7. Sunshine Coast

Caloundra

The sunshine coast gets started at the township of Caloundra. It seems quite a pleasant coastal town, with a number of attractions. Kings looks like the main town beach, and it had a good show of sunshine for when I arrived there. So it gets points for looking pretty under the blue sky. There wasn't a whole lot of surf there though.

In the Sunshine coast generally, the relaxed atmosphere is quite a contrast to the high-rise busy centre of Surfers Paradise on the Gold Coast. So I do find the sunshine coast more pleasant, and the type of place I'd like to go to.

Kings Beach, Caloundra

Dicky Beach, to the North of the township, is particularly interesting in having the remains of a shipwreck up on the sand. It gives a point of interest, and shows many different forms.

Dicky Beach, Caloundra
Shipwreck, Dicky Beach, Caloundra
Shipwreck, Dicky Beach, Caloundra

There are three main centres along the Sunshine coast: Caloundra, Moolooaba/Maroochydore and Noosa. The Maroochydore section seemed the most developed with mid-rise apartments, and to me was the least interesting of the three areas. But still, there were some good waves at the surf beach there, and with the sun shining it has its share of pretty spots along the beaches and river. I stayed at the YHA there, and it was pretty quiet and laid-back.

Noosa

I visited Noosa heads a couple of times, as it was cloudy the first time, and even then it captured my interest. So it was good to see it in sunny conditions as well. I slept the night in Maroochydore, and tried to make it up to Noosa by sunrise the next day. I didn't quite make it though, and this photo was taken a bit to the south of there.

Sunrise, Peregian

If you happen to recognise the location, and find a 49mm lens cap there, please let me know.. I wouldn't mind being reunited with it!

On the second visit, Sunshine beach lived up to its name, and had both sunshine and beach. In the early morning light it was rather peaceful and softly colourful there.

Sunshine Beach, Noosa

Although Noosa Heads has beaches, the river and township is also make up the character. The main street right out at the heads has “tourist strip” written all over it, but it is still pleasant enough. I also noticed seemingly endless parking lots in heading out to the breakwall. I can imagine that it could get very busy there at times.

Noosa River

Another point of interest at Noosa is the National Park out on the Peninsula. There are a number of walks through it to observe the natural surroundings, and some pretty coastal scenery. The signs also indicated there were Koala colonies there. This tree seemed quite an oddity, with the loop in its trunk.

Confused tree, Noosa NP

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