Sunday 8 & Monday 9 April – Onwards to Bli Bli

Author: Mrs A

Location: Bli Bli, Sunshine Coast, Queensland

Sunday morning saw us hitching up and heading down to the Fisherman’s Road Sunday Market in Maroochydore. We knew nothing more about it other than a note on WikiCamps stating it existed and had caravan parking.

There was indeed plenty of space for a caravan, and we parked up and ambled around the stalls, dodging the rain showers. It was a pretty good market, reminding us of those in France with plant stalls, shoes and hardware sold alongside fresh fruit and vegetables. It was of course much more expensive than French markets, and with more tropical produce – Thai eggplants and custard apples made it into our shopping bags. We picked up a $7 chicken pad Thai each for lunch.

From there we made our way to Bli Bli, a small settlement on the banks of the Maroochy River, and our unpowered campsite which was to be our home for the next three days.

As we often do, we jumped on our bikes for an explore. We found a cycleway across the road from where we’re staying which winds around the edge of the mangrove wetlands, eventually leading to the Wetlands Sanctuary. We left our bikes, sprayed copiously with deet (the mosquitoes were out in their millions and feeling hungry), and explored the boardwalks. Mosquitoes aside, it was a great area to explore, a rare chance to walk amongst the mangroves, spotting the Orange-clawed Fiddler Crabs on the mud flats, and birds flitting around catching flies.

Monday morning saw us heading out to climb Mount Coolum. It’s just a short drive from us on the coast, and a popular viewing point. The climb to the top is mostly via stone steps, and in the late morning heat was quite taxing, but well worth it when you reach the refreshing breeze and incredible views.Above – Mr & Mrs A, behind us looking out to Yaroomba and south to Maroochydore.And here looking all the way south to Mooloolaba…Looking northwards to Noosa Heads in the far distance…And inland, to Coolum Creek Conservation Park and beyond. Stunning scenery. The climb down was probably harder on the legs than the way up!Our afternoon was far less interesting, consisting of a visit to the local car wash, downloading some Netflix at the local library and picking up some supplies at Woolworths!

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