After some family time in the morning Heather, Roland and I walked the coastal leg of the Noosa Head Coastal Track. Dave dropped us at Noosa National Park and I took a photo of Harrold, the koala killed by a dog - poor little fellow, didn't stand a chance. Someone had put a bough of gum leaves in his paw.
|Harrold, killed by a dog|
|koala up a gum tree|
|Casuarina trees line the track|
|Heather & Roland ahead!|
Quite far into the walk we came to Hell's Gates, an awesome feature where the ocean channels into a narrow chasm. The sides are steep and rocky and there are no fences to stop people approaching the edges, only a couple of warning signs like these.
|Hell's Gates & Alexandria Beach in the background.|
Dave met us at the far end of the beach, he had driven around so that we wouldn't have to complete the full round trip through the inland track; also because there was absolutely no parking available at Noosa where we started the trek.
The track was much rougher from here on, steep and rocky with some quite sheer drops. In one place there was a chain which was helpful and elsewhere the trees provided a handy support. I was excited to hear a Whip Bird - the first time I've heard one in the wild (we don't get them here in Western Australia). I have been practising the call ever since. I can get the first bit - the whistle - but the actual cracking sound is more difficult. I think the others were heartily sick of me making these whistling, cracking sounds all the way down to Sunshine Beach.
Beautiful Sunshine Beach! The breakers rolling in reminded me of the beach at Muizenberg in the Cape Peninsula (South Africa). I'd say this is one of the most beautiful beaches I've ever seen
On the way back to Mooloolaba Heather suggested we climb Mount Coolum - seeing as it is *only* 200 or 300m high. While I would like to do that one day, this was not the day! In fact I was pretty tired by this time ... have to remember, I'm pushing up to the high end of the 60s now.