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Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Noosa December 2nd 2010

Tuesday 30th November – today we thought we would relax a bit. So what did we do? We went off on our bikes of course! Actually it wasn’t too arduous although there were a couple of gentle ‘slopes’ to go up. We investigated a few of the little roads that went off towards the river and a couple of them ended up in small, immaculately kept parks and eventually we found one that meandered alongside the river towards the town. We parked and locked the bikes (not sure why as no-one would pinch them in a million years!) and I completed my business in the Post Office. We are probably giving them a healthy profit this year – the cost of postage to the UK is incredible! We had lunch in what we thought was just ... read more
Sweet little green frog sheltering by the amenities block
Splendid War Memorial in Tewantin
View from near Tewantin Post Office

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Noosa November 29th 2010

Monday 29th November – this morning we were determined to catch the 9.15 Noosa ferry that left from Tewantin Marina. We originally planned to cycle there but as we were a little short of time and there was a chance of rain we succumbed and went in the car. We arrived with not much time to spare, got our “all day” tickets and rushed to the quayside to join the queue …. except there wasn’t one! Captain Jono, the ferryman, waited a few minutes extra and then we were off – the only passengers. So we had a personal commentary as we chugged down the river taking in the various landmarks on the way. There were a lot of houseboats permanently moored there – apparently there are over 300 but only 90 of them have official ... read more
Graham waiting patiently for the ferry to leave
Looking back at the marina
Relaxing on the ferry

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Noosa November 28th 2010

Sunday 28th November – Happy Birthday to our lovely friend, Wilma, who lives in Wangaratta. We hope you enjoyed your birthday. Today we went on a little excursion up into the hills above Noosa. The scenery up through the Blackhall Range was lovely and the road wound round continuously until we got to Mapleton - a journey of some 54 klms. We had a quick look round including a brief excursion into the Mapleton State Forest until the gravel track became a serious 4WD trail when we decided to turn back. We then drove on to Montville, a picturesque old town ‘on the ridge’ – in fact it used to be called ‘Razorback’ but was renamed Montville in 1897. It’s very much a touristy spot and there were lots of people wandering around when we arrived ... read more
We enjoyed the view from the Montville bistro
Wonderful view from the bistro
Lovely old village hall in Montville

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Noosa November 26th 2010

We woke up on Thursday morning feeling a bit tired to say the least after our fabulous excursion of the previous night. Fortunately, because of the blustery wind, we didn’t have the awning and other bits of kit that we normally keep out so we were able to pack up fairly swiftly. We were on the road by 8.30 and as we were heading south we were able to by-pass Bundaberg which would have been busy at that time of day. We hadn’t been on the road long when it started to rain and it continued on and off for much of the journey. We had thought about staying in Hervey Bay for a couple of days but now we wanted to get a bit further south so, as with our last trip eight years ago, ... read more
$1 return on the ferry - good for us cyclists
4WD coach disappearing along the sand
We almost had to help push this car out

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Noosa November 18th 2010

Our story begins at an enchanted castle set amongst the lush green rainforest just south of Innisfail. This castle was built by Jose Paronella from Spain back in the 1920s. Its design was based around Mena Creek Falls so that you could see the falls from most of the buildings that made up the castle. He pretty much built it himself and it took him about 20 years to complete it. Now it is a heritage listed property and open to the public to visit. We decided to visit after three different lots of people told us to go. So we went and your entry fee included a day tour, a night tour, food to feed the fish and turtles and a nights accommodation. It was incredible to see the hard work this man put into ... read more
Mena Creek Falls at Paronella Park
The Castle
The Castle at Night

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Noosa November 14th 2010

28/10/10 - Everglades Up early for breakfast and shower, i put my camera and iPod on charge to have enough battery for our trip over the next 3 days and managed to leave them in the hostel, typical. We got picked up and taken to the harbour to find there were only 3 of us on the tour and that it was self guided. We were given camping equipment and maps and loaded them on the ferry with the help of our mad skipper, Shorty. On the ferry we passed Richard Branson's staff holiday pad, it looked rather swanky. We arrived at the information centre to pick up our kayak and 3 people who had just done the tour, they did not look happy. It turned out it rained in the night and the girl hadn't ... read more

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Noosa November 5th 2010

Het probleem met rijden zonder map is dat wanneer je ergens aankomt, je heel moeilijk een overzicht kunt krijgen van een bepaalde stad. Hoe konden wij dus weten dat Noosa bestaat uit een Noosa junction, Noosaville, god weet wat nog en waar we het strand moesten vinden. Aanvankelijk waren we er dus echt van overtuigd dat Noosa Junction alles was en waren we dus enigszins teleurgesteld (wel leuke aankoopjes gedaan :) ). Op aanraden van een paar gastjes reden we 's avonds naar Eumundi omdat daar op woensdag een markt zou zijn. Om een uur of 10 kwamen we daar aan, en ik had het gevoel door een 19de eeuwse western spookdorpje te lopen. We hadden ons busje neergezet op het einde van een doodlopend straatje, waar we dachten door niemand gestoord te worden. Kun je ... read more

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Noosa October 30th 2010

13/10/10 Whitsunday's Sailing Got a phone call from our boat at 8am to say the forecast is for fast winds and do we want to pospone until better weather? We said we could but were on a tight schedule. They agreed for us travelling today and we set off for the boat. Bobby was worried about the weather as the last boat we were on he was feeling a little sea sick. We met with the crew of the Ise Pearl, Captain Sparrow (yes it's true) and Machi, a husband and wife who live on the boat. We also met our 3 shipmates, Helga (54) from the UK and Tina (27) and Katya (31) both from Finland. The Ise Pearl was featured in some of the Flipper episodes Found out we weren't going to be able ... read more

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Noosa October 19th 2010

Well the beer factory was definitely worth the wait and were pleased we made the visit there and made the most of the freebies! ;-) to help us sleep in the horrible grime. we also ended up catching up with one of our friends who we havent seen in 5 years so that was great but thats what we felt kept happening......kept having great days but then we would have to return to as some have put it "faulty towers" so when "D-day" fianlly came we couldnt get outta there quick enough! ......weve gone from one extreme to another with the hostels and are now been very spoilt in homely modern furnished surrounds and are definitely livin up to more of a "flashpacker" with more sociable cleaner backpackers although were still in just a double room ... read more

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Noosa October 6th 2010

We are still enjoying our travels south with Linda and Denis. After Sapphire, we headed south and found lots of rivers in flood after all the rain. Some roads were closed, mainly side roads. We came accross a few places with water accross the road, especially around Rollerston. We ended up staying a night at Banana. From there we continued on to a favourite place of ours, Cania Gorge. We had a very large site, complete with our own fireplace. The many different birds were as friendly as ever, and we also had visits from kangaroos, buttons and possums at night while we were sitting around our fire. We did some walks, swam in the 3 pools, and enjoyed the wine tasting and wood fired pizza night. The second night there I cooked probably my last ... read more
cruising the Noosa River
Captain Denis
cruising Noosa




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