After living in Noosa for 18 years it still feels like holidays all year round. The Festivals, friendly people, glorious sunshine, beautiful beaches, drifting to sleep to hypnotic ocean waves and awakening to bird song all counts to the laid back atmosphere. Once you visit you want to stay. In minutes you can be in the countryside with the nostalgic feeling of times gone by. Once you get here you might find you are on a roundabout that keeps bringing you back to where you started. That’s the joy of all Noosa’s roundabouts. It can be confusing at first but it’s one of those blessings in disguise. When you realise that Noosa’s entire radius includes only three sets of traffic lights. Once you get your bearings it’s easy to get around whichever way you choose to.
Noosa National Park, Tea Tree Bay and Hasting St Hot Spots
The main tourist spots are Hastings St, filled with boutique shops, restaurants and Resorts. Breakfast at Seasons with a beach front view is breath taking. If you want to relax over lunch, let the salty sea spray tickle your nostrils and the sand at your door step Bistro C is recommended. If you like dinner, dancing and a walk out into the moonlight, the Noosa Surf Club is a good choice. My husband and I indulged a naughty weekend not so long ago at Hotel Laguna which I can highly recommend for position, cleanliness, spaciousness and price, not water front but you can get river views, you pay for the privilege and there are plenty of beach front apartments along Main Beach. The Spit where ocean and river meet is a lovely walk and a great place to take a dip. You must walk the National Park trail drinking in the gorgeous views of aqua sea and Australian natives. You might even spot a Koala. Tea Tree Bay has always been a family favourite, for a picnic day Christmas, a private cove with shade. Bush turkeys will greet when you least expect, they are not shy and treating them with respect is a must.
Getting around Noosa Heads
If you aren’t up for the roundabout challenge and driving a car there is a reliable bus service that runs half hourly or hourly depending where you are going. During Christmas, New Year and Easter the buses are free. There is a Ferry Service which runs between the Tewantin Marina along scenic Noosa River to The Sheraton Hastings St making 7 stops along the way. A day ticket is great value. The Marina is just a short walk through a beautiful park from Tewantin Village where you’ll find The Old Royal Mail Hotel, a remnant from the Gold Rush days. We often enjoy a delicious meal in the dining room. I love the rustic atmosphere. On Sundays you can browse the market stalls, quaint shops and gallery on the marina and enjoy breakfast or lunch at one of the cafes or restaurants. A favourite of mine is relaxing on the balcony over the river catching the breeze and watching the pelicans take flight at Cafe VinCino. On Friday, Saturday, Sunday from 6pm enjoy live music while sipping your favourite beverage at Harbour Wine Bar.
Famous Eumundi Markets near Noosa
If you love markets this is the place to go, only 20 minute drive from the heart of Noosa. Famous around the world for the variety and quality of craftsmanship, Eumundi is a country kind of hippy town, there s something for everyone from natural and healthy to unusual or eccentric. Have your fortune told or just wander, enjoy the entertainment and indulge in delicious food.
Local Activity at Noosa Junction
You can catch a play or cabaret at The Noosa Arts Theatre (two minutes down the road) or at The J, for interesting entertainment for kids and adults. Noosa Junction is the Hub of Noosa Heads, you’ll find banks and ATM’s along tree lined Sunshine beach Road, there are restaurants cafes and bars for all tastes and budgets, a cinema and many interesting shops to browse. You will find the bus station at the corner of Sunshine beach Rd and Lanyana Way. If you need a Supermarket to pick up groceries, be spoilt for choice and find a fantastic selection of fresh Australian seafood at reasonable prices, you will find Coles in Noosa Fair on Lanyana Way. Just outside is Gelato Classico my favourite place to relax on my lunch break, enjoy great coffee and socialise. Paolo with an infectious smile offers samples of his delicious handmade Italian gelato and sorbets to tantalise your taste buds. They have many choices on their menu and Holly’s gluten free muffins are delicious.
Noosa’s Mount Tinbeerwah, Mount Coorora and Botanical Gardens
A must do is Mount Tinbeerwah Look Out where the views over Noosa are divine. Just a short easy pathway from the car park, at the top you can watch the sunset while sipping champagne reaping in the magnificence, in every direction at any time of day. Only 15 minutes drive heading up Cooroy Noosa Rd. You will see a sign when you reach Sunrise Road, turn right and drive along Mount Tinbeerwah Rd until the top car park. Continue along Noosa Cooroy Rd to The Botanic Gardens and the country township of Cooroy where you can browse antique shops. Nestle amongst the flowers and gaze at the ducks paddling Lake MacDonald where our water supply in drawn from. Enjoy a quiet picnic or sit back and relax at the Amphitheatre. Follow the sign into Pomona. Mount Cooroora is more of a challenge to climb but you won’t be disappointed when you absorb the breath taking views at the top. While you are there The Old Majestic Theatre Silent Movie a is something different.
Noosa’s North Shore
If you want to 4WD on the beach and camp out under the stars head over to the North Shore, only minutes across Noosa River on a barge. Follow Moorindal St Tewantin to the end. Look out for the sign to The Big Shell and pick up a souvenir.
Noosa Backpackers like Staying Here
If you are looking for cheap accommodation in Noosa Junction, backpackers enjoy Nomads. Mingling with young locals who enjoy cheap drinks and having a good time at The Koala Bar will leave you with great memories and new friends. Halse Lodge down near the bus terminal at Hastings St is a Historical House with pictures from the past adorning the walls, a pool table, a restaurant with delicious food at reasonable prices where tourists and locals like to hang out.
Boat Hire on Noosa River
If you like getting out on the water Noosa River along Gympie Terrace at Noosaville has a lot to offer. Hire a T-Boat, have a fish, swim or just enjoy the breeze, soak up the sun and be dazzled by the scenery. You can hire boats with barbeques on board or opt for the electric BBQ’s on the river bank. If you’d prefer to just relax with a drink and some music hop on board a sunset cruise that can offer meals as well. If you are here for romance then book to be serenaded on a gondola and pretend you are in Venice.
Noosa’s Sunshine Beach
A trendy place to visit is Sunshine Beach where you can enjoy a coffee at the small village shops or just stroll along the white sandy beach. Go for a surf and catch the waves at this popular patrolled beach. The Sunshine Beach Surf Club is a great place to eat, listen to music, sip a cool drink outside and hear the repetitious waves breaking on the shore. If you walk to end of the headland and feel energetic you can climb the stairs and continue through the bush track leading to Alexandria Bay. At the right time of year you can be lucky enough to spot a migrating whale passing through. Discovering this hidden piece of paradise is well worth the effort. Dare to get bare at this unofficial alfresco alternative beach. Watch the whiting swim amongst your feet as you cool off in the clear blue ocean, washing your cares away as you float on a smooth gentle wave. A sense of being on The Greek Islands will wash over you.