I am blessed to currently live in one of the best beaches in Australia (according to the Murdoch Press) and my former Sunshine Coast address also makes the cut.
Australia boasts the best beaches in the world, with their white sandy expanses; unsullied nature; wide, blue skies; and clean, 'surfable' water.
From my firsthand experience, the beaches in Vietnam, Thailand, Fiji, Greece, New Zealand, the United States, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Italy and England don't come close to the high standards set by Australian beaches. Sunshine Coasters are especially spoilt.
You can lie on the sand at night and see the expanse of galaxies above without light or air pollution hindering the experience.
You are put to sleep with the gentle lullaby of the surf and a chorus of chirping cicadas and crickets, and are woken each morning to a cacophony of squawking parrots.
Our beaches are safe and friendly, and even during the peak tourist season, you can actually acquire a few square metres of sand to yourself without paying or bribing someone for the privilege.
Pedestrians on walkways keep to the left and politely stop and let faster walkers pass by, usually accompanied with a "good morning" or "good afternoon". Apologies are immediate if there is confusion as to who needs to give way, or if there is a collision or near miss by someone not paying attention whilst they walk.
Baristas ask about your plans for the day, while they make your morning coffee and the attire, like the residents, is relaxed and casual. Where else would you see someone climbing a mountain in thongs? It's also socially acceptable to do the grocery shop in togs.
We don't have towering skyscrapers casting shadows over the beach and there are restrictions in place to protect the vegetation on dunes, keeping development away from the foreshore.
The best way to end a day is to watch the sky change colour from blues to pinks as the sun sets of an afternoon, looking over the crashing surf and being mindful and in the moment.
Living on the coast promotes such a happy, healthy lifestyle, and that's probably why Sunshine Coast locals are so laidback and friendly.
And this explains why the Sunny Coast is now inundated with tourists from Victoria, New South Wales and 'Brisbanites' as well as the internationals.
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