Finally went hiking at Noosa National Park yesterday!
After a long drive, we were greeted with such gorgeous weather that it was definitely going to an awesome day for hiking.
We started with the Noosa Hill track (#3 in yellow), a 2.4 km that climbed steadily up through open eucalypt woodlands and shrublands to the top of Noosa Hill.
Pictures of course! 🙂
Once in a while you can glimpse the blue waters just through the thick vegetation
Pretty remnants of once green leaves
Last bit of elevation before reaching the top of Noosa Hill
Do you see a horse too?
I think we added a good foot to the “official” height of Noosa Hill
Then made our way back down…
Lots of interesting textures to see
Xuan found his special place in a tree
Markings made by the larvae of the Scribbly Gum moth! You see these tracks all over the Scribby Gums (Eucalyptus haemastoma) and according to Wiki: Eggs are laid between layers of old and new bark. The larvae burrow into the new bark and, as the old bark falls away, the trails are revealed. The diameters of the tunnels increase as the larvae grow, and the ends of the tracks are where the larvae stopped to pupate.
Gorgeous red crystalized sap on the Scribbly Gums
We eventually reached the end of the Noosa Hill track and continued on another 2.8km via the Tanglewood track (#2 in orange), a meandering trail through cool rainforest.
Found a turkey! We unfortunately didn’t see much wildlife except for turkeys and birds!
Found the Eye of Sauron
The trail eventually gave way to woodlands…
… as we reached our much anticipated destination: Alexandria Bay.
One word: Stunning.
Stay tuned to see more of this gorgeous place!