Just when you thought the Sunshine Coast couldn't get any better they add the most amazing walk to their repertoire.
It is as if the white sand beaches, rock outcroppings and multicoloured ocean waves aren't enough. Add in the amazing creatures that live and pass by, from the hump back whales from July to November, to the dolphins that love to surf the coastal waters. The manta rays and turtles that all make us stop in our tracks when we catch a glimpse of any of them, all travel these waters.
Lots of texture, interest and photo opportunities!
Not only the natural but the scenic Pacific Coast highway that winds along and through all the towns showing off the coastal splendour that is the Sunshine coast, is a treasure in itself. You only catch glimpses however, in spots, of the sea between stunning properties and tree lined beaches.
So the Coastal Pathway is a brilliant plan that allows you a chance to steep yourself in the beauty, see the coastline in its entirety, and travel at your leisure.
Even though it has been in the works since 2002, the much anticipated pathway has had the final section complete and you can now travel from Pelican Waters (Bell Creek) in Caloundra up to Tewantin. That is a staggering 90 kilometres of pathway.
It is an easy walk, wheelchair friendly and can be done in sections or you could travel the whole thing in one go.
Think about this. Depending on where you are, you can either start in Tewantin or Caloundra. Only carry what you need to get by and plan to be gone for a week.
There are numerous shops, accommodations, restaurants and cafes along the way. You can walk the entire length, spend a day here and there. You can take pictures, swim, sit and read, stay overnight or a couple of days then carry on.
You can be up at sunrise, walk with a coffee in hand, and spot the kites as they dive into the sea for their breakfast. There are the fishermen here and there, lines in the water, relaxation written all over their faces.
You pass all the historical elements that have been provided as well. From the Military Jetty that was used during World War II, to the King's Beach Bathing Pavillion, a heritage listed sight that was built in 1937. There is the SS Dickey and plaques along the way that honor the fallen from the world wars and numerous ship wrecks.
This plan is not for everyone so maybe just a few hours here and there are more to your liking. You can stop and picnic, walk short distances. You can walk the Pumicestone Passage, watch the kayakers, the boaters and peacefulness that this strip of water between Caloundra and Bribie Island afford.
Whichever way you choose to enjoy it, all at once or in bits and pieces, the pathway is not only a walk but an adventure as well. To get more information on the pathway go to www.sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au and click on the left had side bar where is says Coastal Pathway.