Double Island Point, Rainbow Beach and Mary Cairncross Reserve – Our Premium Small Group Training (PSGT) students are experiencing the true Queensland lifestyle!
We currently have 2 lovely students, Paulo and Karin, participating in our PSGT program here at Lexis Noosa. Lexis Premium Small Group Training is premier class offered exclusively to students over thirty years of age and is designed to provide a personalised and fast-paced classroom experience. A cost-effective alternative to 1:1 class, this course incorporates high levels of personalisation and environment encouraging communicative use of language. Premium small-group classes have a maximum of five students and are taught by our most experienced trainers.
Paulo and Karin started their program with Lexis Noosa only 2 weeks ago! They have a wonderful teacher, Rob, whom has been teaching Paulo and Karin English skills, as well as being their own personal Tour Guide around the Sunshine Coast.
“It’s a tough job I know, but someone has got to do it” – Rob jokingly states.
Whilst Rob is showing them what the beautiful Sunshine Coast has to offer, it’s a perfect way for Paulo and Karin to practice their English skills in everyday life activities. In these environments, they’re surrounded by Australians so they’re constantly speaking and listening in English and having to use their skills. It’s beneficial to them and as a bonus, Paulo and Karin get to site-see their way around the gorgeous Sunshine Coast.
Even though Paulo and Karin have only been with us for a short 2 weeks, Rob made sure they squeezed as much in as possible. They’ve seen and done some pretty epic things so far like driven through the beautiful hinterland of Maleny, went four-wheel driving on Teewah Beach to Double Island Point and Rainbow Beach, strolled around the famous Eumundi Markets, climbed Mount Tinbeerwah, been to Australia Zoo and have even tried their skills in Surfing at Noosa’s iconic beach.
Earlier this week, Rob drove Paulo and Karin through the rolling green hinterland hills, to the stunning countryside of Maleny. Maleny is a charming town that is a popular tourist destination due to its natural beauty, cultural heritage, abundance of activities and attractions, boutique shops and thriving local food scene. It’s also well-known for its picturesque landscapes, which are dominated by hills, lush forests, and cascading waterfalls. Visitors can explore the numerous nature trails and walking paths that wind through the surrounding countryside, taking in the stunning views and encountering local wildlife along the way. The Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve is a particularly popular destination, which Paulo and Karin got to explore.
Mary Cairncross Reserve is also known as the ‘Natural Jewel of the Sunshine Coast’. It comprises 55 hectares of subtropical rainforest overlooking the Glass House Mountains and Pacific Ocean. It is home to a diverse range of flora and fauna, including many species of birds, mammals, reptiles, and amphibians. The reserve is known for its beautiful walking trails and scenic views. Visitors can explore the different walking tracks that wind through the rainforest and enjoy the serene surroundings. There is also a Rainforest Discovery Centre which provides education on the reserve and consists of Habitat Rooms which you can stroll through and see local flora, fuana and reptiles.
On Wednesday, Paulo and Karin also got to experience one of Noosa’s top attractions – Double Island Point.
Double Island Point is located in the Great Sandy National Park which is accessible via a ferry that takes you across the Noosa River. Once across the river, visitors can explore the area by foot, four-wheel drive or on horseback. The area is known for its pristine beaches, crystal-clear waters, world-class surfing conditions, fishing and most of all – camping!
Luckily for Paulo and Karin, their teacher Rob has his own four-wheel drive vehicle which is needed to get to Double Island Point. To get to the point, the drive along Teewah beach takes approximately 1 hour where you’re rewarded with the most picturesque scenery. On a calm day, it’s not unusual to see dolphins, whales, turtles and many other marine species through the crystal-clear waters.
Just on the other side of the headland, about a 10 minute drive through an inland bush track, is another globally famous beach – Rainbow Beach.
Rainbow Beach is also known for its pristine beach, beautiful waters, great fishing and world-class surfing conditions. However, Rainbow Beach is mostly famous for something else. Exactly like its name, people from around the world are attracted to this beach because of its coloured sands! The unique sand dunes can be found along the beach which are made up of 72 different shades of red, yellow, orange and even black.
Rainbow beach is great on windy days, as it’s a north-east facing beach and has Fraser Island protecting it. Due to strong winds and huge swells over the years, a lot of sand has corroded away from Rainbow Beach which means there is a permanent salt-water lagoon there. This is great for kids swimming, playing football in the water, skim boarding and jet skiing.
Overall, Paulo and Karin have thoroughly enjoyed their 2 weeks in their PSGT Program in Noosa. They’ve been lucky enough to escape the hustle and bustle of city life and have been able to enjoy the natural wonders of Queensland’s coastline and tranquil destinations here. We did unfortunately, say goodbye to Karin last Friday as she graduated from her program at Lexis. She’s off on some exciting adventures now as she travels to Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef first, then flies to Fiji for a couple weeks and then New Caledonia before going home to Switzerland in June. We wish her all the best in her future and safe travels!
Paulo is with us for one more week and we’re excited to see what he and Rob get up to this week in Part 2!
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