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A local’s guide to Noosa

Everything you need to know about Queensland’s worst kept secret


Whether it’s a much anticipated holiday or a spontaneous weekend getaway, Noosa has to be one of our top picks.

You can get there in under 2 hours from Brisbane or 30 mins from the Sunshine Coast airport. Stunning beaches, top restaurants, luxurious accommodation and as much or as little to do as you feel inclined. Here are some ideas to get you started or simply dreaming.

Where to stay

There’s nothing like a glass of champagne and a Noosa sunset and not much can better the view from your beachfront balcony overlooking Laguna Bay. 

Both Netanya Noosa and Fairshore Apartments are located beachside on Hastings street.If you’re after a little bit of extra pampering then the Sofitel Noosa is for you.

Where to dine

Where to begin… Relax and unwind in cocktail heaven at Mrs Moneypenny’s one of our favourites is the zesty Botanical Smash.

For the best of locally inspired produce and service, try Locale for superb traditional Italian fare. If you’re after modern Australian fare and beachside views, Bistro C is a local’s favourite.

If you are look a little further afield take a walk or ride to Ricky’s Noosa’s iconic River Bar and Restaurant serving modern European cuisine overlooking the beautiful Noosa River. 

Or why not head to Sum Yung Guys at Sunshine Beach, a short cab ride away and you are hip hop and happening. With their amazing Asian fusion menu, great atmosphere and service you’re in for a true dining experience.

Most of the above have all day dining and booking in peak season is essential for most.

What to do

A trip to Noosa wouldn’t be complete without a walk through the Noosa National Park, a stroll up the hill from Hastings St. It has been described as “an evergreen slice of coastal bliss” with walking paths and secluded beaches abound it is the perfect start to the day.

Head to the Eumundi Markets (on every Wednesday and Saturday), possibly the most famous markets in Australia featuring locally made artisan treasures, fresh local produce and natural therapies.

Upskill your pallet with a cooking class in contemporary Asian cuisine at The Spirit House in Yandina.

Noosa The-spirit-house-yandina

Hastings Street and the surrounding areas boast some terrific and unique shopping options. Our favourites are Eclectic Style for furniture and homewares that will put the exotic in your life. 

Gibsons a contemporary concept store with gifts, designer homewares, a licensed cafe and catering service. And the Peregian Village Market a quirky one-off retail outlets and cafe precinct with a laid back coastal vibe.

Something for you

It’s time for some self indulgence and you deserve it. Put the balance back in your life at Aloha Active, a boutique hot yoga and pilates studio at the Noosa Blue Resort.

Massage those cares away at the Ikatan day spa, put your best foot forward with a pedicure and toast a gorgeous day overlooking the river all at the same time.

But the real self-care starts and ends Massimos, the most famous ice creamery in the region.


This is but a grain of sand, a drop in the azure waters of this tropical paradise when it comes to spending time and “doing” Noosa… But you must agree, it’s a very appealing start.

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