Over the Christmas period Noosa becomes what the Hamptons are to New York. It provides the classic beach escape from the city, for anyone of any age. And everyone can afford Noosa – the place crawls with backpackers, boaties, fisherman, the rich and the average man and his dog. Because Noosa is not too far from Brisbane it can also be a great day trip or weekend getaway at any time of the year.
Ricky’s – Although a bit of a walk from the main strip, it’s right on the river’s edge and is an annual gathering place for our family. The fine dining establishment has a limited menu which never disappoints and delicious cocktails that go down a treat on a hot summer’s day.
Bistro C – Right on the beach and the main boardwalk, Bistro C is best for breakfast or lunch. The menu is also quite small but each dish served is to die for. At lunch don’t go past ordering the salt and pepper calamari.
Massimo’s – The best gelato in the whole world – we sometimes go to Noosa just for Massimo’s. There will always be a line but the wait is so worth while.
Noosa Beach House – This is well known Australian chef, Peter Kuruvita’s latest venture and brings his signature modern dishes with a strong local seafood focus to Hastings Street. During the day they offer up Mexican-inspired snacks and finer dining after dark.
Miss Money Penny’s – A new bar at the end of Hastings Street this little place plays live music and serves up delightful cocktails.
Surf Club – For the casual drink to end a hard day of relaxing head to the Noosa Surf Club and watch the sun set over Main Beach.
Get Beached – There is always the famous Main Beach but if you go for a walk through Noosa National Park, you’ll discover the cute little beaches hidden along the pathway (such as Tea Tree Bay and Little Cove).
Hell’s Gate – Bush walk up to Hell’s Gate and back, through the National Park and along the coastline. Round trip takes about an hour from the park entrance, depending on your speed.
Shop Hastings – Hastings Street is one of the best spots to go shopping. Hosting popular retail stores along with small boutiques and surfer hangouts, Hastings Street has something for everyone.
Surf Lessons – Boasting some of the best beaches and water off the coast of Australia, you’ll find it is surfers galore here. And with the waves not always being 5ft tall it is perfect for beginners.
River Cruise – Relax and get yourself away from the beach life for two seconds and experience the other part of what makes Noosa so special – the river. Take a river cruise along Noosa River or hire your own boat and go fishing.
Stand-up paddle board (SUP) – We’ve already let you know SUPing is some of the best exercise you can get – it is also a lot of fun. And what better place to SUP than through the Noosa waterways with gorgeous views and calm waters.
The Sebel – Right in the heart of Hastings Street so its easy to walk everywhere. It has all the facilities of a hotel, but the rooms are spacious and most have a small kitchenette, making them ideal for an overnight stay.
Bella Casa – Centrally located apartments overlooking Hastings Street, perfect for a family or group of friends.
Las Rias – Great self-catering apartments overlooking the mouth of Noosa River. Easy access into Main beach and Hastings Street and a great place if you have your own boat or jet-ski. Books out very quickly!