For Easter this year the Aussie and I spent a few days in a town called Canungra which is located in the beautiful Lamington National Park. The Aussie had visited Lamington at the end of 2018 and had gone on some hikes and we planned to do the same.
The forecast before we left was optimistically for rain. This of course was an understatement as it poured down pretty much on and off from just after we left Brisbane until well after we got back!
We stayed in an AirBnB homestay which means you have a room in a house owned by the host. We didn’t know what to expect as we have booked a few AirBnB trips but always an apartment so we had it to ourselves. We arrived and were greeted by the host who was absolutely lovely and quite the character. He had come from a law enforcement background so once we got chatting we had lots of in common stories! He did though wisely say that he didn’t think we would be going for a walk and he was right about that.
We travelled down mid morning on Good Friday and surprisingly we avoided the expected traffic jams. We drove through beautiful rolling countryside and into the National Park.
After arriving and unpacking the rain came down hard so we pottered around for the rest of the afternoon before popping out for dinner at the local sushi bar called Ginja Ninja Sushi Cafe. The Aussie has visited Japan and said the set up was very like a few of the Japanese Bars and restaurants that he visited there. I thought the food was really tasty as well.
On Saturday morning we got up and headed to O’Reilly’s Rainforest Resort with the intention / hope that we could go for a walk as a lot of the walks in the area run from the resort.
The journey there was interesting, being windy roads all the way there. There were lots of parts where only one car could go down the road as well as some traffic lights. When I plugged it into the Satnav it said the trip would take 50 plus minutes but it was only 35km away so I thought the Satnav was having a funny five minutes but it was very accurate!
We stopped of for a coffee in the restaurant which was nice and we watched the pouring rain come down whilst admiring the view from the balcony.
We then decided to take a walk along the Treetop Walk , stopping off to feed the birds en route, and of course the rain came down even harder and my coat which I thought was waterproof quickly demonstrated that it was not! The walk itself was really lovely and I would go back again on a less rainy day to check it out at a slower pace. We also stopped of in the Botanic Gardens which was quite lovely as well.
We decided to head back into Canungra and stopped off for another coffee and watched the world go by for a little while before heading back to our AirBnB.
We had a lazy afternoon and I even had a nanna nap which was very much needed and enjoyed before dinner and bed time!
Sunday we headed back to Brisbane via the town of Boonah. Again the Aussie had visited and stayed here last year with his friend so he wanted to take me there to check it out.
The town is a very Aussie town with old hotel / pubs and the people were so friendly and welcoming it was lovely. After a quick pitstop to eat lunch we drove back home and did our unpacking and trying and failing to get our washing dry!
Monday was Easter Monday and I popped over to Naomi’s house where we headed out on an almost 10km walk. It was wonderful to get out and stretch our legs (and there was no rain!) and catch up with Naomi. We put the world right and made plans for the coming weeks and months.
Our Easter weekend was not as intended but it actually really didn’t matter at all because it was just what we wanted and needed. We were both quite tired from the last few weeks and needed the rest.
How did you spend your Easter break?