Drive to Nambour really pretty. Staying in a caravan park in Yandina, just outside of town. We were going to stay in the area for 3 days but enjoyed it so much that we stayed for a week. It is really beautiful around here. We explored the Moreton Bay region spending time at Bribie Island which has canals and new homes - expensive. The Community Arts Centre is great with local artists providing paintings, photos, pottery, glass etc at very reasonable prices.
We also called in to the Big Pineapple and were disappointed to find that the tourist shop has closed down. All that is left of it is a Sunday morning market. But no matter, we called in to the Ginger Factory at Yandina. Very touristy, but nevertheless a lovely place to visit. Gorgeous gardens and quirky shops as well as a lovely gift shop and cafe. We did find it quite expensive though. Over the road is Nutworks, the macadamia factory. They have samples of the different flavours of nuts and we bought a packet of our favourite - roasted onion flavour. Delicious.
We drove out to a small town called Eumundi on Wednesday and were lucky to find the markets were open that day. They are fabulous - really good quality and plenty of local crafts at very reasonable prices. Oh girls, you would have had such fun....I even bought myself a lovely skirt. There's also plenty of stalls to eat at as well with lots of choices. We walked till we dropped. Definately one of the best markets I have ever been to - I think even better than South Bank in Brisbane !
Thursday was a really wet, grey day so rather than stay in, we drove out to Maroochydore and decided to check out the shopping area. The city centre part is farly average for a country town. We walked over the road to the shopping centre and were nicely surprised. It's built on a canal with boardwalks on either side with eateries with the main shopping centre at the end. It didn't matter that it rained, we were high and dry inside. Also checked out Noosa Heads...too big for our liking. Too many people even on such a wet day.
Friday we woke to a beautiful sunny day and decided to do the Blackall Range Tourist Drive and went to a lovel botanic garden at Maleny. It's privately owned and is really beautiful with great views of the Glasshouse Mountains. The fellow who designed it is expanding it all the time with walks through the park and around water features all surrounded by magnificent rain forest. Wow. The town is pretty too, but so very busy that it was difficult getting parking.
What a fabulous area to explore.