmas tree lightening at King George Square, after a little entertainment (Santa Claus was even here!). It was great to share this moment with thousands of australians. And very funny to tell ourselves that we were wearing shorts and flip flops.

Christmas tree at King George Square.
Christmas tree at King George Square.
And Santa was even here!!!
And Santa was even here!!!

Two days after, we went back to the city and walked around all day long.

Lauriane is making friends with the locals!
Lauriane is making friends with the locals!
Even birds can eat at the restaurant!!!
Even birds can eat at the restaurant!!!

Then, on December 1st, we went to wash our van Wicked Willy before dropping it off at Brisbane’s Wicked Campers. Giving the really light inspection that we had when we returned the van, we understood better why it was not so clean when we got it in the first place. We gave a customer feedback, and ‘won’ a 100$ voucher for our next hire. The Wicked Campers staff called us a cab and we went to Brisbane airport.

We arrived at the airport around 10:30 am, our flight to Adelaide was at 3:55 pm. Consequently, we could not check-in immediately and looked for a trolley to move our luggage without being exhausted. Well trolleys cost 4$ at Brisbane airport! Because we found that a little bit excessive, we decided not to pay for that. We looked for a place to eat something: pretty much nothing (nothing interesting anyway) before checkin-in your luggage and passing through the security controls! Therefore, we sat on some bench and… we waited. 1:55 pm, we were able to check-in, YES! Everything is automatic, like in supermarkets, except that when we tried, it did not work. As a result, we went to the traditional check-in. We were going to pass the security checks when we heard “Lauriane Tomczak, please return to the check-in”. Oh shit, what the hell is going on? Lauriane went back, and it turned out that Jérémy’s luggage was registered under her name and that security saw our (french) camping stove that he had in his backpack. Apparently, this is forbidden (with Cathay Pacific from Paris to Hong Kong and from Hong Kong to Cairns, we had no trouble!). As Lauriane did not know where it was exactly in the backpack, she called Jérémy and he found her to get the camping stove out of the bag. Confiscated, and not cool. After this incident, we went through security checks and Jérémy was able to eat his Double Whooper.

As for the Brisbane – Adelaide flight, let’s say that it was a low cost flight with the (non) comfort that goes with it…

We arrived in Adelaide, where we spent the night before picking up our rental car the next day at Wicked Campers. Stay tuned for the next episode…

Bonus ; We had some unexpected visit…

A possum near our van...
A possum near our van…
Sorry for the bad quality but we did what we could in a hurry!
Sorry for the bad quality but we did what we could in a hurry!

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