Blogs from Noosa Heads, Queensland, Australia, Oceania

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Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Noosa Heads March 23rd 2019

This will be our last Blog before returning home on April 1st (no fooling). Our niece Victoria and her daughter Olivia have been with us for the past 3 weeks returning home on March 21st. They took a side trip to Sydney for a few days which they really enjoyed. While they were in Noosa Heads there was a surfing competition with competitors from around the world. One unusual event was dog surfing which was quite entertaining and included numerous breeds such as an English Bull Dog. At least in this area, there appears to be a greater level of home services available. Our car, which is included in the house rental. is serviced and maintained by a mechanic who makes house calls. The same is true of the golf cart. There is even a “doggie ... read more
Mother and daughter
Doggie wash!!
Dog Surfing

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Noosa Heads February 10th 2019

Outside our house in Noosa Springs there is an abundance of birds, some of which provide a melodic symphony of songs in the morning (around 5:30 am) and in the evening at sunset. One species in particular has a very unique sound. The Kookaburra sounds like a tree full of laughing monkies! If you go to Wikipedia ( website attached) you can hear the sound. Australia has such a broad array of birds that are unique, colourful and interesting so it’s understandable the attraction by amateur birders and professional ornithologists. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kookaburra Also in the ponds around the golf course there is a family of Black Swans. These are a rare species (i.e therefore the meaning of a Black Swan event). At the Dragon Fire Golf Course in Carlisle (just north of Burlington, Ontario), they imported a ... read more
Sunset at Avacado Sunset B&B
Entrance to Surfers Paradise Beech on the Gold Coast
Sand sculpture entry of Karen Fralich a Canadian

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Noosa Heads January 15th 2019

The weather in the last 2 weeks has been ideal, highs of 26C and lows of 23C. Some days are a little hot with the humidity but much more temperate than other parts of Australia (particularly South East) that are experiencing extreme heat. We’ve had quite a few rounds of golf and Debra’s had 3 productive lessons which has improved her game resulting in personal best scores. Her language on the course is certainly changing with the improvement!!! Although the golf course is very challenging, it’s in excellent shape and very enjoyable to play (although the 68 sand bunkers and narrow fairways with lots of water can be troublesome). For those golfers, the blue tees are 5915 metres (appx 6500 yards), slope is 126 and par rating 71. So a fairly difficult course!! We’ve spent some ... read more
Mephisto German Tank
Picture of Famous Photographer
Unique Art Display

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Noosa Heads January 9th 2019

We return to Australia for the 2019 ”winter getaway” and to the same house in Noosa Heads that we rented in 2017. Noosa Heads is on the Sunshine Coast about 1 1/2 hours drive north of Brisbane. Our last stay at the Noosa Springs Golf Community was very enjoyable and included in our rental is full access to the championship golf course, fitness membership and the use of 3 pools. The facilities suits our lifestyle and we look forward getting full use of them. The flight on Dec 31st to Brisbane was through Vancouver as opposed to a route taken through Hong Kong in 2017. Total travel time was about 25 hours, which is less than the previous flight to “down under”, but still a bit challenging. With the time zone change, we actually arrived on ... read more
Interesting cloud formation at sunrise
One of 3 pools in our community.

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Noosa Heads March 29th 2017

Cyclone Debbie hit Northern Queensland with winds peaking at about 260 km/hr. Thankfully the eye of the storm was 900 km North from where we are staying. Our friends Pat and Lesha were heading up to the Great Barrier Reef and ended up cancelling much of their trip because of the storm. They retreated back to our place and basked on the TV coverage of the area during the storm, that was definitely the right thing to do. Our impression of Australia has been that it's a well run country which has been reinforced with the way the various agencies etc prepared for the storm. In spite of it's furiousness, there was only 1 reported fatality (a traffic accident). The damage will be in the Billions!!! If there is any good news that can come from ... read more
Enjoying a walk around the Ginger Factory grounds
Aftermath of storm resulting from cyclone Debbie
More damage to clean up

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Noosa Heads February 27th 2017

We're now back in Noosa Heads to settle in for a few games of golf and try to get back on an exercise regime. Roger and Linda headed out for a 2 day tour of Fraser Island which is the largest sand island in the World and a Heritage listed site. They thoroughly enjoyed the experience which required touring in a special vehicle as most of the journey was on beaches and sand dunes. We may book the same tour later in our stay. On February 24th, Linda and Roger head home after 3 weeks "down under" and we hope they had a great experience. Our plans over the next couple of weeks is to explore more deeply the Sunshine Coast and to take full advantage of the facilities at the resort and golf course. In ... read more
Noosa Sunday Market
Waiting for Brekkie

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Noosa Heads January 28th 2017

We're spending this winter away in Australia altough, with unusually milder weather so far in Niagara on the Lake, there is less of an incentive to escape the typically harsh cold and snowy conditions. Before leaving, we did experience the Ice Wine Festival in Niagara which spanned a 2 week period in January and various events were hosted by a number of communities in the Region. For those who are unfamiliar with Ice Wine, it's a very unique product that is made from frozen grapes which obviously gives Canada some advantages over Vineyards in other countries. It's a very good product for Export and the Industry has enjoyed growing demand, particularly in Asia and USA. In order to meet the Niagara's VQA (Vintners Quality Assurance), grapes must be harvested in -8 degrees Celcius temperatures which raises ... read more
Frank at Ice Wine Festival
Hong Kong Wharf New Years Day

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Noosa Heads January 7th 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 ... read more
All to ourselves
Risk of falling cones
Arty

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Noosa Heads October 12th 2015

The drive from Bundaberg to Noosa Heads was easy and uneventful, except for a period where we were driving through smoke so thick it was almost like fog. Somewhere there must have been a bush fire but we saw nothing other than smoke. As the area becomes more built up the road regularly has multiple lanes and the amount of traffic has increased. Often we drive through speed limited areas so pulling a caravan is less of an issue. After setting up in the caravan park we went for a grocery shop and then decided to drive out to the actual Noosa Heads. The roads are now tight urban streets with lots of roundabouts. We were glad we had left the caravan behind. The road along a major river was lined with holiday apartments, bars and ... read more
There are also lots of inland waterways attached to the river.
Chocolate and ‘rum and rasin’ icecream. Yum!
Choc honey comb and raspberry is Joans pick.  Yuuum!

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Noosa Heads January 26th 2015

2015 may have been less than a month old, but the new year had swooped me up like a hurricane, and I had been riding the storm. All about me was non-stop change and activity. The Australia Day long weekend was an opportunity to take a breath, so I took myself on a chilled out solo retreat to Noosa. I had never been before and heard rave reviews from others. It only took me a few hours to fall in love with the place too. My accommodation (very nice, but vastly overpriced) was nestled up on the hill on the outskirts of the main street and surrounded by National Park. I arrived on a Friday night after work and went for a wander up the main street, Hastings Street. Being a sucker for sparkly things I ... read more
Noosa main beach
Lunch at Bistro C - delicious food, great view.  I could get used to this.
On my way to the lookout I met a friend!




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