Ok, so how small is Mission Beach? It is small! Population 2,700!
Yes, I often see people I know even though I haven't been here that long.
|photo stolen from the internet|
One aspect of small town life that I still chuckle over every time I see it is our postal vehicle. At right is a picture of a typical Australia post delivery van. It is similar in size to a US postal truck. Well, with Mission Beach (and Wongaling Beach and South Mission Beach) only having a total of 2,700 people we don't really need a van of this size.
So our post is delivered on motor bike. This works really well for the postie as he can zip right up onto the grass to get to the postboxes. Dave is fast too. In trying to get a photo I tailed him for a while and couldn't get any closer than this pic below, which is zoomed in quite a bit.
|Dave the postie. Mail is carried in the box on the back|
of the motorbike.
Judging from the number of people who heard about us before they had even met us, I suspect that goss about bad service gets around quick.
In a couple days we will get a break from small town life when we go on holiday to Melbourne. We are really looking forward to museums and parks and lots of food choices. Melbourne isn't Amherst, but it will be a nice change of pace.