Canoeing in the Everglades
A uniquely Noosan thing to do is to go canoeing in the Noosa Everglades - in the Cooloola National Park. Its a really beautiful part of the world and rarely visited by the tourist hordes. Brian Mays (your authors old school teacher) runs the Elanda Point Canoe Company which hires out canoes. Their phone number is 07 5485 3165, email email@example.com and website www.elanda.com.au. You can do a day trip to Harrys Hut, or if youre keen go further up the Noosa River, spend a couple of days and camp.
Noosa really took off when those wandering
surfies of the late 60s / early 70s discovered its protected bays. When theres big swell Noosa National Park
can be awesome. Crowded these days but
awesome. Tea Tree Bay, a ten minute walk into
the park, is one of the most beautiful spots on the East Coast to surf. Further around at Granite the surf is a bit more
hard core. Much of the time, though, surf at
Noosa can be pretty small and too often non-existent.
In which case youll need to drive around to the open beaches to the south. Sunshine is the nearest.
If youve yet to experience the stoke of surfing, treat yourself to a lesson. You can usually find the Wavesense Surf Coaching just past the first rock wall at Main Beach, or contact Katrina and the crew on 1 800 249 076, firstname.lastname@example.org or www.surfbetter.com. (This beach is also a safe place for new surfers on their own to give it a go.) If you want to hire a board, or ogle at new ones, check out the Noosa Longboards shop at the southern end of Hastings Street. Their website is www.noosalongboards.com.
Ti Tree on a good day for Sunshine Beach
1st & 2nd points from top of Noosa Hill
National Park Walks
A trip to Noosa isnt complete without a walk into the Noosa National Park. Sometimes in the car park area youll spot the odd koala high in one of the gum trees. Theres also a tree favoured by our dozey, furry friends on the walking track - about 3 minutes in from the car park. Youll know where by the tourists looking up. But ask yourself: is it real or did some purile locals plant a stuffed one there?
Theres a good lookout above Boiling Pot - 5 minutes walk
in. Tea Tree Bay is stunning and about 15
minutes walk. Its a good place for a
swim - away from the hordes at Main Beach. If
you walk further, youll get to Granite Bay (30 minutes all up) and then Alexandra
Bay (45 minutes). Alexandra, or A Bay, is a big, open beach. Togs are optional at secluded A Bay. (If youre lucky youll be there the day
of the nude olympics.)
Coming back you can take the track which goes inland and includes some
rainforest toward the end. (Allow an hour or
so this way.) Its worth taking lunch
and making a day of the A Bay walk. Dont
miss Hells Gates on the way in.
If youre keen, you should also check out the booklet
Noosas Natural Heritage: a walkers guide to tracks and trails. it shows other interesting walks further afield. Its available through the Noosa Enterprise
Group (located at Suite 3, Sunshine Beach Road, Noosa Junction and on telephone 07 5474
9377) or the Noosa Parks Association (on telephone 07 5474 2486.) The Noosa National Parks office can be contacted
on 07 5447 3243.
Road to Noosa lookout
Pub, Lake and Views
Theres a great old pub at Boreen Point (called The Apollonian.) Its a classic old Queensland style one about 30 minutes drive from Noosa (through Tewantin.) You can make a good afternoon of it by heading out to the pub for lunch and a shandy or two. While youre in laid back Boreen Point, check out Lake Cootharaba. On weekends theres often big sailing regattas there. And on the way back, head up to Mount Tinbeerwah (on the road from Tewantin to Cooroy) for sunset. Theres a brilliant lookout which will give you a vista on the Cooloola National Park and its waterways, Noosa off in the distance and the farming hamlets inland. (Youll get an idea what a beautiful area this is.) The Boreen Point pub is also a good reward for a hard days paddle in the Everglades.