Monday walk -Boreen Point Foreshore

It has been some time since I have been walking with Jo and I am delighted to be able to join in again! Yesterday, despite the oppressive humidity and the summer heat, we visited Boreen Point, situated on the shores of the largest lake in the super hip Noosa Region of Queensland, the Sunshine State of Australia.

The start of the Foreshore Walk

With a population of just over 250, Boreen Point is a welcome break from the hipster tourist laden surf beaches, and a chance to chill out and enjoy stand up paddle boards, kayaks, sailing and other water sports.

Me, I am happy to sit on a rug, take a short walk or dip my toes in the water and let the tranquility of the area ooze over me. Come and see what I mean.

Rebel is keen to start walking, so let’s go….

Today I took the path less travelled and the dogs didn’t seem to mind.

The shady trees were a welcome relief from the burning sun.

The vistas through the trees added to the area’s appeal, being a restful pause for the eyes.

Lake Cootharaba, itself, is about 10 kilometres long by about 5 kilometres wide, but average depth is only a mere 1.4 metres! My kind of lake!

The perimeter of the lake forms part of the Great Sandy National park and is rich in wetlands and bird life, and offers World Heritage attractions such as the Teewah Coloured Sands and the ‘Mini Sahara Desert”, known as the Carlo Sand-blow,  which I visited some years back.

Historical connections

Hidden in the bushy undergrowth in the Foreshore Reserve, stands a stone tribute to Eliza Fraser. She was a Scottish woman who was shipwrecked nearby in the19th Century and survived for several weeks with the assistance of the indigenous folk before she was rescued and taken back home. She became a minor celebrity in Australia and England regaling lurid details of her adventures being held as an “Aboriginal Tribal Slave,” to aghast Victorian audiences, and was later immortalized on celluloid by actress Susannah York in 1976. World Heritage listed Fraser Island is named after her. Seems she has left quite an impression.

All too soon, we had reached the conclusion of the foreshore walk and it was time to leave this lakeside paradise to the birds.

Linking to Jo’s Monday Walks

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46 thoughts on “Monday walk -Boreen Point Foreshore

  1. Enjoyed seeing your tropical beach scenery as I look out to ice and a tiny bit of snow. Just above freezing here at midday. I rarely get anywhere unusual for a Monday walk. Won’t be doing that at all this month. Every day is rain and snow. ;( But it beats the oppressive heat by a long shot. Gorgeous photos.

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      1. On an off today, and for the next two weeks:( Ugh. It’s the rain and freezing temps that make it hazardous. But my daughter got to the grocery today in between. It was an emergency ice cream run. 😉 My beast of a car makes it through anything but stupid drivers. My daughter is very experienced as am I and my son. He has the most courage but he’s not here. ;(

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      2. I was thinking this morning as we ( as in Australian drivers), are not at all experienced in snowy conditions. We do lack that skill completely. I wonder how many tourists get into trouble driving in snow when they aren’t used to conditions? Hope you can get out a bit soon…. Cabin fever is not fun but does allow time for more blogging.

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      3. I’ve often thought about that as I had my share of difficulties driving in Europe where all the signage is different. Most people are not trained on driving in inclement weather. I was lucky that way. I’ve been exposed to everything imaginable and just know to keep calm and go slow with no sudden moves of any nature. I also learned to slide in between 18 wheeled trucks. Those boys know what they are doing and if I snuggle up and follow carefully, I’ll live to see another day. Cabin fever has never been a problem for me. Always plenty to do. 😉 Even without electricity. 😉

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      4. Good to hear that you find plenty to do around the house. That is me too. I have a list a mile long and partly why I find it harder to part with ‘stuff.’ Because I would like to get to it, one day. Yet I have to now admit, some of those one days might not ever come so I have to cut down. Are you still without electricity?

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      5. Your tombstone is going to read like mine. 😉 “She was Gonna” as in I was going to do this and do that and just never got to a lot. Now I’m looking at what I’m not ‘gonna’ get to because so much else is more important. That’s ok. My daughter is adamant that I write about my life while I still can. This IPF is sneaky and you can be perfectly wonderful one day and gone a week later. I have no time left to waste. I’m already in year 5 of 2 to 5 expectancy. They didn’t tell me about it last Christmas and it threw me. By the time I caught my breath, I’d wasted more time but have been getting my affairs in order. It’s then you know what is really important. We didn’t lose electricity because I made sure we had what we needed if we did. Insurance. 🙂

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      6. Marlene, that is not good. You really have to prioritise what is more important. And it sounds like it is the best thing that your daughter will be close. Enjoy that special time. Happiness,love and good spirits are great medicine. Write, write write! Do you have a phone with a microphone that can record audio into text. Most smart phones and tablets can do that. REcording will be a faster way of getting it down. You can edit it later. Leaves more time for other things too!

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  2. I like the wild, natural look of it, Amanda. So beautiful! 🙂 🙂 My sense of balance is laughable so you’re most unlikely to find me on a paddle board. Happy to dabble my toes with you though.

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    1. I haven’t tried a paddle board yet, myself but I do like kayaking so it’s a great place for that, and better still, no danger of sharks menacing these waters. I can see you enjoying the lake’s view from a verandah with a cool drink and some freshly caught seafood, perhaps?

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      1. Yes, I did! Years ago I had my Working Holiday to Australia and I spent five months travelling around (and doing a little bit of work, haha). In Queensland I started in Cairns and made my way down as far south as Byron Bay. Been to the Great Barrier Reef (around Green Island), Fraser Island/Hervey Bay, Whitsundays/Airlie Beach, Noosa, Brisbane. Good times 😉

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      2. I indeed did some fruitpicking and packing. But not in Queensland. I spent some time in Donnybrook, WA at a working hostel called Brooklodge. It was a great place to stay and I made some great memories!

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      3. Absolutely! I’ve been to Australia twice more after that, but there’s a whole part I haven’t seen yet! Would still love to see Darwin, Arnhemland, the Kimberly, and more of Tassie. So yeah, I’ll most likely be back just not sure when 🙂

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      4. Tassie is so lovely, green, unique, and easy to get around because it is so small. Mind you, the road to Strahan takes so long… I under estimated the time it took even after seeing the road signs…Darwin and Arnhem I will leave to you, but from all reports the Kimberley is mind-blowing. I haven’t been farther north than Dampier and Port Hedland and Port Douglas/ Cairns in the East. I am not fond of deserts, as you might have guessed from my profile. If you come to Queensland again, let me know!

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      5. There’s just so much to see! And I would definitely love to see more of Queensland. It’s so beautiful, judging from the photos I see (mostly on Instagram, I follow quite a few accounts, haha). And thanks! There’s no better way to learn about an area than through the eyes of a local!

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  3. So a gorgeous pics there Amanda. I especially liked the yachts on the the lake bank. I’d never heard of Eliza Frazer – good little tidbit of history too. Now I’ll go and look up more on her.

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    1. Thanks Chris. You might like to see if you can find the novel in your local library. I see there is one by Kenneth Cook on Fishpond. that might be the one I read. Various trailers on You tube too. Not sure if you will find the movie though. Are you based at home now for a while? (Sorry I can’t remember if you have mentioned this on your blog.) Or thinking of visiting Fraser Island?

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      1. We’re currently in Melbourne, and will be boarding a flight for NZ tomorrow. Since reading your blog post I have done a little research though. It must have a traumatic event in poor Eliza’s life.

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      2. Melbourne! A wonderful city. And NZ tomorrow! I imagine you will be thankful to be away from the heat for a while?
        RE Eliza: There are some reports that she embellished the recount, for monetary gain, ( but who can blame her), however it would have been terribly awful. The indigenous descendants aren’t terribly happy with the recounts either. Did you read about some kind of monetary scandal as well?

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    1. You know, I have never been there! Been up and down the coast a million times. Just never got to Fraser. We are not a camping family, you see…. Did you track down the offending Dingo? There was quite a cull there a few years back after the controversy.

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    1. You don’t need to convince me of the beauty of snow! I love it. Ironic isn’t it, seeing as I never have it!! Perhaps that is why I can see more beauty in it. I do prefer colder temperatures anyway but the snow and fresh winds add an extra dimension to the experience. Heat and Humidity together for hours on end, just doesn’t agree with my thermostat! How long will the snow last?

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      1. I do enjoy the snow too, Amanda, just on a limited basis. It’s supposed to rain tomorrow and perhaps snow again later in the week. But I agree with you on heat and humidity. I enjoy it, but not all the time. It does however seem that the weather is getting more extreme all around the globe! 😬
        In the meantime I’ll dress warmly later and go up to the mountain.

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      2. That sounds delightful, Sabine! Re rugging up: they say there is never such a thing as bad weather, just inappropriate clothing. Yet, dressing or not dressing for extreme heat conditions is difficult! Rugging up is easier on the body, perhaps? Enjoy your walk up the mountain.

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  4. Oh what a lovely walk, Amanda. It looks so peaceful out there. The lake sounds great too! Did you swim? It makes me look forward to summer even more.. We have a few of those lakes around the city where I live. But they are always filled with people sunbathing, grilling and swimming in the water. Polish people know full well how to take advantage of a sunny, warm day!

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    1. I only went in for a paddle as I do not like getting sunburnt and you can burn in under 10 minutes in summer here, Pooja. I think when you have a cold winter, as you have in Poland, you will get out there and enjoy it a much as you can. And when you have long hot summer when you have a summer that is 4 to 5 months long, you might feel a little more nonchalant about the warmth and swim one day and just paddle the next, even staying indoors on another because you know that a warm day will come again tomorrow. I do prefer lake water to the pounding of the surf beach with waves and might be tempted to swim at the lake on some days.What are the lakes around Lodź? I would like to look them upon Google, for interest.

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