Thursday, July 14, 2011

Travelling North-Noosa

We're off to Noosa for three days, a chance for us to go back to our favourite Queensland destination while giving Rob's Mum a little break away with us too. It's an easy drive from Brisbane if you stay on the main highway but much more picturesque if you take the detour around the Blackall Range road through Maleny, Montville and Mapleton.

We stopped for lunch at the Poet's Cafe in Montville, enjoying the stunning views out to the Sunshine Coast beaches while we feasted on a platter of local Maleny and Kenilworth cheeses.

We've stayed at the Lookout Resort at Noosa Heads before (eleven years ago) but it's still exciting to open the door of our newly renovated apartment 10 and gasp at the view!

Main Beach at Noosa faces North (ish) and further round the Bay it becomes the mouth of the Noosa River. The view from our apartment is spectacular at all times of the day but especially at dawn and sunset!

We visited the Eumundi Markets on Wednesday. There's acres of cheap hippie-ish stalls full of imports from Asia, not many locally crafted goods like I remember 11 years ago. The mounds of fresh, fragrant Montville strawberries were a drawcard as was the stall of beautiful bromeliad plants, especially because I know Ros has definite plans to become obsessed by them. Rob assures me the Kransky stall was of a very high standard too.

We love the beautiful Noosa National Park, the way the walks curve around the exquisite headland beaches allowing pandanus framed views of the sparkling turquoise ocean and clean white sandy beaches of Little Cove, Tea Tree Bay and Dolphin Point.

But come late afternoon we're drawn to Main Beach for the amazing sunset light show, best enjoyed with a bottle of wine.

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