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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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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 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

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!

What makes a great family holiday?

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family holiday funEvery family is different (some more than others!) but when it comes to ensuring that the investment made in a family holiday is worth it – for everyone, it can be tricky. 

We’ve witnessed the thrills and spills of many family holidays and here’s our thoughts on what really makes a really successful family holiday and guarantees that everyone goes home happy and relaxed with memories that last a lifetime…

  • Get out there!  Choose somewhere totally different from home – invigorate their senses, and give them a whole other perspective ie. Get away from cars, signs, traffic lights, shops, houses and head to the beach, the bush, the mountains, the snow, an island.…somewhere different.
  •  Zone out!  Get them out of their comfort zone by doing things you don’t normally do ie. Learn to surf; Stand up paddling; cooking class; boating, crabbing; shell hunting, kite flying, jetskiing, fishing, star gazing, elephant riding, mountain climbing, parasailing, enjoy a massage or special treatment.
  •  Lighten up!  Take very little…just the basics.  Definitely no technical gadgets, no ipods, iphones, ipads, gaming devices etc and turn the phone off.  Check it once a day if you have to, then switch it off.  This is time to be fully present.
  •  Tempt the tastebuds:  Food memories are often ones that stay with us ever – bringing back that holiday feeling for years to come.  Use the opportunity to get them out of their normal eating routines and challenge them to try some of the local cuisine.  Freshen up their tastebuds with the local seafood, tropical fruit, desserts, fresh coconut..it’s part of the experience.
  •  Move it!   Burn up some energy and tire them out with a little exercise.  Early morning dip and a surf, bushwalk, mountain climb or sunset beach walk will usually do the trick.
  •  Slow it down!  Every day needs some quiet ‘me’ time for everybody.  Give everyone some space to do their own thing in peace.
  •  Have fun!  It’s a holiday after all so it’s a great excuse to do fun stuff and laugh at each other and at yourselves ie. Belly dancing!
  •  Chill out!  Well, that’s a given. 

 Best wishes a wonderful family holiday.

Dream up & win your next holiday!

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There’s competitions and there’s competitions but there’s only one ‘Win YOUR Noosa Dream Holiday’ competition!

We seriously believe that Noosa is one of the dreamiest destinations in the world….and we want to create a fantastic Noosa Dream Holiday package for our guests. So, we thought we’d ask you all out there to help us – and if we choose your creation, you will win YOUR Noosa dream holiday and you’ll get naming rights to our new package eg. Sam’s Noosa Dream Holiday’.

It’s easy!  Just Click the ‘Win a Noosa Holiday’ button on our homepage (www.noosacrest.com.au), choose your favorite inclusions from the options and add your own (within reason….supermodels and sports cars excluded!), then  share 3 of your friends and you’re in with a chance.

For more chances to win…just pass on the word via Facebook or Twitter and you’ll receive bonus entries. And, you never know, if one of your family and friends win the holiday, they might just invite you to join them.

Start dreaming….best of luck!

Noosa Crest rooftop spa

Celebrate winning your Noosa dream holiday!

Noosa’s Local treasures

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From chatting to our many repeat guests, we know that most new visitors to Noosa end up returning again and again and again.  After fully indulging in Noosa’s icons; Hastings Street, the beautiful beach and National Park, they then look beyond the tourist trail and start to uncover some of the local gems. These are pure gold! All great travellers know that the real soul of any great destination is behind the tourist trail – it’s finding where the locals hang out.  Here are a few great local gems that are off the tourist radar.  If you’re not acquainted with these, we hope you’ll put them on your list for next time….

Belmondos
Just a short & easy drive to Rene Street in Noosaville will find you at Belmondos Fresh Food Market, a food lovers paradise. Locals love to shop at Belmondos for a wide range of gourmet foods from around the globe including fresh produce from talented local producers. Grab a selection of dips, cheeses, olives, fresh bread, fruit & vegetables – perfect for that sunset cheese platter to enjoy with a glass of bubbly. Settle in with the locals and enjoy what some consider the best coffee or a casual lunch in the café.

Peregian Beach Village Square
If you’re up for some relaxed retail therapy, take a 15-minute drive south of Noosa to the Peregian Village Square and explore and discover a diverse range of great clothes, gifts, homewares and more. Make a day of it and enjoy lunch at the delightful Pitchfork Restaurant.

If you’re looking for fresh, local produce or something hand-made or original, the Peregian Markets offer an eclectic array of products and local produce held on the first and third Sunday of the month.

Mooshka
This funky, friendly restaurant and bar is at Sunshine Beach and it’s quirky, eclectic mix of retro and vintage furniture that creates a relaxed cosy and welcoming atmosphere in which to chill out and enjoy organic coffee, wine and yummy, well priced mezze, pizza and everything in between.

Metal Tiger
Located on the beautiful Noosa River, this authentic Asian style teahouse is a home away from home for locals and visitors alike. With over 80 varieties of tea available and a uniquely inspired Asian Street Food menu to complement them, this is an oasis to find solace and contemplation. Gympie Terrace, Noosaville

Grind
This place is always packed for breakfast on weekends and at morning coffee time for good reason. Seriously delicious café food for breakfast and lunch. Great coffees, quick service, and gorgeous Noosa River outlook too. Gympie Terrace, Noosaville.

Gibsons
An local institution – this stylish kitchen/homewares store and café is a haven for the girls seeking a great coffee, cake and shopping experience. Perfect too for a casual gourmet lunch and a glass of wine. Warning! You will not leave without buying something. Located on Gibson Road, Noosaville

White House
This gorgeous shop has 2 locations. One at the Noosa Marina and one on Thomas Street Noosaville. As the name implies, everything here is white – from furniture, lamps, cushions, mirrors, cuddly toys and lots lots more beachy homewares and clothing. You will find the perfect gift here everytime.

Humid
A warm, welcoming, friendly, locals dining treasure in the heart of Noosa. Tucked behind Noosa Heads on Weyba Road, this unpretentious, rustic restaurant feels like you’re dining at a friends home. Stunning food, no fuss, effortless service and a terrific attitude. Love it!

Noosa North Shore Retreat & Great Sandy Bar & Restaurant
Take the car ferry from the end of Moorindil Street, Tewantin – it’s a short, 2-minute trip across the river to another world. Some parts of Noosa North Shore are accessible by all vehicles, although 4WD is needed to travel along the beach. The Great Sandy Bar & Restaurant serves excellent pub meals, and has a Kids Entertainment area, where they can watch movies, play their favourite games on the playstation or jump around on ‘The Giant Pillow’ and Playground.

Well that’s a good start.!  Enjoy!
We’d love to hear if you’ve discovered any other great gems behond the tourist trail.

Christmas in Noosa

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It’s that exciting time again when Noosa is busting with visitors enjoying the beauty of this coastal town. There is so much on offer during the festive season and want to share with you a few suggestions if you are planning your holiday in Noosa. Continue reading

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The Noosa Crest Wedding – Our Ali is Getting Married

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Noosa Crest Wedding Ali
Yes it’s true! Our very own Ali is getting married and we are all so excited!

We are going to follow Ali’s wedding journey as she checks off her wedding planning list, shops until she drops and show you what it’s like to choose beautiful Noosa Heads for your wedding.

Ali is going to allow us to follow in her footsteps, post photo’s of her shopping trips for shoes, dresses, venues, photographers, hairdressers, hairstyles, makeup, jewellery… and you will have the inside scoop on her choices and the amazing journey every girl makes to her wedding.

So for the first of Ali’s choices let’s take a look:

My Decorator will be Carly from CL Weddings and Events- I’ve been using Carly and she has come up with some amazing decorations, very different from the standard wedding.

My Photographer Yanni Photography – I used Yanni for our pregnancy photo’s / baby photos so it has to be her for our wedding photos. We use her for resort photos also and she is a great wedding photographer!

Our Celebrant will be – Fae Murphy – she is a long time local and has seen my partner grow up plus our best man’s mum so we wouldn’t want to use anyone else.

Wedding002TriosThe Reception will be held at – Trios Restaurant – on the river and a perfect venue for either dinner or a function like our wedding.

Good news: Ali is going shopping this weekend with the bridesmaids for shoes… we can’t wait to see the photo’s can we ladies? lol

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