Category Archive for "Flora"

April 2016 Newsletter

April 2016 Newsletter It’s hard to believe we’re doing our April 2016 Newsletter. Autumn is well and truly underway. Mushrooms and fungi are popping up in gardens and parks. Particularly large ones are growing under casuarina trees. March was busy in Mooloolaba with the Mooloolaba Triathlon, a visit from the cruise ship Pacific Jewel, and Easter weekend. As always it was good to see so many familiar faces. Pacific Jewel moored in front of NorthwindPreparation for the TriathlonElite men during bike stageElite men prize giving ceremony The Unity Water tower on Point Cartwright is  part of the view from Mooloolaba. A competition...
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February 2016 Newsletter

February 2016 Newsletter What an amazing January!: just perfect weather for Mooloolaba’s holiday makers. A visit from the cruise ship “Azamara Quest” gave our guests an opportunity to watch the comings and goings of tenders while it was moored off-shore in front of our building. We have discovered CK Coffee Bar and Wholefoods, on Brisbane Road, just opposite the carpark. They are open for coffee, breakfast, lunch, cabinet meals and homemade raw cakes from 6.00am to 4.00pm, 7 days a week. Martin and his team are committed to bringing their customers a healthier alternative, as they believe  living a healthier...
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Happy New Year 2016

Happy New Year 2016. December brought all sorts of interesting happenings and events: international Tag teams filled Mooloolaba for almost a week; a visit from the cruise ship “The Pacific Eden” created interest mooring just out in front of Northwind with all the busy-ness of tenders transporting travellers to and from the ship; the annual Christmas Boat Parade with fantastically lit up boats of all sizes parading along the canals; and the Annual Tinnie Rally, organised by the Mooloolaba Yacht Club, where people in small boats (tinnies, inflatables, runabouts)  motor around the canals following clues and reaching checkpoints on a...
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Free activities in Mooloolaba.

Free activities often make great memories. The best memories and lasting family stories do not always come from visiting theme parks or attractions. There are free activities in Mooloolaba you can do with your family. When you stay with us here at Northwind we have tennis racquets  and tennis balls we lend to our guests at no charge for use on our half tennis court. We also have a selection of buckets and spades for our guests to borrow at no charge for the quintessential beach activities of castle building, water carrying, treasure collecting and hole creating. We also have some...
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Nelson Park

Nelson Park is a fifteen minute walk from Northwind Apartments. It is one block back from the Alex Surf Club, stretching between Mari and Okinja Roads, just in front of Sun City Bowls. It was created in 1979 from a parcel of low lying land gifted by the Presbyterian Church and named after Norman Nelson, a founding youth leader of the Presbyterian Church. The park was re-gazetted in 1989 as a reserve for drainage purposes. The park is dominated by a large shallow lake with a walkway all the way round. There is a secure fenced sheltered children’s playground with BBQ and picnic...
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Buderim Forest Park

Buderim Forest Park is a 45 hectare oasis of subtropical rainforest less than a kilometre from Buderim village. It is hidden on the northern side of Mt Buderim and features tall eucalypts, magnificent strangler figs with their buttressed roots, vines, fungi and palms. The waters of Martins Creek fall, cascade and bubble over basalt causeways and rocks and every now and then form quiet, restful pools. All along the 1300 metre length of the walk you can hear water. This area was well known by the Indigenous peoples of the area and they would use it as a resting place....
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Mooloolaba Beach Access steps and stairs

Mooloolaba Beach is a 2.4km stretch of beautiful white sand. Accessing the beach is possible from many points. The designs of the individual Mooloolaba Beach access points are quite varied, from the solid concrete steps at the Northern part of the beach surrounded by rock pools, through to sandy cuttings between casuarina trees. Some are just a footpath that finishes when it reaches the sand and some are elegant aluminium constructions designed to withstand the king tides and storms that ravage the coast from time to time, taking large quantities of sand, before bringing the sand back a short time later. Mooloolaba’s iconic Loo...
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Off Beat Eco Tours

Off beat Eco Tours runs personalised (Maximum 13 people) tours to the sub-tropical rainforest in the Sunshine Coast hinterland. The crew treat the passengers as friends and encourage them to see, hear, smell and touch the magic of the rainforest. The gourmet standard lunch includes gourmet busk tucker  fare – the delicious, nutty, chocolaty flavour of ground wattle seeds, the tang of lemon myrtle leaves -these  tours are an absolute feast for the senses. The Full day tour to the Conondale National Park is super. This is an area of national significance and home to a diverse range of flora and fauna,...
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Family Holidays in Winter

Family holidays in winter were a feature of this writer’s childhood. Not everyone can get to holiday with family during the summer months. The writer has many memories of winter holidays because that’s when the cows were “dry” and Dad could get a couple of days away. Here in Mooloolaba the weather never really gets too cold to enjoy the beach. The sea temperature rarely goes below 20 degrees C. With the life guards on patrol year round it is still a good place to have a swim if you are from cooler climates. With families, children seem to enjoy...
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Casuarina Trees in Revegetation Zone on Mooloolaba Spit

Casuarina trees – also known as she oaks- are a feature along the canals and  beach front of the Mooloolaba Spit. Just a pleasant fifteen minute walk from Northwind Beachfront Apartments, the trees are part of the on-going revegetation zone project along the Spit’s beach front. The area is between the Mooloolaba Surf Club and the Mooloolah River Mouth with a boardwalk through the zone. The name ‘casuarina’ derives form the word ‘cassowary’ because the fine, textured evergreen foliage looks like the feathers of the cassowary bird. The trees have little cones full of seeds which attract many native birds: the...
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