Our journey through Asia came to an end when we arrived in Australia and headed to Mallika’s dad’s property; a beautifully secluded oasis of serenity in Yandina the heart of the hinterlands of the Sunshine coast, Queensland. This was our base for two months and the pace of life slowed to a calming tempo.


All of the delicious food we had eaten in Vietnam had taken it’s toll on our bodies and I was certain I had picked up some parasitic friends along the way. We proceeded to fix the problem with a super clean fresh veg and fruit organic diet of salads and smoothies.

After a couple of weeks, still in pain after almost all meals we decided to get a bit more extreme. We did a 3-day water fast, no food, only alkalised water. It was pretty tough, but definitely did the trick. Before doing the fast I had read that long term ailments in the body can disappear as a result of stem cell production being increased. For many years I have had a pain in the middle of my back and lo and behold after 3 days of no food, it had magically vanished! I would highly recommend this to anyone!

The next couple of months we helped out on the land, made use of being in a kitchen again and of course sampled many of the local coffees that were available in the area. Here are our favourites in the order of preference:

1. Clandestino Roasters (at Belmondos Organic Market),
59 Rene Street,
Noosaville 4566


2. Extraction Artisan Coffee,
3375 Pacific Hwy,
Slacks Creek,
Brisbane 4127


In the middle of industrial areas, these two roasteries had great food and coffee, unlikely gems that are worth finding!

For amazing breakfast with your coffee on the coast itself, go here…

3. The Velo Project,
19 Careela St,
Mooloolaba QLD 4557,



Another day we checked out the quaint little town of Maleny and had this delicious afternoon treat:

4. Shotgun Espresso
2/48 Maple St,
QLD 4552



Brew Café & Wine Bar
Burnett Ln,
Brisbane City QLD 4000



We found this place down a little alleyway in Brisbane in the heart of the CBD. Great coffee and wine and really cheap chicken wings in happy hour!

And Lastly:

Little May Espresso,
174 Main Street,
QLD 4560



With family coming to visit, we wanted to find some great spots to show them while they were here. Montville is up in the hills of the Hinterlands. It is most famous for it’s Kondalilla National Park and waterfalls. We stumbled across an amazing swimming hole here called Obi Obi Creek. The water was deliciously refreshing and there were great rocks to jump off! Be sure to check the water for rocks though as some places are more shallow than others. This became one of our favourite spots, returning twice with family and friends. We even became friendly with a local water dragon, a large indigenous lizard!

If you are after some refreshment, a tucked away bit of paradise is a café called Secrets that boasts a stunning view of the nearby lake, but they close at 3, so good for brunch or an early lunch.

After an amazingly relaxing 2 and a half months we prepared for the next part of our voyage, flying to Santiago, Chile!