The Sunshine Coast is the area in South Queensland, just North of Brisbane. The name says it all: there are sunny days and warm weather through all of the year. It actually has an average 300 sunny days per year and more than 100km of beaches, so it really lives up to its name.
The main town in the region is Noosa, a beautiful relaxed coastal town, known for its surfing culture. It caught us with its vibe almost immediately. We parked our campervan in the main parking lot of Noosa Heads. The town has a beautiful beach, where you can surf or just relax at the beach. The nearby Noosa river (at Noosaville) offers great kayaking (unfortunately we left this experience for the next time).
There is another reason to visit Noosa. It’s one of the best places to see a koala in the wild on the East coast. We’ve read that they are quite common in Noosa National park. We really wished to see one, so that’s where we went. 🙂 But the lady that worked at the information told us that spotting one will be very hard, since they haven’t seen any for a whole week. A little disappointed, we still took a short walk around the National park with our heads turned up towards treetops.
Nothing… Very sad we came back to information office. We were so disappointed. Maruša looked one more time towards the tree right before the information desk. WAIT! There was something that looked like a grayish little ball caught between branches. What was it? It was a koala! A real koala! A wild koala! WOW! We were so lucky! Than it started to move and koala actually climbed on another branch as if she wanted to say: Now that you’ve found me, you can take a good look at me. We were thrilled 🙂
It’s hard to spot a wild koala in the wild. They are exact same color as the eucalyptus trees that they feed on. And not just that, they sleep up to 22 hours a day. That means it’s even harder to see one, because most of the time they aren’t moving. Well, we have to say, we were born under the lucky star.
Dicky beach is a beautiful beach with a shipwreck with a same name. Except for the shipwreck there is nothing extraordinary. The beach is still nice for swimming and surfing. It’s patrolled, so you can swim carefree.