A holiday in Noosa can end up being very expensive if at night you frequent the many fine dining restaurants along the Noosa beachfront that may or may not be worth the price charged and even more expensive for you if you also choose to eat out for breakfast and lunch as well.
But holidaying in Noosa doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg and there’s so much more to do than sit in cafes and restaurants. One of the great opportunities on offer is a wander through the Noosa National Park and this is absolutely free. Noosa National Park was established in 1939 and covers nearly 3000 hectares (7400 acres). Walking tracks have been established and there is a variety of walks that take you along the scenic coast or through the densely shaded rainforest. The walks have been graded to suit a variety of fitness levels and there is a kiosk in the park where you can buy necessities like water, sunscreen and insect repellant. And they sell coffee too but it wasn’t the best!
What I love about the walks is not only being able to view the scenic coastline with its white sandy beaches and turquoise water, but the abundant wildlife that seems quite happy to co-exist with hundreds of tourists tramping through their domain.
On a perfect summer’s day, we took Alfie for a walk through the National Park to Tea Tree Bay, about a half hour stroll into the park. It’s a beautiful isolated and private beach with white sand and shade under the tea trees. The water at this time of year is around 25C (77F) which is very pleasant and the waves on this day were very gentle and perfect for body surfing.
Perfect if you don’t like crowds. Alfie played with the rocks and stones and made a sculpture.
This image is taken from Boiling Pot, a point about 15 minutes walk into the National Park. That’s a lone woman out there paddle-surfing. She’s a long way from shore and I hope she eventually made it to her destination – I was worried the current might sweep her out to sea!
Along the track you see plenty of bush turkeys. They are very difficult to photograph as they move very quickly and being low to the ground they are quickly covered by scrub and bush. I tried all week to photograph them, always ending up with just a beak or a tail in my image. But here is one I found near the apartments we stayed in – not the best image but I captured the beast!
I think around the world there is a misconception that in koalas are in abundance and every time you look up into a eucalyptus tree, there they are. But they’re not! It is an extremely rare circumstance to see a koala in the wild. In the Noosa National Park koalas do exist and would be the most photographed species by far. This koala was very low down so relatively easy to photograph (aside from the expected issues of direct sun and branches screening the subject). As you can see, the koala’s asleep. Koalas sleep around 20 hours a day. They only eat eucalyptus leaves and these take an enormous amount of energy to digest, causing the animal to sleep and rest most of its life.
And because one image just isn’t enough, here’s another…
On our way to the National Park we walked down the bush track that lead from our apartment to the main road. On the track we saw a giant goanna that must have been 5-6 feet long. It hurried past us and quickly shot up a tree. Goannas are to be feared! You don’t want to approach them as they bite and when they bite they lock their jaws and don’t let go. And because they eat carrion their mouths are full of bacteria so if they bite you, you’re bound to end up with a very infected wound.
On our way back from Tea Tree Bay I heard a hurried scuttle in the bush beside me. I stopped and next thing another goanna sprang from the bush and raced up a tree. It had just caught a baby blue-tongue lizard and this was still alive and dangling out of the sides of the goanna’s mouth. The poor thing was wriggling with a terrified look in its eye and I think it knew the ending wasn’t going to be good – it’s no Garden of Eden living in the wild in the animal kingdom.
And that ended a lovely day out in the Australian bush. Plenty of entertainment for all of us.