Michael has somehow managed to live in Noosa for the past 13 years. He still lives at home with his wife and daughter and, when not writing, he creates original business videos. www.vizualbiz.com.au
Published September 16th 2012
How to lose weight in Hastings Street, Noosa
Every journey starts with just one step.
This 30 minute journey starts with 200 steps, and the first one is by far the easiest.
If you are holidaying in Noosa and notice your waistline expanding after too many champagne cocktails before dinner or too many chocolate croissants before breakfast, then this 30 minute exercise trail will burn those calories faster than you can say 'it's happy hour at Laguna Jacks ".
The journey starts at the far southern end of Hastings Street, just into Morwong Drive.
Here, you will see a sign saying ' stairway to Upper Hastings St'. Don't be misled. Calling this a stairway is like calling the Kokoda Trail a walk.
Once you have done your stretches, made out your will and taken one last longing look at the Hastings St. bars and restaurants, you need to take that first step.
Yes, there are exactly 200 steps, whether by design or accident I'm not sure, and your knees, thighs and hips will hate every one of them. They will ache and burn and possibly even creak until finally, with your heart beating like a Zulu war drum (and just as loud ), you will reach the top. Here, you can pretend to admire the magnificent view while you wait for your body to recover.
But wait, there's more. Yes, my over indulging readers, the best is yet to come.
Continue onwards and up the aptly named Bayview Drive. This is the non-step version of the 200 steps. You know you are in for trouble when there is a sign saying 'no caravans or articulated vehicles allowed'.
Just before ( and possibly, if ) you reach the top, there is a sign on your right – 'turn around bay'. This is not a place for you to turn around but a place for you to breathe a sigh of relief , if you are still capable of breathing at this stage.
There is a concrete walkway here that will eventually lead you back to your starting point at Hastings St.