Is there any more perfect spot in winter than Noosa Heads? Maybe I’m biased but I reckon Noosa has to take the prize, at least for Australia.
When the kids were young we owned a unit in Noosa and took every opportunity to escape Brisbane for time out at this little piece of Paradise. Post-unit ownership trips have been less frequent, but it remains one of my favourite places, especially in winter.
Who can ignore those breathtaking views from the National Park looking back across Laguna Bay to the Hinterland, the horizon broken by old volcano cores such at Mt Cooroy, one of many in the region which includes the famous Glasshouse Mountains? Or looking across to that wonderful stretch of beach up the Cooloola coastline to Double Island Point?
As ever on a sunny Noosa winter’s day, the balmy air encourages surfers, swimmers and beachcombers to soak up the rays and the walkers emerge in numbers to pound the coastal tracks. Surely some of the world’s best views to exercise by. Often on walks back then we would see koalas in the trees. A giveaway was a crowd of people at the base of a huge old gum, but another was the distinctive smell – probably koala pee. No luck on this visit despite checking favourite old haunts.
No koalas home today.
When we were regular National Park walkers the spectacular pandanus trees for which the park is renowed were in trouble with an insect pest causing significant die back. It was wonderful to see many healthy specimens along the paths so maybe the crisis is over. I note that pandanus like a sunny position and a frost-free environment so Noosa National Park is a perfect home.
Noosa River mouth and the wonderful stretch of Cooloola coastline to Double Island Point.