Sunshine State: Noosa in 48 hours

Sunshine State: Noosa in 48 hours

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Sunny, stunning Noosa is Australia’s answer to Hawaii – a picture perfect tropical paradise perched on one of Australia’s most beautiful stretches of sand

But that's not all it has going for it, Noosa is a beloved holiday hotspot not only for the gorgeous sunny climes but because it also boasts seriously fashion forward shopping, sublime eating and drinking and some of the most stunning coastal action in the Southern Hemisphere. Celebs flock here in droves as do regular sun seeking peops making it the perfect place to spend a long weekend or your full annual four week vacay allocation.

I've been holidaying on the reg in this gorgeous part of the world for years and I can admit that I'm a complete addict, once you've been bitten by the Noosa bug you'll need to pay this stunning playground an annual visit.

Getting there

Noosa is located on a gorgeous headlined bookended on one side by the Noosa National Rark and the other by the Noosa River. The best option is to fly into the Sunshine Coast Airport and hire a car for the half hour drive to this pandanus-lined paradise.


Noosa is a super popular holiday destination so there are a slew of sleeping options ranging from five star luxury to family friendly apartments. Location-wise Noosa's main drag, Hastings Street is the street to stay on - it's on the beach and boasts all the best restaurants and shopping. It also has a ton of places to stay including the recently refurbished five star luxe Sofitel Noosa Pacific Resort Hotel and beachfront apartments in complexes like La Mer or The Breakers.

Sofitel Noosa

Or if you're looking for breathtaking views and don't mind some extra cardio opt in for one of the resort apartment complexes just off Hastings Street up the hill on Noosa Drive. The Rise and Noosa Crest are the best of the bunch offering completely knockout vistas, gorgeous swimming pools and all the mod cons (kitchen, laundry etc). If you can get in, Number 1 Hastings Street is another top-notch option - it books out 12 months so book early.

 Noosa Crest


Morning: After a swim in the gloriously balmy Noosa Beach walk straight off the sand to Season Restaurant Noosa - this open-air beachside all day diner plates up some seriously good breakfast options: think house made granola, light-as-air pancakes, a fruit plate so fresh it tastes like it came straight from the orchard to your plate.

Season Restaurant Noosa

Or if you're feeling like a to-go option, cute new French patisserie, Noosa Hot Bread Shop, at the French Quarter end of Hastings Street is where you need to be - the queues out the door say everything you need to know about this mouth-watering gem stacked with just-baked croissants, artisanal bread, quiches, fresh squeezed juices and connoisseur level coffee.

Noosa Hot Bread Shop coffee

Midday: One of the best things about Noosa is the people watching - it's a holiday hotspot for sporting, media and entertainment celebs incognito in their resort gear best... And the best place to view all this action? Aromas. This European-style café in the heart of Hastings Street offers prime viewing position with their street facing tables- it also kills it on the lunch front with a menu filled with all your lunchbox faves from fresh cut sandwiches to salads to heartier nosh like crisp calamari and French fries. Or if you're feeling beachside - hit Bistro C, this mod oz restaurant offers pews with views with a side of gourmet food.

Aromas Noosa

Evening: Noosa is stacked with world-class dine out evening options and the top of the pops is Rickys River Bar and Restaurant on the Noosa River. A hop skip and a jump up the road from Hastings Street in Quamby Place this contemporary restaurant is a show-stopper. Expect exceptionally fresh, seasonally driven, locally-sourced flavours in the chicest of spaces.

Rickys Restaurant Noosa

Right next door to Rickys is the best Japanese in the 4567 postcode, Wasabi. The food here is mind-blowingly good. But, if you can't drag yourself away from beachfront, Sails is a divine modern Australian noshery or if you're in the mood for a good looking Italian hit Locale at the end of the street. If celeb chefs are your jam book directly into Noosa Beach House by Peter Kuruvita (the fish curry is to die for).

Anytime: Retro cool Betty's Burgers on the corner of Hastings Street and Noosa Drive plates up the best chef-made burgers in town with constant queues speaking to how good this diner is. And of course then there's the ice cream - Noosa wouldn't be Noosa without all the gourmet scoop stands - Massimo's Gelateria does an elevated line in hand made creamy gelato flavours (think: hazelnut, white chocolate), Ben and Jerry does old school everything-but-the-kitchen-sink sundaes or for the #cleaneater hankering for a chill palate pleaser without the guilt head to Blended Health Bar which serves up the best frozen yoghurt in town.

 Betty's Burgers image Metropolist


Noosa Main Beach: lay out your towel and dive into the crystal clear, balmy waters of one of the most beautiful beaches in Australia. For the more adventurous, snorkel around to Little Cove - the picture perfect miniature version of big sister, Noosa Main Beach. This beach is so divine it's easy to spend an entire holiday on its white sandy shores with zero guilt for not exploring further afield.

Noosa Main Beach

Noosa National Park: throw on your Nikes and jog or walk around this stunning coastal track. Spoiler alert - if you make it all the way around the headland you may end up at Noosa's unofficial nudist beach, Alexandria Bay.

Get active: stand up paddle boarding around the Noosa River is a gorgeous way to get some cardio in as well as score a view of all the multi million dollar riverside real estate. The easiest place to hire from is the jetty behind the Sofitel from Boardwalk Boats  which takes you directly to the river.  Or hire a bike ride around town with a pit stop at Noosa Sound where the river meets the sea. Deep sea fishing is another option for the sports or amateur fisherman.

Fraser Island: Australia's largest sand island, Fraser Island, is accessed from sunny Noosa. Book a 4WD or hop a tour for the super charged drive up the sand to this stunning spot. Pack your swimmers for a dip in one of the clear fresh water swimming holes.

Fraser Island


Unlike most holiday towns where kitsch is king, Noosa is a designer destination. Walk from one end of Hastings Street to the other and you'll be loaded up with killer new threads from designer denim shorts to the latest Frank and Eileen shirts to Camilla swimwear to Orlebar Brown's fashion forward swimming trunks for gents. Notable mention to Bowery 475 at the French Quarter end of Hastings Street which boasts an epic edit of cool kid brands like Spring Court, Frank and Eileen, Ellery and Sundry.


The best turn-back-time facial in town comes courtesy of Aqua Day Spa at the Sofitel Hotel. Choose from uber luxe La Prairie or marine science Thalgo and just let those clever therapists bring on the youth. If you're looking for a massage book into the tranquil Sensaura day spa which is just next to the Sofitel on Hastings Street - your body will thank you.

Aqua Day Spa

If the National Park run isn't cardio enough, head to F45 down at Noosa Junction - group circuit training that will whip you into bikini-ready form in no time. 

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