Winter is glorious… Exploring Noosa NP

Noosa is a super popular holiday destination, and as we now live fairly close by, we’ve finally gone back last weekend to join just a few holidaymakers in traipsing about Noosa National Park.

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Dolphin Point looking onto Winch Cove

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Tea Tree Bay

I know I’ve said this a million times already but I’m going to say it again… I love winter in Queensland, the weather is glorious with blue skies, sunshine and at least 20 degrees every day, delicious!

So given the fantastic weather and since we’ve had a friend staying with us for the last week and half, off we went to Noosa National Park, only to realise that about 500 other people had exactly the same idea. But at least not everybody wanted to traipse along the coastal track like we did…

Noosa National Park: We followed the (blue) Coastal Track and then took the (orange) Tanglewood Track back to the carpark. Image credit: QLD NP map.

Apart from some very nice looking beaches, I found an echidna, woohoo! I love my Australian animals, I don’t think I’ll ever get enough of them (well, ok, snakes excepted…).

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Hungry echidna… Way too busy eating to worry about all those onlookers staring at him!

From the echidna excitement, we went on to Hell’s Gates, a high bluff that has water crashing into the rock face. Someone told us that turtles feed on the rocks and hooray, I did see a turtle swimming happily in the water, getting rocked back and forth by the waves! 🙂

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Looking down into Hell’s Gates. The turtles apparently feed on the rocky outcrops here.

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Hell’s Gates with views onto Alexandria Bay beach.

I had this vague recollection that Alexandria Bay was yet another nudist beach, and voila, it was. How is it that in 13 years of living in Australia I’d never been to a nudist beach but since moving to Queensland six months ago I’ve been to two?!! Whilst unofficially a nudist beach, Alexandria Bay also sprouts lots of surfers and beach goers so I didn’t feel too out of place in my t-shirt and shorts. 🙂

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View onto Sunshine Beach with Mount Coolum on the horizon. You could actually see as far as Mooloolaba.

From the bottom of Sunshine Beach and the end of the coastal track – be ready to climb a lot of stairs down (or up… phew, that’d be some good exercise!) – we took a fire management track back to Tanglewood Track. And in this case, the track is actually aptly named as there are indeed tanglewoods along the path. A great many of them. Lots of fun for people who’ve always wanted to feel like Tarzan… 😀

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Tanglewood. Pretty cool.

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Scenic drive through the Glass House Mountains
Trying to find something exciting in Gympie’s forests
One for the kids… Maroochy Bushland Botanic Gardens
Climbing Mount Coolum… Queensland’s 10,000 steps
Getting close to kangas at Australia Zoo
German cuckoo clocks on the Sunshine Coast

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