We just got back from four glorious days at Straddie (Stradbroke Island). Straddie is an island in Moreton Bay just off the Brisbane shore. You catch the barge from Cleveland (on the outskirts of Brisbane) and 45 mins later you are on paradise!
This is the second year that we've spent the Easter long weekend at a house on the highest point of Point Lookout. The view is spectacular. Thanks to the northerly aspect you get to see both the sunrise and sunset from up on the whale watching tower (no whales this time of year though).
We stayed with a group of 10 adults and 4 children spread over two houses. Lots of good company, big communal meals and happy children. There is something so special about the beach for little kids - and mine had a fantastic time.
On a more adventurous note I went Scuba diving for the first time since 1998! On our first morning I went out with friends. Unfortunately the swell was huge and diving conditions a bit difficult with a very strong surge and current. I was quite nervous on the first dive but managed to relax and enjoy the second. Saw a green turtle and a leopard shark, reef manta and gorgeous brightly coloured fish. Amazing experience and will try to do it a bit more regularly from now on.
So now we're back at work, living off the sunny memories of a wonderful weekend. I hope Straddie at Easter is going to become a family tradition!