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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!

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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