A water buffalo caught resting while a friendly bird eats its pests.
Monday, December 6, 2010
DARWIN - N.T. - The bush, strange fruits, waterholes, water buffalo, Litchfield National Park, Mindil Beach
A water buffalo caught resting while a friendly bird eats its pests.
Monday, November 29, 2010
My husband and I lived in Darwin for a few months before it was razed by Cyclone Tracey. This is the old house we rented. We went back recently and lo and behold, it was one of the few original houses standing!
I hope you enjoy this peek of Darwin. I'll be posting more in a few days.
Sunday, October 31, 2010
Thursday, September 30, 2010
Every evening, a glass of wine on the river outside our cabin
Photo Courtesy of Sydney Tourist Guide - click on map for info.
At the breakwater where the river meets the ocean, we found an excellent safe beach. We noted for future reference the number of superbly situated holiday parks in the Heads and were impressed by the many cafes, restaurants and cool shops. The art deco Hotel Brunswick was pumping out live music to an appreciative crowd munching on fresh local fish and chips.
Old Federal General Store - a country-town institution
Byron Bay lighthouse seen from the hinterland drive
One of the beautiful beaches
Sunset by the river at An Ster, New Brighton
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Monday, August 30, 2010
From upmarket resorts to houseboats to campsites to rainforest retreats, there is a huge range of accommodation.
Check out: Tourism Noosa for choices.
Accommodation along the beachfront in Hastings Street is heavenly, but the prices can be hellish. Here is a sample:
• Noosa Village Motel, has rooms from AU$150 per night for 3 people, to AU$265 per night for 4 – 6 guests.
For a budget option, try the Noosa Tewantin Caravan Park, which offers deluxe villas for AU$103 – 137 per night, or 1 bed villas for AU$88 -116 per night, powered tent sites AU$29 per night. The bushy setting on the river makes it a wildlife sanctuary.
Hastings Street is Queensland's most famous ‘eat street’ and foodie destination. There are over 170 restaurants with a vast range of cuisines. Try hinterland country pubs, casual street dining or surf clubs with fantastic views. All use fresh local produce and most are open 7 days.
On Hastings Street:
• berados, owned by Noosa icon and American ex-pat Jim Berado. Excellent week night specials. Tel: +61 7 54475666.
• Noosa Heads Surf Club has the best views of Main Beach. Recently renovated and looking amazing. Dine on the deck day or night for a visual feast. Loads of fresh seafood too!
Tel: +61 7 54745688
• Reef Hotel. Kid friendly ‘Reef Ranger Room.’ Great meals, reasonable prices, just up the hill from Hastings Street. Tel: +61 7 54474477
Check out Noosa Restaurant’s for many more choices.
Hastings Street is gorgeous and its shops are original and interesting. It may be Noosa’s glam fashion strip, but for that Great Outdoors holiday you’ll find locally-designed beach gear and world-renowned classic surf boards. There are many galleries in and near to Hastings Street where you can learn about contemporary tribal life. The Putipula Gallery in Noosa Junction has artwork sourced from remote community-based aboriginal artists.
Markets are a great way to soak up local culture, taste test local products, and see artists at work. Visit the local, hinterland or seaside markets. The Noosa Farmers’ Market is held every Sunday morning at the AFL grounds, Weyba Creek.
Pitipula Gallery - Tel: +61 7 5449 2511.
There are plenty of ATMs and credit cards are accepted nearly everywhere. Except for Hastings Street restaurants, Australians generally do not expect tips.
ANYTHING ELSE IMPORTANT
Noosa's climate, active community and gorgeous scenery make it a perfect setting for events. There are festivals of Surfing, Food, Wine, Jazz, and the famous Noosa Triathlon, the 3rd largest in the world. Plan your trip around an event you’d enjoy.
Tourism Noosa’s website for comprehensive information for planning your Noosa holiday. Tourism Noosa Information Centre is located in the centre of Hastings Street.
Tel: within Australia: 1800 002 624 or 07 5430 5000
Tel: outside Australia: +61 7 5430 5000
So jump on that plane. The Noosa tribe is waiting. Maybe you’ll follow in the footsteps of David ‘Wandi’ Bracefell. He escaped to Noosa four times!
Monday, August 16, 2010
NOOSA NATIONAL PARK
Noosa National Park is a short walk from Hastings Street. Families surf here all year round watched by the occasional koala, bush turkey, goanna or wallaby. Hire boards (some accommodation provides them free) and walk to the bays and coves of the rocky headland. You will meet locals like Jim, Quinn and James who eat breakfast every Sunday at the entrance to the park after a morning surfing their favourite spot, Tea Tree Bay. They told me that First Point has a perfect long-board break that, on a small to medium sized swell, dishes up long, peeling waves. Further round the headland, protected coves and bays offer great surfing, but if you and your family are novices, stick to Noosa’s Main Beach or try the latest, Paddle Surfing.
Note: Patrolled swimming areas
Always swim between the red and yellow flags. Lifeguards patrol the main beaches only. NO FLAGS = NO SWIMMING.
BEST ACTIVITIES AND TOURS
An unforgettable family tour is to the Great Sandy National Park which stretches for 37 miles from north of Noosa to Rainbow Beach. It offers easy 4WD access to World Heritage-listed Fraser Island with its pristine rainforests, clear blue lakes and lagoons and long, sweeping beaches covered in dazzling white sand. Pure-bred russet-coloured Fraser Island dingoes prowl the bush and beach, foraging for tucker.
Fraser Island’s original inhabitants
The Butchulla tribe inhabited Fraser Island before a shipwreck in 1836 brought a white man and woman, Captain James and Eliza Fraser. The Butchulla cared for the castaways on the island they called K’gari (Paradise), but by the late 1930s sadly they had been cast out of paradise.
Access the Great Sandy National Park via North Shore, located between the Noosa River and the Pacific Ocean. You need a boat or put your vehicle on the regular motor vehicle ferry from Tewantin, a few minutes from Noosa. At North Shore there’s camping, fishing, horse or camel riding, the lakes and the Everglades to explore.
Tel: +61 7 54490393 for tour information.
Australia Zoo, home of Crocodile Hunter, the late Steve Irwin, is 27 miles south of Noosa. It can be the wildest show on earth, with risky wildlife action, crocodile feeding, and encounters with gorgeous animals. Behind the antics there is a strong message of wildlife conservation and care.
Entry: AU$54 adult, AU$32 child, or a family ticket of AU$161.
Tel: Local: 07 5436 2000
Tel: Overseas: +61 7 54948604
Australia Zoo - Whale Watching
Steve’s Whale One Whale Encounters leaves from the Wharf, Mooloolaba. An adrenaline-inducing day of whale watching on a luxury cruiser with a great lunch costs a family AU$320, a single adult AU$125.
BEST UNUSUAL ATTRACTION
Ettamogga Pub and Aussie World
A Fair Dinkum Aussie history lesson
The word ‘ettamogah’ is Aboriginal for ‘place of good drink.’ The original creator of the Ettamogah Pub, cartoonist Ken Maynard, started drawing the Pub in 1959. The real life Ettamogah Pub was built in 1989, using trees cleared from the site. Pictures of the original cartoons hang around the walls alongside other eclectic displays of Australiana.
Check out the 1927 Chevy truck on top of the bright red roof of the Pub. It stands an impressive 59 feet high. In the cartoon the theory is the truck was washed up there in Australia’s mighty flood of 1946 and no-one bothered to get it down.
Aussie World family fun-park is located behind the Ettamogah Pub and has over thirty rides and games for children and big kids. There are great gift stores with a huge display of aboriginal souvenirs and artefacts.
Entry, free, but you buy tickets to the rides. For AU$80 a family has entry to all rides all day.
Tel: +61 7 54945444
Every Wednesday and Saturday this former timber and railway town close to Noosa becomes a bustling marketplace under the shade of massive ancient fig trees. These trees were planted in memory of local boys who died in the Great War. Over 500 stalls sell local hand-crafted goods. Check out local artwork. Taste test pungent ginger beer. Try local organic coffee and snacks while listening to buskers and entertainers playing didgeridoos, world music, Australian country and western tunes or tribal rhythms. Australian culture at its most relaxed.