We camped for 2 nights at at place called Spring Gully Stays in Canungra. We were with my brother and his family and we pretty much had the place to ourselves. At least it felt that way. There was a little creek running just behind us and after a hot day it was pretty amazing to jump in there. But we never stayed in too long, as the water was super cold. We had a fire at night and the kids did the marshmallow thing.
We had a look around the town of Canungra. Of course I had to check out the Pharmacy :) I was pleasantly surprised. The pharmacist here is 81 years old and is still running the place! An older guy of about 60, sporting a huge beard (quite impressive) and a long ponytail was standing in the dispensary. I got chatting with the pharmacist's daughter-In-law who told me this guy was their dispense tech. Haha what a way to throw out that stereotype! There were no staff uniforms here and his young granddaughters worked in the shop helping customers (school holiday time).
The walls were full of framed registration and graduation certificates from a long time ago. Beside them were some prized photos of fish he had caught. Obviously his other passion. Love it!
After Canungra we drove up the mountain (800 metres above sea level) to Binna Burra, in Lamington National Park. The views were beautiful and we enjoyed some walks through the rainforest (except for the leeches that is). It's pretty gross finding leeches on your baby! Don't worry, we got them off quickly.
We spent a day in Mount Tamborine. We were lucky enough to be there on market day (once a month). I love Markets! We also checked out the brewery and cheese factory. The gallery walk was great. Right through the main street filled with quirky shops, cute cafes and some serious hippy, crystal stuff going on. It reminded us a bit of Kuranda.
We also managed a quick day trip back to the Gold Coast to see my sister and family who were holidaying there. We had a great time but didn’t think ahead to the drive home though. At 7pm it is almost impossible to see anything driving up the mountain. The fog/cloud cover was so thick we had to drive 30km/hr most of the way.