Blogs from Noosa, Queensland, Australia, Oceania


Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Noosa June 13th 2021

After a relaxing stopover at my parents' house in Brisbane, my northward migration continued with the short trip up to Noosa on the beautiful Sunshine Coast. But as picturesque as the scenery around Noosa may be - with a headland covered in coastal forest and lined with beautiful beaches - my main reason for visiting was to get up into the Cooloola Recreation Area section of the nearby Great Sandy NP, where the Noosa River snakes it's way towards the sea via a pair of shallow, brackish lakes (Cootharaba and Cooroibah). And to help facilitate my exploration of this unique and virtually undisturbed ecosystem (the Noosa River being the only major river in Australia whose upper catchment is entirely protected within a national park) I had booked a kayak for four days, so that I could ... read more
Lakeside Setting
Winding Waterway
Around the Bend

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Noosa August 2nd 2019

OK, Noosa isn’t for everyone – but it tries to be. There are luxurious homes, exclusive resorts and expensive restaurants for the rich. And there are backpacker lodges, caravan parks and cheap cafes for the poor. Although to be fair, and to paraphrase Joe Hockey: “The poor don’t go on holiday very much!” You actually don’t need a lot of money to stay in Noosa and have a pretty good time. Accommodation can be had for under $50 a night and then after that everything of any note is free! The beaches, the National Park, the markets and the weather!! On the negative side, Noosa has become the Land of the Leafblower. Every morning without fail, from about 7 o’clock, the army of amateur alarm clocks start their intrusive blowing and it seems to go on ... read more

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Noosa December 15th 2017

Up early for a 5 km run this morning. 179 meps. It was so hot even at 0700. We got back to the hotel, I open the door and go in to the room, Alex shouts “where are you” I reply “in the room” she says “I’m outside and you’re not there. We are room 10. You’re in room 11”. Oops , my key actually opened the room next door! A quick exit and nones the wiser. After shower and breakfast and another moan about the WiFi we set off for my cousin Karen’s in Cleveland. We get up to Noosa Heads Broard walk and Alex says “ooooer, I’ve left our washing on the line”. About turn. Lol. Pick up the washing and now we are on our way. We drive down the coast road stopping ... read more

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Noosa June 27th 2017

Day 2 of the G Adventures tour and we set off from Brisbane to go to Noosa. Interesting fact about Brisbane is that when settlers were coming here they were all rejected convicts that Sydney didn't want. This is said to explain the variation in tone all round Brisbane. Two and a bit hours later we arrives at Elanda Campsite. There were beautiful colourful huts that we would be staying in. After settling in we had a safety brief in order to be let loose in canoes. From Elanda Point we took a boat on Lake Cootharaba to Sir Thomas Information Centre. We got the canoes out and set off in convoy to find a spot for lunch. We stopped at Fig Tree Point where we had lunch and went for a walk along the Melaleuca ... read more

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Noosa March 10th 2017

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Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Noosa October 22nd 2016

Wonderful and chilled out Noosa is just what I needed at this stage of the game making my way north up the east coast of Australia. So far from Sydney up to here has been a mixed bag but immediately upon arrival in Noosa I was made to feel right at home by my wonderful hosts Tom and Emma and their flatmates Samone and John. It was so nice to have a room in a house and to be out of the hostel/backpacker circuit. In a strange way I was like a local living in a great house just minutes from the beach. Yes, I had definitely found my spot to chill and unwind for a few days. What a treat it was to see my old friends from back in Fiji. I really enjoy talking ... read more

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Noosa July 14th 2016

Our morning began with a quick fish in the Boyne River. The fish jumping, however we just couldn't catch the Barramundi we desired. As we departed at 0800hrs, odometer 96798, 14 degrees celsius. Our Land Drover Discovery put to the test getting us up out of the steep rocky river base. Our first fuel stop was at Bororen, a small township on the Bruce Highway, diesel cost 120.9 cents per litre. Like Captain Cook in 1770, we passed the exterior of Gladstone, 550 kilometres north of Brisbane. However Matthew Flinders during his circumnavigation of Australia and in not a hurry became the first European to sight the harbour in August 1802.. The Gladstone's primary industry is mining related with the port a large facility that is the 5th largest multi-commodity port in Australia with the worlds ... read more
1770, Captain Cook Monument
Joseph Banks Flaura and Fauna Park. 1770
View of train bridge and river from our camp.

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Noosa February 3rd 2016

Our first activity in our trip alone the east coast where the Everglades in Noosa. We did not know what the Everglades were, but we heard that there only two in the world. Here in Noosa and in Florida. So we really wanted to see it. The trip was 2 days and one night The trip started in Byron bay where we stayed from the 23rd of January until the 31st. After that we took the bus to Brisbane and stayed one night there. In Brisbane was very hot and humid, and as its not close to the beach there was not wind at all. In the 3.5 weeks I've been here this was my least favorite place, so it was a good thing we only stayed for one night. Also there was not much to ... read more
Noosa 1
Noosa 2
Noosa 3

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Noosa January 4th 2016

After yet another hearty breakfast, Karen and Mitch leave for home. They had been able to sneak an extra day off work after the Christmas break but they now needed to get back. Mitch in particular was due to start a new job the following week and had a months worth of work to fit into the final week of his old job and I suspect he is feeling like I will be feeling when I go back later this month. In the meantime I feel grateful for the continuing holiday and try not to give work any more thought.... read more
It's not the catch that counts!

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Noosa January 3rd 2016

After Karen emigrated to Australia with Mitch, her two sisters and Mum and Dad followed them. No wonder she is so settled here, none of that emotional pull of family ties although Mitch has his family back in the UK. Apparently Karen's sister Steph regularly visits Noosaville, she loves it and has recommended a place for breakfast so we make our way down for more food! At this rate, I won't be able to move and suggest that we hire bikes to explore further. Karen confesses that she hasn't been on a bike in 16 years but is game to get back on that saddle. We collect our bikes and helmets ... read more
Karen Mitch Martin
Fish spotting
At the Boathouse

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