These days I am all about the small adventures. I definitely used to have the understanding that going on an adventure meant traveling far and wide but that couldn’t be further from the truth.
As my visa is processing and my husband and I are still trying to settle into our life here, leaving the country is rather complicated and not necessarily ideal. Instead we have been enjoying small adventures closer to home and it has honestly been so special and satisfying. As grateful as I am for living in the beautiful surroundings that we do and even though we live on the quieter end of the coast, it is still way too busy for me, I much prefer somewhere with less people and more nature which is exactly what we found these last couple days in Sunshine Coast. It is actually only a 3 hour drive north of where we live but still for some reason I had never been until now.
We left home around noon on thursday, and we were actually not prepared at all, we had vaguely talked about it but only decided, packed and booked an airbnb that very morning. Almost all airbnbs were sold out as we were that late so it was a miracle that we ended up staying in a place as beautiful as we did with the most breathtaking sunset view of Mt. Coolum.
When we arrived it was already late afternoon, as we stopped halfway up there to have lunch and a break from driving, we spent the rest of the afternoon enjoying the view and the sunset and then went out for dinner at a vegan restaurant in Maroochydore later that night. We went to a place called Elixiba and they actually have two different locations as well, one in Byron Bay and one in Robina, I’ve only been to each of them once, the one in Byron Bay on the night before our wedding and the one in Robina on the night we arrived back in Australia also the night where I met some of the friends that I am now really close with. So hard to comprehend how quickly time has passed these last 8 months. That night we shared an indulgent meal, nourishing conversations and elderflower kombuchas that reminded me of home.
The next morning we had breakfast at a raw vegan cafe in Coolum before driving up to Noosa. We ended up spending the entire day hiking down and back up the coast, it was such a beautiful day for it too, the views kept getting better and it was so warm it almost felt like summer. Late in the afternoon, we checked into a small B&B in Yaroomba not far from where we stayed the first night actually. We went down to the beach to watch the sunset and then went out for dinner at another vegan place before coming back and going to sleep early. We were both so tired from all the walking and all the impressions of the day but it was perfect day.
The next morning we slept in, had warm replenishing showers and then packed our things, went for a beach walk and then went back to the raw vegan cafe in Coolum for breakfast before hiking Mt. Coolum. A hike which I completely underestimated not unlike me at all and although it was definitely doable, I was actually really tired coming back down. The hike was really steep and my legs were shaking from walking downwards for so long. If I had to do it again I would definitely do it barefoot too as the rocks were really slippery but the view from the top was well worth the climb and I am so glad we went. After the hike we ended up driving out to a different national park nearby and doing another hike, a completely different one, through the rainforest to a secluded waterfall.
After all the hiking we were so tired and so hungry and went to another vegan place that we hadn’t gone to yet to have lunch before driving back down the coast and returned home yesterday right after sunset. I was still so tired from all the driving and walking I almost fell asleep right then. It was an adventure. A nourishing, inspiring, much needed one.