These well known outcrops are a legacy of volcanoes past, the central core remaining whilst the rest has worn away over aeons of time. This is not an uncommon phenomenon in Australia but these and the ones at Coonabarabran are the best.
This view is taken near Mary Cairncross Park which is, in turn, near Maleny in the hinterland but you will also notice them en route from Brisbane.
One thing the Sunshine Coast is not short of is scrub turkeys.
This particular one is in the carpark at Peregian Beach but they are fairly common throughout the area.
Whilst staying in our B&B at Flaxton I used to watch them each evening as they ascended in stages to the heights of the rainforest trees in order to nest for the night.
During the daytime they scratch and scrape through the leaf litter for assorted items of vegetable or insect matter or scrounge scraps off the tourists. Either way, they don't go hungry.
The beach is what drew people to Noosa and that is still the main drawcard. Surfing gave it a prominence and publicity above the other attractions that were there.
The National Park of the headland, the coloured sands of Teewah, the creek that offered abundant fishing. These were all reasons for people to go there and still are but today, the fishing has waned, the National Park is always busy and there's a dozen tours to take you to the coloured sands.
There's also a myriad of other attractions.
The first surf lifesaving club was formed in 1927 but it was surfboarding that put it on the international map.
Today the population is around 10,000 and growing. Real estate is expensive, as is some of the accommodation. Those with money and an artistic bent are liable to be found here and at Byron Bay in northern N.S.W.
At one end of the walk is the approximately 200 steps at Sunshine Beach which is on the south side.
We actually walked from my son's accommodation, about 400 metres from these steps, and then over the hill to Alexander Beach and onto Granite Bay, Ti Tree Bay and National Pass.
Other walks lead off this track but they are not as frequented as this one.
The trail from Noosa to the point is actually a concrete and boardwalk path, so popular has it become.
The point became a National Park fairly early, in 1930.
When it comes time to shop, you could do worse than head to Maroochydore and the big shopping mall that lines the highway. Trust me, you can't miss it!
Set astride an estuary it is thus a bit different to your average centre with paddle boats for hire right in the middle of all the shops.
You also shouldn't have any trouble telling the time as shown in this pic featuring a clock that has eight bells and chimes on the quarter hour and below is one of three waterfalls that dot the area.
There's all the usual chain stores, an eating area and a multitude of other specialty shops, far too numerous to mention here.
On the eastern side of the main street are several eating houses perched on the edge of the mount with sublime views to take in while you wait to be served. This pic was taken at a place called Alice's, and we all know what you can get there!
It was a balmy spring day as we viewed the wispy cirrus clouds decorating an otherwise clear blue sky and noted the whitewashed skyline of the high rise apartment blocks by the sea.
All this while we took high (literally) tea in the arty atmosphere of Montville.
If there's one place I recommend you see on the Sunshine Coast, it's Montville.
The raised hinterland range, though relatively small in height, offers sublime views over the resorts, highways and farmland that make up the Sunshine Coast.
There are many villages perched atop the ridgeline road that skirts the eastern edge of the high ground but Montville is the one that most people aim for initially.
Its main street is lined with shops and, in places, lovely trees, some of which come into bloom in spring.
Just five minutes before this picture was taken, Jason and I had been watching the whales pass offshore, one of them flaying its flukes with gay abandon at regular intervals.
Others had noticed and were watching from various viewpoints along the route.
Migrating from Hervey Bay on their way to the Antarctic for their annual krill fill, they have become a great advertisement for the anti-whale hunting lobby.
Couple this experience with the sublime sunset shown here and you can readily understand why Noosa still retains much of its magic.
Perhaps I should have put this in the "dangers" category. Overweight old men flashing their torso in secluded places could get you arrested in some countries!
What I am doing here is the walk out to the tip of the park.
There are several options here. The one my son and I chose was to start from Sunshine Beach, walk around the headland to Noosa and then get a lift back home but many people catch a bus, whose two-each-hour frequency makes it a good option.
This shot is taken at the northern end of Alexander Beach, which also happens to be a "nude" beach though the time I chose to walk it was deserted except for a lone, and successful, fisherman.
From Noosa they run trips to a nearby skydiving center, it's in Caloundra (i think thats right) It's more expensive than in New Zealand but apparently the cheapest place in Austrailia to do it.
The cost includes transportation aswell as the tandom jump (needless to say with a fully qualified instructor). If u want a video or photos aswell you need a cameraman to jump too so thats extra. I didnt get the video but wish i had coz although i have a fantastic memory it'd be nice to look back, i think it would have been worth the money. Only one draw back is that obviously it is weather dependant. if the weathers bad you could go along 3 days in a row and still not get to jump!
But you get to see amazing views and it's probaly one of the best things i have ever done. i don't know anyone who landed and didnt want to go straight back up! Everyone should do this. everyone!!!
Mooloolabah is a greatplace to spend the day. It has a lovely marina and you can go see the Underwater World.
Locals like fishing along the coast between Noosa River and Pelican Beach. It seems a popular 'sports' there as I always saw people fishing, no matter day or night.
You can really see pelicans at Pelican Beach. It's really a pleasure to see them swimming or flying, what a life!
To experience spectacular views of Noosa and the surrounding country-side, drive or walk up to the Laguna Hill lookout.
Tropical fruit grown on premises, sampling unique fruit, eating a tropical hamburger and huge parfait, and taking a tour/walking through the lush settings.