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Get Addicted to Kitesurfing
Get a kitesurfing lesson at Kite Action (say hello to Paulie at the shop and ask for Corey to be your instructor). Once you become addicted (and you will) you will return to the shop, buy all the amazing gear and never look back (this amazing sport is worth the money, believe me). Hit up four of the amazing spots the sunny coast has to offer depending on wind direction. Head to Noosa on a N/NE wind to shred through some clear water with an awesome sandbar. Head to the lagoon at Cotton Tree on a E/ESE/or N wind with both flat water and waves (this was my local spot and definitely a favourite. If you’re a beginner or you’re craving some awesome flat water, head to Golden Beach on a SE wind (just watch out for the oysters), or for the more intermediate, hit some waves at Happy Valley around the corner for the most amazing kite session of your life! Do a 10-15km downwinder from Caloundra to Kawana with some mates (need to be okay in waves and expect to be absolutely wrecked afterwards).Karina Vera
Brisbane CBD: Everything is here and you can´t miss what the City of Brisbane can offer you.
If you are a lover chocolate, you will need to visit the Noosa Chocolate Factory, located on Adelaide St. Here you will find flavors of chocolate such as Mango, Blue Berry, Cherry, Strawberry and why not? You will be able to enjoy a delicious hot coffee as well.www.travelwithlaureen.com
Pacific Paradise: Home Sweet Home
This underrated gem is right beside Twin Waters and below Noosa. Pacific Paradise is quaint and peaceful, and was my humble abode for two months. Personally I worked 12 hours a week for food and accommodation, which seems to be common in the area. House rental also runs for about $400 a week, so here is a perfect place to settle down and relax, or work full time in a local shop. Here are all your basic essentials: Cole’s, post office, restaurants, Dominos delivery and a bottle shop. Please not there are lots of local places to eat and one of my favourites is “Thai Place”, you can read their reviews on trip advisor at the bottom of my post. At Thai Place, I can recommend the panang curry just short of South East Asia’s own, they also provided very personal customer service! As a traveller, Pacific Paradise brought me close comfort to be in a suburb and safety. Truly this place is really full of houses and there isn’t many events happening in the specific suburb. However, read below and I can share some close spots to check out while you are there! I can’t be late to include that anywhere in Pacific Paradise is no more than a half hour walk to Mudjimba beach. The beach is typically filled with half a dozen surfers, and overlooks the iconic “Old Woman Island”. This spot is famous for surfing and is easily reached by boat or a 2km paddle. None the less, Pacific Paradise is a beautiful spot to settle down and get that “At Home” feel again. If you are in need of some retail therapy or splurging you can check out the Maroochydore city centre for more selection and it is easily accessible on the “620” or “617” bus 20 minutes out of the suburb. Also close is by a 40 minute bus ride north is Peregian Beach on the “620”. This bus route got me thru most of my stay as I was car less, and it runs all the way to Noosa. Thanks Pacific!Rosie Simpson
Noosa Heads National Park
A couple of hours after Maria cought the flight back home, I’ve hit the road again with my new travel mate Rapahelle for the last part of my roadtrip. We drove from Brisbane more than 2000 kilometers north through the Sunshine State Queensland up to Cape Tribulation in the tropical rain forest and back to the final destination Cairns. The distances between the cities in Queensland are significantly bigger compared to the other parts in Australia, where I drove through so far. Along the straight and never ending roads are now many signs in order to remind you of taking a break to refresh. Mostly they express it a bit more harshly with sentences such as „Rest or R.I.P“, „Rest and survive“, „retrieve and survive“, „Rest and survive this drive“. Besides those signs you also find funny signs with sentences such as „Papa, are we there yet?“, „Still a long way to go kids!“, „Mama, I gotta pee“. Another way to keep drivers awake are trivia games. They work like this: One sign asks a question such as „What’s the biggest living thing in the world?“ and some kilometers later comes a sign with the answer „The Great Barrier Reef“. Noosa Heads National Park The first stop on the way was the Noosa national park about 100 kilometer North of Brisbane. The Noosa National Park is a paradise for hikers. A couple of well sign posted hiking tracks show you the way directly along the beach, the cliffs and the forest. On that day we had two aims: Rapahelle hasn‘t seen a wild koala before and I haven’t seen sea turtle in my life. We could tick both aims from our bucket list during a 3-hours walk along the coastline of the national park. We saw a koala far up in the tree top after not even half an hour. On the further way we saw a group of dolphins just a couple of meters off the shore playing and spinning. Only a few meters further was the so called Hells Gate, where turtles can be spotted quite often… also on that day. Only a couple of minutes after we arrived at the cliffs, we saw the first turtle coming to the surface and just a few minutes later the next one.Even though we’ve been about 50 meters away from the turtles, we could seen them very well, as they are huge! Turtles are snorkelers and must go to the surface to breath every once in a while. They come to the surface for breathing and go diving again after a deep breath. When they are on the surface, they look very helpless, as the waves skid them quite a lot. You even have the feeling that you must jump in the water in order to help them. Noosa also has beautiful beaches, which invite you for swimming and surfing. The water here is already quite warm and not yet full of stingers (Box Jelly Fishs), sharks and crocodiles. Who travels from south to north, should definitely take the time to enjoy the sea here. Further up north, the shore is more and more marshy lands and caution crocodiles, caution sharks and caution stingers makes you loosing the pleasure of going for a swim.Julian
After visiting the Gold Coast, I then hopped on a Greyhound bus to Noosa where I stayed for a night and was picked up the next morning by the company I booked my 3 day Fraser Island camping trip from.Stephi
Keep on going
Looking for jobs on the internet was never that hard. I kept looking, and looking. Farm jobs, au pairing, I didn’t want to be that serious yet. I’ve only just arrived. No way! First I want to meet people, see places and enjoy the little things in life. I found the phrase ”working for accommodation”. I started looking for jobs around Noosa, because I knew I’d love that place. I’ve only been there once, but I just knew it. Sometimes you just know it, you know? And it was the right thing to do. To follow my gut. Sending resumes, calling, e-mailing. I did everything, just to get a job. That’s how desperate I was. But everything turned out the way it had to turn out. I have been applying for jobs for a couple weeks now, and I didn’t receive any call or e-mail back. So, you can understand I was pretty disappointed. Until the day that one hostel reached out to me. Nomads Noosa. They saved my desperate little life. I got an e-mail from the manager, and he asked me to come over the next day. Me, with my happy face, drove there and asked for the manager. Turned out I was already talking to him. He looked cool, talked cool and acted cool. ”This is my kind of place” were my thoughts. The manager and I had a conversation, about what I was going to do and when I could start. I told him I was living up the Sunshine Coast with my family at the moment, and couldn’t wait to pack my bags and go somewhere else. I was in need of some action. So, the manager told me I could better go and pack my bags now, because there was a whole new adventure waiting for me. So, after a 40 minute drive to Noosa and a 20 minute talk with the manager, I got the job and I drove back to my family to pack my bags. This thought me to never give up, eventhough it looks like an endless road with no destination. Somehow everything will fall in place, and you’ll find what you’ve been looking for. In my case it were adventures and happiness.robin-hilster
Separating The Wheat From The Chaff
Kayaking in Noosa also had a special recommendation from two of my closest friends, they assured me it was one of the best things they did.Lolly McCafferty
5 things you must do in Noosa
When I was travelling up the East Coast of Australia I met a lot of other backpackers who had skipped Noosa as a stopping point, going straight from Brisbane to Fraser Island. It’s not a place advertised with a lot of activities and so I think a lot of people assume there’s nothing much to do there. I’m not sure I would’ve planned to stop at Noosa myself but as circumstances had it I had to use it as a base for another trip and what I discovered was a laid-back, beautiful area of Australia with the beach, river and National Park all right at your fingertips.Katherine Redmond
Roundabout Noosa on the Sunshine Coast
Visiting Noosa After living in Noosa for 18 years it still feels like holidays all year round. The Festivals, friendly people, glorious sunshine, beautiful beaches, drifting to sleep to hypnotic ocean waves and awakening to bird song all counts to the laid back atmosphere. Once you visit you want to stay. In minutes you can be in the countryside with the nostalgic feeling of times gone by. Once you get here you might find you are on a roundabout that keeps bringing you back to where you started. That’s the joy of all Noosa’s roundabouts. It can be confusing at first but it’s one of those blessings in disguise. When you realise that Noosa’s entire radius includes only three sets of traffic lights. Once you get your bearings it’s easy to get around whichever way you choose to.Kerrie Ireland
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