Where to Go #5 – Picturesque Noosa National Park


Noosa / Thursday, April 4th, 2013

Known as the “Land Down Under,” Australia boasts of many tourist destinations and vacation spots. Since Australian summer occurs at a time when most other countries are freezing at below zero temperatures, it has become an ideal getaway for many people.

Visitors to the country won’t be shortchanged once they set foot there. From the various historical sites to vineyards that offer winery tours, you can never go wrong in Australia. Typical tourists or those who merely visit other countries to visit famous landmarks and sample delectable fares would normally have the following in their list of places to visit while traversing the Land Down Under:

   

1. Sydney Opera House – With its soaring, sail-like arches, it is touted as the “instantly most recognizable” landmark in Australia. It is to Australia what the Eiffel Tower is to Paris.

2. Great Barrier Reef – Stretching over 2,600 kilometers, it is the world’s largest coral reef system composed of 2,900 individual reefs and 900 islands. This is the only coral reef system visible from the outer space.

3. Uluru (also known as Ayers Rock) – This is considered the world’s largest monolith, a geological feature consisting of a single massive rock. Its summit is at 2,845 feet above sea level while its peek is 1,114 feet above the desert plain. The area visible to the naked eye can be likened to the ‘tip of an iceberg’ since much of Uluru’s mass is hidden underground.

4. Sydney Harbor Bridge – Aptly nicknamed “The Coathanger” for its arch-based design, it is the world’s most massive steel arch bridge with its highest point measured to be 134 meters above Sydney Harbor.

Unbeknownst to many, though, other hidden treasures may be found in Australia. The more experienced travelers or those who go from country to country in the hopes of discovering secluded tourist spots can tell you which places are worth visiting in Australia. Perhaps one of the places they would suggest you visit is Noosa National Park in Queensland.

The park covers more than 4,000 hectares and is divided into four sections: the Headland Section, Peregian Section, Emu Mountain Section, and the East Weyba Section. It is considered one of Australia’s most famous national parks. Most of Australia’s endangered species and rare animal are kept safe within the confines of the park. The park serves as a refuge for koalas and glossy black cockatoos, among others. According to Wikipedia, the park gets more than a million visits each year.

However, rare and endangered species are not the only attractions this park has to offer. The park boasts of several beaches where you can refresh and unwind. You have to remember, though, that these beaches are unpatrolled. Hence, swimming should be done at your own risk especially in the section of Alexandria Bay where the currents are strongest.

One of the good things about Noosa National Park is it can easily be accessed by foot when you’re coming in from local areas. The picturesque park boasts of different vegetations that would surely stimulate your senses. You’ll see almost everything there, from rain forests to coastal bushes. Other activities you can do in the park are bird watching, rock-climbing, snorkeling, fishing, and surfing. Nevertheless, camping is banned on the park premises.

Therefore, the next time you visit Australia, make a trip to Noosa National Park among your top priorities. While you’re there, make sure to snap pictures for posterity’s sake, too.

 

 

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