Spring is here! We had such a busy August with the exterior of Northwind being painted and the sail structures over the windows being removed. The abseilers had a big job removing the sails, repairing render and then painting, while the two ‘earth-bound’ painters dealt to the balconies and block walls around the perimeter. The building really looks very smart and revitalized. We have kept the same colours, so our familiar white, grey and purple still stand out as you go along Mooloolaba Esplanade.
Mooloolaba has some unique dining experiences to offer visitors. One of these is “Taps”. This is the only venue in Australia where you can pour your own beer. They have a variety of beers to choose from and these are changed regularly. They also have a great menu, and the chef has made recommendations for which kind of brew to pair with the food.
The Indy at Eumundi is an independent theatre group which is putting on a great show for children on the 26, 27, 28 September and 4, 5 October. The Reluctant Dragon is a well-loved story of a dragon who just wants to be left alone, a retired dragon slayer and the townsfolk of a small village. All tickets are $12 and there is free popcorn for those under 12. The audience is encouraged to come along dressed as their favourite storybook character.
On Wednesday the winner of the Sunshine Coast Art Prize was announced. The 40 finalists for the prize are on display at the Caloundra Regional Gallery until 26 October.
We were fortunate to be able to attend “An Evening with Owls” early in August. About 100 people attended the event put on by Raptor Vision. The handreared owls displayed their hunting skills and their calls, while their handler explained the threats to their environment. There were opportunities to hold an owl and have your photograph taken. The evenings are held at the Ewan Maddock Dam Camp, which is just opposite the entry to The Big Cart Track.
Over the past couple of weeks we have had guests ask about bicycle hire. These are serious road bike riders. So we have done some research and found John Searston from Have Fun Tours. John has road bikes available for hire as well as offering bike tours.