Noosa - beaches and bimbadeen

 

 

Isn't it so often the way with spectacular views... try as you might, the photos really don't do it justice?  I did think it was worth a go anyway however, and if you slide those two photos above together - end to end - then that is just a sample of the view seen through the bi-fold doors of the open-plan upstairs area of Bimbadeen.  If you're a little confused about all that then have a quick read here before continuing.  Otherwise... sit back, relax and enjoy the scenery.  I did promise you a lot of photographs!

See that palm tree in the middle photo above?  The big tall one.  My Grandmother planted that tree all those years ago when they first purchased this place.  It was just a baby palm then and my Mum told me that when they were doing the build to replace the Fisherman's cottage, no one was allowed to damage or remove that tree.  The word was firm to the builders... "That's Mum's palm, you're not to touch that palm."  Pity help the tradie who didn't get that memo!  Obviously communication was strong on ground because my Grandmother's tree just about towers the forest.

 

 

These two lovers were perfectly happy to pose for me while a snapped off a few.  I'll spare you from seeing the full amount of photographs I really took of them - they were workin' that shoot big time!  I may have bribed them with a little fleshy papaya skin, but they deserved some reward, stunning Rainbow Lorikeets that they are.  And here's a question... now I know in reality my little friend in the last of these three photos is just having a post snack scratch, but don't you agree that he looks like he's giving the good old "peace bro" sign?

 

 

Noosa is pretty renown (globally and most definitely within Australia) for it's beaches, laid-back atmosphere and surf culture.  In more recent years, exquisite local produce, dining and fashion have been added to that list.  Actually, there's a host of things you could add to that list but I'll save those for the next trip.

This place has so many moods.  Broody early morning rain gives way to sparkling sunny days and as the sun moves west the light gives a kaleidoscope of colours.  Often in that hour before dusk, kayakers take to the water like a pod of dolphins.

 

FYI... that's my Grandmother's palm!

 

Now for the beaches.  There are so many of them and they cater for any kind of enthusiast.  There are the calm, sheltered waters of Little Cove.  Or the more exposed, wide and easily accessed area of Main Beach (which runs parallel to the main drag of Hastings Street) and the extension of Main Beach down the wooded end which is still open and vast but attracts fewer people.  There is also Tin Can Bay, the first beach along the coast when entering the National Park.  This is where "Grommit's Point" is located - the unofficial nickname for the first surf break.  It's where budding surfers go to catch their waves and get practice without cramping the style of the more experienced or professional surfers who walk deeper into in National Park and further around the coast to the larger breaks.  Or they can travel by car to other park entry points and access good swell from there.

There is also a dog beach, a nudist beach, river side, lake side, and beaches adjacent to nearby towns further up and down the coast.  All of them magic depending on what you're into on any given day.  For us on this trip, our time was spent at these...

Little Cove...

 

Yeah, I know, I'm showing off.  But really, can you blame me?  It's hard to call my writing commitments, "work", when I get to enjoy them like this.  Pretty sweet office, yes?  Truth be told, I did more reading that day than anything else - I love that mag!

 

 

In the photo above, I am standing at the farthest end on Little Cove looking back towards Main Beach (which is the whiter sands you can see in the distance).

Main Beach...

 

 

Main Beach (down the quieter end)...

 

 

When the kids are feeling more enthusiastic, I can't wait for us all to take some of the tracks through the National Park.  The forest, the bush and the beaches spread throughout the Park are well worth exploring.  For this trip, it was Tin Can Bay...

 

 

 

And back to Little Cove for a sunset swim...

 

 

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