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Things to Do

More things to do around Noosa Crest

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Noosa Heads is the perfect base for day trips around the Sunshine Coast area.

In the morning you can enjoy the beauty of Noosa Heads, perhaps starting with a stroll on the beach or breakfast in Hastings St before heading out to explore the area. The following attractions are all just a short drive from Noosa and provide something for everyone.

The diversity of the Noosa Heads area offers so much for visitors and locals alike to enjoy.

Day trips and activities from Noosa Heads.

1. Australia Zoo

Just a short drive from Noosa at the base of the Glass House Mountains in Beerwah you will find the very popular Australia Zoo. The zoo provides up close animal encounters, daily shows as well as many education and conservation programs. The Crocoseum and Birds of Prey Show are a highlight along with the Tiger Temple and Bindi’s Island. Be prepared for some serious wildlife action on your day trip from Noosa Heads.  Australia Zoo is open every day except Christmas Day so it is the perfect day trip from Noosa Heads. If you don’t have your own car there are bus connections and organised day trips to he Australia Zoo. It is also very easy to organise car hire from Noosa Heads.

2. Ginger Factory

The Ginger factory is only 30 minutes drive from Noosa Heads, just off the Bruce Highway at Yandina and is a very popular tourist destination with children and adults alike. Enjoy educational tours, fun rides, great shopping facilities and a fantastic cafe featuring modern Australian cuisine. From the largest range of the world’s finest ginger products to tranquil gardens and walks, there is so much to discover, taste, see and do.

Highlights of your visit could include a ride on The Ginger Train, a tour through the factory, an up close encounter with the beekeeper or a visit to the ice creamery. The ginger factory is open all year round and is undoubtedly a great day trip from Noosa.

3. Underwater World

No trip to Noosa Heads is complete without a day trip visiting Underwater World at Mooloolaba! Less than 40 minutes drive from Noosa and situated at Mooloolaba Wharf,  Underwater World is home to thousands of animals, including sharks, seals, turtles, stingrays, otters, sawfish, tropical fish and much, much more. As one of the Sunshine Coast’s leading family and tourist attractions, Underwater World offers entertainment for young and old alike.

Walk underwater through the glass viewing tunnel and see Australia’s marine life like never before! Come within inches of huge sharks, rays and turtles and see some of the remarkable marine and freshwater animals that Australia is famous for. A popular activity is Showtime at Seal Island where visitors learn about the seals and have the opportunity to get up close and personal with them –some lucky visitors even getting a kiss from a seal. Open every day except Christmas day it is easy to spend a whole day at Underwater World. This activity is well worth the day trip from Noosa Heads.

4. Learn to Stand Up Paddle /Surf

With its pristine waterways spanning endless kilometers of rivers, protected bays and surf points, Noosa really is the perfect location to learn to Stand Up Paddle. Add to this year round gorgeous weather, a laid back vibe and beautiful natural surroundings and you will discover there really is no better place in the world to try this fun ( and addictive ) sport! The magic moment of gliding across the ocean in Noosa is the ultimate stimulation. It’s a live now in the moment, relaxation and exhilaration activity combined.

Sitting beyond the break waiting for that next wave offers time for contemplation. Stand-up Paddle surfing or, SUP-ing is believed to have originated from Hawaii in the 1950s.

The Beach Boys of Waikiki would stand on their long boards and paddle out with outrigger paddles to take photographs of the tourists learning to surf. Noosa Heads is the perfect location to learn to do this activity. You can gain your confidence on the relative calm of the Noosa River before venturing out into the surf zones, all within a few minutes of Noosa Heads.

5. Horse Riding on North Shore

Riding along the beach on Noosa’s beautiful North Shore has been described as exhilarating, breathtaking, liberating and a must do experience while visiting Noosa Heads. Rides cater for all levels of ability so if you have never ridden before it doesn’t matter. The location on Noosa’s North Shore is simply stunning. The horses love it and you will too. Riding experiences range from a short 1 hour ride to overnight adventures.

Whatever your taste and ability there will be something to suit you. The feel of the wind in your hair and the waves lapping at your feet will be worth the effort of organising this very exciting day trip, all just across the river from Noosa Heads,

6. Eumundi Markets

Just over 20 minutes drive from Noosa Heads at Eumundi you will find one of Australia’s premier artisan markets. A day visit to the Eumundi Markets is perfect if you’re looking for something different, something handmade or something special.

You’ll find original artworks, sculptures, furniture, handmade toys, home wares, and skincare, as well as cutting edge fashion and jewellery by local designers. If you’re a foodie, you’ll especially love the wealth of fresh produce – including fresh fruit and vegetables, freshly baked breads, locally made cheeses and yoghurts. There’s plenty of local talent to keep you entertained, with world-music sounds, country tunes and tribal rhythms. You can also have your palm read or indulge in a vast array of services offered by our many health and wellbeing practitioners.

The markets are open Saturdays 7am – 2pm and Wednesdays 8am – 1.30pm. In addition there are night markets usually on a Friday between 5.00 and 9.00pm. The markets also offer school holiday activities so it is worth checking out their website for up to date information and times before you visit.

http://www.eumundimarkets.com.au/

Some helpful links:

http://www.noosastanduppaddle.com.au/

http://www.equathon.com/

http://noosahorses.com.au/

http://www.noosahorseriding.com.au/

http://www.eumundimarkets.com.au/

https://www.con-x-ion.com/

http://www.avis.com.au/car-rental/html/Landing/sem/au/qld/noosa-heads/nsa.html

http://www.thrifty.com.au/car-hire/noosa-heads.aspx

http://www.noosacarrentals.com.au/

https://www.hertz.com.au/rentacar/location/MCYN60

http://www.australiazoo.com.au/

http://www.gingerfactory.com.au/

http://www.underwaterworld.com.au

https://www.fraserfree.com.au/fraser-island-tours/from/sunshine-coast/

http://www.tourfraserisland.com.au/venture1.php

http://www.nprsr.qld.gov.au/parks/noosa/

http://www.nprsr.qld.gov.au/parks/noosa/

http://www.noosariverandcanalcruises.com.au/sunset-cruise

http://noosaqueen.com/content/sunset-river-cruise

http://www.noosacruisingrestaurant.com.au/cruises.html

http://www.visitnoosa.com.au/business-events-noosa/fraser-island-adventure-tours

http://www.gondolasofnoosa.com/

http://www.noosariverandcanalcruises.com.au/

http://www.oboathire.com/

http://thediscoverygroup.com.au/bar-b-canoe/

http://www.maroochydoreguide.com.au/noosa-river-everglades-afternoon-tea-cruise-lake-cootharaba-harrys-hut.html

Noosa National Park

Breathtaking Scenery and Natural Wonders at Noosa National Park

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If you’re staying in Noosa holiday accommodation, chances are you’re interested in seeing some of the spectacular natural beauty that brings national and international visitors to Noosa year after year. Noosa resorts are nestled just beside Noosa National Park, a stunning and expansive protected space that offers much to do and see while you are in the area, from dolphin and whale sightings to rainforest trails and picturesque coastlines available for hiking and relaxation.

This national park is one of the most beloved 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. Noosa 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.

The Coastline

Noosa National Park offers Noosa accommodation travellers 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.

Wildlife Sighting

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.

Alexandria Bay

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.

Granite Bay

Noosa National Park recently added new access options for travellers 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 a Noosa accommodation traveller could ask for. But 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. If you’re tuckered out after a long day of hiking, let Noosa penthouses bring you a little much-needed pampering. You’ll spend your evening enjoying spa services and an outdoor BBQ at your Noosa luxury accommodation.

Walking Distance To Noosa National Park

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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.

The Coastline

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.

Wildlife Sighting

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.

Alexandria Bay

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.

Granite Bay

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,

Beautiful Tea Tree Bay

Beautiful Tea Tree Bay

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.

 

 

 

 

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.

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!

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!

Noosa Dream Holiday Winners

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Thank you to everybody who took the time to enter our Dream Holiday competiton.

Noosa Holiday Winners

Noosa dream holiday

We received an incredible response and some very creative dream holidays – many of which have given us inspiration for exciting new packages.

Our congratulations go to Megan Olsen from Hervey Bay, Queensland!

Megan has won her own Noosa Dream Holiday creation….and it’s no longer just a dream.  We have now launched it as our newest package.  It’s called Megan’s Noosa Dream Holiday and it’s available for everyone to book and enjoy.  Just visit the Specials section of our website.

Here it is.  We hope you like it!

Megan’s Noosa Dream Holiday:

• 5 nights in a luxury 3 bedroom Premium Penthouse at Noosa Crest
• Dinner for 2 to the value of $100 at the fabulous Berardos Restaurant
• 18 holes golf at Noosa Springs
• Eumundi Markets experience for 2
• Noosa Dreamboats Cruise & lunch at Rickys River Restaurant for 2
• Champagne and chocolates on arrival
• Mini fondue set with chocolate, fruit & marshmallows
• Breakfast for 2 at Aromas on Hastings Street

Our congratulations also go to Bernadette Hendry from Brisbane.
Bernadette won our Facebook/Twitter prize of a dreamy weekend for 2 in a Premium Apartment at Noosa Crest.

To keep your dream alive, and to thank you for taking part in our competition – we invite you to take 20% off all apartments and penthouses at Noosa Crest (for stays of 3 or more nights) before 28 March 2013 – excluding Peak season & Noosa Triathlon. Just quote NOOSADREAM offer when booking.

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.

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