October newsletter 2014
September has been very busy here at Northwind. A shelter has been built over the BBQ and outdoor tables and is proving a hit with holiday makers. No more dealing with pesky umbrellas! We also had the last of the old archway removed from the main entry and a new sign put in place at the front. The sign has caused some discussion as it is markedly different from other signage around town.
Manager Andrew had a wonderful experience when he went out with the Sunreef team to swim with the whales. The group of whales they encountered swam very close to the boat and under the boat. They were accompanied by a large pod of dolphins. Swimming with Whales continues through to November as the whales head back to southern waters. Sunreef works to gather data for whale conservation while on these trips.
One of our great pleasures is having a picnic. A quick dash to the supermarket to get a bread stick, sliced cold meats, salad doings and drinks then the whole ceremony of packing up the knives, table cloth and other essential picnic paraphernalia and we’re off. Sometimes a walk to one of the many parks around Mooloolaba, sometimes further afield. Penny Lane Park is tucked in between the Wharf Tavern and the Coast Guard Station. We have spent many happy hours watching the boating activities and people fishing.
Last week we introduced some New Zealand friends to the delights of Cotton Tree Park as a picnic spot. The week before we had spent a happy afternoon at the Maroochy Botanic Gardens being entertained by flute bird who sat on our table and sang beautifully while a bush turkey lurked around picking up crumbs and many species of parrot flew overhead.
Fishing is popular with many of our guests. There are so many choices here is Mooloolaba: from going out on a deep sea charter, through to crabbing and just throwing a net or line in the canals it appears there is something for the inner fisherman in everyone. It’s something for the individual, couple or the whole family. Boab Boat Hire has boats for hire and can arrange for the boat to be delivered ready to go from the Mooloolaba Boat Ramp on Parkyn Parade.
We are delighted to announce that the Carnival by the Sea will be back in Mooloolaba at the Mooloolaba State School from Boxing Day through to mid January. While Jennifer’s favourite ride is the Teacups, Andrew is excited about the pig racing. This is a great evening out for families.