Noosa Adventuring

Next Up… Noosa!

Before it was time to go to Noosa I spent a few days in Brisbane, I’ve already been to Brisbane a few times so it was mostly spent bumming around, checking out the man made beach in the South Bank, walking around the mall and enjoying the amazing view from the YHA Hostel rooftop.

A couple of days in the city was enough for me, it was time to head back to a beach town. Noosa is a 3 hour Greyhound ride from Brisbane. If I was going to describe Noosa I would probably say that it was a more upscale and bigger version of Byron Bay. We got there when school holidays started (I swear it’s been school holidays the whole time I’ve been in Australia) and it seemed like it was a pretty popular place for Australian families to travel to.

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We booked in at the Dolphins Beach House which was about a 5 minute walk down to Sunshine Beach. It was a bit out of town and the shuttle that they had didn’t have fantastic hours, but the vibe was pretty cool and each dorm was actually set up like an apartment so you had an individual kitchen and bathroom which made a big difference. I don’t love cooking big meals in the communal kitchens of most hostels so it’s always nice when it feels more like home. The bright pink, India (I think) themed hostel by the beach ended up being my home for a little more than a week, other than one night when it was full and a friend and I had to relocate into town to the YHA there.

The beaches in Noosa were gorgeous and we really lucked out with pretty great weather the whole time we were there.

One of the days Amy and I decided to do the Noosa National Park Coastal Walk that was recommended. It was a bit of a cloudy day which actually ended up being nice because it wasn’t too hot. The hike started right from Sunshine Beach which was very convenient from the hostel. Although it started going straight up a big hill full of stairs but the rest of the walk was pretty easy. We walked past lots of gorgeous beaches (including one nude beach, beautiful beach…not such beautiful old men taking advantage of the nude part), and luckily since it’s whale migration right now we saw lots of whales. It ended up being about 8km by the time we walked back to town and I was pooped! Well worth the walk though.

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Amazing scenery!

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Our next Noosa activity was to rent a car and head to the Noosa Everglades. There are tours that you can do to do this, for about $120, but we had 4 of us and it ended up being about half the price, and it was only a half an hour drive. We drove to Elanda Point Campground (which is a great spot, but not well marked) and rented canoes there.

Pre-Canoeing!

Pre-Canoeing!

The lady we rented canoes from warned us that it was a bit windy for canoeing but we decided to go for it. Might have been a bit of a miscalculation on our part. Heading towards the everglades was easy peasy, we had the wind in our favour. We stopped for lunch at a campground en route and then headed down the Noosa river. This is where things got a bit exciting, as I decided to attempt to pull a log out of the river and flipped our canoe…whoops!

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Amy and I ended up in the water! Along with all of our clothes, snacks and belongings. It actually wasn’t too bad, it was a pretty hot day so it wasn’t the worst thing that could happen. It got worse when I flipped it a second time attempting to get back in. I thought it was pretty hilarious and we got some great GoPro footage of the failures.

After all that excitement we decided to head back, we were all getting fairly sunburnt and tired by this point. Little did we know we had quite the trek ahead of us. The wind that had so nicely helped us on the way to the everglades was definitely not in our favour on the way back. We actually ended up having to walk in waist deep water for about 4km to get back. It was a bit frustrating and I can’t tell you how happy I was to see that campsite when we got there.

We finished off the day sunburnt, tired but happy and made the quick drive back to the hostel. I would highly recommend everyone check out the everglades, and if you have a few people do your own tour! Just be careful in the canoes…they’re a little tipsy!

My Favourite Podcasts!

Podcasts are an amazing form of media. They’re free to listen to, easy to access and you can find one on anything that you’re interested in! I’ve been listening to podcasts for years now and I try to convince everyone I know to get into them.

I listen to a huge variety of podcasts and I find that anything I want to learn more about I can get something to listen to about that. Not only are there tons of educational podcasts, there are lots that are just plain entertaining.

If you haven’t taken advantage of podcasts I’d really recommend starting, or if you have hopefully I’ll let you know about a new one to check out!

Here are my top 5 podcasts, hope you enjoy!

  1. The Dave Ramsey Show

This podcast is put on every single day, for three hours, by the money and budgeting guru Dave Ramsey. Most people are familiar with him and his books on saving money and getting out of debt. This live call in radio show is fantastic motivation if you’re trying to save money, get out of debt, or just make better financial decisions. I love listening to this as more of a background while I’m working or doing other things (you don’t totally have you pay attention as you won’t miss too much). I found this podcast a great inspiration while I was trying to stick to a fairly strict budget to build up my savings and stay out of debt. If you end up liking this I would totally recommend checking out his book Total Money Makeover.

2.   The World Wanderers

The World Wanderers is a travel podcast that is made by a Canadian couple. Most of the episode are about half an hour to an hour on both their travel experiences and interviews with other travellers. I really like the variety of topics, they’ve done trips to quite a few places, talk a fair bit about minimalism and budget travel, and are right now planning on becoming digital nomads by moving to South East Asia, something that I’m really interested in learning more about. There are a few different travel podcasts I really like, but I think this one stands out because it’s from a Canadian point of view.

3.   Undisclosed

I think that most people are familiar with Serial, the podcast covering the murder of Hae Min Lee and conviction Adnan Syed, and Undisclosed is a another look into the case and trial. If you remember the Serial podcast you’ll recognize the name Rabia Chaudry, as the older sister of one of Adnan’s best friends. She is a lawyer and one of the main presenters in the podcast. It also has interviews and other stories about wrongful convictions and is now on it’s second season, looking at a new murder, based in Rome, Georgia. I love true crime stories and another podcast I’d recommend if you do also is Casefile True Crime. It’s an Australian podcast and each episode focuses on a different case.

4.    Vinyl Cafe with Stuart Mclean

This is a CBC radio show that I think most Canadians have probably heard at some point. I know I’ve been listening to them on CBC for years and years and even have a couple of the books. I love the podcasts because I rarely listen to the radio, and isn’t on demand always better? Lots of the episodes not only have the stories about the hilarious Dave, but feature music from Canadian artists. Another fun fact is that in 2011 The Vinyl Cafe was chosen by Apple as the best audio podcast of the year.

5.   Sleep With Me

This might sound a bit weird to some but this is a podcast that is made to help you fall asleep. It’s basically a guy telling really boring stories in a monotone voice. Now before you think that I’m totally crazy, keep an open mind, as someone with anxiety and trouble sleeping, going to bed can end up with me laying awake for hours rethinking everything I’ve ever done, or stressing about a million potential things that could happen in the future. So it can be super helpful to have a bit of a distraction, especially something dull and boring and sort of like white noise. I’ve also found this podcast quite helpful the last few months while trying to fall asleep in various hostels, busses and airplanes.

I hope that this gives you a bit of a peek into the variety of podcasts that are out there and maybe introduce you to something that you might be interested in. I would love to hear about any podcasts that you like, I have a few loooooong plane rides coming up and am always on the hunt for something new!

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