Queensland’s beautiful Sunshine Coast holds a special place in the hearts of both of us. You may have already read B’s wonderful guide to Maleny, which focuses on the beautiful hinterland area, but what about our infamous beaches and stunning National Park? And where can you find the best seafood and icecream? Well dear readers look no further because our Quick Guide to the Noosa is here.
Things to do and Places to see
Noosa is well known for its shops and restaurants but the beach and natural beauty are really what draw the crowds. Our favourite spots and things to do are:
- Main Beach: Usually pretty calm and often a little crowded, Main Beach is great for swimming, tanning, and people watching. This is really the heart of Noosa. Surfers can also paddle out past the rocks from here to catch some great waves.
- Little Cove: Just a short walk up hill towards Noosa National Park, lies Little Cove. This is a popular spot for locals and is a lot quieter than Main Beach.
- Noosa National Park: This place is seriously gorgeous and it’s hard to believe it is so close to bustling Hastings Street. It’s a great way to get active
- Learn to Surf, go sea kayaking or have a paddleboard down the Noosa river – you can also do a river cruise if that’s you’re kind of thing.
- Noosa Farmer’s Market: Operating every Sunday morning, you can get amazing local produce, gorgeous fresh flowers, and a coffee to keep you going all in the one place.
Eat and Drink
- Berardos – this is our pick for a special occasion. The food, wine list and service are all amazing and the setting is perfect for a date. The degustation menu and 3 course locals menu are pretty good value as well.
- Sails – is a Noosa establishment. Great views and a huge selection of amazing seafood, keep us coming back!
- Bistro C – beach front views and fresh local produce make this place a must!
- Massimo’s Gelateria – the queue for a sweet treat from Massimo’s is well worth the wait.
- Cafe Le Monde – this place does an epic Seafood sharing platter…and reasonably priced breakfasts.
- Zachary’s – do the best pizza on the Sunshine Coast, and some pretty good cocktails too. This place is great for casual catch ups with friends.
The closer to Hasting’s Street the better in our opinion. You don’t want to have to drive to the beach
- Halse Lodge – If you’re backpacking or on a budget, this is a great option for you. It’s in a fantastic location just a short walk from the beach and it’s got it’s own bar and restaurant if you’re looking for a cheap pub meal.
- Noosa Blue – a little further away from Main Beach, this place is great for couples or families…you’ll also get a great workout, making your way back up the hill after a day of sun-bathing.
- Noosa Sebel – our favourite! The Sebel is in the heart of Hasting’s Street and is perfect for a romantic weekend away.
- Mantra French Quarter – A great mid-range option on Hasting’s Street – and also really close to Massimo’s!
Hasting’s Street is known for its shopping so spend some time visiting the local boutiques and galleries. Be sure to check out Lamington for cute home wears, artwork and stationary and Noosa Longboards for surfboards, togs and apparel.