What is known as the Sunshine Coast today only caught the attention of Australians from the 20s through the 40s. It was only in the 50s through the 70s when places such as Caloundra, Mooloolaba, Maroochydore, Coolum and Noosa became popular holiday destinations for the locals. From there onwards, the permanent population has grown to such a degree that the beach towns have formed what is known today as the Sunshine Coast. As of 1996, the total population came to 251,167.
Perhaps it is the beautiful crystal blue waters of the Pacific Ocean that have captivated millions of visitors worldwide. Perhaps, again, it is the almost perfect sunny and bright weather throughout the year that have brought so many here to spend their holidays. Whatever the reason, this is one place you must not miss when you are in Queensland.
The treasure of Sunshine Coast is the district Noosa, which is already coined as "The Jewel in the Crown of Sunshine Coast". Noosa is a place of outstanding beauty. The unique blend of golden and fine sand beaches and the tranquility of its rainforest will captivate people from all walks of life. There are three main beaches in Noosa, namely Noosa Main Beach, Alexandria Bay, and Sunshine Beach.
Noosa National Park is 477 hectares of forest and heathland, high cliffs, protected coves, and famous beaches. This national park provides a superb haven for native plants and animals and for people seeking a breather from the fast pace and pressures of their daily lives. Visitors can visit serene rainforest, open forest, wallum heathland, shrubland, and grassland and may even run into some of the native inhabitants.
Facilities in the national park include barbecues, tables, water, cold showers, and toilets. Camping, however, is not permitted in order to protect the nature conservation value of this park.
There are also extensive walking tracks that begin on the inland side and passes through rainforest with many hoop pines and piccabean palms. Track circuits distance ranges from 1km to 4km.
Noosa inland comprises of the historical and enchanting cottage towns of Cooroy, Eumundi, Cooran, Kin Kin, and Pomona. Into the hills and behind Noosa is the Blackall Range where the delightful towns of Flaxton, Mappleton, Montville, and Maleny can be found. Art galleries, craft shops, and restaurants are abundant.
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