This is a guest post by Willie for the Notes from Africa Photoblog.
During December 2011 I went to Australia to attend a forestry conference. After spending a couple of days in Sydney, I flew to Canberra to start the pre-conference tour – essentially a road trip between Canberra and Melbourne, stopping off to look at forestry areas along the way. From Melbourne we flew up to Brisbane on the Sunshine Coast, and travelled up to Mooloolaba where the actual conference was held.
Mooloolaba was a brilliant place to have a conference, as you can see from the pictures below. For the correct pronunciation of Mooloolaba have a look at this reference. The town lies between the beach and the marina on the Mooloolaba River. It is a popular town on the Sunshine Coast, though from the photographs you can see that we had only overcast weather during our stay there. This did not spoil the visit in any way – it was still way better being on the beach than in a lecture room.
To the east of Mooloolaba we visited the Glass House Mountains National Park, pictured below, as well as the Beerburrum plantation area.
A lunch break gave us the opportunity to explore some of the indigenous forests and take some pictures.
So what is a visit to the great land of Oz without a picture of a kangaroo, this one on the lawn of the local university.
I could not pass up the opportunity to go out on the flat sea around Mooloolaba to see how the locals fish. Mooloolaba derives its name partly from the Aboriginal word “mulu”, meaning snapper fish, so we went out to see what they look like.
The launch from the marina was easy and access to the sea via the picturesque river mouth was an absolute pleasure.
The marina also houses a fishing fleet making use of the secure and easy access to the sea.
In the Postcards from Australia series: