Hot and cold: from New Year in heatwave Australia to mid-winter Geneva

Somewhat belatedly, a few photos from a quick trip to Australia in the New Year break 2016-2017 to visit my family in Noosa on the Queensland coast.  Flying from the midwinter Geneva around zero C to heatwave in the middle of summer – middle 30s C and then back to a cold spell at -4 C. Around 35°C temperature drop from my last Saturday on Sunshine Beach to the first day in Geneva.

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Even though it was hot, there were some stormy days and some dark clouds on Noosa Main Beach. It was much more crowded when the sun was out.

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A rare memento of Claude Monet’s little known trip to Sunshine Beach (above).

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Walking along the rocky coast of Noosa National Park. Saw dolphins playing in the waves near here. Also quite a few blue bottles (little stinging jellyfish) in the waves. They didn’t worry me much when I was swimming, about the same sensation as brushing past stinging nettles.

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At the southern end of Noosa National Park, Paradise Cave is only accessible by a short steep and slippery downclimb on the sea cliff.

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Kite surfer in the waves on Sunshine Beach

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Sunshine Beach lived up to its name.

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And 25 hours flight from Brisbane to Geneva, I was back in the snow. This is the view from my office the next morning.

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2 thoughts on “Hot and cold: from New Year in heatwave Australia to mid-winter Geneva

    • I flew to Scotland from Geneva in the autumn last year. It was an unusually hot day and I was in short sleeves, sweating and totally forgot to take any sort of coat when I headed off to the airport. Arrived in Edinburgh to find it was only a few degrees above zero, cloudy and raining. I have seen the sun in Scotland though, previous trips.

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