I can't help falling in love with Noosa
As I've said 1000 times, I love a weekend away! It's my way of keeping the travel bug alive between big trips and I'm lucky enough to live in Sydney where there's countless beautiful places to get away to. Last weekend Noosa was our escape, just an hour and a half flight gets you to this Queensland paradise.
Obviously I wasn't the only one to have fallen in love
It's been a decade since I last visited and I barely recognised the place. It's become a more upmarket weekend destination and Hastings street is now pumping with restaurants and bars. At first I wondered if it may have lost its charm as I walked between expensive restaurants and high street name stores but after tasting the food and a sampling a few too many cocktails I was completely bought in again.
While on the exxy end of the price bracket, the food everywhere we ate was incredible, so much so i'd say it gives Sydney a run for its money. I'm not a foodie as anyone who knows me will vouch so for me to lead with food in this blog really says a lot! Bistro C was the standout, perched between the beach and Hastings street you can expect stunning views to match the incredible food. There's no such thing as bland here, every mouthful was a flavour sensation and collectively we tried most of the menu! Plus, if you're a cocktail fan you're in for a treat with their flavoured take on expresso martinis!
Did someone say "another round?"
Miss Moneypennys came a close second, they make up for the lack of ocean views with stylish Mediterranean inspired laid back design and an apparently limitless range of cocktail glass alternatives. The amazing culinary options however is just the cherry on top of this picturesque nature haven. If you love the ocean and outdoors Noosa has a smorgasbord of activities to choose from.
Start your day early watching the sun come up with a stroll along the beach and enjoy the ocean to yourself with a refreshing sunrise swim and then grab a good spot at one of the beachfront cafes for breakfast before the droves come.
Sunrise swimming on Noosa Main Beach
Noosa main beach sits within a bay so the gentle waves are perfect for a day of swimming, paddle boarding and kayaking. Many of the hotels rent of surf equipment or just wander along Hastings st to rent one. From main beach paddle against the tide along the coast and then glide back with the current for an effortless look! With such perfect azure temptation beneath you'll be forgiven for accidentally on purpose falling in!
Taking a well deserved break before diving in
Main Beach's calm waters are also a favourite for families wanting to splash around in the ocean safe in the knowledge you won't lose your bikini or your kid in the waves! The crystal clear blue waters and fine golden sands make for a perfect beach day relaxing with friends and family until the sun goes down, and its well worth sticking around for the sunset, just grab another cocktail and enjoy!
For a more active day go for a walk in he Noosa National Park. From main beach it's just a 5 minute walk which is ideal if you've opted not to hire a car. The park offers several walks ranging from short pram friendly strolls to a good half day workout. As someone who loves walking and the ocean, the coastal tracks are always my favourite and this one didn't disappoint. From main beach, the track hugs the coast all the way to Sunshine beach. Along the way there are rock pools, secluded bays, lookouts, fairy pools and long sandy beaches to enjoy.
Stunning views from the coastal track in Noosa National Park
If, like me, you can't resist a dip this walk can end up taking longer than planned as the azure waters tempt you all the way along, you're on holiday so why the hell not!
The higher lookout spots give you fantastic panoramic views of the stunning Sunshine Coast and keep your eyes peeled as these vantage points are perfect for spotting whales, dolphins and turtles. While the whales were being illusive for us we did get to enjoy a show from a huge pod of dolphins as well as a big loggerhead turtle. (Another 20 minutes added to our walk courtesy of my obsession with the ocean and everything in it!)
Dolphin Point lived up to it's promise
While you can catch a bus back from sunshine beach or walk back along the coast track I'd recommend a quick refreshment in the Surf Life Saving club before walking back along the bush track to get a different perspective. Look out for bird life and Koalas as you follow the sandy bush track back to Noosa main beach.
I struggled to find a Noosa National Park walking track guide with distances online so heres the details and a map i snapped en route
Palm Grove Walk - 1.1km - 15-30 min - Green track
Tanglewood Walk - 8km return - 2-3 hours - Orange track
Noosa Hill Walk - 2.8km - 1-1.5 hours - Yellow track
Noosa Coastal Walk - 10.8 km - Allow 4 hours - Blue track
Alexandria Bay Walk - 4.6km return - 1-2 hours - Purple track
If you can drag yourself away from the beach, why not check out the Noosa Everglades. This little known Everglades system is one of only 2 in the world. You can spend a day kayaking on a guided or self guided tour. It's definitely on my list for my next visit which I'd say will be in the not too distant future!
So whether you're a foodie, a beach bum, an activity junkie I'm highly recommend a weekend escape to Noosa. And if you're not convinced I'm happy to go back with you and prove you wrong!