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Published: January 23rd 2016
Another early start and Wayne picks us up for our final day of this trip. Once again we get in the back of the 4x4 and make our way to McKenzie Island. Wayne is keen to get us to the lake before anyone else arrives.It is simply stunning, I had no idea that a lake could be so crystal clear but apparently this is what a healthy ecological balance can give you. It is too amazing for words - thank you Wayne, we forgive you for making us get up early and giving the opportunity to have the lake all to ourselves. We even forgive him his lack of lunch making skills as he takes off and returns with a turtle for us to hold. We have a whole hour and a half to mess about in the water before Wayne rounds us up again for the final place of interest, a walk in the rainforest.
Once again we are warned of
potential injury or death, if not by falling cones then by funnel web spiders when Wayne shows us how to spot evidence of their habitat - not an obvious web but hidden under leaves with a perfect circular entrance and they are everywhere, The forest has trees that are thousands of years old and provides plenty of opportunity for arty photos and makes for an enjoyable hour in relative protection from the heat of the sun.
It is time to return to back to our meeting point in Noosa. We drive back down the 75 mile beach and I remained transfixed by the mile upon mile of fantasy beach and non-stop white water waves. I ask Wayne, do you ever get used to this view to the extent that you don't notice it any more? Never he replies, every time I drive this beach I am notice something different. So much of the sea, the beach itself the trees and bushes that provide the entrance to the forests beyond depends upon the time of day,
the season and others around you - there is always something new and I wouldn't do any other job in the world and better still you are paying me to do it.
It is late afternoon and we arrive for a couple of nights at Noosa Heads. We have booked into the Sheraton and the concierge tells us that the luggage that we left a few days ago is already in our room. By now the heat has got to us again, I am grubby and scruffy and complete with a very sandy rucksack we really do feel out of place as we check in but nonetheless the receptionist tells us that we have a complementary upgrade to a suite! We make our way to our room and wow, what a view. The doors open up and look out right on to the river. We have a little balcony and a big bed - I am ready to jump in the shower and jump on the bed but Martin has other ideas and thinks we
should go down to the jetty below where they have canoes for hire, just an hour he says. OK I agree and put the bottle of wine that Karen had left for me in the fridge so it was cold when I got back.
We manage to get the last hire of the day and paddle out along the river, Martin looking for fish and me looking at the river front houses. Nonetheless he takes enough of an interest to guess their value at around $400 000, once again fantasising about living here. Have you had a good time, says the boat hire man when we get back. Yes thanks, we've been admiring the properties along the river front I tell him. You need some serious money if you are interested in them he replies, they go for anything between $4-15 million!
We are just too tired to go
out again so when we get back to our room we order room service, finally jump in the shower and put on our dressing gowns for dinner on the balcony overlooking the river with a nice bottle of cold wine and a massive bed to fall into. This is just bliss!
More photos below.
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