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.
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.
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.
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!
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!