Yesterday (Monday) we went to the Crocodile Hunter's "Australia Zoo" which was bloody awesome. Lots and lots of crocodiles, of course, but also tons of different Australian animals. Far more than we could do in a day, especially a hot day. Their first aid guy said he routinely revives people who pass out from the heat. The crocodile feeding was the highlight for me--amazing ferocious cunning deadly prehistoric creatures.
In the afternoon we visited Montville, a tourist town in the middle of the Glass House mountains, and the Big Pineapple in Nambour. The Big Pineapple used to be right beside the big highway, then the government put in a bigger highway miles away and now it's stranded in nowhere. It seems enough of an attraction that it still gets people, though. It's a pineapple farm with a railroad, macademia plantation, avocados, animals, and a bar. Oh, and it gets its name from a HUGE pineapple that you can climb up. It's obligatory to get one's picture taken at the top of the Big Pineapple.
We're back in Mooloolabar tonight. Hot day and just-right water. Apparently a lot of Kiwis have given up the Gold Coast (Coolangatta to Brisbane) and moved up a hundred or two miles to the Sunshine Coast (where we are now). I can see why. It's real nice up here. The sort of place you'd want to have a holiday home at. One of Dad's mates from high school spends winters here and summers in New Zealand, and that sounds a right nice lifestyle. Then again, there are an awful lot of Australians here
(from an internet cafe that let me plug in my laptop