Well, sunrise is just after 6am these days – so photos of it will be few and far between for the next few months.
Yesterday morning a tall ship was anchored off the beach. It was quickly followed by P&O’s Pacific Explorer. I know some locals aren’t ecstatic about the cruise ships, but they do bring a lot of business to the region. There are also always plenty of people down around the foreshore checking them out.
Another three are due this year, and eleven cruise ships are scheduled to stop in at Mooloolaba in 2018.
I watched it come in, and I watched it sail out into the sunset…ok, well not into the sunset, but you get the idea.
This morning I was up and about much earlier – and was rewarded with a sunrise…
It was over the hill to Alexandra Headland this morning. It won’t be long before sunrise will be stupidly early, so I’m making the most of these days.
Back in Mooloolaba, today’s cruise ship was coming in. The barman at the Surf Club yesterday told me that they’ve estimated that the cruise ships coming into Mooloolaba – and people coming down to gawk at the ships – will bring about $1 million into the region. It’s easy to believe. There are markets set up beside the Wharf especially for cruise passengers.
If there’s a better way to start the day, I’m not sure that I can think of it right now.
Welcome to a daily shot of Sunshine Coast love. Most days it will be sunsets, some days something else.
This morning as we walked the beach the Pacific Jewel was offshore waiting for the pilot boat to guide her in to where she’ll park for the day. It’s the last stop of a 12 night cruise up the East Coast from Sydney. The Jewel’s stop here is the first of 8 scheduled cruise boat stops in Mooloolaba in 2017. Tomorrow it will be the Pacific Explorer’s turn to dock on the only port stop of a 4 night Sunshine Coast cruise.