Bob and Pam Court have found their very own 'Home
from Home' close to the Tropic of Capricorn on the eastern
shores of Queensland, Australia.
Mooloolaba from the Air
It is here that the Mooloolah and Maroochy rivers reach the sea
and white sands fringe the emerald green coastlands between the two
Twin Water Resort - North of Mooloolaba
with the Maroochy River pictured on the left
As one would suspect, the name Mooloolaba has its roots in the
Aborigine language.... possibly from the word mulu
(snapper fish) or mullu (red bellied black snake).
The area first developed amidst timber operations in the latter
part of the 19th century. The rivers provided a transport artery
inland to the equatorial forests and the harbour afforded a base for
the export of wood to developing cities such as nearby Brisbane.
By the early 20th century, fruit growing and fishing had become
significant enterprises but it wasn't until 1921 that modern
Mooloolaba started to develop on any significant scale. Since then,
road construction has meant that Brisbane is now just an hour's
drive to the south and the town has expanded as a popular
residential area and holiday resort.
The Resort of Mooloolaba
As Bob pointed out to me, the picture above shows
the extensive use of water in the development of Mooloolaba. This
takes the form of canals and lakes set in the flat coastal plain
behind the beach. These waterways are sufficiently deep to serve as
anchorages for private craft and, in some instances, residents are
able to moor 'ocean going' yachts at the bottom of their garden. (Sheesh....
why did Whitstable concrete over the Gorrell Tank... and why have I
only got a compost heap at the bottom of my garden?!).
||It makes for an attractive setting and one that some eagle
eyed readers may have spotted before.... in Bob's Mooloolaba
Christmas 2007 photos.
Remember this photo of the Court Family Christmas Tree?
Notice the water in the background. This is a lake fed
from the sea. As such, it contains a variety of marine
Of course, a holiday resort means..... facilities!
Apart from the natural gifts of sun, sand and blue seas,
Queensland's vast open spaces can accommodate expansive man made
Hyatt Golf Club
Moololaba has received Royal recognition. The Queen
has stayed at the Hyatt Golf Club in the past.... but don't tell
Prince Andrew as we'll never get him back and Mooloolaba will be
constantly buzzed by Budgie the Helicopter.
Mention Queensland and the average Englishman
conjures up immediate thoughts of Australia's exotic wild life and
the area has been quick to provide tourists with close encounters of
the animal kind ! Bob tells me that... Crocodile Hunters Zoo
is just down the road..... Mooloolaba Underwater World
allows you to swim with sharks.... and Fraser Island
affords an opportunity to feed Dingoes. All this explains why
tourists are shipped in by 80-seater coach and shipped out by mini
Bob's discovery of Mooloolaba wasn't a
straightforward business. He had originally emigrated to New Zealand
in 1963 under the "£20 Pom Scheme" ...
rather than than the"£10 Pom" scheme to
Australia. The extra tenner was well worth it as it was in NZ that
he met Pam who had also emigrated from the UK..
The couple made regular holiday trips to
Australia.... and the
Queensland coast. After falling in love with the area, they
made the massive decision to embark on another upheaval.... by
migrating across the Tasman Sea (between NZ and Oz) and settling
permanently in Mooloolaba in 1987. They now run a highly respected estate
agency which has led to locals bestowing the title 'Auntie
Pam'.... on Pam... not Bob. In 2007, the family celebrated
20 years as residents of Mooloolaba. (Bob relates his reasons for
becoming an emigrant to NZ in the Why/How section of
Natives Abroad - click
here to view.
When not tending the business, they are able to
enjoy a relaxed sunshine lifestyle and that includes the family Bali
Hut on the patio.....
In fact, Moololaba enjoys an average of seven
hours of sunshine per day and that makes it one of the sunniest
places on Earth. It has also inspired the title, 'The Sunshine
The seaboard location and proximity to the
tropics means that temperatures vary somewhat less than elsewhere
around the globe. In winter (June-Sept), the thermometer averages
between 7 and 22oC. In summer (Dec-Feb), those figures
climb to between 17 and 28oC. Of course, readings can
rise above this but they are usually tempered by the cooling
influence of sea breezes.
All this means that Bob and Pam can make full
use of the wider attractions that the beaches and exotic hinterland
have to offer....
Locally produced food is pretty good
too... and it can be healthy...
.... or not.....
... depending on how you feel.
Talk of food, allows me to mention that
emigration requires a bit of adaptation. This was evident from Bob's
description of Christmas Day celebrations in Queensland....
|"After all the presents have been opened and
all the paper left for mum & dad to clean up, we go
out to the patio for a champagne breakfast cooked on the
"For Christmas dinner, we cooked ham on a
Webber - covered in apricot sauce and with piles of tiger
prawns and oysters. The weather has been a little cooler
today (only 29 degrees but not humid)".
Of course, what Bob and Pam don't know is that I
have discovered the name of their business (Pam Court Realty) and
located the company web site. So, if the above photos and
descriptions have tempted anyone to emigrate, they can visit Auntie
Pam.... and Uncle Bob at.....