A Noosa Getaway

My friend, Eileen, asked me to accompany her on a mid-week getaway to Noosa and I was easy to convince.

I thought I’d not see anything new, because I’ve been to Noosa before….I was so wrong!

First stop was at our accommodations at Noosa Lakes Resort at Tewantin. Though we were there a couple of hours early for check-in, our apartment was ready, so we dropped off our stuff and then went to Noosaville for lunch. I had been craving fish and chips, so I got some, even though a lot of cafes and restaurants were closed because it was Monday.

Fish and Chips

After a spot of grocery shopping, we headed back to our accommodation for a relaxing afternoon. With dips and wine, of course 🙂 We had a view of the lake, though it was mostly obstructed by trees. Nevertheless, we headed down to the lakeside for some photos of sunset (and ducks) before going back to investigate the resort pool area:

Views at Noosa Lakes Resort
Views at Noosa Lakes Resort
Views at Noosa Lakes Resort
Views at Noosa Lakes Resort

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We were too relaxed (i.e. lazy) to bother going out for dinner and weren’t hungry anyway with all those yummy dips and bikkies we had. So we watched a movie and had an early(ish) night.

Tuesday morning we sat on the balcony and watched the kookaburras. There were three of them at least at one stage. Two ended up sitting on the balcony railing with us and one, further away on a tree, was being attacked by a little bird – funny to watch:

Views at Noosa Lakes Resort
Views at Noosa Lakes Resort
Views at Noosa Lakes Resort
Views at Noosa Lakes Resort
Views at Noosa Lakes Resort
Views at Noosa Lakes Resort
Views at Noosa Lakes Resort
Views at Noosa Lakes Resort
Views at Noosa Lakes Resort
Views at Noosa Lakes Resort

After our breakfast entertainment, we headed off to Noosa Marina to make full use of the Noosa Ferry whole day ticket. The ferry only goes every 90 minutes, so it’s not really a hop-on-hop-off service, but it was a bit different to driving and walking everywhere. People were having fun on the water, for sure:

Views from the Noosa Ferry
Views from the Noosa Ferry
Views from the Noosa Ferry
Views from the Noosa Ferry
Views from the Noosa Ferry
Views from the Noosa Ferry
Views from the Noosa Ferry
Views from the Noosa Ferry
Views from the Noosa Ferry
Views from the Noosa Ferry
Views from the Noosa Ferry
Views from the Noosa Ferry
Views from the Noosa Ferry
Views from the Noosa Ferry
Views from the Noosa Ferry
Views from the Noosa Ferry

We went as far as the ferry will go, right up to Noosa. We walked up to the river mouth for a look. It looks like an ideal place for kids to have fun in the water:

On the spit at Noosa
On the spit at Noosa

A bit further out on the headland, there were signs saying no swimming. It was obviously dangerous there. It didn’t stop everyone though:

On the spit at Noosa
On the spit at Noosa
On the spit at Noosa
On the spit at Noosa

We walked along the surf beach for a little way and stopped for lunch. Or at least, we hoped for lunch. Unforunately, it was the time between breakfast and lunch, so we walked up towards the national park instead. It was quite hot out there, so we didn’t linger too long. We did stop to watch the surfers though:

On the beach at Noosa
On the beach at Noosa
On the beach at Noosa
On the beach at Noosa
On the beach at Noosa
On the beach at Noosa
On the beach at Noosa
On the beach at Noosa

The beach looked almost like a beach in Europe – packed with people! Quite unusual to me!

On the beach at Noosa
On the beach at Noosa

We decided we’d head back to our apartment for lunch – the meals in the cafes and restaurants were really quite expensive! – so caught the ferry back to Noosa Marina and did that and had a relaxing afternoon. We decided to watch some TV – I’d brought a whole bunch of DVDs and we had a nostalgic revisit of Northern Exposure.

Around 5 we walked back to the Marina and caught the last ferry of the day for a round-trip to Noosa – it was our Tuesday sunset cruise. We wish we’d known we could bring our own drinks! As we cruised towards Noosa, we came across this poor fellow who’d flipped his catamaran – well, he said it was his girlfriend, but regardless – it was flipped in the channel:

Oops - flipped boat in Noosa River
Oops – flipped boat in Noosa River

The golden hour (or more like 5 minutes here) had arrived, so I took advantage:

Sunset cruise on Noosa ferry
Sunset cruise on Noosa ferry
Sunset cruise on Noosa ferry
Sunset cruise on Noosa ferry
Sunset cruise on Noosa ferry
Sunset cruise on Noosa ferry
Sunset cruise on Noosa ferry
Sunset cruise on Noosa ferry
Sunset cruise on Noosa ferry
Sunset cruise on Noosa ferry
Sunset cruise on Noosa ferry
Sunset cruise on Noosa ferry

This guy looked a bit tired, paddling his kids back to shore after a long day:

Sunset cruise on Noosa ferry
Sunset cruise on Noosa ferry

A couple more sunset shots and one of the ferry we were on all day:

Sunset cruise on Noosa ferry
Sunset cruise on Noosa ferry

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Sunset cruise on Noosa ferry
Sunset cruise on Noosa ferry

We decided to have dinner at the Marina. It wasn’t the best choice – the food was very average and quite expensive. We had fairly tough steaks at Pier 11 and then went across to the Italian restaurant and had the worst Zabaione (me) I’ve ever had. And Eileen’s Tiramisu wasn’t particularly good, unfortunately.

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On Wednesday we had a relaxing morning and just went for a little drive around Tewantin. We drove down to the ferry that we’ll be catching on our New Year’s camping trip and then across to a couple of parks and the art gallery. Unfortunately, the art gallery was closed until Friday so we didn’t get any culture in 🙂 We drove to Noosaville and had a couple of smoothies that Eileen was hanging out for. It wasn’t bad at all:

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Next, we drove up to Laguna lookout. Eileen had been up there before and said it was really overgrown and the trees blocked the views, but it had a good rating on Google Maps, so I was keen to go for a look. It was worth it:

Views of Noosa from Laguna Lookout
Views of Noosa from Laguna Lookout
Views of Noosa from Laguna Lookout
Views of Noosa from Laguna Lookout
Views of Noosa from Laguna Lookout
Views of Noosa from Laguna Lookout
Views of Noosa from Laguna Lookout
Views of Noosa from Laguna Lookout

After that, we headed back to our apartment for home-made lunch and another bludgey afternoon until our sunset cruise. This cruise was only $10 and went in the opposite direction of the previous day’s ferry trips. This cruise went to Lake Cooroibah, past Richard Branson’s island. It also passed some eagles that the captain fed. It was a nice way to while away 90 minutes or so. You could buy alcoholic drinks on board, too. I was more interested in photos than drinking, of course 🙂

Sunset Cruise to Lake Cooroibah
Sunset Cruise to Lake Cooroibah
Sunset Cruise to Lake Cooroibah
Sunset Cruise to Lake Cooroibah
Sunset Cruise to Lake Cooroibah
Sunset Cruise to Lake Cooroibah
Sunset Cruise to Lake Cooroibah
Sunset Cruise to Lake Cooroibah
Sunset Cruise to Lake Cooroibah
Sunset Cruise to Lake Cooroibah
Sunset Cruise to Lake Cooroibah
Sunset Cruise to Lake Cooroibah
Sunset Cruise to Lake Cooroibah
Sunset Cruise to Lake Cooroibah
Sunset Cruise to Lake Cooroibah
Sunset Cruise to Lake Cooroibah
Sunset Cruise to Lake Cooroibah
Sunset Cruise to Lake Cooroibah
Sunset Cruise to Lake Cooroibah - Richard Branson's place on Makepeace Island
Sunset Cruise to Lake Cooroibah – Richard Branson’s place on Makepeace Island
Sunset Cruise to Lake Cooroibah - Richard Branson's place on Makepeace Island
Sunset Cruise to Lake Cooroibah – Richard Branson’s place on Makepeace Island

We got back to port just in time for dinner. We decided to eat at the RSL, where you can get a pork roast for $13, and the salmon special for about $16, rather than double that in the restaurants up the road. It was very nice food, too. The club was really busy, of course, and quite noisy. Still, it was worth it!

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On our walk back to our apartment, I decided to take a couple of night photos of Noosa, seen from the bridge just near the marina. Unfortunately, I dropped my lens hood in the river. 🙁 Oh well….the photo turned out quite well, I think…

Noosa by night
Noosa by night

We continued our Northern Exposure marathon when we got back to our apartments and then headed home the next morning.

Reworked and larger sized pictures from this day are here. Click on the first picture and then move through them at full screen size.

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