One of our top ‘things to do’ is definitely walking through the beautiful Noosa National Park. Noosa Crest Resort is nestled within walking distance to the National Park a natural destinations on the continent for good reason. Whether you’re enjoying a more casual Noosa holiday accommodation or luxury apartments, this spot makes for an unforgettable addition to your trip. Resort visitors are offered memorable interactions with a diverse natural environment that boasts numerous endangered species and that is home to conservation efforts to protect the exotic native flora and fauna. There are numerous fascinating natural features you can expect to find at Noosa National Park.
Noosa National Park offers Noosa accommodation travelers access to some of the most well preserved natural coastlines on Earth. Head to Noosa Heads to experience the Park’s scenic headland, then make your way down to the gorgeous plains and natural dunes of Lake Weyba. Your next stop is the low coastal territory that takes you south as far as Coolum Beach. As you make your way through the park, you’ll enjoy views of sandy beaches, natural vegetation, and clear blue waters.
Noosa National Park is one of the best local destinations for spotting wildlife. Endangered species that make the park their home include the red goshawk, the glossy black cockatoo, the koala, and the ground parrot. Look out for rare swamp orchids dotting your trail.
Noosa resort visitors have spotted lace monitors and honeyeaters on the park grounds. Look out for turtles and dolphins at Dolphin Point, or watch for humpback whale sightings from June through to November.
A Noose National Park hiking trail will take you by Alexandria Bay, a beautiful destination for a daylong excursion. Clothes are optional at this hotspot – just be sure to bring plenty of sun protection supplies and water to keep hydrated and safe from the sun’s rays. The Alexandria Beach Carnival draws over 400 local residents and tourists to Noosa National Park annually, offering sports, fun, and plenty of sun.
Noosa National Park recently added new access options for travelers making their way to Granite Bay. But watch out – at high tide, you’ll see the beach almost completely swallowed by rising waters! See Noosa’s natural wonders at work in this secluded hiding spot.
Tea Tree Bay
Tea Tree Bay offers all the coastal scenery,
the bay also has another convenient feature: it is located just moments away from Hastings Street, where fine shopping, dining, and recreation can be found in droves.
Noosa accommodations offer access to beautiful natural trails, exotic wildlife sightings, lush rainforests, endless coastlines, and much more, but you can also find the comfort and luxury you need after a long day out enjoying everything nature has to offer.
Not only does Noosa pride itself as a slice of coastal bliss, stunning natural attractions with a thriving food scene, we also pride ourselves on the array of coffees. Having the luxury of living in a tourist town there is an abundance of cafes, pop up coffee vans and stalls offering smooth coffees with creamy funky designs. Some cafes like to shake things up, recently in a new raw café, had to try the a half coconut / half almond milk………. tasted a little different but still delicious.
At Noosa Crest we offer Little Cove Coffee called the smooth percolator which is a must if your a keen coffee drinker. If you can get to the Little Cove café, try there recent cockodoodle brew which pulls back your eyelids and SCREAMS wake up in the morning.
The list would be endless if I was to name all the great cafes in town but to name a few off the radar would be Black Pepper in Noosa Junction. Todd & Steph (mother & son) are very welcoming, offer gluten free food and love a chat. If your along Gympie terrace, can’t go past Grind nor The River Read Bookstore, I love checking out the latest books as I sip away. On Hastings street is Hard Café in bay village. They offer Campos coffee which is smooth & strong.
If your in Sunshine Beach try out Dukes Deli which has recently changed over to Tobys Estate coffee, great customer service plus they add in a little shortbread on the side, I’m also a bit partial to the celebrity spotting from the deck. Another popular local spot is Gibsons, they have an amazing coffee machine called La Marzocco and specially ordered the colour green in fitting with the cafe. They offer exotic Lattetude coffee beans and a great place on a hot day offering air conditioning and lots of magazines & papers to indulge in.
Belmondos is also a hot spot, its a fresh food market in Noosa off the beaten track in Rene street (industrial estate). You can view a range of coffee beans and take the time to discuss, smell and review your next brew. They pride themselves in top quality products with good old fashion customer service.
Every corner in Noosa you will find a coffee shop so be sure to let us know how your brew went!
The perfect place to enjoy a perfect day (or days)!
Whether its relaxing in your own private spa taking in the view over Laguna Bay, enjoying a game of tennis on the floodlit tennis court, bird watching from the privacy of your balcony, watching the sun set over the hinterland, taking a sauna or lazing by the rooftop pool, there is something for the whole family at Noosa Crest.
Being huge fans of Noosa, we know that it’s hard to stay put, no matter how nice your accommodation is. There’s really so much to enjoy and something for everyone in Noosa! Whether it’s strolling along the beach or famous Hastings Street, window shopping or getting right into some retail therapy, indulging in simple fish and chips, a little café culture or the full gourmet experience, bar hopping and night-life or just chilling out in the calm, secluded waters of Noosa’s Laguna Bay, it’s the perfect place for a perfect holiday.
So, we’ve given you our thoughts on some the best things to do in Noosa, so you can mix it up a bit and create your own perfect day in Noosa – every day!
*Simply sit out on your generous balcony and watch the whales or dolphins frolic in Laguna Bay, enjoy the birdlife …..or just simply enjoy the sun, the ocean breeze and those stunning views with a great book and a glass of something cold.
*Take a dip & sample the resorts selection of pools, heated spas and saunas.
*Take time out for a massage and spa treatment in the privacy of your own apartment.
*Soak up some rays on Noosa’s amazing Main Beach, or simply sit back and people watch while sipping a coffee, (or something stronger)
*BBQ some fresh seafood & Mooloolaba prawns on the rooftop at Noosa Crest at sunset and you’ll feel on top of the world.
*Test your skills on the floodlit tennis court, try your hand at stand up paddling or surfing the small perfect breaks at Little Cove. Swim the warm, clear, calm waters of Laguna Bay; Walk or run the National Park & look like a local, just don’t be too distracted by the views or you’ll end up over the cliff!
*Head to Noosa Springs for a few holes of golf
Shopping & Eating
Take a leisurely stroll down the private tropical bushland boardwalk and…voila! it’s all right there!
*Hastings Street is shopping heaven so get amongst it and try on some great fashion, beachwear, jewellery or checkout the stylish homewares & art galleries.
*For a more chilled out atmosphere, head over to Sunshine Beach Surf Club or over to Noosaviille on the river (Gusto, Little Humid, Sirrocco, or Rickys)
*Make your way out to Noosaville to Belmondos and pick up gourmet goodies for languid picnic lunch at Tea Tree Bay or Little Cove in the National park or down at The Woods at the end of Hastings Street.
*Take one of the daily tours to the Noosa Everglades or up to Fraser Island.
*Feel like a leisurely drive? Head up to the cool, green hinterland and explore the quirky, crafty towns of Montville, Maleny and Mapleton.
*Get out to the famous Eumundi Market (Every Wednesday and Saturday) and browse the creative bargains, great food and entertainment.
*Hire a pontoon boat from Gympie Terrace and explore the beautiful Noosa River.
*Take the family to Australia Zoo. Just an hour’ drive south or catch the daily shuttle.
One perfect day in Noosa
6:30am Watch the sun rise & listen to the birdlife from the balcony of your Noosa Crest apartment
7:30am Stroll down to breakfast at Cafe Le Monde or Season (on Hastings Street) & indulge in fabulous eggs benedict, great coffee & the paper.
9:00am Experience a horse ride on the Noosa North Shore beach or hire a stand up paddle board & meander your way down river or out on the bay, you might spot a pod of dolphins.
12:00pm Time for lunch at Bistro C, Season or any of Hastings Streets’ fantastic restaurants or cafes
1:00pm A spot of retail therapy along Hastings Street
3.00pm Refreshments at Sheraton’s Noosa Beach House before strolling back up to Noosa Crest
4:00pm Unwind with an In-room massage & spa
6.00pm Sunset bubbles & nibbles on your balcony
7:00pm Short drive to Sunshine Beach for dinner at Embassy XO
10.00pm Nightcap on your balcony enjoying the twinkling lights of Noosa
And so ends another perfect day in Noosa. Don’t forget to share your experience.
Even if you’re not into competitions – you have to have a go at this one. The prize is a celebration of all the best things in life – great food, luxury Noosa holiday and best of all…romance. It’s our EAT, STAY, LOVE competition and it’s on now.
The lucky winner and partner will be totally spoilt with three of Noosa’s most desireable indulgences. They will enjoy 5 nights in a luxury Premium Apartment at Noosa Crest, a private sunset gondola cruise on the Noosa River and dinner at the iconic Rickys River Bar + Restaurant. Does it get any more romantic than this? We’ll that’s up to you (if you win!)
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True…it is cooler, especially at night and those mornings can be a challenge to get to the beach for that morning walk or swim but seriously! It’s 22 degrees during the day and the temperature really only plummets to 12 degrees on the coolest nights. Not exactly freezing…right!
The locals may be rugged up in coats and boots but the visitors are out on the beach in force, frolicking in the waves, surfing, swimming and having fun. Even the little ones are out there on their boogie boards totally oblivious to the fact that it’s winter!
We think this is absolutely the best time to visit Noosa and here’s why:
*It’s peaceful. No crowds, parking is not an issue – on the street or for yourself on the beach, nor is getting into your fav restaurant or getting a room at a great price.
*Shop and café staff are more attentive and relaxed and are genuinely happy to see you and serve you. And best of all, there are bargains to be had!
*The beach is perfect…unspoilt by crowds and the water is calm and crystal clear. Fish everywhere! Noosa’s North Shore is at its best – so it’s a great time to head up the beach in your 4WD and enjoy a spot of fishing.
*Most days are clear and sunny and finish with stunning sunsets – like the one above. Sometimes it rains but not often (and when it does it’s your excuse to curl up on the lounge with your book and a hot chocolate).
*Wildlife spotting is better. The koalas seem to appear more often in the National Park and the brush turkeys are everywhere and the birdlife is amazing, everything seems to come to life.
*The cool weather is perfect for hiking the National Park or Noosa Hill or even exploring the mountain ranges, and for long bike rides out to quaint hinterland towns or down the scenic coast road. It’s also perfect for throwing on a jacket and strolling to your restaurant of choice for a luscious glass of red with your pork belly or Osso Buco. And, for finding a sunny spot on the grass for a lunchtime picnic in the Woods, the Lions Park or along Gympie Terrace.
*And best of all….it’s perfect weather for snuggling up with your loved one and enjoying those romantic sunsets.
We love Noosa in winter and so will you. Let us know if you have had any special winter moments in Noosa.
Last night our resort team attended the unveiling of Tourism Noosa’s much anticipated Welcome to Noosa initiative. Together with 250 other Tourism Noosa members, we witnessed the beginning of a new era in customer service for Noosa. Wow!
In an effort to ensure that Noosa visitors are greeted with warmth, friendliness, enthusiasm and professional service, and to meet the expectations of todays’ discerning travellers in a competitive tourism environment, Tourism Noosa has now created an innovative tourism training initiative that aims to revitalise a quality service culture throughout the industry and boost Noosa’s reputation as a premier holiday destination.
Welcome to Noosa, is about not just meeting the expectations of our guests but exceeding them and proving to visitors that Noosa is a world class destination to visit again and again. The program is basically an easy-to-use online training program that helps Noosa’s customer service industry to build stronger businesses and deliver a memorable experience for visitors to Noosa and local customers alike.
We loved that Celebrity chef Pete Evans was the special guest at the launch and is the face of the campaign…a perfect ambassador. His whole life is about customer service and of course he loves Noosa and is a regular visitor here. What’s not to love!
We are all looking forward to completing the program so next time you’re in Noosa, look out for these badges which indicate those of us who have completed the program and are now Welcome to Noosa ambassadors.
Noosa is on the brink of a new chapter!
This weekend, over 80% of Noosa people voted YES to de-amalgamate from the Sunshine Coast Council and to once again take up the right to control their own destiny.
Partying in the street, cheering, flag flying, everybody smiling, hugging and kissing each other. Congratulations all round! We can breathe again.
Noosa recently received a once in a lifetime opportunity to go to the polls and cast their vote to stay within the boundaries of the super city that is the Sunshine Coast or split and go it alone – back to previous Noosa Shire boundaries and personalised, community governance. This in itself was an incredible achievement, made possible only because of a dedicated and hugely passionate group of Noosa people who have worked tirelessly and diligently for 5 years to bring about this process. After that, it was up to the people of Noosa to decide, and decide they did!
Everyone that loves and enjoys Noosa for what it is should be eternally grateful for their efforts.
People power has spoken – it’s an amazing thing when it happens! Gives you the faith that if you truly believe in something and are passionate and focussed and dedicated to the cause – great things can be achieved and wrongs can be righted, even against huge odds.
When Noosa and other Qld councils were forced to relinquish their right to govern themselves 5 years ago in an undemocratic act of breathtaking arrogance by the Beattie/Bligh government, Noosa said ….‘WE WILL NEVER GIVE UP!’ and they didn’t. Noosa along with Douglas Shire, Mareeba Shire and Livingstone Shire have all fought long and hard and have all now forged back the right to make local decisions for their local community and to manage their own destiny. They are not cities. They are all about community, not bureaucracy! Bigger is not always better.
The road ahead to independence will certainly not be easy but the challenges in achieving local democracy will always be worth the effort so that we can return to genuine local decision making and community engagement, and all those people that love Noosa can continue to enjoy its unspoilt beauty and special charm now and forever.
For more visit www.friendsofnoosa.org
So, what to do? Where to go?
In case you need it….here’s a little inspiration from one of the most romantic destinations in Australia….Noosa of course!
*Book a gorgeous apartment or penthouse with stunning views and snuggle down with your partner for a couple of days of indulgence – www.noosacrest.com.au
*Indulge in a romantic dinner or just settle in for sunset cocktails and tapas at Rickys River Bar + Restaurant – on the beautiful Noosa riverfront – http://rickys.com.au
*Doing breakfast is a serious pastime in Noosa and it’s easy to see why. You just can’t go past a relaxed morning on the beach followed by a lazy delicious breakfast/brunch at –
Sirocco – spectacular Med cuisine with views of the river. Divine baked eggs & omelettes- www.sirocconoosa.com.au
Canteen – Local favourite, yummy corn fritters, great coffee, nice vibe
Mooshka – Sunshine Beach funky mecca, great coffee – mooshka.com.au
Thomas Corner – Deliciousness on the river – www.thomascorner.com.au
Café Le Monde – Relaxed, great food, a Noosa icon – www.cafelemonde.com.au
Bistro C – Iconic beachfront favourite – bistroc.com.au
Noosa is spa heaven! What better way to relax and indulge than to submit to the some of the many spa and pampering options, from an amazing array of local therapists and day spas. Here’s a few of our favs:
Noosa Springs Golf & Spa Resort: www.noosasprings.com.au
Ikatan Day Spa: www.ikatanspa.com
Riverside Beauty: www.riversidebeauty.net.au
Stephanies Ocean Spa: www.stephanies.com.au
Kansha Natural Therapies: www.kansha.com.au
Head out on the calm waters of the Noosa River and try your hand at SUP – you’ll be hooked! www.noosastanduppaddle.com.au
Learn to Surf together on the gentle breaks of Laguna Bay www.learntosurf.com.au
Cruise and explore the Noosa River system at your own pace, in your own boat – take a BBQ or picnic lunch with champagne of course! www.oboathire.com
For those seriously romantics….indulge and enjoy these very special Noosa experiences. Lots of brownie points here!
Gondolas of Noosa – As a couple you can share this most intimate adventure in absolute privacy, even from your gondolier! Dinner cruises available too. www.gondolasofnoosa.com
Noosa Dreamboats- Experience the glamour of a bygone era and feel like movie stars as you explore Noosa’s waterways on board the stunning mahogany speed boat. Special packages include romantic sandbar picnic escapes and indulgent spa, restaurant and cruise experiences. Wow! www.noosadreamboats.com.au
Or…just grab some gourmet delights from Belmondos Fresh Food Market and head down to the Noosa National Park or Noosa Woods for a romantic picnic. www.belmondos.com
Whatever you do – feel the love!
With holidaymakers heading back to school and work, Noosa has returned to its relaxed and peaceful best and has been lucky enough to escape the brunt of the recent Queensland weather episode.
So now the fun really begins! An amazing, jam packed festival and event calendar is locked in for the year and visitors and locals are in for a treat! Once again, the best of the best are coming to Noosa to present, perform, cook, compete and entertain.
Here’s a taste of what’s to come……
*Kelloggs Nutri-grain Ironman & Ironwoman Series – Feb 17 & 24
*Noosa Festival of Surfing – March 10-16
*Noosa Ultimate Sports Fest – April 27-28
*Noosa International Food & Wine Festival – May 16-19
*Noosa Longweekend – June 14-23
*Noosa Jazz Festival – 29 August – 01 September
*Noosa Triathlon Multisports Festival – 30 October – 03 November
So, whether you are seeking a place to relax, play, watch, eat, drink or party, there are plenty of excuses to visit…but then who needs an excuse!