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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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    The Australian Zoo

    by iandsmith Updated Jul 16, 2005

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    Go get him croc!

    Ah, don't we just love Steve Irwin. Not since Crocodile Dundee has the land downunder had so much publicity. Wonder what they have in common. Ah, that's right, those things they make handbags out of!
    We irreverent Smiths call the place "Crikey World" and, when you go there, you'll probably think you're seeing double, quadruple and worse. The reason being that all staff have to wear the uniform khaki shorts and shirt that Steve Irwin has made a trademark of his enterprise.
    Lots to see and genuine experiences to have her for all the family. Anything slimy, repulsive, primaeval, deadly is liable to be encountered here but, hey, that's entertainment!
    Open 9.00 to 4.30 daily except Xmas Day,
    it's $27 for adults so it is not cheap but good value for money nonetheless. Kiddies can slip in for $17 and, remember, Steve puts his money and profits back into saving wildlife. Say what you like about the man, he is genuine. Me, I love the guy!

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    Caloundra

    by iandsmith Updated Oct 14, 2004

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    Under the boardwalk, down by the sea

    Caloundra is the Coolongatta of the Sunshine Coast. Located at the southern end and sort of downmarket from Noosa, it has that same sort of air as Coolongatta has compared to Surfers Paradise. With an area population of around 70,000 you can't escape the crowds here.
    For families wishing to get the kiddies near a safe beach, Caloundra has a lot to offer as there are several spots with mild waves and one surf lifesaving club is actually on the estuary (just around the corner from where this pic was taken) that separates the town from Bribie Island.
    The string of single story shops in the streets behind the beaches have that 50's and 60's look and some could use an upgrade but, in some way, that adds to the charm.
    Matthew Flinders, famous early Australian explorer, entered the channel which lies between modern day Caloundra and Bribie Island in 1799, staying in the area for just over a fortnight. He named it Pumicestone River because there was pumice on the shore, and later it became known as Pumicestone Passage. Flinders ventured ashore and climbed Mount Beerburrum on 26 July, 1799.
    The first European settlers in the Caloundra area didn't arrive until 1862 though when the big land grab was on.
    There is heaps of accommodation of all sorts available.
    Shown here is the excellent boardwalk around the beach front though, as is also apparent from this pic, half the people choose to walk around on the sand and rocks.

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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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    Fine dining

    by iandsmith Updated Oct 12, 2004

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    Montville for breakfast, dinner and tea.

    This is the Poet's Corner Restaurant with gallery downstairs mentioned in my "Off the beaten path" pages.
    The paved area continues on to the right, past more and more shops designed to remove your hard-earned from you pocket. Of course, I didn't succumb. No, really. No, that wasn't me buying those delicious made-on-the-premises lollies. Someone who looked like me perhaps! I wish.
    The lovely tree lined streets and sheer variety of items available make this a shoppers paradise.

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    The Big Pineapple

    by iandsmith Written Oct 16, 2004

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    In the land of things big, this is one of the most famous, right up there with the original Big Banana at Coffs Harbour.
    One advantage of this location is that they have land to expand and add attractions to.
    Today you can ride the Plantation Train Tour (on a sugar cane train), go on a Harvest Boat Ride, see nightime animals in the Nocturnal House, join the Nutmobile for a macadamia and rainforest tour, indulge in the Sweetland Chocolate Factory and then relieve yourself in the shops at the main complex.
    It used to be on the main highway and touted as being at Nambour but these days it's off the main route and its location is actually at Woombye, a few kilometres south........but try finding that on your map!
    It goes without saying that it's a great place for families, just bring your money.

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    Yes, but do you have the time?

    by iandsmith Written Oct 12, 2004

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    Going cuckoo

    The clock shop is one of the must-see's at Montville.
    Swiss and grandfather clocks abound, the walls are packed with them, some so close to each other that the counterweights can't operate properly....................and don't come in here to find out the time - they're all set on different times!
    The effect is such that there is a continual cacophony of noise of chimes, cuckoos or bells echoing around the display room. When you learn not to turn your head at every sound you can then admire the many items for sale, all hand carved wonders.
    Even if you're not in the market for same (like us for instance) it's still worth a look.

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    My number one

    by iandsmith Written Oct 9, 2004

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    The blooming footpath

    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.

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    Maleny

    by iandsmith Written Oct 10, 2004

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    Not a good place for frogs, but excellent for art!

    Use the letter M and it seems you'll cover half the notable towns on the Sunshine Coast. Maleny is famous for one thing that led to others. That one thing is Mary Cairncross Park and the splendid views over the Glasshouse Mountains obtained from that park.
    The park is just outside of Maleny actually but, because it encouraged tourists, some other things have sprung up, most of them in more recent times.
    This modernistic art gallery with a variety of items is probably the best of them.
    WIth spacious surrounds and lots of light it presents most of the objects on display in a favourable manner.

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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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    Nature in abundance

    by iandsmith Written Oct 9, 2004

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    On the way at Ti Tree Bay.

    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.

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    NOOSA NATIONAL PARK WALKS

    by balhannah Written Oct 3, 2009

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    Noosa National Park is an area you should visit if you are at Noosa.
    There are many walking trails, of all levels and distances.

    I have only walked the Coastal track, which is 5.4km return (Allow 1.5-2.5 hours) , but there are quite a few other trails.

    The track follows the shoreline over several headlands, and you get to see some gorgeous little coves.
    Spectacular views can be seen from several lookouts along the track, which ends on a high bluff at Hell's Gates.
    This is a really nice walk, take your time and enjoy it!

    If you come by car, make sure it is locked and that there aren't any valuables left in it, or in sight.

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    The walk

    by iandsmith Written Oct 9, 2004

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    It's hot on them there walks.

    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.

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    Montville

    by iandsmith Written Oct 9, 2004

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    A notable eating house

    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.

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    The water wheel

    by iandsmith Written Oct 14, 2004

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    Water pumpin' action machine

    I was intrigued by the water wheel. Wanted to know why it was there and what was behind it. Just as an eyecatcher and more tourist shops are the two answers.
    So, it worked for me!
    A couple were walking past when we were deciding whose turn it was to get their picture taken. They offered to get us both in the picture and we happily accepted.
    Then, I recalled my previous experiences with people taking my picture.
    "Don't forget to get our legs in" I belatedly cried.
    Sure enough, it happened again. Sigh.

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