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Base yourself in Noosa Heads and explore

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Noosa Heads is one of the most beautiful places in Australia and provides a gateway to explore so many other areas. To the north are some of the most stunning beaches in Australia, extending all the way up to Rainbow Beach and Fraser Island.

You can actually drive your 4WD along the beach all the way to the Sandy Cape of Fraser Island, starting your day trip just across the river from Noosa Heads at Tewantin. If you don’t have your own 4WD there are numerous tours that pick up from Noosa.

To the south you have the entire Sunshine Coast to explore all the way down to Coloundra. Heading inland to the west you will find the beautiful Hinterland and if you head East onto the water, unlimited water sports are available to you. Noosa Heads really is the perfect home away from home to base your holiday.

Nature tours and day trips from Noosa Heads.

1.       Fraser Island Day Tour

To access Fraser Island and really explore the area you need to travel by 4WD.  Noosa is spoilt for choice with a number of tour companies offering 4WD tours from Noosa Heads to Fraser Island.

Fraser Island itself is a wonderful destination with unspoilt rainforest, beautiful inland lakes and beaches that stretch for kilometres. Many people use Hervey Bay as their gateway to Fraser Island and don’t realise that by doing this they are missing out on some of the most stunning scenery Queensland has to offer.

The drive along the beach from Tewantin to Rainbow Beach is stunning and the coloured sands of Teewah Beach are absolutely beautiful. By using Noosa Heads as your departure point for Fraser Island you will enjoy the beautiful Teewah Beach, Rainbow Beach, double Island Point and Fraser Island all in the one tour. All areas are part of The Great Sandy National Park.

2.    Walk through Noosa National Park

Noosa National Park encompasses an area of more than 4,000 hectares, including sections surrounding Lake Weyba, Peregian and Coolum. Noosa National Park is extremely important for nature conservation and is home to several rare and threatened species. Noosa National Park is a popular attraction loved by locals and tourists alike.

Noosa National Park is one of the easiest to access by foot from local areas. Explore kilometres of walking tracks of all grades from wheelchair accessible, easy walking to medium level sandy tracks. No trip to Noosa is complete without a sightseeing trip to Noosa National Park for a day.

3.       Sunset Cruise on Noosa River

A popular activity in Noosa Heads is a cruise along the Noosa River with its hidden waterways and canals. A sunset cruise is particularly special as you watch the river come to life, listening to the sounds of nature and the water lapping at your feet. Add into the mix a relaxing drink and a few nibbles and you have the recipe for a perfect evening.  A sunset river cruise in Noosa Heads is an idyllic finish to your sightseeing day.

4.       Everglades Cruise

Another very popular day trip from Noosa Heads is an everglades cruise. Travelling up the Noosa River and then into the attraction of the everglades themselves, visitors will enjoy the variety of flora and fauna and abundance of bird life on offer.  The whole area is a lush wilderness and a photographers dream. Tours to the everglades usually include a stop at Harry’s Hut, a BBQ lunch or afternoon tea and the option to go canoeing into the more intricate waterways. The reflections and tannins in the water are beautiful. This wetland area is easily accessed from Noosa Heads and is the perfect way to immerse yourself in nature.

5.       Hire a car up to the Sunshine Coast Hinterland – Maleny / Montville /Mapleton

The perfect day trip just a short drive inland from Noosa Heads will lead you up into the Sunshine Coast Hinterland. Here you will find the delightful villages of Maleny, Montville and Mapleton. As you wind your way through the hinterland you will most likely find yourself feeling naturally rejuvenated, calm and content as the charm of the forests and laneways embrace you. There are many scenic walking tracks for you to explore the natural beauty of the hinterland.

There’s a natural appeal about Maleny that will captivate you when you come for a day visit. Gorgeous green, rolling hills are blended with pockets of remnant rainforest alongside breathtaking views of the Glass House Mountains, creating an exceptionally pretty holiday destination and spectacular sightseeing.

Montville shares elements of its surrounding hinterland villages, like Maleny and Mapleton, but has a character all its own, with its quaint European architecture. First settled in 1887, it has grown into a thriving shopping village with a wonderful array of quality art galleries, stylish cafes and restaurants, gift shops and beautiful fashion stores, set in the picturesque surroundings of a shady tree-lined street with incredible views all the way down to the coast.

Mapleton is a small and sweet hinterland village with soaring views stretching across the coastal plains and down to the ocean on one side, and dense subtropical rainforest blanketing the other. In Mapleton Forest Reserve and Mapleton Falls National Park, you’ll feel lost inside a land before time, as you walk among lush piccabeen palm groves, grandiose bunya pines and tall blackbutt forests. This is a true paradise for hikers, mountain bikers and birdwatchers.

If you don’t have your own car it is very easy to Hire a car in Noosa heads and take a day trip up to the very popular attraction of The Sunshine Coast Hinterland.

Coffee gems in Noosa!

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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!

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New Noosa Wave!

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If you haven’t already heard, Noosa’s putting on a new fresh face for summer with a new wave of exciting bars and restaurants heading this way.  Next time you’re in Noosa, you have to check out these new faces……

*Noosa Beach House Peter Kuruvita – Right in the heart of Hastings Street, replacing Catos Bar at the Sheraton, this is really fresh, clean and beachy with a relaxed vibe in the bar for cocktails and all day dining or seriously delicious Sri Lankan inspired cuisine in the restaurant.

*Locale – Noosa recently sadly said goodbye to the fabulous Italian institutuion that was Lindonis but the owners have just launched their new baby – Locale. Located down at the Paris end of Hastings Street, this well designed modern Italian Trattoria is offering relaxed dining and a great wine bar.

*Miss Moneypenny’s – on the site of the old Ma Mensa on Hastings Street, this sprawling new cocktail bar-restaurant opens on 01 November and offers a fun atmosphere and funky cocktails for those coming straight off the beach or heading out in style.

Noosa is still heaven for foodies with plenty to offer on and off Hastings Street. Noosa Junction with it’s relaxed vibe, eclectic shops and cafes has been given a facelift as has parts of Gympie Terrace at Noosaville.  The fabulous Noosa Farmers Markets are still a ‘must do’ for anyone visiting Noosa to stock up on the freshest local fruit and veggies and those amazing Noosa Red tomatoes,Gympie Goats Cheese, Essential Grain breads, Noosa Spanner Crabs and so so much more!

It’s hotting up in Noosa but there’s a fresh vibe in the air, perfect swell and lots of fresh new faces to meet!

 

24 HOURS AT NOOSA CREST – 1 PERFECT DAY!

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Gone to the beachThe 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!

Relax
*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.

Get active
*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.

Explore
*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.

Noosa’s a Winter Wonderland

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It’s winter?  Seriously? This is end of another perfect winter day in Noosa. A winter wonderland with a difference!

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.

Keep warm!

Noosa Puts Out The Welcome Mat!

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Welcome to Noosa badgeLast 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.

Tourism Noosa Team with Pete Evans

Noosa said ‘YES’!

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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.

Congratulations Noosa!

For more visit www.friendsofnoosa.org

Need an excuse to visit Noosa?

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Noosa Food & WineNoosa’s enjoyed a bumper Christmas holiday season with sensational summer weather, great surf and a bustling, happy vibe.

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

Click here for more details 

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!

Noosa Festival of Surfing

Noosa Festival of Surfing

Christmas comes early to Noosa!

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Santas surfing the Noosa National Park

Santas by Sea

Christmas came early to Noosa this year.  To be specific it arrived at 10 am on Thursday the 6th of December via the Minister for Local Government.

The Christmas present Noosa received is; a vote in March 2013, for the right to regain a Noosa Council. Noosa residents have finally received the opportunity to determine for all time Noosa’s future.

So what’s the big deal?

Here it is in a nutshell……

In previous eras Noosa’s critical town planning (and all other council decisions) were controlled by their own local council made up entirely of Noosa people.
Then, in 2008, against massive opposition the Queensland government brutally forced amalgamation on 97 local government areas including Noosa in the name of “cost efficiencies”.

Noosa was forced to become part of the Sunshine Coast Council – a super city incorporating areas as far south as Landsborough, and areas such as Maroochydore and Mooloolaba which aspire to be cities in their own right and who share very little lifestyle values with the people of Noosa. The seat of council was relocated to Nambour and Noosa residents were hit with rate increases and loss of services and representation.

Noosa has always chosen and fought for many decades for a different model. It is based around low level, low density development. It insists on round-a-bouts instead of traffic lights, and very subdued advertising signage. It has height restrictions of four storeys along Noosa Main Beach. It does its best to be a low stress area with minimal invasive city symbols ie. no parking metres. It is a place that has chosen not to become part of the mediocrity of urban sprawl that makes up so much of Australia. It is truly a special place and because of the community’s long-standing commitment to conservation, sustainable development and lifestyle protection Noosa is now a UNESCO-recognised Noosa Biosphere Reserve.

Over decades the Noosa community has proven itself eminently capable of administering its own region. It has earned the right to continue to do so.

This model is the reason visitors from across the globe are attracted to live and holiday in Noosa and this is the reason land values are amongst the highest in the country. Under the current amalgamated super council, Noosa is losing its way ….fast, unable to uphold the values and vision for which it has fought to retain for so long.

So, thanks to some passionate, hardworking and committed local people, Noosa now has been given a chance to take control of its destiny once again. “After many years of effort we will get a chance to decide whether we want a local Council making local decisions after listening to what residents want.” “We will get a chance to vote against becoming a city, with high-rise, paid parking, over-development and the crime and congestion that go with it. “If the people vote in numbers of more than 50% in favour, Noosa may be able to reinstate a council which has over generations proven to be cost effective and visionary.

If the people vote to stay part of the super council it will only be a matter of time before Noosa’s only 2 councillors are overwhelmed by the huge majority of councillors focussed on growth and development at all costs….and this special part of the world will soon become eroded and just another mediocre ‘suburbia by sea’.

If Noosa people get it right in March, you and your family should be able to enjoy Noosa for generations to come.

Merry Christmas Noosa!  May all your wishes come true!

How to choose the perfect base for your Noosa holiday

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sandy beaches of NoosaSince moving to Noosa nearly 14 years ago, the question I’ve been asked the most from friends, family, colleagues and even travel agents is ….“where’s the best spot to stay in Noosa?”

Sounds easy right? Not so! There’s no simple answer. Everybody wants different things from their Noosa holiday and all have a unique set of needs, expectations and aspirations. There’s definitely no one fit for all.

So, to help them decide on where to base themselves to get the best from their Noosa experience, I give them a basic rundown.

Noosa’s not big of course, but like any other town, it’s made up of nooks and crannys, micro destinations and mini villages, each with their own vibe, personality and unique benefits.
What’s perfect for you and your partner, family or friends may not be right for others and even if you are a frequent visitor, you may be looking for a different experience each time. To make easy, here’s a very quick outline of some of the great spots on offer within Noosa.

Hastings Street: Need I say anything at all? The best loved and most popular zone for Noosa holidaymakers, especially 1st or 2nd time visitors. It’s the hub, it’s where all the action is; the beach, national park, restaurants, bars, cafes, shopping, apartments, hotels, backpackers. If you’ve stayed here a few times, you may be looking for a quieter, more peaceful experience or may be keen to explore another side of Noosa. Great for couples young and not so young and families with little ones.

Little Cove: Just off Hastings Street and on the way to the National Park, this lush and leafy nook is well loved by locals and holidaymakers alike for its natural feel, easy proximity to Hastings Street, Main Beach and also the sheltered beaches within the National Park. Plenty of birdlife, goannas and the odd koala, it’s also home to some stunning holiday houses and apartments. Just be aware some of the steep slopes and stairs will give you a serious workout. Couples and fitness types love this place.

Noosa Hill: It’s all about the views on Noosa Hill. Some of the houses and apartments offer stunning Noosa panoramas from the crest of the hill and up high on the slopes. Again, easy access to the beach and Hastings Street but there is the walk back up to consider if you want to do without the car. Strolling distance to the pub (Noosa Reef Hotel) for lunch or dinner with great views and easy walk to the Junction (Noosa Junction) with it’s eclectic array of shops and cafes. Great spot for couples, walkers, families with older kids.
Sunshine Beach: A well loved., true beach holiday experience. Gorgeous houses and apartments on offer and a cruisy, chilled out village with great bars, restaurants, cafes and delis. The beach is beautiful but wild most of the time with great surf and and a seriously great surf club . You’ll need a car to get to Hastings Street and pretty much anywhere else or you can use the local buses.

Sunset on the Noosa RiverNoosa Sound: Totally different again to all of the above. A serene Noosa River backdrop to your holiday experience. Plenty of apartments and all manner of holiday houses which mostly overlook and have easy or direct access to the river. Perfect for families who want to get their feet wet with a fun filled fishing, sailing, kayaking or stand up padding kinda holiday. Quamby Place is tucked on the water and is home to some of Noosa’s finest dining experiences. It’s a nice, flat easy walk to Hastings Street but you can also get there by ferry to go further updstream to the ever popular Noosa Marina and to drop in on the restaurant and café action on Gympie Terrace, Noosaville.
Noosaville: Something for everyone here. Hugely popular with locals out exercising with their dogs early in the morning, catching up for coffees mid morning, mums and kids with scooters, bikes, and strollers all day long. Hugely popular family spot dotted with palygrounds, watersport and boat hire places. The main drags are Gympie Terrace which runs right along the river frontage and is dotted with shops, cafes, restaurants, icecream – all fantastic and great value. Thomas Street is the local ‘eat street’ there but also offers fashion, lifestyle and gift shopping.

Noosa Hinterland: The lush, green backdrop to Noosa’s beautiful beaches, this area is picturesque and serene. Elegant country houses and quaint B&Bs are nestled in bushland, on mountain peaks and even lakeside. This is the perfect retreat for those keen to escape the hustle and bustle of city life. Bird life is the only noise and it’s an easy, short drive to great country markets, arts and craft centres, rustic pubs, good cafes and still no more than 30 minutes to the beach.
They’re all fabulous, it just depends on what is your idea of holiday heaven. Maybe it’s all of them at different times and for different reasons. There’s so many options for an entirely different holiday experience each time you come to Noosa.

Happy holidays!

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