Since it's been so redonkulously (no spellcheck, that IS how you spell it) hot this past week I figured this photo at the mouth of Hell's Gates at Noosa National Park was only appropriate. Noosa National Park is Australia's most visited and it's not hard to see why! Your jaw will drop when you first enter and by the time you reach Hell's Gates it will be swinging down by your ankles like a sad yo-yo.
I've explored quite a few National Parks now and I've noticed in Australia that we have a tendency to take these amazingly beautiful natural locations and try to ‘improve' them with concrete and steel or as Joni Mitchell would put it, “pave paradise and put up a parking lot”. Now I can certainly see the benefits of this as it makes these locations accessible to absolutely everyone and Noosa National Park is perhaps the MOST accessible park which, along with its beauty, certainly contributes to it's well-deserved popularity.
The downside to this, however, is that with everything so planned and controlled and rigidly pre-determined, there's not much wiggle room for unique experiences. Everyone follows the same concrete path, everyone stands at the same lookout platform, everyone dry heaves after climbing all those steps…...oh.... that one's just me then? The point is that Noosa National Park has this in spades, and it's great, but the most interesting part is that Hell's Gates, which is probably the most dangerous location, has none of that. There are no concrete pathways, there are no metal handrails and there is no one way to experience the scene laid out in front of you.
At a time where we can't leave our house without our metaphorical helmet and knee pads, Hell's Gates is refreshing to say the least. #phoblography