10-11April: Bye bye Bli Bli – Hello Zone RV!

Author: Mr A

Location: Sunshine Coast, Queensland

Tuesday

Try saying “Bye bye Bli Bli”…right…tricky. Well before we had to say it we headed off for a ride along the Maroochy river, and ended up in Mooloolaba – all one cycleway. The Sunshine Coast really seems to be getting behind providing cycling infrastructure. Great to see. A nice spot of lunch and back we headed to our caravan park.

And what an end to the day, Mrs A produced for dinner the most amazing Thai basil chilli stir-fry. It was just so delicious. She knows just how much heat we like, all the ingredients are made up from scratch, and there’s been many a Thai restaurant I’ve been to over the years that have turned out a lot less tastier food. Mmmm

Wednesday

It was a 7am getaway for a day we had been planning for months – our Zone was getting some warranty work and mods done at the factory in Coolum. We were warmly received by the team – we had met some faces before, but others had just been a helpful voice on the phone, so great to meet them in person.

The company has been growing fast and trying to keep pace with customer demand, hiring new staff and training them up. A quality problem to have! What an Australian success story, winning “Best Off Road Caravan” award in the first full year of producing that model. Now they have launched a “semi off-road” series that is also winning accolades.

The service team cracked through the work while we toured a few local lookouts and eventually parked up down a quiet road and tried to keep our adventurous cat amused.

Late afternoon and we were back at Zone with all the jobs having been ticked off.It was almost dark though as we headed off to find our camp for the night on a property north of Noosa. We pulled into the farmyard and there’s another Zone! Fellow Sydneysiders as well from the northern beaches enjoying their “gap year” travelling around Australia. We are looking forward to hearing their stories in the morning!

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