Noosa, Queensland

Posted on July 28, 2012

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Our love affair with Noosa has been going on for a few years now.

We keep going back and each time we have stayed at the same place on the Noosa River.

Here’s the view from the deck. It steps directly on to a little boardwalk. Then straight on to the sand.

The kids can jump straight in to the water for a splash or a paddle.

This area is known as Noosa Sound as it is where the river connects with inlets leading to Lake Weyba.

The river is lovely and sandy and over towards the mangroves on the north shore there are huge sandbanks. Every morning there is a guy who paddle boards past with his dog on the front of the board. They head to the sandbank where the dog proceeds to run around and then swims for a bit before they paddle back home again. It’s a happy sight seeing them go past every day. The dog looks like it is in doggy heaven.

Noosa is such an easy place to enjoy. Within minutes of arriving you feel “ah I’m relaxed now”. It has everything you could want – great coffee, food, shops – but with the holiday vibe.

Our last visit was arranged around arriving on my birthday. We had champagne on the deck then walked along the beach and across the bridge to dinner at our favourite restaurant Ricky’s.

Photo courtesy of Ricky’s website

Ricky’s Riverside Bar & Restaurant sits on the edge of the river. In fact the Noosa Ferry stops right outside. There is a little park and children’s playground adjacent, giving the kids room to run about. It looks very glamorous but it really is a very friendly place that welcomes families. The kids menu includes what my son says is the “best Spaghetti Bolognese ever”. Personally the Spanner Crab Spaghettini is my favourite. Ricky’s is in Quamby Place where there are a number of restaurants (including the chef hat awarded Wasabi), a mini supermarket, a fish & chip shop plus a cafe.

From Noosa Sound it is about a 15 minute walk to Noosa Heads Main Beach. The beach boardwalk is lined with lush Pandanus Palms.

Beside the beach is the main drag of Hastings Street which is full of activity with cafes, bars, restaurants and some fantastic shopping. Hastings Street is also packed with accommodation, mainly apartments and apartment hotels.

We always love to enjoy a meal on the boardwalk at Berardo’s Bistro The food is as incredible as the view.

At the east end of Main Beach is the Noosa Heads Surf Club which is also an excellent place for a meal overlooking the beach.

Noosa has lots of faces. There is the quiet riverside, the cosmopolitan centre of Hastings Street, the stunning vistas of Noosa Hill and another is the Little Cove area. Friends who always stay at Little Cove love this very special corner. Surrounded by trees and on the edge of the Noosa National Park, it is tropical and gorgeous.

The Noosa National Park has a beautiful coastal path with postcard perfect views back to Main Beach and up the coast. Once we spotted a koala in the wild in the national park which was just magic.

Noosa is great for cycling. We like to head straight to Adventure Sports Noosaville to hire Bike On bikes.  Nothing like an early morning ride along the river then a coffee watching the pelicans and the ferry go by. Or perhaps a late morning cycle into Main Beach for a swim followed by bite to eat at one of the boardwalk restaurants.

Another fun way to see Noosa is to hire a little motor boat and spend a couple of hours on the Noosa River. There are a number of boat hire places along the river at Noosaville. We use Pelican Boat Hire.

Sunset over the Noosa River. Another day in paradise.

Travel Notes:

Noosa is at the northern end of The Sunshine Coast in Queensland, Australia.

Brisbane Airport to Noosa is just under 2 hours drive via the Bruce Highway.

Sunshine Coast Airport at Marcoola is about 40 minutes south of Noosa.

There are holiday rentals aplenty in Noosa & we’ve enjoyed the services of the following agencies:

Dowling & Neylan Real Estate

Richardson & Wrench Noosa Holidays

Ray White Real Estate

Plus lots of resorts, hotels, apartment hotels including:

The Sebel

Sheraton

The Outrigger

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