Flying into the Gold Coast I was (as was everyone arriving lately) mindful of the serious bush wildfires wreaking havoc and destroying property through large swathes of NSW and to a lesser extent, Queensland.
There was something different in the air.
A quiet week on Gold Coast with a couple of short journeys. Firstly, to the Broadwater and Spit for a coffee and quick look, also had a wander around the brightly coloured apartment village that was originally for the 2018 Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast.
Then to Byron Bay and the lighthouse before heading off to Hervey Bay to start the Lady Elliott Island experience.
Travelling north the wide Queensland landscape becomes viewable from the lookout on Wild Horse Mountain.