|Population:||3658 (2006 census)|
|Area:||12.5 km (4.8 sq mi)|
|Location:||138 km (86 mi) N of Brisbane|
|Local Government Area:||Sunshine Coast|
|Federal Division:||Wide Bay|
|Population:||3658 (2006 census)|
|Area:||12.5 km (4.8 sq mi)|
|Location:||138 km (86 mi) N of Brisbane|
|Local Government Area:||Sunshine Coast|
|Federal Division:||Wide Bay|
Experience a kayaking adventure into the wild observing dolphins, migrating whales, turtles, rays and many other wildlife in a National Park location only accessible by 4WD vehicles. Sunshine Coast's hidden gem, Double Island Point is thriving with wildlife, highlighted with breathtaking remote beaches that give you an amazing sense of freedom and crystal clear tropical waters that make spotting easy. Feel the thrill of the 4WD beach drive on this tour. This tour is a must for anyone looking for a lifetime experience with the wild! Your tour includes a 4WD beach drive experience, equipment hire, guided kayak and wildlife tour, national park entry fees and pictures on request.
Experience a unique Australian beach adventure by 4WD vehicle access only and stunning uncrowded beaches. Enjoy a spectacular colored sand cliff tour and a casual guided paddle around the spectacular Double Island Point headland. You'll see Australian wildlife in their habitat, in the wild and see large pods of dolphins, whales (20,000 passed each way last year on migration), turtles, rays, migrating birds, soldier crabs in their thousands are all frequent. Beginner friendly equipment and location with a 100% safety record.
This tour departs Noosa, on Queenslandâ€™s Sunshine Coast and is located 1.5 hours north of Brisbane along the Great Beach Drive.
Departure times vary daily as a result of tide times to access Double Island Point along the Great Beach Drive. Â Please reconfirm for specific departure times.
Itinerary (Full day):
Depart Noosa in specialised 4WD vehicles from pick up points.
Travel via Noosa North shore ferry and onto Teewah Beach.
Spectacular Great Beach Drive experience passing the stunning famous Rainbow Beach coloured sand cliffs.
Arrive at an untouched paradise, Double Island Point.
Equipment set up and safety/instruction briefing on the beach.
Fun stand up paddle lesson instruction by fully qualified, friendly instructors.
Cruise the shallows spotting turtles, rays and many other local wildlife.
Try SUP surfing on the super long beginner waves.
Light snacks & refreshments provided.
Return trip along the Great Beach Drive back to Noosa.
What to bring: towel, change of clothes, sunscreen, water, snacks.
- Experience a unique private National Park aquatic adventure > 4X4 vehicle access only around the low tide.
- Personal experienced local tour guide > Learn about history, flora & fauna of the area.
- Choose your aquatic activityâ€™s for the day in the spectacular Marine Park > Surfing, Dolphin Kayaking, Stand Up Paddling.
- Immerse yourself in the area's iconic natural features including Rainbow Beach Coloured Sands, Honeymoon Bay & Fraser Island views.
- Lifetime experience > see Australian & migrating wildlife in their habitat, in the wild.
- Large pods of dolphins, whales (35,000 passing each way this year on migration), turtles, rays, migrating birds, soldier crabs in their thousands are all frequent.
-Â Beginner friendly equipment & location, 100% safety record.
- Picnic lunch at a stunning location. (we cater for all diets)
- Exclusive Double Island Point surfing, kayaking & stand up paddling.
Â Departure: Pick up from Noosa accommodation. Please allow 6-6.5 hours from pick up to drop off.Â Please be aware this unique private tour departures daily and times vary due to tide times to access Double Island Point.
Itinerary (Full day):-Â Depart Noosa in specialised 4X4 vehicles.
Â Includes: 4X4 Great Beach Drive experience, equipment, guided tour and/or instruction by local fully accredited guide, National Park entry fees, ferry fees, Rainbow Beach Coloured Sands, lunch & refreshments.
What to bring: towel, change of clothes, sunscreen, water, snacks, camera.
Noosa Learn to Surf offers specifically structured lessons to suit the absolute beginner through to competition surfers. Our specific 1-2-3 teaching method is unique worldwide and guarantees you'll be standing in your first lesson. We offer daily tuition, group classes (1:8 coaching ratio)
Group lessons run daily at 9am and 1.30pm for 2 hours duration. We operate 364 days per year excluding Xmas Day. Our surfing lessons can also be conducted in French if need be. All equipment included in the price.
Whatever your needs, Noosa Learn to Surf can cater to all. Change your life. learn to surf!
Please note: Minimum age: 7 years, must be able to swim 25 meters unassisted.
Lesson are run on Noosa Main Beach West, Beach access 14 at 9am and 1.30pm daily excluding Christmas Day. Lessons run for 2 hours and include all equipment.Learning to surf with the worlds best surf coaches, means your learning to surf like the professionals you see on TV and in surfing magazines. If you are taught correctly on your board from day one, you will have style and learn fast.
Our coaches are fully qualified and accredited with either the Academy of Surfing Instructors and/or Surfing Australia. They hold the highest lifeguard certificates that ensure you are learning in the safest of hands.
Straight away, you are taught ocean awareness, rip and current reading, wave understanding and great surf safety tips.Â
Our lesson structure is what sets us apart from other schools and we are constantly told that our system is unparalleled and a testament to this is our repeat business and recommendations.Â
Noosa Main Beach is one of the safest learn to surf locations and we have exclusive access to the most consistent learner waves on the whole of the Sunshine Coast. All beginners start in waist deep water with coaches instructing right beside you.
Depart the coastal town of Noosa at 7am after your early morning pick-up in a roomy, comfortable, air-conditioned mini-van and head inland to the lush, cool fertile HInterland. Along the way, drive through the villages of Doonan and Eumundi, lined with art galleries, craft shops,and road-side fruit stalls.Â The scenery soon changes to rolling green hills, deep pockets of rain forest as we climb the magnificent Blackall Range passing picturesque towns of Palmwood and Mapleton. Spectacular views in all directions of magnificent mountains, lush green valleys, and the glorious Pacific Ocean heralds our arrival to our destination for the morning bushwalk.
After an overview about safety, wildlife and the track we head off at a slow pace - walking slowly and quietly is the best opportunity to observe wildlife in their natural habitat and it also allows your senses to fine-tune to the green space and wild life that surrounds you.Â The track on natural, moderate terrain and meanders through rainforest and open eucalypt forest, along creeks and stunning views.
The rainforest is ancient and features bunya pine, hoop pine, piccabeen palms.Â Along the creek flats very tall flooded gums emerge from the rainforest and black bean, blue quandong, and strangler figs, dominate the upper canopy hosting a variety of epiphytes and delicate orchids. In this surrounding we will enjoy fresh locally sourced morning tea amid Eastern yellow robins, a variety of honeyeaters and wrens.
Refreshed you will start to notice your senses tuning into the sights, sounds and smells of the Bush. Notice the landscape changes to open forests featuring grey ironbark, tallowwood and mountain bracken fern appear throughout. Epiphytes occur along the track in abundance. Birdâ€™s nest fern, staghorn and elkhorn fern and a variety of orchids can be seen. Your guide will interpret the wildlife, endemic plants & animals, the little beauties in Nature so often overlooked.Â You begin to pick-up the of the nuances in the natural green world:Â the calls of the Sulphur-crested cockatoo and Australian king parrot; scent of the Eucalypt, texture of the earth underfoot or a rough Bunya pine tree, see a shy red-legged pademelon or a water dragon scurrying to a creek.
Leave the forest at the end of the walk relaxed and rejuvenated and prepare for the return home. A refreshing cool face-washer is a welcomed top-up. We re-trace the morning drive - the scenery is always different on the way back.Â You will appreciate where you have been as you see the rugged mountains where we hiked slope to the green rolling valleys that give-way to the deep-blue Pacific Ocean.Â Back at your accommodation enjoy a soak in a spa or a walk on the beach, relax and enjoy the rest of your visit to the Sunshine Coast, also know as Australia's Nature Coast.
We depart the coastal town of Noosa at 7:00am after our early morning pick-ups in a roomy, comfortable, air-conditioned mini-van and head inland to the lush, cool fertile Hinterland. Along the way we drive through Doonan, Eumundi, lined with art galleries, craft shops,and road-side fruit stalls.Â The scenery soon changes to rolling green hills, deep pockets of rain forest as we climb the magnificent Blackall Range passing picturesque towns of Palmwood and Mapleton. Spectacular views in all directions of magnificent mountains, lush green valleys, and the glorious Pacific Ocean heralds our arrival to our destination of the day.
After an overview about safety, wildlife and the track we head off at a slow pace to allow your senses to fine-tune to the green space and wild life that surrounds you.Â Walking along on natural terrain you will notice the sights, sounds and smells of the Bush. Your guide will interpret the wildlife, endemic plants & animals, the little beauties in Nature so often overlooked.Â Under the canopy of a sub-tropical rain forest we stop for a morning tea amid the calls of the Wompoo fruit-dove, Bell miner and Whip bird.
Refreshed we continue in the Bush and notice the changes in landscape to open giant Eucalyptus forests. With the help of your guide you begin to pick-up the of the nuances in the natural green world:Â the calls of the Sulphur-crested cockatoo and Australian king parrot; scent of the Eucalyptus, texture of the earth underfoot or a rough Bunya pine tree, see a shy red-legged pademelon or a water dragon scurrying to a creek. Meandering along we hear the sound of a waterfall, muffled at first, then tumbling over rocks and into the pool below when we arrive.Â A perfect spot for a fresh locally sourced packed lunch and fruit salad to satisfy a ravenous hunger after the morning's walk.
Relaxed and refueled continue through the Bush and note the change of landscape and eco-tones.Â Some species live only in this transitional area.Â Your guide will explain how we and the plants and wildlife of the Bush are connected; and share the cultural significance of the Hinterland where the First Australians held meetings, trade and bunya nut festivals thousands of years ago.Â Leaving the forest at the end of the walk the rejuvenated and relaxed we prepare for the return home.Â A quick freshen up with a cool face-wash towel comes in handy!
We return through the rural dairy farm of Kenilworth and little village of Gherulla on foothills of the Range, then back to the Sunshine Coast at your accommodation where you can enjoy soak in a spa or a walk on the beach to relax and enjoy the rest of your visit to the Sunshine Coast.
Designed for the avid birdwatcher, fauna and flora enthusiast and nature photographer to see as much wildlife as possible and share interests.Â In a roomy, air-conditioned mini-van we visit 8 - 12 locations with short tranquil easy walks, no more than a few hundred meters, to a vantage point. Ample time and opportunity to photograph and observe flora and fauna in their natural habitat is factored into this tour.
The UNESCO Noosa Biosphere Reserve is a unique area where tropical and temperate zones overlap, providing varied ecosystems and where we visit 3-4 locations which include Mangroves, Wallum, Wet and Dry Eucalyptus forests and rain forests. 40% of Australiaâ€™s bird species are found in this area, some 304 species including Miratory wader species. Other fauna species include Eastern Grey kangaroo, Koala, Grey-headed flying fox, Echidna, Brush-tail possum, Ring-tail possum, Platypus, Carpet python. Rich in biodiversity we absorb the ambience of this very special nature while enjoying a delicious, locally sourced morning tea.
Refreshed we head inland to the Hinterland, drive through little villages with cafes, colorful roadside fruit stalls, climb the majestic Blackall Range to the Mapleton area.Â Here we visit 3-4 locations that include subtropical rain forest including bunya pine, piccabeen palms, towering Eucalyptus stands, rich in plant and wildlife.Â Species of this region include Wompoo fruit-dove, Sulphur-crested cockatoo, Australian king parrot, Bell miner, Whip bird, Peregrine falcon to name just a few.
Climbing further up the eastern scarp of the Great Dividing Range we visit Conondale National Park known for its pristine beauty of vast and varied landscape, from rain forest gullies overtopped by Eucalpyt stands.Â Conondale avifauna reflects the special diversity of this area. The forest contains over a quarter of Queensland's wildlife, 242 species of birds, including 22 rare and endangered species. Apart from the frogs, significant fauna include the rare Plumed or Marbled Frogmouth, Red Goshawk, Coxen's Fig Parrot, Powerful Owl, Black-breasted Button-quail, Paradise Rifle Bird and the Giant Spiny Lobster. It is considered one of the premium bird watching areas in Queensland. A perfect place to enjoy a fresh, locally sourced packed lunch and fruit salad and immerse in the natural green world surrounding you.
On the return home we stop along the Obi Obi Creek wetland of creeks, cascades, waterfalls, rocky waterholes, gorges and scarps. This area has cultural value to the Indigenous Gubbi Gubbi people, who used the ranges for meetings and bunya nut festivals. Known for its buttressed gallery forest of fig and black bean, a large number of native frog and turtle species reside here including platypus and the vulnerable Mary River cod. Back at your accommodation enjoy a soak in a spa, perhaps a sun downer, before dinner to relax and reflect on the day of wildlife experiences.
Designed for the avid birdwatcher, fauna and flora enthusiast and nature photographer to see as much wildlife as possible and share interests in this Half-Day tour.Â In a roomy, air-conditioned mini-van we visit 6-8 locations with short tranquil easy walks, no more than a few hundred metres, to the vantage point. Ample time and opportunity to photograph and observe flora and fauna in their natural habitat is factored into this tour.
The UNESCO Noosa Biosphere Reserve is a unique area where tropical and temperate zones overlap, providing varied ecosystems and where we visit 3-4 locations which include Mangroves, Wallum, Wet and Dry Eucalypt forests and Rainforests. 40% of Australiaâ€™s bird species are found in this area, some 304 species including Miratory wader species. Other fauna species include Eastern Grey kangaroo, Koala, Grey-headed flying fox, Echidna, Carpet python, Brush-tail possum, Ring-tail possum, Platypus.Â Rich in biodiversity we stop to enjoy a delicious, locally sourced morning tea as we absorb the ambience of this very special Nature reserve.Â Some of the iconic bird species that you may discover are Glossy Black-cockatoo,Scarlet honey-eater,Eastern osprey, Variegated fairy-wren,Pale-headed rosella,Eastern Whipbird.
Finishing the half-day wildlife experience you will return back at your accommodation by 1:00 pm to enjoy the rest of your visit to the Sunshine Coast also known as Australiaâ€™s Nature Coast.
Dust off your hiking boots and get ready to do The Cooloola Great Walk, a new bushwalking experience for 2018 that showcases the very best of the Cooloola Coastâ€™s outstanding natural attractions. This 55-mile (88 kilometre), 5-day, 4-night, fully-guided, self-sufficient hike, links the Noosa Northshore to Rainbow Beach via the 500,000 year old Cooloola Sandmass which forms unique dune, perched lake and vegetation systems. Just 2 hours north of Brisbane is a remote region of 200 meter high giant sandhills, hidden sub-tropical and tall eucalypt forests, where youâ€™ll be surrounded by natureâ€™s chorus.Â See unspoiled â€˜River of Mirrorsâ€™ in the Noosa Everglades and stark volcanic crags formed over 25 million years. To the east is Teewah Beach and Pacific Ocean where migrating Humpback whales can be seen during their annual migration from June to November. Watch the sunset over western volcanic peaks, witness the Milky Way and Southern Cross in the night sky and wake to the birdsong.
Your unforgettable hiking adventure begins in Noosa Heads located in the UNESCO Noosa Biosphere Reserve on the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, 45 minutes north from the Sunshine Coast Airport (MCY) or 2 hours from Brisbane Airport (BNE).
After meeting you at your Noosa accommodation, board the ferry to Noosa Northshore.
Enjoy pre-walk BBQ dinner/meeting and and an over-night in luxury accommodation, meet fellow walkers and tour leader, discuss the details of the walk and review walking gear. Enjoy a good nightâ€™s rest for tomorrow is the big day!
Day 1: Noosa North Shore track entrance to Brahminy Walkersâ€™ Camp
17.3 km, 6 hours walking time - Arthur Harrold Nature Refuge, coastal heath plains, Teewah Beach, Mt. Seewah, Lace monitor lizards and honeyeaters.
Day 2: Brahminy Walkersâ€™ Camp to Dutgee Walkersâ€™ Camp
20.3 km, 7 hours walking time - woodland of Scribbly gums & Blackbutt forests, Cooloola Sandpatch, views of Lake Cootharaba, â€œRiver of Mirrorsâ€ in Noosa Everglades.
Day 3: Dutgee Walkersâ€™ Camp to Littoria Walkersâ€™ Camp:
4.8 km, 6 hours walking time - historic timbered country of Blackbutt and Wattle forests, Ramsayâ€™s Hut, camp on a eucalypt forest on a ridge.Â
Day 4: Littoria Walkersâ€™ Camp to Kauri Walkersâ€™ Camp
20.5 km, 7 hours walking time.Â Perched lake Lake Cooloomra, â€œacid frogsâ€, scented carrol scrub, gigantic kauri pine and rainforest, night animals.
Day 5: Kauri Walkersâ€™ Camp to Rainbow Beach
15.2 km, 5 hours walking time - Dawn chorus of whipbirds and fruit doves, perched lake Poona Lake, Carlo Sandblow, views of the Pacific Ocean, Double Island and Tin Can Bay.Â
Directly after we finish in Rainbow Beach we celebrate our accomplishment with a celebratory lunch and a couple well deserved drink, and exchange stories and recollections.Â Â Our shout! (on the house!)
Post-walk Options:Â Tropical Treks will return to Noosa Heads after our celebration luncheon providing complimentary transfers to the coastal areas between Rainbow Beach and Sunshine Coast Airport.Â We highly recommend staying longer to explore Rainbow Beach, World Heritage Fraser Island, Great Sandy National Park (Cooloola Great Walk), Coloured Sands, Double Island Point. We are happy to assist with recommendations, accommodation/tour bookings.
Wildflowers in Spring/Summer - synonymous with Cooloola.
Breaching Humpback whales migrating in June - November
Noosa Everglades, one of only two everglades systems on Earth
Cooloola Sandmass built over 500,000 years conserves rainforest, eucalypt forests, woodland and heath plains, perched lakes and sandblows.
Day 1 - 8.30 am until 3.00 pm Day 3
Kayaking and Safety Equipment, 30lt ice box, dry bag for clothes and sleeping bag, camping equipment as required,camping permit for the National Park, Detailed map with photo and text, Land mark and kayak Orientation, Professional Tuition and an unforgettable adventure!
Kinaba Information Centre, Noosa Everglades, Camping in the Great Sandy National Park beside the pristine Noosa River and experiencing the regions amazing flora and fauna and walk the Cooloola Sand Patch
Meet at the Elanda Point National Park Canoe Launch - 204 Lake Flat Road. On arrival there is a small amount of paper work and you are given your equipment to pack for the duration of your tour. Then we settle you into your kayak, teaching you all the basic skills for an enjoyable paddle across Lake Cootharaba to Kinaba and beyond.
Day One: Pack, paddle, set up camp then relax, explore and enjoy the serenity.Visit the Kinaba information Centre, Paddle to Harry's Hut an iconic landmark and campground set among the ancient Tea Tree woodland.If camping further up, continue up the Upper Noosa River to a private campsite, enjoying the abundance of bird life and spectacular Native bush land.
Day Two: Paddle, walk and be awed by the Cooloola Sand Patch - a 3 hour return hike to the top of the extensive sand blow and be rewarded by spectacular coastal and hinterland views. The entire walk is on a sandy path with a steady partly shaded gradient to the top but not difficult, then returning to camp for a night under the stars.
Day Three: Be mystified at every bend as youÂ make your return journey to Elanda Point.
Facilities: Toilets only
There are no shops in the National Park.
What to Bring and Wear:
â€¢ All your food for 3 days
â€¢ Water bottle and Water (2 litres/person/day - 2 x 5 lt water bladders from the supermarket are most suitable)
â€¢ Wear shoes that can get wet
â€¢ Sun smart clothing (Rashie & board shorts)
â€¢ Sunscreen, hat and sunglasses
â€¢ Insect Repellent
â€¢ Clothes â€“ Shorts, T shirts, long pants, warm jumper, thermal underwear, beanie
â€¢ Shoes & socks for walking
â€¢ Small day pack for the walk
â€¢ Wind proof jacket/rain coat
â€¢ Sleeping Bag, sheets & small pillow
â€¢ Torch & lots of spare batteries
â€¢ Change of clothes and shoes to return home & towel
â€¢ Camera & plastic bag to put it in
â€¢ A sense of adventure & fun
Meet at the trailer in the car park at Beach Access No 11, at least 10 minutes prior to the lesson start time. Complete the booking form and collect your rash shirt or wetsuit and surf board with legrope. Walk to the beach with your gear (lock everything else in the trailer or leave in your car). Instruction will begin with a safety talk and basic instruction on the beach. Spend about 30 minutes in the water to catch your first few waves with the instructors help. Return to the beach for additional instruction on stand up techniques. Spend the rest of the time in the water catching waves and standing up with instructors assistance.
Escape the city for this private 8-hour 4WD drive experience as you take in the constantly changing scenery and locations that will take your breath away, have you wondering when you can do it again. This tour can seat up to 4 adults and 2 children and with the itinerary fully customizable, you are given a more personalized, unique experience.You can even try your hand at 4WDriving on the sand, under the instruction of your guide Enjoy included pickup from your Sunshine Coast accommodation,Â lunch, morning tea, refreshments, National Park and entrance fees.
After pick up from your accommodation or centralized meeting location at 8am, begin your travels over more than 43.5 miles (70 km) of iconic beaches in your private 4WD vehicles traveling across the sand. Many of these beaches only accessible by 4Ã—4, enjoy the views of white sandy beaches with the Pacific Ocean on one side and natural bush land on the other side.
Enjoy the choice of a gourmet picnic lunch or lunch at Rainbow Beach Surf Club as a refreshing break before continuing your tour.
Experience each of these locations as your tour progresses:
40-mile Beach:Â A pristine stretch of white sand with stunning headland views all the way from Noosa to Double Island Point
Red Canyon:Â Here, red and yellow sands form a unique canyon in the sand dunes where you will enjoy magnificent views over Teewah Beach â€“ a breathtaking beautiful landscape.
Lighthouse: Double Island Point Lighthouse offers breathtaking 360-degree views across the Pacific Ocean and scenic surrounds of the Great Sandy National Park. This location often spots pods of dolphins, turtles, sharks, manta rays and Humpback Whales (June-October).
Colored Sands: This world famous attraction has more than 40 different shades of color. The tour includes a demonstration of the traditional techniques used by the Aboriginal people to create artwork and decorate boomerangs.Â
Honeymoon Bay:Â This area boasts a saltwater lagoon with some of the most scenic landscapes in Australia. Here we stop for a refreshing break where you can swim in the protected waters of the bay, or body surf on the longest right hand breaks in Australia all year round.
Rainforest: A beautiful and unique rainforest drive through sand dunes.
Take advantage of the optional 8 mile (13km) detour through the freshwater track of Yuraygir National Park to Rainbow Beach. This track gives a full 4WD experience and travels through world growth hardwood timbers through a unique rainforest growing in sand dunes.
Your day trip ends with return to your departure point at 3:30pm.