Blogs from Noosa, Queensland, Australia, Oceania - page 3


Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Noosa September 9th 2014

Week 3 started in Byron Bay and the most rain ever! We got up at about 11 and went into the communal area, then the rain started and didn't stop for over 12 hours! We couldn't even go back to our room because you would get soaked as soon as you went outside. We decided to play trivial pursuit- which took about 3 hours as it was a 1980's Australia edition and we didn't know any of the answers! Then we got chatting to some guys in our hostel who had a car so we drove to get food and more goon to help us get through the evening trapped inside the hostel. We ended up having drinks and playing snakes and ladders, it was a very random day. Thursday we went to a cafe and ... read more
Noosa Coastal Walk

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Noosa July 13th 2014

Yesterday was a rest day, come fix-it day, come blog day. We slept in and then got on with our things while waiting for the call to say if the whale watching was on. It finally came and we breathed sighs of relief. Today, the alarm went off at 5.30am on a very chilly morning. (Whose silly idea was this cruise, again?). We had a quick breakfast and got ready to leave – only to discover a thick layer of frost all over the ute windscreen. We spent the next ten minutes pouring cold water over it and using the windscreen wipers to get rid of it. Despite the delay in departure we managed to arrive half an hour early and found a good parking spot. We walked down to the Tewantin Marina and were met ... read more
Aboard the Audrey Lorna, Whale Watching Boat
Humpback Whales in Laguna Bay
A Tail Slap by the Male Humpback Whale

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Noosa July 10th 2014

Ros and Arthur were going to look further along the Sunshine Coast but we decided to go to Noosa and on the way do as they suggested and see Noosa Botanical Gardens and the mountain lookout. The Botanical Garden is actually much closer to Cooroy than Noosa and sits on one side of Lake McDonald. It is not very large but has some nice garden beds, with a few azaleas and camellias still in bloom as well as some more tropical plants like a range of different palm trees (I hadn’t realised they were different until I read the names!) and several plants that were not labelled which bore enormous pods. One Barry insisted on calling the “Testicle Tree”, you can see why in the photo. Another, which was labelled, was the Elephant Apple that had ... read more
The Amphitheatre, Noosa Botanic Gardens
Trees with Balls, Noosa Botanical Gardens
Noosa Botanic Gardens

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Noosa May 5th 2014

It took us almost three days of nearly non-stop driving to get from Alice Springs to the Australian East Coast. Apart from the occasional stops to use the internet at one of the small town libraries, or to visit a Woolworth’s supermarket, we just drove and drove through landscapes, which didn’t change much along the way. The reddish bush landscape of the middle changed to fields at some point, but otherwise the views were more or less monotonic. The only actual sight on the way was Devil’s Marbles, giant rock boulders, which are a sacred site for the Aboriginals. Flies continued to be a major annoyance, since as soon as we got out of the car to cook our customary lunch of kimchi noodles with egg or pasta&pesto, or to walk a bit, we were surrounded ... read more
isn't this a fancy sand castle? built by us.
beautiful Whitsunday views
our place in the sun, Whitsunday Island

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Noosa May 2nd 2014

Luckily when we arrived in Noosa we had a mini bus transfer already waiting for us to take us to our hostel. We got chatting to an English guy called Christian who was sound and it was just a short 10 minute drive to the hostel, which on first viewing looked decent but it was small and we soon realised that everyone had their own little clicks which is a massive no no when you are travelling. Even when i said hello as i walked past one group i barely got a response, great start... We had a 4 bed room with an apartment style shared kitchen with one other room. There was a French couple sharing a room with us that looked like they had been there a while and they were very touchy feely ... read more
Me and the girls
Me and Christian
Dominated by sand flies

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Noosa April 20th 2014

We were on the road early the next morning for the drive to Noosa which didn't take too long at all. When we got there we had some lunch and started looking for somewhere to stay, only thing was it was holiday time for the schools so there wasn't a lot of choice so after a day of looking for somewhere we ended up staying in a hotel for a night and start again the next day. We found a really nice restaurant opposite our hotel so managed to turn the day around with a lovely evening for Keith's birthday. The next day we all agreed in a place to stay for the week and once we got the keys and got inside we all knew we'd made the right choice it was amazing!! An amazing ... read more

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Noosa March 27th 2014

Well what can I say about Noosa??? I would so love to live here, clear blue waters, great atmosphere but way out of my budget!!! Another fantastic caravan park on the water, friendly staff and great views. The next day after we arrived Maggie and Martin rocked up and set up next to us. All had lots of catching up and a few drinks. Noosa Heads is one of the three major centres of the Noosa region on the Sunshine Coast, Queensland,Australia. It is located 136 kilometres (85 mi) north of Brisbane, the state's capital. It is within the url=http://en.wikipedia.or... read more

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Noosa March 13th 2014

Hi, folks. Problems with the internet last night..........left Port Douglas yesterday and drove to the airport at Cairns where we caught our flight to Brisbane. We arrived 3'ish and picked up a car to drive to Noosa on the Sunshine Coast. All went well until Noosa fell off the road signs........but we duly asked a friendly service station guy who confirmed that we were headed the right way. Got to Noosa, or Noosa Heads as it is more commonly known......and our pre-printed directions really fell apart! I'd assumed that Noosa was only a smallish place - wrong! I'd assumed that our hotel was a small boutique one - wrong! Our directions showed it to be near the Sheraton - wrong! Anyway, we got there in the end and were very pleased with our suite, especially the ... read more

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Noosa December 31st 2013

Noosa an der namhaften Sunshine Coast Australiens versprach wiederum lange, schöne Strände und ein Surfer Ambiente, welches einzigartig ist. Am 31.12. fuhren wir nach Tewantin, einem Vorort von Noosaville, wo unser Caravan Park für die nächsten zwei Nächte angelegt war. Die Neujahrs-Feierlichkeiten standen kurz bevor und wir wollten uns etwas unters Volk mischen. Es gab zwei Feuerwerke im Hafen von Tewantin, eines um 21:00 (für Kinder) und eines um 24:00 (für grosse Kinder). Nachdem ich von unseren neuen Nachbarn aus Sydney zu einem Bier eingeladen wurde, entschlossen wir uns das Mitternachts-Feuerwerk zu geniessen. Zu Fuss und mit Taschenlampen ausgerüstet machten wir uns auf den Weg nach Noosa. Und da waren sie plötzlich, all die giftigen, riesigen Spinnen, Schlangen, Kröten und was man sich sonst noch nicht wünscht. Eine Geisterbahnfahrt ist Kindergarten dagegen. Nach zw... read more
Fun@Australia Zoo
Croco Show
Fun@Australia Zoo

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Noosa December 24th 2013

After leaving Rainbow Beach, we drove to Gympie in hope for there to be a food store. We had from Rainbow Beach booked a canoe-trip together with Ruwen and Marie, and we were supposed to bring food for 3days along. Having not much left in the car, we hurried to the first biggest city, and found nothing but a rater expensive 24h convenience store open, but at this point everything was better than nothing. We bought some dried food, 24 eggs and headed off for Noosa. We arrived fairly late, though the boys did the driving so at least the girls got some necessary sleep. In the morning we packed our gear and went for the waterfront in order to catch our transfer boat up the Noosa River. The company provided us with some tents, cooking ... read more
The Camp at Harry's Hut
Undesturbed river in the morning

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