Noosa, Australia was one of our favorite places. Oh wait, I think we said that about most places we went to. But really, it was amazing. We had heard mixed reviews (too touristy, too expensive) but we had a wonderful time. In fact, we loved it so much, we went back for a second visit.
Noosa National Park
Noosa was about an hour north from Caloundra. Our first stop was: Noosa National Park. But we found driving to be quite enjoyable and we listened to lots of Piano Guys on the way.
We saw Koalas at the Zoo, but it was fun to see wild ones in the park!Albeit, the ones we saw were high up in the trees, so we didn’t get a great view of them, but it still counts. I loved this sign we saw as we were driving in.
Noosa National Park is free, unlike our National Parks. We lucked out and found a parking spot (it was limited) and took the trail along the coast. The views were stunning. That blue water was unreal. The trail was paved so we could take the Phil and Ted’s stroller with us, which proved to be worth it so we could make it farther than if the kids were walking.
The Fairy Pools!
Emily Dixon, a friend from the ward recommended we go to the Fairy Pools. They were a little tricky to find from the “hike” but after ditching the stroller and climbing down some rocks, we found them.
The Fairy Pools are these little pools of water in between jagged rocks. When the tide is low enough, you can swim in the pools. Brandon and I took turns while the other watched the kids from the rocks. It was a unique experience.
^it’s all calm until the waves come in!
^Our little family taking a picnic break.
On our hike/walk back to the car, Oliver fell asleep in the stroller, so Brandon drove Blake and Evelyn back to town in the car and I walked with sleeping Oliver along the path. There were so many gorgeous views along the way. I love being in nature!
We worked up a good appetite for Betty’s Burgers. Wow! It was so amazing! The ambience was cute enough, but the burgers were so good and so were the fries and onion rings. And concretes. It was like Shake Shack meets the beach. We were big fans! We ate there on our second visit as well.
Brandon said this was his favorite beach in Australia. With clear aqua waters, sand for miles, and very little crowds, it was heavenly. Oliver loved running around chasing the seagulls. And picking up rocks. And sometimes would crawl right through those tiny waves.
Dad, the Sand Castle Master!
Whenever dad hits the beach with us, you can count on a sand castle masterpiece.
We stayed until we were all sanded and beached out. We picked up a few treats for the way home and then drove back to Caloundra. With plans to go back!!