Noosa Heads Things to Do

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    A dog friendly beach south of Noosa Heads.

    by Anniko Updated Dec 29, 2013

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    Castaways Beach is situated on the Sunshine Coast, seven kilometers south of Noosa Heads.
    This golden stretch of sand lies against a pristine ocean, untouched by development. Being an off-leash dog area, fluffy pooches can be observed frolicking along the water’s edge.

    Offering a touch of privacy, its location is just far enough away from the popular tourist beaches.
    For those seeking a more relaxed experience on the Sunshine Coast, Castaways Beach provides the perfect environment.

    While not patrolled by lifesavers, there are still people enjoying a dip in frothy surf.
    The area is also popular among windsurfers, who put on spectacular displays as they glide from wave to wave.

    We visited the Sunshine Coast on Boxing Day. While finding a park around Noosa Heads proved impossible, it wasn’t a problem at Castaways Beach. Escaping the holiday crowds was a welcome relief too.

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    A Pleasant Sunday drive in the Noosa area.

    by wise23girl Written Sep 15, 2013

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    Quieter in Kin Kin

    So while you are holidaying in Noosa, Queensland which is at the top end of the Sunshine Coast in Queensland you can leave the crowds behind for a while and spend a pleasant afternoon exploring the near-by towns....by car I suggest, but some of it can be done on foot! Read all about The Great Noosa Annual Trail Walk....LOL

    For the moment though a very pleasant Sunday afternoon drive will see you heading towards Cooroy...then on to Pomona (and do look for the cafes here), Cooran, where there is a fascinating collectables and second hand store, and on to the little but quite charming Kin Kin. If you prefer you can have a coffee in Cooran but probably not Kin Kin.
    I noticed hotels (pubs) in Pomona and Kin Kin and will check out more on our next visit.

    Of course this trip will by pass Noosa Junction, Noosaville, and Tewantin but these little places are quite busy on Sundays.

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    Great Noosa Trail Walk

    by wise23girl Updated Sep 15, 2013

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    This is the inaugural year for the Great Noosa Trail Walk 2013 and even though the walk does not go through Noosa Heads this seemed the best place to let you know about it.
    The intention is to hold this event annually....In 2013 the dates are 5th,6th, and 7th October.
    The trail is to begin at Lake MacDonald and then on through the country towns of Cooroy, Pomona, Cooran and Kin Kin via a series of dedicated walking trails through farmlands, natural forests and spectacular lookouts of the hinterland through to the ocean. The Noosa Trail as such has been in existence for 20 years.
    The number of walkers for 2013 is limited to 200 and there are a few places left at this stage (Sept 2013)

    "Walkers undertake the walk at their own pace and expected to take time to enjoy the landscape, local cafes and antique shops encountered on route. A reasonable level of walking fitness is required, but this is not a race, plenty of time is allowed to complete each days walk. Trail guides will be on the route providing assistance and information about the history and landscape. A nightly entertainment program is provided at the Pomona’s historic Majestic Theatre and at the longstanding Cooran School of Arts Acoustic Night.
    Camping accommodation is provided in camping grounds in Pomona and Cooran or alternatively accommodation is available at numerous guest houses. A shuttle bus will transfer all camping gear, as well as be available to collect tired walkers" from the web site.

    You must be over 12 years to go on the walk and at the other end it is up to you if you have a reasonable fitness level..
    The fee to undertake the walk is $150 and is payable in full at the time of booking. There are no discounts for seniors, youth or groups – it is a flat fee.

    See also for more on available Sunshine Coast walking tracks

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    Meet the Koalas in the National Park

    by al2401 Updated Apr 24, 2011

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    Laguna Bay at the entrance to the Noosa NP
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    "Noosa National Park features spectacular coastal scenery and provides an important refuge for native wildlife including the koala, glossy black cockatoo, ground parrot and wallum froglet."

    This is how the Department of Environment and Resource Management of the Queensland State Government describes Noosa National Park. The coastal scenery is indeed magnificent and if you are lucky you may see a koala in the trees at the start of the walk. Keep your eyes aloft. I once saw whales breaching out to sea. There are also some fine example of Pandanus Palms.

    There are a number of walks available in the park. The most popular walk is to Hell's Gate. You can return the same way (5.4km at Class 2 & 3 {Aussie Standards}) or continue to Sunshine Beach (5.4km Class 2,3 & 4). For the Australian classification please check the website below.

    There is assisted wheelchair and stroller/pram access to Dolphin Point (1km)

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    LAKE MACDONALD

    by balhannah Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Lake MacDonald is Noosa's water supply, and because of this, only non powered Boats are allowed on the water. We saw lots of Canoeist's, I imagine it would be quite good fun exploring this big lake.
    If you read the Notice board by the Boat Ramp, you will see that there is a "Paddle Trail" to follow on the Lake.

    Walking along the edge, I saw a beautiful Azure Blue Kingfisher, plus Cormorant's, Heron's, Mountain & Wood Ducks and Water Fowl.
    As we drove along the Cooroy - Tewantin Road, we saw this lake often. If you want to Bird Watch, then look for the sign-posted "Bird Hide." There is off road parking, and a short walk to it.

    This website will tell you about ALL the Bird Watching Trails in the Noosa Area.

    http://www.sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au/addfiles/documents/sport/noosa_bird_trail.pdf

    There a nice picnic areas alongside it, and also Boat ramps.
    The beautiful Noosa Botanic Garden's come down to the edge of Lake MacDonald.

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    Noosa National Park

    by stevemt Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Some of the coast line in the park

    This is a Queensland Government National park that is open to the public.

    Noosa National Park features spectacular coastal scenery and provides an important refuge for native wildlife including the koala, glossy black cockatoo, ground parrot and wallum froglet, along with various rare native plants.

    Several easy to moderate walking tracks wind along the coast, through rainforest and open woodlands and across colourful wallum heath and sedgelands. Longer tracks lead out through open forest and heath, where a great variety of wildflowers can be observed in winter and spring.

    There are beaches in the park for surfing, swimming and a site to snorkle, along with picnic spots.

    Camping is not permitted in this park, but there are various other national parks close by where you can camp.

    Take sunscreen, and plenty of water.

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    Big Pineapple

    by aukahkay Updated Apr 4, 2011
    Big Pineapple, Sunshine Coast

    The Big Pineapple located north of Brisbane on the Sunshine Coast is a tropical fruit plantation with acres of pineapple and other tropical fruits. The highlight of the Big Pineapple is a ride on the Sugar Cane Train which takes you through the pineapple plantation and the Animal Farm to view native Australian animals like the koala, kangaroo, wallaby and other birds.
    The Nutmobile will take you on a journey through tranquil rainforests and macadamia orchards where macadamia nuts are processed for commercial sale.

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    Noosa National Park

    by SmilingTraveller Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Pandanus Palm - Coastal Track, Noosa National Park
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    For the energetic and not so energetic, you simply must visit this national park. There are a network of peaceful walking tracks suitable for all levels of fitness. Pack a picnic lunch and your swimsuit, pick your track from the track signs posted by the entrance at the Noosa Heads end, and off you go. (The park is also accessible at the southern end from Sunshine Beach).

    The park features breathtaking coastline, rainforest, wildlife and sealife (including koalas, dolphins and the very inquisitive bush turkeys), wildflowers and secluded beaches and coves.

    Safety signs at track entrances are in German and Japanese as well as English.

    Learn more about the park or purchase drinks and guides at the information centre near the park entrance at Noosa Heads. The centre is open 9am to 3pm, seven days a week.

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    Noosa

    by AussieKitten Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Noosa Heads - Main Beach

    Noosa, Noosa Heads, Noosa Waters (on the Sunshine Coast)
    Town set within lush tropical vegetation and along the Pacific Ocean.
    Take the walk through the National Park to reach less crowded beaches, stroll through the main street where top boutiques and eating establishments are found, or why not relax on your balcony overlooking the ocean.
    This is where the rich and famous mingle with the unknown.

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    Sunshine by name...

    by iandsmith Written Dec 1, 2010
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    ...and sunshine by nature, that's what this beach at the southern side of Noosa is all about.
    It's a nice place to go for a stroll and has access to the walks that take you around to Noosa.
    We spent a couple of nights there with my family.

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    FEED THE INDO PACIFIC HUMPBACK DOLPHIN'S

    by balhannah Updated Jul 28, 2010

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    Right in Tin Can Bay, Queensland, you can feed the Indo Pacific Humpback Dolphins. When we were there last, it was free, but now it has changed. At least it is free to watch!
    Remember to wear shorts or trousers that can be rolled up as you need to get in the water.

    Feeding commences at 8am with a small group of people in the water at one time, food is available on site at $5 per person.
    The dolphins Mystique, a male dolphin and a a juvenile from his pod, Harmony, usually arive some time between 7 and 8am.

    It is 94kms from Noosa Heads, and takes approx 1.45hours, a one-way drive.

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    MARY VALLEY RATTLER - GYMPIE

    by balhannah Updated Jul 28, 2010

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    This is the name of the STEAM TRAIN, that runs on heritage tours every Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday.

    Tours depart from the Gympie Railway Station.
    Starting from Gympie, you pass through the town, to Monkland, across the Mary river into the scenic Mary river valley.
    Pineapples, Macadamia plantations, Dairy farms, cattle are along the way.

    The Train stops at Stations of little towns along the way, Dagan, (on the way back for wine & cheese tasting ) Amamoor, Kandanga (markets and stalls on Sundays) and finally Imbil, the turn around point.
    There was a market here, and we had time to enjoy lunch and wander around the town before heading back to Gympie.

    The trip length is 80ks. You may see Kangaroos, we did.

    On every 3rd Sunday of the month, BUSHRANGERS HOLD UP THE TRAIN!.
    and........
    There are also themed Train trips, look up the website for more information on the Train.

    A full day Steam tour on a Sunday is $47, departing at 10am and returning at 4pm (2010)

    You don't have to be a Train Buff to enjoy this journey.

    BOOKINGS ARE ESSENTIAL

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    LAKE COOTHARABA

    by balhannah Written Jul 27, 2010

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    Lake Cootharaba is the largest Lake on the Noosa River.

    It is about 10 km long and 5 km wide, and is quite shallow, with an average depth of 1.5metres.

    This lake is very popular with families, and no wonder why............

    I walked along a lovely sandy beach, I found some big fish scales, and were told these were probably from the huge Sea Mullet that are in the Lake. After my walk along the Beach, then I walked back on a track through the Paper Bark Trees, and the bush, and here I heard an amazing array of different Bird calls. I saw many, quite a few I had not seen before, and do not know their names, all too quick for a photo!

    The Noosa Everglades and Lake Cootharaba, if you haven't a Boat, why not hire a canoe or motor boat, or you can take a guided canoe safari from Elanda Point Canoe Company, they also hire our water craft.

    Boreen Point is the main area where access to the lake is easy. The Esplanade has been recently upgraded and now has seats for the much needed rest, BBQ's and Toilets.
    If you are lucky, you may be able to sit back and watch the Lake Cootharaba Sailing Club in action.
    There is a camping ground at Boreen Point and Elanda Point, and a couple of Motels, .....
    just incase you want to stay longer!

    Located 20kms from Noosa Heads.

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    VISIT POINT GLORIOUS

    by balhannah Written Jul 26, 2010

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    Point Glorious is a wonderful lookout that overlooks fertile valleys, and gives views of the coast.

    We turned off the Eumundi to Kenilworth road, and followed the dirt forest drive road that wound its way up the Mountain. At 6kms from the top, there is a junction, and it is from here, that the road deteriorates very badly. Access can be by 2WD car, but 4WD would be the best!

    Upon reaching the lookout, we noticed that new Toilets had been built, picnic tables and chairs located where there were good views, and a new viewing platform had been built. Also, there were pins where Abseiler's could hook into.
    The view was lovely. The valley was so green and lush!

    This is a good lookout, but be warned, if you are not a confident driver, then it would be best to leave out visiting here!

    LOCATION....About 32kms from Noosa Heads

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    NOOSA BOTANIC GARDENS *2*

    by balhannah Written Jul 26, 2010

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    The Noosa Botanic Gardens not only have lots of beautiful plants, but also a stunning Ampitheatre!
    This area is used for community events and performances, and is also popular for weddings, I can fully understand!
    Another area for Weddings, is the Open Air Bush Chapel, extra nice when the Hippeastrums are flowering.

    Another plus, is the Gardens have brought in the Birds. I heard the Whip Birds,....you can't mistake their "whip" call, there were lots of Wrens, Butcher birds, Galahs, Waterbirds, and Tawny Frogmouths are meant to live here too!
    I saw a Brush Turkey, and at night, you will probably see Brushtail and Ringtail Possum's.

    As the park is on the edge of Lake MacDonald, and there are Ponds, Water Birds and Eastern Water Dragon's, Tortoise's and Frogs are seen.

    In all, this is a great park, that can only improve as it gets older!

    ADMISSION IS FREE

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