Some Lovely East Coast Memories
It all started as a bare footed, detoured journey home from the beach while the sun set, as pink sky tones rolled into purples. Known as Kowonga Street, the land here is occupied by dry field with just over a dozen kangaroos to my left. They take a break from early evening grass munching to perch up as I walked by, and peered as I sat down to be amused by them. Well fancy that, this is the exact situation in which I got acquainted with Pacific Paradise of the Sunshine Coast. This: kangaroo watching became a regular activity for me, watching sunsets aside the kangaroos. To me, sweet Kowonga Street was a perfect example of a place that I would never want to be turned into a suburbia… hopefully it’s not close on that list. Instead of chasing waterfalls in Australia I’ve been chasing sunsets, and I’ve got this place to thank for the heart of that. I hope you can share it with me too.
Pacific Paradise: Home Sweet Home
Noosa: A Perfect Weekend Plan
When you first hear of Noosa I’m sure it will be in reference to the nightlife. But let me share a secret with you, camping is where it’s at. I stayed for three nights at “Noosa Northshore Camping” with a group of friends, it was an unforgettable experience. I have never seen the night sky lit up so brightly. The campsite is in a national park and hugs the Oceanside. We spent those entire nights star gazing on the beach where you can clearly see the Milky Way and countless constellations. Camping in Noosa is a great place to share stories over a drink with old or new friends. It is also possible to go four wheel driving on this beach! There are no fires on site since it is a national park, but there is barbecues at your convenience. Definitely a place to check out, and if you can’t kick it with the campers you could always sleep in your car and vibe at the beach in the other time.
But your weekend fun hasn’t ended yet. For a full day’s activity, meet your best mates at Sunshine Beach and walk towards “Hell’s Gate” in Noosa’s National Park. Here you will walk across Noosa’s main beach, thru brush trails, across a nude beach (ooo ahh). When the heat is swallowing you up, look back to catch the view of Sunshine Beach and put your mind at ease. Soon you will reach The Fairy Pools. Here find the gorgeous views and vibe with beautiful people everywhere. Below the fairy pools it is a beach loaded with surfers of all skills and difficulty. Take a majestic selfie in Australia’s own fairy pool while you find Nemo (or Dory). As the waves pull in the Fairy Pool rises, and on days when the shore has dried up the Fairy Pool sits very shallow. This is NOT a spot to miss, people! The Fairy Pools was my favourite stop in Noosa; I think I even left with wings. In total from Sunshine Beach it is about a two hour trek, and if you aren’t feeling up to it you can start at Noosa National Park and walk no more than an hour. If you get lost on the way, head to Hell’s Gate and it is about 450m to the left of that. Good luck my friends.
I first found myself in Peregian Beach aupairing for four sweethearts. The house overlooked the ocean, so for every Monday and Tuesday for around two months I awed at the sunset. The area of the sky over Peregian Beach might as well be magical for the sunsets it draws up. On this beach I was also lucky enough to see two moons rise which can be very disorientating at first before you remember it couldn’t possibly be the sun rising. If you haven’t noticed I’m one for sunsets, thought Asia has my heart on this one; Peregian Beach has taken it for Australia so far.
Peregian Beach shouldn’t only be applauded on its sunsets- but also its sense of community. On the 2nd Sunday of every month, members of the community gather to share tasteful music, good vibes, and casual drinks. It is a much laid back environment with the option to share your part in the drum circle and sing along. Peregian Originals is 100% funded by the community- incredible! You can find your spot to sit in the park behind the Peregian Village overlooking the beach. The village is also a great spot to check out with local artisans, organic and gluten free options, and even an Op Shop!
Overall, Sunshine Coast has brought me warmth and peaceful memories, and I will be stopping here again before I hop on that plane to Canada!
Things to Check Out:
“Noosa North Shore Camping”