#gavinswaterbottle went out on another adventure. This time to see whales from Noosa Headland. Gavin was also using it to raise funds for his trek on the Great Ocean Walk. Starting at the gate opposite Surf Street on Parkedge Road the walk entered the rainforest section onto track 5 which was sandy but firm. After about 1 km a track junction was met and the track followed towards the Park Headquarters. There are beautiful flowers out as the trees looked magnificent. After 1.5 km, the Tanglewood Track (track 2) was met and a left turn saw us heading towards the Park Headquarters. A short distance on and a track to the right to Noosa Hill was met, but we kept straight on following track 2.
4 km from the cars and we came out onto the national park day use area and park headquarters. Gavin decided not to visit the coffee shop, and after a toilet stop, the walk continued along the Coastal Track (track 4), with the aim to have morning tea at Granite Bay. Passed the Boiling Pot and due to the calm seas and low tide, not much action was happening there. A bit further on entered Tea Tree Bay, a favourite haunt for koalas, but sadly none were seen this time. Gavin was concerned that the whale watch may also not come into fruition.
At Tea Tree Bay there is one spectacular gnarly tallowwood tree, the result of many cyclones, as it was located just behind the berm and copped the full brunt of the wind from the sea.
After Tea Tree Bay, and a check for those who needed to visit the conveniences, we headed on to Granite Bay. At the first entry onto Granite Bay, there was a gathering of people. They had come across a snake. Gavin’s hope for whales had lifted! We kept going along the Coastal Track to the third beach entry and descended down to a shady spot for morning tea.
After morning tea it was continue on the Costal Track to Hells Gates, ignoring the short cut track that went to Alexandria Bay. As we were approaching Hells Gates, crowds were stopped along the track. A pod of dolphins were playing just off the coast, and they were having a great time mimicking the whales! While observing the dolphins a cry went out, “WHALES!” Gavin thought, “You ripper.” Then it was not just one but two! Now to walk around to find a good vantage point. While stopped at one of these points, Gavin looked below to see more of the dolphins and noticed a strange log floating in the water. This “log” was too flexible to be a log. It was also moving against the current and waves! It was a SEAL! A lonely seal, but too far away to see if it might be the New Zealand fur seal that had been spotted along the south east Queensland coast for the last couple of weeks.
On we went and arriving at Hells Gates took up a spare vantage spot and watched the whales. They were about half way to the horizon, about 1-2 kilometres away, but you could clearly see their antics as they breached, tail slapped, fin slapped, and produced large spouts. What a sight! There seemed to be a great pod of these behemoths, with at least six seen at various points, but all contained in a small area to the south east of Hells Gates. There was a slight chop, but this did not hide the whale activity. The whales were a bit far out to photograph or video.
After a time watching this spectacle, it was time to move on, down to Alexandria Bay, across Alexandria Bay and climb the southern headland with the hope of a better angle of the whales.
While walking along Alexandria Bay, it was noticed that there were a number of Pacific Blue jellyfish washed up. Guess that’s why there seems to be no nudists today. Once we arrived at the southern end, which was sheltered from the wind, some nudists were encountered.
Then it was up onto the headland and after a short ascent, turned left onto an unmarked track out to the Devil’s Kitchen. Walking out to the point, an eye was kept out for turtles as this place was there favourite haunt. Sadly, no turtles were seen.
We then continued around the headland and regained the walking track then at the next headland, descended to a shady point near a large cave for lunch. While having lunch, Gavin spotted an albatross.
Once lunch was consumed and all were happy, we set off following the old walking track off the head, and down to Sunshine Beach. A short walk along Sunshine Beach found the beach access beside a creek with a bitumen path up from the beach into the residences. The path was followed, then the street up the hill to a set of stairs. Descending these stairs and gaining the altitude of the hoses in the back of Sunshine Beach a street was met which rounded a corner and the car park.
A really good day!
Total distance walked was 13.33 km.