Tales from The Bruce Highway Part 2

Trip Start Jan 23, 2012
Trip End Jun 09, 2012

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Flag of Australia  , Queensland,
Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Well we left Rainbow Beach early for our short drive to Noosa Heads on the Sunshine Coast.  Noosa Heads is a popular beach spot that is home to the a lot of designer names.  Noosa is also the first beach we have seen in Australia where you can actually swim without the risk of marine stingers or shark infested waters, so we saw our first surfers!  We enjoyed a lovely walk along the beach and within the Noosa National Park.  While in Noosa we found a great cheap campsite, which was in the grounds of the Noosa Sea Scouts hall.  This campsite was simple but had all you need including clean showers and toilets but only takes up to 5 campers a day.  As we got here in the early afternoon we had the time to chill and actually have a late Easter of chocolate and a meal of hot dogs with some goon.  The site was within a ground of trees and was so peaceful we had such a great evening and a good nights sleep.  

We woke up to torrential rain but quickly got ready and headed off for our tourist day.  We drove from Noosa along the coast south on the David Low Way, passing so many beach resorts, it was a great drive.  Our favourite and if we had more time, would be to stay at Coolum Beach as it had such a beautiful main street right near the beach.  From here we drove inland, and got back on the Bruce highway.  Not long into the drive we came across the Ettamogh Pub, a popular tourist destination located just outside Aussie World.

The next stop on the journey via Steve Irwin way was Australia Zoo.  Steve Irwin was the famous crocodile hunter and the Irwin family have this great philosophy about conservation, in fact all their profits from filming has been poured into the zoo and a reserve they have.  Because of this the zoo is a wonderful place to visit as all the animals are well looked after and all the staff are so passionate about conservation.  In Australia the native species, including the kangaroo and the koala, are at risk due to building housing estates, logging, disease and traffic, so it is so important to have such a place that is so passionate.  This means that the zoo is also very hands on, so you are able to feed the kangaroos and the wallabies in an open enclosure, stroke a koala and has many different shows.  The main show in the crocoseum was the best, as it was educational and fun, with many parrots flying overhead, birds of prey entering the arena, snakes being walked past your seat and crocodiles being fed.  All in all we were able to see many of Australias native species and think it has been one of our highlights of the trip.

We left the zoo to visit the nearby Glasshouse mountains, now as time was getting short in the day we only had time to visit the lookout point.  The view from the lookout was incredible with these amazing mountains in the background.  They were named by Captain Cook as reminded him of the glass works in Yorkshire and were a sacred place for the aboriginals.  We enjoyed a late lunch here before heading on for a place to camp for the night.

We had received a few recommendations of places to camp on the outskirts of Brisbane (or Brissy to the locals) by Diana and Tom, so decided to head to a place called Sandgate.  Once there we drove around until we saw that the next place along was called Brighton, so we knew we had to stop there for the night.  To be honest we ended up finding a free place to camp up the van in Brighton overlooking the Moreton Bay, so it was perfect end to our last night in the van.
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