Thursday, November 18, 2010

An Australian Summer Supreme

   The Sunshine Coast area encompasses a wide variety of townships. If you're after a friendly and laid back atmosphere with secluded beaches, fewer high rise buildings than the cities and an amazing assortment of features, then the Sunshine Coast is it. Unique, varied and simply unspoilt!

    The Coast begins at Caloundra, just one hour's drive north of Brisbane and extends to Cooloola, the gateway to World Heritage Listed Fraser Island. It takes in tranquil hinterland including the Glass House Mountains, Blackall Range, Noosa Hinterland and the Mary Valley; as well as more than 100 kilometres of beaches. The perfect combination for a dream holiday.
Maroochydore and Pincushion Island at Dawn

 Sunrise on the Coast
    Banjo Paterson

Grey dawn on the sand-hills–the night wind has drifted
    All night from the rollers a scent of the sea;
With the dawn the grey fog his battalions has lifted,
    At the call of the morning they scatter and flee.
Like mariners calling the roll of their number
    The sea-fowl put out to the infinite deep.
And far over-head–sinking softly to slumber–
    Worn out by their watching, the stars fall asleep.

To eastward, where resteth the dome of the skies on
    The sea-line, stirs softly the curtain of night;
And far from behind the enshrouded horizon
    Comes the voice of a God saying “Let there be light.”
And lo, there is light!      Evanescent and tender,
    It glows ruby-red where ’twas now ashen-grey;
And purple and scarlet and gold in its splendour–
    Behold, ’tis that marvel, the birth of a day!