Every time I walk the coastal track to Devils Gates, nature never fails to surprise me. One generally sees a koala or two, in fact I watched one climb backwards down a tree recently one morning! I was so excited – there's nothing quite like being within arms length of a koala in the wild! Another day I observed two very mature pythons mating, the male on top of the female protecting her whilst keeping a watchful eye on us, the curious onlookers.
Every day it's usual to see eagles soaring above dolphins, frolicking as they do best and occasionally, even the odd turtle bobbing in the inky blue ocean. It really is a natural wonderland that you must experience for yourself. Take a dip at Tea Tree Bay, a sweet little beach reminiscent of somewhere in Asia and enjoy the expansive views at the end of this track. This is one walk that you'll be glad you did. I noticed a lot of runners use the track now first thing in the morning, so if you don't care to be bumped and ran around every few minutes, then go later in the day. Oh, don't forget to take a water bottle and a hat.
This is one picturesque sleepy hideaway at the northern end of the Sunshine Coast. Mind you, if you come here during the school holidays, you will find it bustling with holidaymakers staying at the local camping ground. Boreen Point reminds me of those childhood picture books of small children wading through calm waters exploring the shoreline, or sitting contentedly on the seashore building huge sandcastles. Parents sit lazily nearby under a shady tree keeping a watchful eye.
It's also the perfect spot to hire a kayak (hire from either the shop or the camp ground resident caretakers). The lake is beautiful and certainly worthwhile kayaking if you haven't tried it before. Why not pack a BBQ lunch and cook your snags on one of the shady BBQ spots scattered under the trees. If you feel like exploring, there's a track that hugs the western side of the lake that will take you to private shady spots where you can indulge in a spot of fishing or simply lay on a picnic rug soaking up the peaceful tranquillity.
This river meanders its way around to Noosa Heads with many quiet spots that you can pull off the road and find a shady picnic area. If you want to look further afield than Gympie Terrace, you'll come across Quamby place, a perfect spot for a picnic hamper and a dip in the river, or take a drive down Hastings Street, and to the left you will find an abundance of parking spots along with picnic tables and bench seats beside the river.
Of course on the opposite side of this road leading to the mouth of the river is Noosa's Main Beach. In a way, you have the best of both worlds, the river on your left, the beach to your right. You can also spend an entire day meandering along Gympie Terrace.
Take a leisurely walk or pop on your running shoes and try out the exercise equipment. There's a tennis court you can hire or if boating is more your thing, hire a tinny, and go explore the other side of the river.
There are also kayaks and stand up paddle boards to hire or simply lay under a shady tree and watch the world pass by.
Gympie Terrace is abuzz with many choices of cafes and eateries, from fish and chips, Thai, pizza, to fancy upmarket restaurants hugging the river. There are dress shops and book cafés to lose yourself in, ice creameries or that something sweet to finish your day on. There are plenty of BBQ area'd complete with shady tables and children's playgrounds – the perfect place for a family catch up. You can spend a whole day exploring the Noosa River, in my opinion it's the perfect place to 'chillax'.