Lori Guretzki

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Noosa Heads is one of Australia's best kept secrets.

Noosa Heads Vacation

You've probably never even heard of Noosa Heads, we hadn't before our Travel Agent made it a stop on our tour of the Gold Coast of Australia, and we are so glad she did.

Noosa Heads is a cosmopolitan coastal town on the southern shore of Luguna Bay, located on the Northern end of Queensland's Sunshine Coast approximately one hour north of Brisbane. It is a vacationer's paradise for all ages and all lifestyles; beautiful sandy beaches, turquoise blue water, parks, designer boutiques, art shops and surf shops, there was definitely something for everyone.

My husband and I were booked into a beachfront, one bedroom apartment on the second floor of a three level apartment building. The apartment was very clean, bright, spacious and very well equipped, almost like being at home; the laundry room was just down the hall. We had a fabulous, unobstructed view of the ocean from our large shaded deck, and easy beach access through a public walkway on the front street.

We unpacked and started looking for a grocery store, no problem, it was just down the street. Australian dollars (AUD) are used in Noosa Heads, change your money at the local Bank or use the many ATM's available in the town. The only thing left to do was enjoy our four nights and five day stay.

There was no end to the activities to keep us occupied during the day, that is if we had wanted something to do. We could take a walk through Noosa National Park, easy to find, just follow the signs to the walkway. The view of the ocean and surrounding areas were spectacular; the walking trails were easy so we didn't need to be experienced hikers. We stopped and listened to the birds singing to each other in the trees, examined up close the different plants and wild flowers growing under the shade of the trees, and took many, many pictures.

We took a walk over Noosa Hill to Noosaville on the Noosa River. We will never forget our walk the second morning of our stay. Noosa Hill was very well marked so we had no problem finding our way; there was a wooden walkway through the wooded area so walking was very easy and it didn't involve much climbing. Because the pathway only allowed for walking single file, my husband led the way. The birds were singing cheerfully to each other and the air smelled spicy and almost medicinal from the Tea Trees, Australia's natural healing wonder - Tea Tree Oil. It was a beautiful morning for a walk.

Suddenly my husband slowed his pace and over his shoulder said "Look at the lizard"; now, I'm not a fan of lizards, but my natural curiosity told me that I needed to see what he was talking about. He took a step sideways off the path and there standing only a few yards away was the biggest green lizard looking thing I have ever seen in my life. This thing was about five feet long from its nose to its tail, and while staring at us, it kept sticking out its very long, skinny tongue. To me, it looked 8 feet long and it was probably going to eat us! This lizard thing slowly walked off into the bush, minding its own business. I would have been stuck standing there for the remainder of the day except this thing might come back, so, once I could make my legs work, I practically ran through the rest of the wooded area all the way, continually checking over my shoulder to make sure we didn't have company behind us.

Noosaville is a small community, it offers vacation accommodations, several restaurants, boutique shopping, grocery stores, and two small shopping centers. We walked into the first store we came to, a Drug Store. I went directly to the clerk and told her about this huge lizard like creature we had just encountered, the size of which was growing each time I thought about it. She smiled at me and "Actually that's Noosaville's Pet Iguana". Apparently this Iguana has been around for years and wouldn't hurt anyone unless he's threatened. He didn't need to worry about me!

If you enjoy water sports, there are many to choose from, or if you just want to soak up the sun, with a cool drink and a good book, the beaches are clean and just waiting for you to enjoy.

We sampled the cuisine of several of the many restaurants in Noosa Heads, be sure to treat yourselves, they use fresh, locally grown tropical fruits, spices, ginger and sugarcane in their menus along with many fresh seafood selections. Bring your own bottle of wine, its quite acceptable.

If you decide to go to Noosa Heads, take your Passport and Visitor's Visa, fly into Brisbane and buy a ticket on an Australian Greyhound Bus; the bus will conveniently drop you off in the middle of town. Check in at the Tourist Information Booth or ask anyone on the street for directions to your accommodations. Renting a car in Brisbane is another option but since they drive on the left hand side of the road, why be stressed out when you arrive? Let someone else do the driving and just enjoy your vacation.

This was a perfect holiday escape and we would definitely recommend it as a "must visit" destination.

Lori Guretzki lives in Abbotsford, B.C. with her husband of 23 years. By day, she is an Administrative Assistant in a large high school in Abbotsford, by night she has a home based business called Lori's Canine Creations and in her off times, she shares her love of traveling to all corners of the world with her husband. Lori's latest accomplishment is her book, soon to be published, The Reluctant Traveller, about holidaying in Peru, South America.

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