Noosa river system extends from the coast line back into the country. These waterways were once an important way to get logs transported. Now the area is the Great Sandy National Park and it is a wonderfully relaxing way to explore the Noosa river, its tributaries and wetlands.
Dave, with a dry wit and a fabulous Aussie humour kept us briefed about the history of the area and the developments. He introduced us to various landmarks along the way starting with the floating homes, the most quaint of these being the Hillbilly Hilton which sits proudly on the river. A little further inland is Makepeace Island - another Richard Branson island - complete with jetty and superb accommodation. He was happy to share some celeb gossip with us...
The journey was over several hours - in that time we saw a tawny frogmouth and a snake Swimming spotted by Nick - there were a few birds but not as many as we had hoped to see. The weather was threatening and I suspect wisely they had all found a perch to keep dry on. We loved the paperback trees, also called Tea trees. Some of the tannins from these trees make the waters a deep reddish colour as if you are swimming in pot of stewed tea.
Talking of tea - we had a grand one near Harry's Hut, a local figure and hero who sadly is no longer but his hut survives and is the place where teas with sparkling wine and anti pasti unfold and every one enjoys the chit chat and the interaction, if not a swim.
On the way back we enjoyed speeding along and watching the leaves of the lilies develop a life of their own through the ripples on the water.