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Mt. Cooroora, one of the several fascinating extinct local volcanic plugs revered by the indigenous people of the Sunshine Coast, is the site of the dreaded yearly King of the Mountain race at Pomona, not far from our place. Since the aboriginal people considered, we have heard, this mountain as a place of sacred women’s business … unsurprising considering its breast-like shape … the race is perhaps inappropriate. Every fourth Sunday in July, bevies of idiot fitness addicts grunt their way to the top and hurtle down. We choose to climb the mountain only on special occasions – the last time was at the turn of the millenium.

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