BUCKET LIST: TEA TREE BAY IN NOOSA, AUSTRALIA
Being back home over the Christmas holidays is just brilliant; even more so when it's the middle of summer, the sun is shining, the temps are over 30 degrees each day and the Sunshine Coast is beckoning me to visit my old holiday stomping ground - Noosa, Queensland. So with my surf board tied to the roof racks of my car, my overnight bag sitting on the back seat and my latest summer mixed tape (aka CD) playing, I drove up to Noosa for a weekender with friends. Now I've only just started surfing and I absolutely love it; so much so that the good old days of luxuriating on the beach now bores me. All I want to do is throw on my bikinis and a t-shirt, tie my leg rope around my ankle and get in the water. With that in mind, I thought I would share a favourite surf spot of many Sunshine Coast locals, Tea Tree Bay at Noosa National Park.
How To Get There About 140km north of Brisbane, it takes approximately two hours to drive from Brisbane's CBD to Noosa's Tea Tree Bay. As with most coastal drives, it's always best to leave first thing in the morning so my best advice would be to stay on the Bruce Highway and take the Eumundi exit to Noosa. When you arrive at Hastings St turn right at the major round-a-bout then left down Park Road. Park Road is a tropical paradise where you'll also pass Little Cove, perfect at low tide for lying under the sun like a lizard - remember your sunscreen of course! At the end of the road you'll find the Noosa National Park car park and First Point, which is also another local surfing favourite. Parking is very limited so try and get there early if you can. Parking is also free and there is no time limit from what we saw which is a nice change from the beaches in Sydney.
What To Do Once you've found a spot to park your car, untie your board, grab your beach bag which should be filled with all the beach essentials including sunscreen, towel, a good book, iPod, camera, hat, water bottle and follow the foot path leading into the National Park. After a few minutes you'll pass the Boiling Pot look out.
Then a few minutes later you'll reach Tea Tree Bay. It's a little tricky reaching the sand as you have to walk over a lot of rocks. Once you're there, all you need to do is simply enjoy yourself. For those who want to get a wave, walk along the rocky bay on the right hand side as far up as you can and meander through the slippery rocks and jump in the water with your board. I found surfing Tea Tree a lot difficult as there were many elements to deal with including rocks and strong currents. Plus each time you caught a wave you ended up on the shore once again meandering over slippery rocks then having to walk back up and around the point to jump in again to get another wave. But it was well worth the effort...