Upsides: Big surf waves and lots of them (He-llooo boogie boards!). Skate park next door. Monty Python film night (and endless recitings of key sketches in the car henceforth, showing that all three children have indeed inherited their father's funny bone. "I cut down trees, I wear high heels, suspenders and a bra...")
Downsides: No-show of the Friday twilight market. Mt Coolum closed for construction work (climbing Mt Emu an inspired, but mediocre, substitute). Midgie bites even more itchy and painful and prolific.