08 Sep June 2022 Trip to Caloundra QLD
Since retiring from work in 2016, Maggie and I have become serial travellers. This has not led to long periods away from home, as nearly all of our trips have been a months or less. But, having arrived back home we start to look for spaces in our calendar to suit the next destination or set of destinations. Covid lock downs, logistical difficulties and travel costs have prevented or discouraged us from attempting any long haul overseas travel since 2019, so our recent plans have been created around Australian destinations.
Queensland is an easy choice during our winter (June, July & August) and normally people from Victoria (VIC) and New South Wales (NSW) would be able avoid the cold winter temperatures and rain by travelling north into Queensland (QLD). Based on this premise we set out on a June trip to Caloundra, part of the Sunshine Coast of QLD. Unfortunately in 2022, large parts of Queensland were also cold and wet in June, due to a second consecutive La Niña weather system, plus a Negative Indian Ocean Dipole, bringing well above average rainfall and below average temperatures.
Golden Beach, Caloundra
Coolum Beach Area
The Glass House Mountains
They don’t look like glass houses, but explorer James Cook thought they did and named them as such in 1770.
Dicky Beach, Caloundra
And this (or somewhere in southern QLD) is apparently where we caught Covid-19, as we both showed symptoms two days after arriving home and tested positive on the third day. Fortunately our experience of Covid was not serious.
Stay Safe and see you next time.