Now, if the Gold Coast is mecca to travelling surfers, then the Sunshine Coast is its underrated and under appreciated cousin.
Wrapped in wool and wearing beanie-flattened hair, Paul takes me from spot to spot hidden away from tourists, knowing all the places after having lived on the sunny coast for many years. Not that there is a great need. The Sunny Coast is far less crowded and less intense so often we escape up there. The coast is made of distinct sections that each have something to offer thetourist. Caloundra has the great Bullcock Beach flowing down to Happy Valley. We walked along the boardwalk wrapped up in beanie and flanno from the cool air looking back to the striking Glasshouse Mountains or around the point to the famous Kings Beach.
The northern end receives most of the attention. Noosa is pretty similar to Byron without the large number of “alternative” tourists sporting their newly acquired dreadlocks from the local salon and bought Thai pants from the boutique shop down the road. Walk slowly through the main entrance to the National Park which fringes the famous point breaks early in the morning and you may just be rewarded with a view of one of the famous residents: a koala.