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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.
Written Oct 16, 2004
Phone: 75 442 1333
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.
Written Oct 3, 2009
Address: Hastings Street, Noosa.
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.
Written Oct 9, 2004
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.
Written Oct 9, 2004
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.
Written Oct 14, 2004
Just over and hours drive from Brisbane, and 15mins from Noosa, located in the Sunshine Coast, is the town of Eumundi and its famous markets.
The Eumundi Market is extremely popular, with people coming far and wide to visit.
Stalls sell local high quality Australian made goods, local produce, unique creations of arts and crafts as well as delicious foodstuffs. There are different food carts for when you are feeling peckish!
Entertainers perform music, country tunes or tribal rhythms, there is bush poetry, street theatre, buskers, ......so its not all about buying!
Over 600 stalls operate every .......
Wednesday 8 - 1.30pm
Saturday 6.30 - 2pm
Train Services operate from Brisbane Central & Roma Street to Nambour then transfer to a connecting bus for Eumundi.
The Website has more details on transport if you haven't a car.
Updated Mar 10, 2010
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.
Written Oct 9, 2004
Flaxton is barely a village, more a location. It does have one or two businesses and the main one is definitely Flaxton Barn, a mish-mash of arts and crafts, local food items and a small cafe with splendid views.
Though Flaxton is only 3 kilometres north from the busy Montville, it never gets crowded as, speaking frankly, there's not a lot of reason to go there.
It does have a lot of B&B's, mostly situated near the rainforest area.
Written Oct 10, 2004
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.
Written Oct 10, 2004
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.
Updated Oct 10, 2004
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