Campervan Trip 2 'Noosa' (Sunshine Coast)
Brilliant wakeup call with another early morning swim in the ocean and still managed to be on our way to Noosa by 8am.
The first leg of the journey took us along the motorway (M1) and back past Brisbane with Sue sitting at her 'desk' in the back, tidying up and adding to my blog posts (and yes Dad I am marking any mistakes in red ha ha)! Came off the main drag to get back to the coast road at Mooloolaba (great names eh). Driving along the coast road was perhaps not such a good idea on a sunny Sunday when there are major surfing competitions going on along this part of the coast! However we managed to navigate around the locals and found Shelley Beach, a much quieter beach where we stopped to cook up some egg sarnies for breakfast - gorgeous J
Just outside of Noosa we made another stop at a lovely marina for some well-deserved refreshment overlooking the Noosa River and got to watch 4 of the hugest pelicans that we have ever seen. They are quite strange looking creatures with unsettling, large, yellow eyes but it is an absolute wonder to see them take flight. Finally arrived at the campsite some 2 k further on in Trewentin where we settled in before returning to the Marina for dinner. It was lovely to walk alongside the Noosa river but the sun sets in these parts at 6.15pm and it gets very dark very quickly - glad to have brought our trusty torch!
Next morning we realised two things; first that it was a bank holiday and that somehow we have lost an hour somewhere and we are only now 10 hours ahead of GMT.
Returned once again to the Marina to get the first ferry along the river to the beaches at Noosa Heads. Our captain was not only very amusing but offered a really good commentary of the local area and habitat along the way. The cruise was delightful although the weather was already really heating up (yes Mum, plenty of sun factor and hats - the Australians are very keen to remind us to 'slip, slap, slop' as they put itJ).
We were pleasantly surprised with the beaches at Noosa as most of the beaches close by are really quite rocky whereas these beaches once again have a large expanse of fine white sand. Again there was an on-going surfing competition but sadly with little action as there were no waves! Walked along the beach to the river mouth to find that the competition had moved to another area of the beach and we watched for a while but still hardly any waves.
Wandered around the main town which appears to have a real American influence and apparently has one of Australia's most elegant shopping streets; Hasting Street. Well Sue just had to test this theory (mothers' daughter!) and so we went on our first shopping trip of the holiday in 31c . Tom lasted all of 30mins but Sue pushed through until a dress was purchased and then Tom was rewarded with a large soft (?) drink. I know you don't believe that and although it was only 11.30am as Tom pointed out it was already past midday somewhere in the world!
Carried on to explore the Noosa National Park by way of a neat boardwalk which trails between the beachside and the bush where a large habitat of turkeys can be seen wandering around! Once past the headland we came across a beautiful, isolated cove; Tea Tree Bay where we climbed down to have a dip and to chill. Stayed at Noosa Beach for an early dinner at the Life saving /surf club; they always have the best position with fantastic ocean views of course and are open to the public. Just managed to catch the last ferry back which was the river sunset trip back to the marina to the sounds of the Eagles "Hotel California" - greatJ
Sue's marking - 8/10 should try harder!!