21/09/88

FINE Joe* rang about 8:30 from Surfer’s**. Yarned for about 10 minutes. They+ are going up to Noosa today. Linda, Alex and I went up to Bribie Island. We swam in the sea – great – and sunbathed.

*My brother, Joe.
**Surfer’s Paradise, a tourist town on the coast south of Brisbane.
+Joe was doing a Contiki bus tour of the Queensland coast and islands.

bribie

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Excerpt from a letter home from Linda to her family, Brisbane, 21/09/88

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Excerpt from the same letter added by me.

18/09/88

FINE.  Checked out of the motel and drove down to Coolum where we had brekkie. Drove on down to Nambour and had an hour on a hydroslide. Went to the Big Pineapple* and Alma Park Zoo.

pineapple

* Australians like their “big things”. The Big Pineapple is a “heritage listed” tourist attraction first opened in 1971 on a pineapple plantation at Nambour.

17/09/88

HOT. Watched the Olympics opening ceremony. Hired a boat and cruised the Noosa River for 3 and a half hours. Went to the beach at Noosa Heads then back to the motel. Had tea at a place called Gingers.

Noosa Beach