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The always-popular seaside village on Australia’s Sunshine Coast boasts an abundance of incredible experiences and natural sights to enjoy in-between irresistible lazy days by the sea. Here are some of my favourite spots to hang and places to explore for the perfect blend of relaxation and adventure.
Noosa Main Beach attracts tourists from all over looking to claim their spot on the sand of one of Australia’s most popular holiday beaches
The obvious downside of visiting Noosa in the middle of its peak season are the hordes of tourists with exactly the same plan as you; to see the Sunshine Coast at its best. Over the past few years the secret of this popular Aussie holiday spot has definitely got out, with seemingly more people on the beach each time I visit.
Luckily though, the Main Beach is long enough to cater for everyone and it seems that there are still a few local gems that haven’t yet been divulged to the masses where you can escape for a spot of solitude.
Relax in the stunning coastal fairy pools; one of Noosa’s best worst-kept secrets
Noosa National Park sits hidden in plain sight at the Southern end of Noosa Main Beach. Home to a multitude of stunning bays, secluded swimming spots, spectacular lookouts and bush-land thriving with Australian native wildlife; the National Park offers so much to see and explore.
There is a well maintained system of walking tracks through the park that make it incredibly easy to tackle the stunning 4000 hectare stretch of coastline on offer between Noosa and Rainbow Beach; perfect for a day out with friends and family.
Visit the fairy pools early in the morning to give yourself the best chance of enjoying them all to yourself
Lined with coral and filled with crystal clear water, the pools are stunning from both above and below the surface
One of the absolute must-visit spots in the National Park are the Fairy Pools. Hidden to the side of the track and not signposted at all, the natural saltwater pools are a perfect place to spend a lazy day by the sea. They require a scramble down the rocks to get to and can only be accessed at low tide, but if you are able to find them and can time it right, there is no more spectacular place to hang out.
Although the pools were once a well-kept local secret, it is now getting harder to enjoy them without another soul in sight, and on busy days it can be hard to even find a vacant place in the pools. Visit early to give yourself the best chance of a secluded escape before the masses hit.
Hell’s Gates are the perfect place to set up a picnic, watch for whales or explore the rugged coastline of the National Park.
For those with small children, Alexandria Bay’s clothing-optional stretch of sand can be enjoyed from afar atop the Hell’s Gates lookout
Alexandria Bay is an idyllic stretch of sand about an hour’s walk along the coastal track from Noosa. As you turn the corner at Hell’s Gates lookout, a favourite local spot for whale watching, cliff jumping and a picnic with a view, you get your first glimpse of the pristine Alexandria Bay below.
We didn’t venture any further than the lookout, opting to avoid any close-up encounters on the clothing-optional beach and view it from afar before heading back along the track to Noosa. For those wishing to continue walking, it is about another hour’s walk all the way to the stunning Sunshine Beach.
A sunset swim is the perfect way to cool off after a day of exploring Noosa National Park
Watch dolphins play just beyond the waves at Noosa Main Beach
The Sunshine Coast is a haven for marine life, boasting regular appearances of dolphins, whales, turtles and even manta rays all along the coastline. Last year I was lucky enough to be in Noosa in September, prime-time for encounters with the marine wildlife. I regularly witnessed whales breaching as they passed by the beach on their annual migration South and pods of dolphins putting on morning shows of aerial acrobatics.
Although I wasn’t ever able to time my morning swim to meet them in the water, pods of anywhere between five and thirty dolphins regularly cruised the coastline and provided plenty of opportunities to watch them play just beyond the waves.
The annual whale migration provides plenty of opportunities to watch the calves have some fun on their way down South.
Exploring the other-worldly landscape of Double Island Point
“Double Island Point is pretty hard to beat”
An excursion to Rainbow Beach and Double Island point is a fantastic way to get away from the crowds and see some of the region’s most spectacular stretches of coastline. You can hire your own car or join a tour, but the only way to get there is 4WD beach driving. I joined a Dolphin View Kayak tour with Epic Ocean Adventures and ventured up to Double Island Point with the hope of kayaking with dolphins, manta rays or even migrating humpback whales.
Two days previous to my visit, the tour group had a pod of whales breach within touching distance and two days later, witnessed manta rays gliding directly beneath their kayaks. On our tour we were visited by a pod of playful dolphins for almost an hour, toying with us as we chased them around the bay. For incredible marine encounters, Double Island Point is pretty hard to beat.
The dolphins of Double Island Point
The breathtaking natural landscape of Rainbow Beach
As much as you can avoid the chaos of Hastings St and try to discover some secluded spots nearby, there is a reason travellers choose Noosa. The main beach and village have a relaxed atmosphere, excellent food & dining options, a variety of appealing accommodation choices and a great beach to enjoy. All you have to do to get away from the crowds is to get there before they do.
Perhaps sunrise is a best time to enjoy the classic appeal of Noosa’s main beach
Waking up for a walk along the beach and a swim at sunrise will be the best decision you make during your stay. Dolphins in the water, colour illuminating the sky and only a handful of other people scattered along the sand; it’s not hard to explain why sunrise is my favourite time to enjoy the classic appeal of Noosa’s main beach.
Colour fills the sky and reflects across the ocean during a vibrant Noosa sunrise
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Mauritius is often called the “French Riviera of the Indian Ocean.” For a long time, this island has been considered a high-class vacation spot, the king of the Indian Ocean! The famous writer Mark Twain compared Mauritius to paradise and called it an example for God’s heaven. When you come to this place, you realize that this is true.
If God created Mauritius, then people have complemented this glorious locality with smart hotels, yacht moorings, magnificent restaurants and other wonderful facilities of the highest quality. With status as an international elite resort, Mauritius is constantly mentioned in glamour publications, and popular fashion houses aspire to hold photo-shoots in its well-known luxury hotels.
1. Exotic Island
Some things have an absolutely opposite character in Mauritius. First, the island is located on the other side of the equator (if you are from Canada). The sun moves habitually not from left to right, but in the opposite direction; and, the way to go should not be looked for in the Big Dipper, but in the Southern Cross. Here the wind doesn’t blow from the north so often, and when it does, it brings not polar cold but equatorial heat. All these circumstances seem strange to the average Canadian tourist, but they are really nice and truly EXOTIC. In this regard the island of Mauritius is an exciting place to visit and spend your next vacations.
2. Crystal waters
Waters of Mauritius are some of the best in the world for sports fishing. This is where world records have been set: the sharks and tuna caught here are the largest in the world. Every year the island hosts the famous Marlin World Cup, during which a catch of more than 500 kg is considered a normal result. Fishing is in steady demand for our clients. Often they rent a yacht and book one or two fishing excursions at once through the tour office. While the men are fishing, their ladies relax in the local SPA centers.
3. Wonderful SPA
Mauritius is a perfect place for SPA vacations! Six Senses Spa, Taj Spa, Banyan Tree, Spa by Clarins, and Guerlain are located here. You should definitely try the numerous relaxing offerings of these SPA procedures.
4. Year-round summer
There are allegedly two seasons on the island: summer from November to April, and winter from May to October. Actually, summer in Mauritius seems to last the year round since there is not a big difference in weather conditions throughout. You cannot see a huge contrast between rainy/wet and dry seasons, and there is little difference in temperatures between the two.
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