On this grey, dreary day my husband decided to humour me. I had requested that he prepare a lunch so that we could have picnic in the hinterland, then promptly forgotten all about it. It was a 52 in 52 that I wanted to achieve for weeks, and hadn’t yet had a chance. I thought today would have been a great chance for us to spend time together before the arrival of bub.
After making my request, I went out and caught up with some friends in a book club I’m part of. While I was out, Mario had messaged to let me know we had other friends coming over to visit, ones that we always struggle to find time to see. Once I got home, he explained he had told them we would only be home until midday, then we had to go out.
“Where?” I enquired, disappointed showing in my voice. Secretly I was hoping for a day at home on the couch.
“You wanted to have a picnic?!” he pointed out, very confused.
“Oh yeah!” My voice changed to excitement.
I looked in the fridge, to find he had prepared a packed lunch for us. He had put together a spread of sandwiches, olive antipasto, chocolate and drinks. What a sweetheart.
Finding somewhere to go
At first I had wanted to take our dog as well, but after thinking more about it, I decided taking her in a truck on windy roads may not be a smart idea. She was out.
After discussing the technical specifications we decided that all I wanted to have a view over the coast if possible. Knowing there was a ton of lookouts along the Sunshine Coast hinterland, we jumped in the car and headed up. Our first stop was to go to Mary Cairncross, which was absolutely packed. I also forgot that the view was actually across the road from the Scenic Reserve, and not actually a lookout. We continued on.
I put in the keywords of “lookout” in Google Maps, and McCarthy’s Lookout was only a short distance away. We decided to go there.
We pulled up and it was perfect. It had everything I needed:
- A view over the Glasshouse Mountains (admittedly quite grey, but still gorgeous; I can only imagine what that would look like on a clear day)
- A table and chairs for us to sit at (bonus – they were clean)
- Not many people (at the time there was only two other girls there occupying the second table; they had wine – I was jealous)
We parked, and set ourselves up.
Mario had really delivered on the impromptu request. We had gourmet sandwiches, comprising of:Meat (one half had prosciutto, the other half had ham)Jarlesburg cheeseSun-dried tomatoRocketRoasted capsicums