Strolling about beautiful Noosa

Noosa is a fashionable thriving destination on the Sunshine Coast with sophisticated boutiques lined along Hastings Street, cool but pricey eateries and upmarket hotels.Yet it’s not tacky as you would expected from many other popular sea-side resorts along Queensland coastline but it retains the feeling of a cozy little beach town. It might be cause there are no skyscrapers around, it’s surrounded by the peaceful and picturesque Noosa Coastal National Park along with gorgeous beaches still freebies attractions, which made Noosa even more appealing for some avid nature–lovers backpackers like us.

We had the choice of 15km of track, splits in 5 relaxing walks, to soak up the incredible landscape of Noosa Heads leading through the pretty secluded beaches of Tea Tree Bay, Alexandria Bay till we reached the long stretch of sand on Sunshine Beach, the last change for some good surfing to the rush to North Queensland.

The park is also home to some amazing wildlife like cuddly cute koalas, which make a nonchalant entrance just at the start of our walk, black cockatoos, beautiful wildflowers and a diversity of coastal vegetation from tropical rainforest, eucalypt woodlands to colourful wallum heath and sedgelands. From the rocky cliff of Hells Gates we were amazed as we even spotted a sea turtle rocking through the bumpy water and some dolphins. What a day!

If you want to hang around for longer you wouldn’t get bored either. Take a kayak tour, a Camel safari (I know, I certainly didn’t expect to find them over here but in some part of Australian they are even a pest), visit the nearby volcanic crags of the Glass house Mountains NP or drive along the wild endless beach at Cooloola NP, better known as Great Sandy National Park, only if you have a 4WD or take part to an organized tour up to Fraser Island. Nevertheless, what’s is wrong with just some simple laze about on the glorious beaches?

If you are more adventurous why don’t dare to go camping? Yes, you hear it well, camping. I bet you haven’t been to Johns Landing Camping before, a short drive from Tewantin nearby Lake Cooroibah. Believe me, you must be a Rambo-wannabes to enjoy a stay here. Permanent residents weirdoes apart, including the drunk camp-keeper, as we arrived through the dirt road it looks like the last place on earth forgotten by God. But you know, first appear are not always right. Not in this case! The place seems more a refugee camp or a junk yard set on the bank of a mosquitoes-invested marshy river, where “toilets” leave a bit to desire, dogs are less than welcoming and, when night falls, you wonder who is watching you, but apart that it was a great camping tale to tell and cost us only 10 bucks.

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