Noosa National Park is a lovely area for walking some easy to moderate tracks, that wind their way along the coast, through rainforest and open woodlands. There are longer tracks that head out through open forest and heath where you will see wildflowers when in season.
What ever you do, "DO NOT WALK THESE TRACKS ALONE, THERE HAS BEEN SOME TERRIBLE ASSAULTS ON THESE TRACKS"' so make sure you have another person or a group to go with.
If not, make sure you leave at the same time as a group or couple, and stay in sight of these people.
location....Park road, Noosa Heads.
Notorious Noosa for round-a bouts
One of the tricks of arriving safely in Noosa Heads is to negotiate the round-a-bouts. For sure they are not a problem for the locals (well I have heard the locals think there are far too many as well) but coming in from the Bruce Highway close to Eumundi we encountered quite a few....and there is more than one way to go. You might come in through Tewantin...thats OK....you are not lost. But you will pass through Noosa Junction....this could be the place for serious shopping rather than Hastings Street....or even Noosaville or Tewantin for shopping...and I saw an interesting boutique at nearby Pomona a few round-a-bouts away!
Another way into Noosa is along the coast itself and you can begin as far back as Caloundra or at other points along the way such as Maroochydore. You will be on the Nicklin way if you begin in Caloundra. From the coast route you will come in from Sunshine Beach side.
At the Noosa round-a-bouts mostly you will have a few choices but the one for you is usually 'all other destinations' until you find your particular location is mentioned...so know where you are going and bring an old fashioned map so you understand the lay out of the Sunshine Coast and also Noosa itself..
For more on round-a-bouts read here.
And you will find parking difficult and the roads fairly busy....IMO
When driving the roads around the areas of Buderim, Mapleton, Montville, Maleny, you will see Echidna road signs.
Just be aware, that these little fella's cross the road, so try to avoid hitting them.
They are little, spiky balls!
I can't believe Alfred Hitchcock made his movie in America. He could have simply recorded real life in Oz and saved all that money on actors.
Here is yet another example of an over-friendly native utilizing available resources.
This butcher bird (sings like an angel, kills like the devil) has taken to eating people's food, whether left over or fresh.
It's seen here cheekily sitting on the railing of the Flaxton Barn after it was herded away from someone's meal that had been just placed out on the table while they were otherwise detained.
They normally eat lizards, snakes and insects but can handle some cordon bleu along the way.
Make sure you have a 4 wheel drive before you embark on the beach drive. I have seen many cars getting bogged down in sand. You can let some gas out of your tyres before you try climbing a sand dune.
Also, make sure you calculate the tides. Don't get stuck and washed away!
During the Summer months with the addition of some Northerly winds and warmer than normal water (Mid 20's) brings a serial pest to the Main Beach.
This pungent seaweed infests the Main beach that the Exclusive Hastings Street resides near.
Many a tourist has paid through the nose to come visit Noosa by staying on the Beach in Hastings Street, and has left with the foul smell of the seaweed in their nostrils.
The Seaweed litters the beach, and stinks out the resturants and shops in Hastings Street, and also makes for an interesting feeling when entering the water.
The local Council tries to clean it up each time it appears, but you can't stop nature.
For those who don't normally enjoy the warmth of the sun, when you visit any one of Noosa's beaches if you don't put sunscreen on expect to look like a cooked lobster the next day.
Sunburn can be very painful and embarrassing, leaving you with a lovely red glow that can be seen from quite a distance.
The rule is: If you feel your skin getting hot like you are standing next to a big fire, then you are getting burnt.
Don't fool yourself, unless you have regular exposure to sun you won't get a "tan" in one day.
If you are tanning, put spf 8 or 10 sunscreen on first, wait 10 minutes, then apply a tanning oil maybe spf 4 or 6 ontop of the sunscreen, then bake away.
If you have no swimming skills, or doubt your ability take every precaution whilst swimming on Australian Beaches.
There are multiple rips along the open beaches of the Sunshine Coast.
The lifesavers are trained in identifying these potential danger spots and errect flags in the safe part of the beach. My advise if you aren't used to Australian beaches is to swim between the flagged areas, and don't venture too far out from the shore.
A "RIP" or "Current" has the potential to either drag you along either on top of or under the water out to sea.
There are many cases of tourists drowning in Australia every year.
If you do get caught in a rip, just wave your hand in the air to attract the attention of the lifesaver.