THE ADVENTURE THAT IS THE SUNSHINE COAST COASTAL PATHWAY
Why do I walk? Well, the short answer is to get there.
Yet through the years I have started to understand more and more that it is about the journey, not the destination.
Having grown up with one grandfather a coal miner and the other a farmer, it was always a matter of being active.
“You have two good legs, use them,’’ was what we were told.
Travel has taught me it’s not so much what you see but what you experience. And walking allows you to do that.
Along the way you can be astounded by the sheer magnificence or raw beauty of landscapes, the surprise encounters with native wildlife, and be impressed by the built environment, whether through history or the contemporary designs.
Yet it’s also about the people you meet along the way, the stories they tell, the knowledge they share.
Walking is also a release. A time when you can relax your mind and free up the thought patterns.
There is a sense of achievement when you reach a certain point at the end of the day. Yet along the way it allows you time for reflection. Time for different thoughts to flood into your head.
With this in mind, we decided to undertake the Coastal Pathway along the Sunshine Coast.
The shared pathway stretches from Pelican Waters and Bell’s Creek in the south to Tewantin in the north … a total of 140km.
Yet having already completed the southern section at various times this was going to be from Head to Head.
The starting point would be Noosa Heads and finish at Caloundra Head. A walk to further appreciate the Queensland coastline.
The pathway runs beside beaches, parks and leisure areas. And the plan was not to have a plan – walk along the beach, down the path, through parks or along streets as we felt like.
If something stood out, we could take a closer look. There was no timeline, just to get to a pre-determined point each day.
That would be where one car had been left, while sharing the second car to the start point for the day.
Some food and drink would be packed and there are plenty of cafes, shops and restaurants along the way.
It’s the same with a place to sleep the night. So many options.
Yet for this walk it would be home in bed each night.
What we found was very few locals know about the pathway. Even though it is designed to be a world class scenic route connecting the coast – a way to explore the beautiful and varied coastline by walking, jogging or cycling.
Along the way we will pass coastal resorts, enjoy the beauty of national parks and conservation areas, walk through seaside villages and cross rivers to major residential and commercial centres.
World-acclaimed surf breaks, yachting marinas and fishing fleets – they will all be part of the passing landscape.
Visit adventure.sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au for detailed information on various sections of the Coastal Pathway.