Sunshine Coast

Trip Start Sep 27, 2009
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Thursday, November 18, 2010

The Sunshine coast is a stretch of surf beaches North of Brisbane. Our first stop on the Sunshine Coast was Noosa. Noosa is the most Northerly of the beach towns and the most popular. Noosa was a very swanky town with loads of upmarket shops, bars and restaurants but at the same time had quiet a relaxed feel to it.

The first thing we had to do was buy a new camera as ours finally broke in Fraser Island so we had a wander around the town and bought a new camera. After getting our new camera we headed to Noosa National Park which is just outside of the main town. We did an awesome coastal walk along the Northern beaches. There were some amazing views over the coast and the beaches which were great. At one really high lookout we saw loads of dolphins and turtles which was awesome.

After the walk we went back to Noosa's main beach and chilled there for the rest of the afternoon. It was still overcast but the beach was great and had some great surf. We showered at the beach and then stayed at a free rest stop that night just outside of Noosa.

The next day it was still overcast, but we ploughed on and went to check out some more of the beaches along the Sunshine coast. We went to Coolum beach which was a great beach, the same sort of thing with a really long surf beach backed by loads of shops, restaurants and bars. We walked up the beach and had a look around town.

After Coolum beach we went to Maroochydore which is the most developed town on the Sunshine Coast. We walked along the river and down onto the beach. We fancied going surfing but the waves didn't look that good so we went further down the coast to a place called Alexandra Headland.

The waves at Alexander head land were much bigger so seeing as we couldn't sunbath we rented a surfboard for the rest of the afternoon. The more you practice the better you get with surfing as we have both improved loads, Chris even stood up 4 times which is a record and Em was taking loads of waves so it was a successful afternoon!

We then drove to Caloundra which is the most Southerly beach on the Sunshine coast, it was much the same as all the other beach towns! We stayed at another free rest stop that night and the next day went to Australia Zoo! Australia Zoo has become world famous by Steve Irwin, the zoo is just a bit inland from the Sunshine Coast.

It was $58 each to get into the zoo, but the zoo was huge, there was so much to see and there were loads of different shows on all throughout the day. We started having a look around the zoo and saw loads of different animals like the Komodo dragon that we never actually got to see in Indonesia. At 10am we went to the otter show which was pretty good, they just fed the otters and told us all about them.

We then went to the kangaroo section which was the best bit. All the kangaroos are just roaming around and you get to feed them and cuddle them. They were so used to human contact you could do anything with them really but it was great to get to see them so close up and watching them jump around it was great.

The main show was in the Crocesum it was pretty cheesy but still good fun. They had lots of different birds flying around everywhere, elephants and then the main event which was the crocodiles. We saw a koala show which was great too, they just told us all about the koalas and we got to stroke them, they were so cute!

We went to the newest part of the zoo with is the South East Asia part with tigers and elephants. There was a tiger show on which was cool to see as they made the tigers jump around and jump in the water which was awesome.  All day there were zoo keepers walk around with birds or animals which is great to be able to see them up close, the wombats were great they are like small stocky dogs and looked really cool.

The last show we saw was the bird of prey show in the crocesum. They had some huge birds which were amazing. The biggest Australian bird of prey was unbelievable to see up close, we have seen this one in the outback a few times eating the road kill.

We finished up in the animal hospital which was full of koala's that had been run over, it was sad to see but the hospital was brilliant, better than human ones!! The whole day was awesome though, it was great to see all the Australian animals, especially the ones we have never seen before like the Tasmanian devil, koala, dingoes and the wombats.

We stayed at yet another free rest stop just outside of Brisbane that night and headed into the big city the next morning!  
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