Visiting Hastings Street and Noosa Beach

If you are wanting a change of scenery while staying at Aqua Marine Hastings Street at Noosa is only 20 minutes drive from Boreen Point. While we love Lake Cootharaba, we also like to visit Noosa … in small doses. It can be quite jarring going from the peace and tranquility of Boreen Point to the hustle and bustle of Hastings Street at Noosa!

We used to try to get into Noosa for a morning swim before the heat got too much. Unfortunately, it seems that everyone else had the same idea with parking hard to find, and Hastings Street and Noosa Beach far too crowded for our liking.

We have discovered that it is far better to head into Hastings Street in the late afternoon. The morning crowd are leaving so parking spots are readily available, even during school holidays. Crowds are also less in Hastings Street and on Noosa Beach. We like to walk the street, have a swim, follow up with some fish and chips on the beach as the sun sets, and an ice cream to finish off before heading back to the lake.

Sun setting on Noosa Beach

Aqua Marine is available for holiday rental through Boreen Point Real Estate.

Learning to sail on Lake Cootharaba

Both my daughters have been participating in the Learn to Sail program at the Lake Cootharaba Sailing Club on Sunday mornings. Practice makes perfect, so I try to take my girls sailing when the weather is suitable.

Today was a perfect day for teaching my daughters to sail on Lake Cootharaba. Just little cats whispers of wind across the lake. There was enough wind to sail; but not enough wind to scare them. This was the middle of winter, so both girls are wearing wet suits.

We launched our Sabot and Minnow at the little beach about 70 metres from the front of Aqua Marine.

Learning to sail on Lake Cootharaba

Pelicans at Aqua Marine

We crossed Urunga Parade directly in front of Aqua Marine to feed the ducks. Instead of feeding ducks, 15 pelicans swooped in!

Pelicans in front of Aqua Marine

While we often get ducks across the road from Aqua Marine, usually the pelicans stay around the boat ramp (about 50 m from Aqua Marine) to chase any tasty morsels thrown away by the fishermen using the boat ramp.

Feeding ducks as the sun sets over Lake Cootharaba

One of the joys of Aqua Marine is just spending time doing the simple things in life, like feeding ducks as the sun sets over Lake Cootharaba.

My daughters feeding ducks as the sun sets over Lake Cootharaba

The photo was taken near the Boreen Point boat ramp — about 50 metres from Aqua Marine. Normally there are pelicans here, but not on this day.

If you are feeding the ducks, then remember that bread is ‘junk food’ for ducks. We tried feeding them healthier food, like fresh corn, but the ducks did not seem to like it. We reverted to giving them bread, but only in small quantities.

Aqua Marine is available for holiday rental through Boreen Point Real Estate.

New at Aqua Marine

Every time we stay at Aqua Marine, we try to do one or two things to improve the property. This weekend it was time to change some of the items hanging on the walls.

Given the pelicans that can be regularly seen at the local boat ramp across the road from Aqua Marine, we thought this pelican print was appropriate

We framed a Camtas Boating and Recreational Guide map of the Noosa River and Lakes (including Lake Cootharaba) and hung it on the wall of Aqua Marine for reference by guests

A shack by the lake would not be complete without a thermometer / barometer / hygrometer hanging by the front door