Noosaville, Queensland, Australia

The Glass Mountains, Queensland

Our hosts, Jan and Tim drove us to the Sunshine Coast, passing the Glass Mountains, originally named by Captain Cook in 1770 because they reminded him of glass furnaces back in Yorkshire, England

We stayed in Noosaville, a popular holiday destination. Its popularity is not surprising, given its beautiful waterways and picturesque natural environment.

Soon after arriving, we hopped aboard a boat, ready for a sunset cruise.

We passed wonderful waterside retreats, surrounded by lush green vegetation…

…and even though there was cloud, the glorious light of the sun managed to 
penetrate through from time to time

The clouds made a dramatic backdrop to the scene as we sailed along the river

The unmissable Big Pelican, Noosaville

Often referred to as Percy the Pelican, this huge fibreglass structure first made an appearance in 1977 on a float for the Waters Parade, as an emblem of the local council at that time. Having deteriorated and been moved and rebuilt several times, the pelican now stands by the Pelican Boat Hire, in Lion Park, next to the Noosa River.

We were fascinated by the unusual looking Pandanus Tree,
it almost looks as if it could walk away on those stumps!

This tree is found across Northern Australia, and there are 30 different species, of which the above is the most common. Indigenous Australians have traditionally used the leaves for weaving, and the dead branches for constructing didgeridoos. The branches can also carry fire from place to place. When lit, the fibrous inside smoulders, rather like a cigar.

We saw lots of these strange looking native Australian birds, 
the Australian Brush Turkey (Alectura lathami)

We also visited Noosa National Park, recognised by UNESCO as a Biosphere Reserve.

This is a view of one of the many wild beaches found there

We then stopped at Laguna Lookout with its panoramic view of Noosa

There is so much to see in this amazing area, that our short stay only managed to give us a brief overview. We will definitely have to visit again. Thank you so much, Jan and Tim, for our wonderful experience of Queensland!

Elizabeth Coughlan

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