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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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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 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

What’s not to love?

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Love heart on the beachIt’s February and of course love is in the air.  This time of the year we’re inspired (or maybe expected) to add a little romance into our lives. 

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!

Stay
*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

Dine
*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 –

Ricky's Restaurant on the river Noosa

Rickys Restaurant + Bar

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

Relax:

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.comIkatan Spa
Riverside Beauty: www.riversidebeauty.net.au
Stephanies Ocean Spa: www.stephanies.com.au
Kansha Natural Therapies: www.kansha.com.au

Play:

Noosa Learn to Surf

Noosa Learn to Surf

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

Indulge:
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!

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!

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.

That time of the year

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Well it’s getting to the pointy end of the year again (yes, already!) and this is the time of depleted energy levels, frayed tempers and generally bad attitudes. So, why not sneak in a short break to recharge and revitalize before the silly season kicks in. Got 3 days? Head to Noosa and indulge in a ‘Short Break’ before or after the Christmas rush.

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Noosa Crest is ready for the Spring Festival Holidays

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Noosa Crest is ready for and waiting for everyone to arrive and enjoy the Resort facilities. We have just updated all the beach towels for guest use, purchased new tennis balls for the flood lit tennis court, updated the DVD library with all the latest releases and upgraded the wireless internet just in time. Continue reading

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The Noosa Crest Wedding Finale

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A lot of the guests were staying at the resort so no driving was required which was a bonus. After the ceremony everyone walked down the private boardwalk onto the Catalina for the sunset river cruise while we had our photos taken in the Noosa Lions Park, along Hastings street, Main beach and then to Noosa Woods where a friends boat picked us up for our private sunset cruise along the Noosa River. Continue reading

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