Posts Tagged ‘Noosa’

I used to think “If you’ve seen one market, you’ve seen them all.”  I had to adjust my way of thinking since we learned that markets are huge in Melbourne and Australia and since we were about to encounter the biggest arts and crafts market in Australia in our visit up to the Sunshine Coast.

Our friends in Melbourne told us that we must visit the famous Eumundi (pronounced eyu-muhn-dee) Markets.  From our hotel in Coolum we took a quick bus ride to the markets.  The market boasts over 600 stalls and receives over 1.6 million visitors each year!

We spent over three and half hours meandering through the stalls.   We so enjoyed taking in all the sights, sounds, smells and colors.

It was all a bit overwhelming for us.  Who wants –or better yet, who needs– jumbo licorice or a wall hanging made out of cutlery?  Needless to say, we didn’t end up buying anything.   That said, the morning trip was so worth it.  We loved experiencing the markets and the small-town charm of it all.

Our favorite stall was the man playing the didgeridoos or didjeridu (pronounced didge-eh-reh-doos).  More accurately, he was playing the didgeridoo, the bass drum, and the guitar…all at the same time.  The didgeridoo is an instrument from the Aboriginal culture and dates back at least 2,000 years.  Some believe it’s been around for 40,000 years!

The man playing the didgeridoo at Eumundi was super talented and that talent coupled with the unique sound and tone of the didgeridoo drew the largest crowd of all 600 stalls.

If you’ve never heard a didgeridoo before, the sound is amazing and unlike anything I’ve ever heard.  View this quick video to listen and watch a quick sample although it doesn’t really do it justice.

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To wrap up our Sunshine Coast experience, I wanted to share a random mish-mash of photos of the beautiful things we encountered on our getaway.  Sometimes words are not necessary.

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I am not a nature girl.  I will almost always choose an activity where I can stay clean, warm, and dry over any activity outside.  I’m not overly proud of this fact but “it is what it is” as the saying goes.  So I admit that when we were deciding between sitting by the pool reading or spending the day trouncing around a National Park, I was tempted to opt for the pool.  Ryan almost too easily agreed with me since he had spent the past couple of days at a work conference.  In the end, our adventurous sides won out (and how often can I say that?) and we decided to take advantage of this once in a lifetime opportunity to visit Noosa, a supposed “Must-See” when in Queensland.

We took advantage of the free shuttle from the hotel for the short twenty-minute ride.  Many people visit Noosa for the awesome shopping but we wanted to explore the long walk through the Noosa National Park .  One of the most amazing things about this park is the Coastal trail that follows the coast for miles and miles and we were lucky enough to walk next to views like this:

The experience was amazing.  We enjoyed the serenity of the ocean and even I enjoyed all the nature that surrounded us.  Stops along the way included lovely names like Tea Tree Bay, Granite Bay, and Little Cove (shown below).

We stopped in the mostly deserted Alexandria bay to write our names in the sand

Apparently this beach is attracts nudists but the day we visited was far too cold for anyone to be in swimsuits, let alone in their birthday suits.  The only exciting thing we saw while in the bay was a storm coming in from the ocean so we decided to press on.

While walking to the next check point, Hell’s Gate, the rain came in.  Once we arrived, we took in the breathtaking views from the cliff.

This was also where we shared probably my most treasured moment on the walk.  We were not well equipped since we weren’t anticipating rain and all we had was Ryan’s light coat.  There was little in the way of shelter so we lifted the coat above our heads and huddled together closely until the rain subsided…(insert swooning here).

We took the inland trail back to the town for a change of scenery.  All in all we walked about 10 km (a little over 6 miles) of the 2,290 hectare (5700 acre) park.  We had a relaxing lunch at a lovely little restaurant in Noosa and afterwards with our stomachs full, we felt revived enough to take on the climb up Mount Coolum.  There was no stopping us that day.

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