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….
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.