The Noosa you never knew
Love Lock Bridge
Newlyweds in Noosa have signified their endless love by locking their love, metaphorically with engraved padlocks on what is commonly referred to now as “Love Lock Bridge”.
There has been a lot of backlash about the impact on the bridge and the environment, so newlyweds are now turning to placing love-locks onto a newly planted tree of life, which takes pride of place in their new home.
A love lock is a padlock which lovers lock to a bridge, fence, gate, or similar public fixture to symbolize their love. Typically the lovers names or initials are inscribed on the padlock, and its key is thrown away to symbolise unbreakable love.
The history of love padlocks dates back at least 100 years and since the 2000s, love locks have appeared at an increasing number of locations worldwide. The reasons love padlocks started to appear vary between locations and in many instances are unclear.
However, in Rome, the ritual of affixing love padlocks to the bridge Ponte Milvio can be attributed to the 2006 book ,‘I Want You’ by Italian author Federico Moccia, who made a film adaptation in 2007.
Gondolas of Noosa
Gondolas of Noosa is owned and ran by Richard ‘Ricardo’ Wilschke and his wife Tanya. Richard spent much of his adolescence in, around or under the ocean, and came upon the idea of a gondola as a great way to have an excuse to spend even more time on the water.
The business was established over 20 years ago and it is now an iconic attraction to tourists and locals alike and firmly on the list of “one of the things to do” in Noosa.
“The idea behind the gondola is to bring alive the romance and beauty of the Noosa River and to provide a relaxing and peaceful environment where people can be lost in time with the ones they love”, says Tanya. She was proposed to on the gondola by the Gondolier himself, so she she speaks with some authority.
Nearly twenty years on, Richard and Tanya have three teenage children and a very busy life, but the gondola remains to remind them of the joys of relaxing on the beautiful Noosa River with friends and loved ones.