Tour manager Andy Irvine has cleared up why the Lions are burying their heads in the sand on the Sunshine Coast - Sydney is a ''concrete jungle''.
Irvine said they could not tolerate being stuck in the big smoke for six days late in their arduous tour, which started in Hong Kong early last month.
''It was always the case that we wanted a break and one of the factors up here was that it's 500 miles north of Sydney and the chances are, you're going to get slightly better weather, it's a lovely environment,'' he said. ''To be stuck in Sydney for six days, in a concrete jungle - even though it's an iconic city with a tremendous harbour bridge and an opera house and so forth - that's not quite as conducive as what we've got up here.''
It's a pity their first 36 hours were washed out, but on Tuesday they enjoyed a surfing lesson in the sunshine.
The break also gives the players time with their families, some of whom have traveled out to watch the series.
Irvine said facilities on the Sunshine Coast had improved since the Lions' management were here on a scoping visit a year ago.
"We checked the training grounds and to be absolutely honest, they weren't really up to standard," he said. "But the local rugby [community] have worked really hard with the local tourist board and put a lot of money into it. The facilities are absolutely super and to be honest I couldn't think of a better place for the players to be than up here."