Disappointingly, Coolum's perfect beach has not been matched by the beachfront development-there's Coolum Caprice, Maccas, Gloria Jean's, a Subway and huge Keno signage on the surf lifesaving club....and there are now only 3 sad looking Norfolk Island pines left lining the beach...very sad!
It was hard to locate myself in Peregian: a favourite fishing haunt and the perfect beach for pippy hunting and beach games, 45 years ago. It's a very stylish beach side village now: contemporary low rise development, with plenty of cafes and restaurants and homewear shops. We had a wonderful lunch at the Baked Poetry Cafe on Peregian's equivalent of Hastings Street.
But I only had to walk over the sandy dune path to Peregian's main beach for all the childhood holiday memories to come flooding back.
and South back to Coolum Beach with the "distinctive" Coolum Caprice a prominent landmark in the distance as the only high rise on this part of the Sunshine Coast.
The only mark scored against Peregian was that there were only Murdoch papers for sale at the newsagent!!!
We ended off our day of reminiscing at The Spit, where Noosa River runs into Laguna Bay. Across the water those sand flats are part of Munna Point, a favourite haunt where our Dad used to spend many hours indulging our obsession with fishing for undersized flathead (which we always threw back of course) in crystal clear, knee deep, sandy bottomed water.
And we checked out the house at 32 Mitti Street Noosa for the big September P family reunion. It looks great guys - right next door to the gorgeous beach at Little Cove and the entrance to the national park. You might even see some koalas from here. Love Noosa!