Passing time at Teewah
  |  First Published: February 2009

Teewah Beach is an entirely different place to be now the school holiday crowds have disappeared. The steady stream of traffic flowing in both directions on all tides has gone and the beach is quiet again.

Anglers can now take their pick of any gutter that looks like it might hold fish without swimmers, jetskis or other anglers, to consider. The noise associated with 4WDs and motorbikes is no longer a threat and just getting to the gutters is so much easier without the traffic. There also hasn’t been any serious weather to contend with so far making the beach very fishable.

Of particular joy at the moment is the colour of the surf. For months the water has had a greenish tinge about it indicating the presence of algae. This is no longer the case with the surf now a shining blue and looking like it did twenty odd years ago. This in itself is a huge positive for beach anglers and ensuring the prospect of catching fish.

I have actually been finding a few chopper tailor on slugs in gutters between Teewah and the Noosa River mouth. The mouth itself is structured well for tailor and has been the most productive of any location I've fished. I've also seen flathead, whiting and bream taken by another angler from the same gutters to the immediate north of the mouth.

On the open beach up to Double Island Point, catches of whiting, dart, tarwhine and tailor haven't been uncommon. The occasional bream and oyster cracker have also been reported. Bonefish seem to be making a summer comeback in the last few years, after being a rarity for many years previous. If last year is any indication, then there will more of these extraordinarily strong fish caught over the next couple of months.

March and April have been by far the best months to fish this region. But as we all know, the risk of low pressure systems and cyclones are also a possibility at this time of year, and affect angling prospects. If pitching a tent at the back of the beach feels too much like tempting fate when foul weather threatens, more pleasant accommodation options do exist.

Teewah Village has many houses that can be rented that provide wonderful beach access for anglers along with all the comforts of home. Rentals vary from small beachfront huts that can accommodate four people on a budget, to modern and luxurious homes that sleep as many as ten.

Sharon and Rex Harris have recently opened a Teewah Beach holiday rental booking service that has only Teewah properties listed for rent. Their website, which will soon be up and running, has photos and information of each property and will be well worth a browse. Sharon can be contacted on (07) 5449 9607 or 0427 804 974.

Alternatively, bungalow style accommodation can be booked at the Noosa North Shore Resort by calling 1300882093. Check the website www.noosanorthshore.com.au for all the details.

Teewah is also an access point to several excellent walking trails. Lake Cootharaba, the largest natural lake in Queensland, is a sedate walk of about 25 minutes from Teewah and may even yield a fish or crab or two as it is mostly an unfished location. Mount Seewah, which is the highest of the world famous Teewah Beach coloured sand hills, is a bit longer and a bit more strenuous a walk, but worthwhile for the magnificent views. The birdlife along each of these trails is plentiful and diverse and other people are rare. Swamp wallabies, grey kangaroos and goannas are also regular sightings.

There are other interesting activities just 15 minutes drive south down the beach. From Dave Maddens Teewah Beach Camel Safaris, which offer anything from hour long rides to overnight bush and beach stays, to the world class Noosa North Shore Equestrian Centre, which caters for beginners and experienced riders alike, there is plenty to keep you occupied when the weather prohibits fishing.

The mouth of the Noosa River on the North Shore can provide fantastic surf at this time of year and without any of the crowds of nearby Noosa Heads that compete for every break. Low pressure systems that are not be welcomed by anglers are certainly well received by the local surfing fraternity for the swells that they deliver. Inside the mouth is also now the home of kite surfing on the Sunshine Coast.

Noosa, which is only a half hour from Teewah, provides a myriad of entertainments for all. Hastings Street is well renowned for its fine dining and shopping and is a terrific way to spend a day when the weather isn't being kind. There are lots of day tours to Cooloola, Fraser Island and to the Noosa Everglades that commence from around Noosa. But of special interest could be the new Noosa Duck, which is an amphibious vehicle that takes p assengers on an eco tour of Noosa, its waterways and onto Teewah Beach.

The drive north along Teewah Beach from Teewah is a journey that will not disappoint. Past the 40km of superb coloured sand hills and uninterrupted surf is Double Island Point. The views from the lighthouse on top of Double Island Point are spectacular to say the least. And when the whales are passing by in spring, there is no better location on the eastern seaboard to view these majestic creatures from.

Double Island is also famous for its fishing and March and April is when it is at its very best. Large yellow tailed kingfish and golden trevally are hooked regularly off the rocks of DI and are sometimes even landed. Jewfish, tailor, mackerel, tuna, bream, tarwhine, dart and oyster cracker can also be found here which provides angling prospects that are as varied as the colours of the adjacent sand hills of Rainbow Beach.

Anyone contemplating a trip to Teewah Beach is most welcome to contact me for assistance on how best to go about it. I'm happy to advise on the houses that are available in Teewah and their suitability to your needs. Call me on 0419773137 or drop me an email at --e-mail address hidden--

When the weather prohibits fishing, why not enjoy some of the other various activities Teewah Beach has to offer, like bush walking, riding horses in the surf or just enjoying the fantastic views.

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