While Noosa wasn’t on the original itinerary, our bus driver
convinced us that it was a must-see-stop for our trip. Boy, oh boy was he
right. Our hostel was amazing. All of our hostel rooms were simply some bunk
beds, but then we showed up at this resort. (I throw that word around loosely)
but the 5 of us were in a private bedroom, with our own bathroom, with a
magnifying mirror and straightener. They had complimentary breakfast, shuttle
rides into town, free surf/boogie board rental, and most importantly free wifi.
Staying here, I felt spoiled. The town of Noosa was just splendid as well, very
OC. The street was lined in designer shops and cafes and there were tons of
families walking around…families with lots of attractive children. For the
first time on this trip, I felt surrounded by real people rather than other
tourists, which was nice.

We got ice cream and hit the beach…yes I tried surfing, or
as I call it, lying on the board in the ocean. I didn’t try standing up, but
boy am I a mean body surfer! The guys had a few wipeouts, but I think it’s cool
to say – “I went surfing in Australia.”

The weather the next day was quite overcastted with some
drizzle, so we went on a 3.5 hour coastal/nature walk which was gorgeous! We
ended up at some great lookouts and saw whales and sharks, and lots of surfers.
There were also some of the coolest plants I’ve ever seen, lots of fungus and a
tree body which spiraled upwards. It was quite the exercise, but we saw some
great scenery! And there were HEAPS of wild turkeys! It was really peaceful to
sit on top of a huge rock and watch the waves crash below as the sky starts
raining.

Noosa was really wonderful and I’m so glad we took a detour
on our intended plan, which means we didn’t get to spend time in Surfers Paradise
– the weather wasn’t cooperating anyway.

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