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My Noosa – Paradise

Noosa River

Noosa River

Noosa Main Beach

Noosa Main Beach

Hastings Street

Hastings Street

Sailing on Noosa river

Sailing on Noosa river

Fishing an the river

Fishing an the river

Wild Life

Wild Life

Be on your Own

Be on your Own

Setting Sun

Setting Sun

Last Fish

Last Fish

Night Sky

Night Sky

Lest we forget that we live in  absolute paradise.

Lving in Noosa is the closest we are ever likely to get to heaven. We all know that. But how often do we open our eyes and our minds to everything around us and enjoy it with all the wide-eyed enthu­siasm that tourists do?

” We’re going to browse down Hastings Street, I don’t suppose you want to come,”

Sometimes it takes interstate house guests to get us out of our langour and have us really enjoying our beautiful town.

A holiday at home can be an uplifting experience. Whether you chose to holi­day for a day or a weekend, you can really see Noosa through different eyes if you pretend you are a visitor.

I had this experience last weekend and felt renewed and invigorated.noosasunset

” We’re going to browse down Hastings Street, I don’t suppose you want to come,” my Melbourne friends said, thinking I’d be so used to the experience it might be a bore.

But I did want to go with them and we strolled in the sunshine along the famous street, taking our time to linger in some of the chic shops, being offered a small glass of icy juice on the street from the juice bar, drooling over jewellery, hand­ bags, shoes, stopping for a coffee at Aro­ mas, a beer at the surf club.

The experience was as exciting as it was simple, and something I hadn’t done in far too long. A boat trip up and down the river took on new meaning through their eyes: their gasps of joy at the green North Shore, the pelicans, the boats, only matched my own murmurs of pleasure at the beauty of it all.

Walking in the cool of the early morn­ing through the Noosa National Park not only had them enthralled, it had me under its magical spell as well.

Spotting dolphins at play at Boiling Pot might have enchanted my guests but it did wonders for my spirit also.

“Do you really see dolphins often?” my friends asked. Well, yes…actually. And koalas too.

“Is it always this lovely here at this time of year?” they asked.  Well …yes actually. Even the fast and furious storms were thrilling and add to the sub-tropical feeling.

I My friends telephoned when they arivrived back in Melbourne.

“It’s nine degrees here, freezing, we have the heating on,” they wailed. “Do you realised how lucky you are to live there permanently?”

I do. I do. Even more so after my little holiday at home.

 

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About the Author

is a Noosa (Australia) local and author of six successful books, all humorous travel narratives. In 2005 Ann won the prestigious ASTW’s Australian Travel Writer of the Year and in 2007 she won the ASTW Travel Book of the Year. Ann takes a culinary tour to the South of France in June every year . Ann writes travel, dining and columns for the Sunshine Coast Daily and is the Life editor of the Noosa News. Ann also maintains a well read and popular blog site. Ann’s travels have seen her explore cuisines all over the world.



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