Thu 26 Apr 12 - Mon 30 Apr 12
Noosa has been great fun. The highlight has been Australia Zoo, which was our main reason for coming and was always going to be the best bit. But we also lucked out with an amazing place to stay...
We'd asked for a private room with an en-suite (as they only charged $5 per night for en-suite). When we checked in, we were led out of the hostel building and round to another block of individual apartments. It was a two-bedroom apartment with a lounge, a kitchen, and a balcony attached to our room. And, we had it to ourselves for two glorious nights. Amazing!
As I said though, Australia Zoo was certainly the highlight of this stop. It's Steve Irwin's zoo, and he certainly lives on in spirit at the zoo - there's pictures of him everywhere, his voice boomed over loudspeakers at various points, and lifesize cardboard cutouts dotted around. As well as this rather tasteful sculpture of him and his family...
We also petted koalas, petted and fed kangaroos, held a baby crocodile, and fed an elephant! Yes, I took far too many pictures, but here's just a taste. The other animals (in case you're not sure) are: Kookaburra, Tasmanian Devil, Komodo Dragon.
After Australia Zoo, we've had a couple of days of rain and cloud, so we haven't been able to make the most of Sunshine Beach, which is just 5 minutes walk from the hostel. We had a cheese and wine night in our apartment one night (because we're classy like that!) and had a wander round the town, and went for a run!
We also spent one afternoon in the Noosa Heads National Park, which is near Main Beach - about an hour's walk from the hostel. It didn't rain on us and it was really peaceful walking through the forest - there was barely anyone else around! I think I have a bit of an obsession with trees... There really wasn't much else around and I still managed to take lots of pictures!
That last picture is of a 'Strangler Plant' growing up around another tree. The strangler plant eventually surrounds the other tree as the tendrils fuse together, and suffocates it. The original tree dies and eventually rots away leaving a hollow strangler plant in its place. See - I've learned stuff on this trip!
We're off to Rainbow Beach to visit Fraser Island next, so I'm sure I'll have plenty more photos to show you all!