Well, hello, Summer! I realise it's still Spring, but it sure feels like Summer. Saturday afternoon and the beach is beckoning…what better way to spend an afternoon - we truly are blessed in South East Queensland with the on-time arrival of perfect weather, azure blue sea, warm waters - Mother Nature has once again smiled upon us!
Stairs Leading to our Beachside Bliss - Image: Elaine de Wet
We started our amble at Alexandra Headlands and headed off down some stairs to the beach (a new, undiscovered route for me) and to my delight stumbled upon a furry-family member beach - have you ever noticed that furry family members have exceptionally happy mortal parents? There's something about owning a doggy that naturally brings out sunny personalities.
Ava with her pet Hermit Crabs - Image: Elaine de Wet
Ava, was our first meet-n-greet (Ava is mortal) - Ava was with her Mom, Donna, and they were busily sorting out Ava's pet Hermit Crabs in their little home in a terrarium - they do this once a week to give these little packages of cuteness fresh offerings from the sea and to ensure the little 'house' they provide for these very unusual pets, stays new and interesting.
Black Labrador showing off his swimming skills - Image: Elaine de Wet
Our next sighting was a black Labrador, who was absolutely lapping up the waves, his delight at being in the water was evident for all to see - there was no way his owner was getting him out any time soon.
Coconut, our little ball-of-fur new friend - Image: Elaine de Wet
Coconut was our next little black ball-of-fur friend, who was only too happy to pose for me for a photograph - Coconut is a full pedigree Miniature Poodle - he was ecstatic to meet us and loved having his head and ears scratched, but was wary of the ocean as his preference is low tide for ducking and diving.
Stunning yacht skimming along the waves - Image: Elaine de Wet
As we continued our meandering towards the Mooloolaba Esplanade, it was absolutely awesome to meet so many new 'friends', all the while enjoying the stunning views across the ocean - a yacht in the distance, skimming through the water, picnickers enjoying the beautifully warm weather and everybody just looking a tad 'lobsterish' from too much sun.
Meet George, our ball-playing friend - Image: Elaine de Wet
Our next ball-playing furry friend was George, he delighted in chasing a ball that his mother threw for him - we were warned though, that should we show too much interest George would insist on involving us in his ball game as he just loved people. George was just the cutest, he couldn't make up his mind whether playing with us with his tennis ball was a better option than taking the ball and running. Decisions, decisions!
Mooloolaba Beach Holiday Park with envious views - Image: Elaine de Wet
Continuing along the beach and we could only look on in envy and dismay at the Mooloolaba Beach Holiday Park, envy with the stunning views these holidaymakers have every day as well as listening to the sounds of the ocean at night. And dismay, as rumour has it that this Holiday Park will be no more in the next year or so to make way for a water park, tidal rock pool, extended pathways and better parking solutions.
Sculpture of Steve Irwin and his children, Bindi and Robert - Image: Elaine de Wet
Up and onward to the Mooloolaba Esplanade to admire the sculpture of Steve Irwin and his children, Bindi and Robert, which is a huge tourist attraction, with many holidaymakers stopping to admire and photograph this unique commemoration - Steve Irwin, a devoted father, husband and mate. Carved out of Queensland marble, this sculpture was unveiled to the public in 2007 as a tribute from Maroochy to the extraordinary life of Steve Irwin and his incredible contribution to wildlife conservation.
Hate exercising indoors? Continue upwards back towards Alex Heads, and you'll find outdoor exercise equipment, overlooking possibly some of the best views on this coastline - a perfect location to burn off those extra chocolate calories from last night whilst immersing yourself in the panoramic views.
Memorial Tribute to HMAS Brisbane - Image: Elaine de Wet
A bit further on and you'll come across the Memorial Tribute to HMAS Brisbane and her crew with the foremost section of the mast incorporated into the Memorial pointing directly at the ship's final resting place. This great lady was sunk 2.8 nautical miles east of Mudjimba Island.
This stretch of coastline between Alexandra Headlands and Mooloolaba and the return trip, has so much to offer the 'some-time' ambler like me - a bit of beachside bliss, meeting new furry friends plus a couple of Memorial Tributes - all making for a very interesting afternoon beach-side.