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A traveller's guide to Noosa, Australia

May 23, 2018

Located on the Southern Queensland Sunshine Coast

 

Noosa is by far one of my favourite places I’ve visited in Australia so far. The people are friendly, the views across the ocean are spectacular and there’s a great café culture. There is a little something for everyone, with plenty to see and do.

 

Read below to find out where to eat, stay and things to enjoy!

 

EAT

 

Noosa Food and Wine Festival celebrates Australia’s best food and wine across a long weekend each year in May. Famous chefs, upcoming foodies, bloggers and locals all flood to Noosa for the festival. And why wouldn’t you? There’s enough food to fill your boots, yoga classes in tipis at the beach and well-renowned chefs offering demos on the main stage.

 

Restaurants and local eateries also join in, and offer classes throughout the weekend to help you improve on your cooking skills, or simply enjoy cocktails and all things a little naughty.

Luckily, we planned our visit to make sure we were in Noosa for the festival weekend! Here’s a sneak peak of what the festival looks like, and if you’re planning to go in 2019, what you might expect.

 

 

 

For coffee addicts like myself, finding a decent coffee is crucial for the perfect start to the day. I took a walk along one of Noosa’s busiest street, Hastings Street and came across number 10. With a bar and stools overlooking the street, I couldn’t resist! There’s nothing better than watching the world go buy with a cup of coffee in hand, right? The coffee was delicious, and there was a lovely little ‘newspaper’ created by the café to get stuck into. It was lovely to read the story behind the business, the family running it and snippets of information about the staff.

 

Recommended: The Bircher Bowl (see my Instagram for a sneak peak)

 

If you have a family, or you’re in the mood for yummy sourdough pizza without breaking the bank, head to El Capitano. It’s not a fine-dining restaurant by any means but is lively, buzzy and the food is great. We shared a pizza, some char-grilled broccoli (trying to make this naughty outing slightly healthy!) and I might have had a couple of gin cocktails too.. No wonder I am recommending this.

 

Recommended: Wild Mushroom Pizza Bianca

 

 

SEE & DO

 

A scenic walk along the coastline

If you enjoy walking, and more importantly need to walk off the delicious foods you’ve been consuming, make sure you do the Noosa to Sunshine beach coastal walk. The walk takes you alongside the coast line the whole way offering truly spectacular views and takes you across two beaches, including one nudist beach if that’s what tickles your fancy.

 

When you reach Sunshine beach, walk along the beach until you reach a small white building peaking out of the trees. The local surf life savers club is located just behind and offers delicious lunches, coffees and drinks to enjoy. If you love seafood, order the prawns – they’re big and juicy!

 

Distance: 10.8k or 5.4k one way

 

Beach day!

Seeking a relaxing day at the beachside? No problem. Noosa main beach is gorgeous, spacious and not overcrowded. You can go paddle boarding on the water too if you’re looking for a not-so-strenuous activity. Walk further down along the board walk (the beginning of the Noosa to Sunshine beach walk) and there are more secluded beaches if you’re seeking some privacy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Image Credit: Visit Noosa Website

 

Shopping along Hastings Street

Especially on holiday, I can’t seem to help myself for exploring the shops and buying one too many pieces of clothing. And Noosa is the perfect place to top up your summer wardrobe.  There are plenty of independent clothes shops dotted around and they’re not too pricey either.

JoJo is a great place to start on the corner, next to Ben & Jerrys (convenient!). They sell super cute dresses and long beach dresses too.

 

Let me know if you've discovered any more great places in Noosa which I should add to my list. 

 

Useful tip: If you're driving into Noosa and looking for a parking spot, head to the end of Hastings Street. The parking at the end is completely free all day long, which will save you some pennies!

 

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