Surfers Paradise to Noosa Heads, Australia

Distance: 152 miles
Time on bikes: 3.75 hours

In the morning Carl is up early and heads down to the beach to sit on the sand and try and get some updating done to the diary. We’re so far behind at the moment and are wondering if we’ll ever be able to catch up before we get home.

After a while Béné comes down and then we head back to the tent to have some breakfast and get packed away. There doesn’t seem to be much appeal to Surfers Paradise, so we decide to jump up the coast to a place where we’ve been recommended – Noosa Heads. It’s apparently similar to Byron Bay in that the beach faces north, which is unusual for an East Coast beach, but produces some great surf.

When we get going, it’s basically a slog up the main roads to cover the distance as quickly as possible. We had planned a possible detour to see the Glass House Mountains, which were named by Captain Cook when he saw them from the sea, as they appeared to be like the glass furnaces from his native Yorkshire. However the weather in the hills looks a bit bad and we’re managing to escape it by sticking to the low lands.

We manage to arrive in Noosa in the middle of the afternoon and after getting the tent pitched we take a walk into town. The campsite is situated on the river, rather than the beach and it’s a mile walk, or so, to get into the centre. Noosa looks like a nice place however and it’s the first time we’ve seen so many houses which are built around the river and manmade inland waterways. The houses look pretty special though and residents have direct access to their boats which are moored on pontoons at the end of their gardens. This looks like the Aussie dream, particularly if you like fishing.

After seeing the town and beach it’s getting late, so we head back to the campsite to cook dinner in the open air camp kitchen.  It’s quite busy and has a nice atmosphere about the place, with some of the residents being quite friendly.

Jour 324 – Mardi 8 Mars 2011. De Surfers Paradise à Noosa Heads, Australie.

Distance: 243 km – Temps à moto: 3.75 heures

Il a beaucoup plu cette nuit, on prend notre temps pour laisser sécher la tente. Carl s’installe sur la plage pour passer un peu de temps sur l’ordinateur, on a toujours beaucoup de retard sur le journal. Aveec Anne on e rejoint ensuite avec le petit déjeuner. On prend le temps de d l’autoroute  pour aller directement à Noosa Head où plusieurs personnes nous ont recommandé d’aller. On va pique-niquer sur la plage en regardant les surfeurs avant d’aller nous installer au camping. On a de la chance et il n’y a pas grand monde et on a une place a côté de la rivière. On se pose un peu puis on retourne vers le centre ville à pieds. C’est assez loin, mais il est interessant de pouvoir voir les maisons ici: il y a plein de maisons avec accès à la rivière et de beaux bateaux devant.

On va ensuite nous assoir sur la plage profiter d’un peu de l’après-midi comme il fait bon, on fait un peu de lèche vitrine avant de retourner au camping où on mange avant d’aller nous coucher.