In pictures: Sunshine Coast and the hinterland, Queensland
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In pictures: Sunshine Coast and the hinterland, Queensland

I spend every Christmas/New Year on the Sunshine Coast swimming, eating at cafes, enjoying the beach and visiting art galleries and markets in the hinterland. While online during this recent period I noticed former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd was also up in the area. His tweet read something about being glad to be up on the Sunshine Coast again in God’s own country. Hear hear Kevin Rudd!

For those unfamiliar with the Sunshine Coast here are some images that should provide insight into Rudd’s comments.

Walking the dogs on Peregian beach on a wet day – a great place even in bad weather. Pic: Joanne Lane,


The view from the top of Mount Cooroora near Pomona. Every year a race is held to the top of this picturesque spot but a walk is enough challenge with views for miles. Pic: Joanne Lane,


Surfing the point breaks, Noosa. A popular spot to catch some action. Pic: Joanne Lane,


The white gums of Noosa National Park. There are fantastic coastal walks through this park to remote and secluded beaches. Pic: Joanne Lane,


Triathlon start at Mooloolabah, one of the premiere sports events on the coast along with the Noosa triathlon, the second largest triathlon in the world. Pic: Joanne Lane,


Kayakers round the Noosa National Park. Pic: Joanne Lane,


Paddling through the 35km of the Pumicestone Passage, a narrow channel from Caloundra to Bribie Island. Pic: Joanne Lane,


The balcony view from Montville over the Sunshine Coast hinterland,the perfect pit stop and popular with passing motorists. Pic: Joanne Lane,


The Woodford folk festival is held every year immediately after Christmas. It runs into the New Year. Pic: Joanne Lane,


You never know who you’ll meet in Noosa National Park. Pic: Joanne Lane,


The everglades are on the upper reaches of the Noosa river and perfect for boating and camping. Pic: Joanne Lane,


Farming land around Kenilworth. Pic: Joanne Lane,


The popular Kenilworth cheese factory. Pic: Joanne Lane,


Cycling is a popular pursuit on country roads in this area. Pic: Joanne Lane,


Kite surfing is a popular sport particularly at the mouth of the Maroochy river, Maroochydore. Pic: Joanne Lane,

All images by Joanne Lane,

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