48 hours in Noosa
Just say the word “Noosa” and a touch of glamour comes to mind. The chic beachside village gets under your skin and gives you the kind of beach holiday memories you’ll talk about decades. Its a place that balances designer shopping and celebrity-chef restaurants with a chilled-out vibe and a beach that could #breakinstagram. But what I love most about it is, it can provide the most unexpected kind of RnR, even if you’ve only got a weekend to spare!
5pm: Walk through Noosa National Park
Walk to the southern end of Noosa’s main beach and continue past the Surf Club to join the pathway into Noosa National Park. A stroll around to Little Cove takes only around 10 minutes but you’ll instantly feel like you’ve uncovered a secluded paradise. Continue on past the kiosk (or if you make it there before they close, grab some carrot and walnut cake to go!) as far as your legs (and the sunlight) will take you. Don’t forget your camera.
8pm: Cocktail hour
Kick off the weekend with sundowners at Miss Moneypenny’s on Hastings Street. On the weekend we visited, the Noosa Jazz Festival was in full swing, meaning the place was pumping. Try the Istanbul Old Iced Tea – gin and quince liqueur shaken with elderflower cordial juice and cucumber topped with Turkish apple tea. Mmm, fresh!
9am: Go organic
Start your morning out right with a trip to Belmondos in Noosaville (and stock up on supplies for the weekend). This industrial space houses all manner of local and organic pantry goods, fresh fruit and veg, a deli counter filled with sandwiches, salads and quiches, sourdough bread and other treats from Tanglewood Bakery and fresh cold-pressed juices from Noosa Cleanse.
But one of the biggest stars here is the coffee from Clandestino Roasters – the beans are roasted on site, they have three organic coffee lines, and your coffee comes out with a label to explain where your caffeine hit has been sourced from.
11am: Get a haircut, yer hippie
If you need a bit of a beard trim or a whole new hipster look, head to the men’s shed heaven of Captain Sip Sop‘s – a killer barber/surfboard shaper/surf shop combination. If you’re visiting on a Saturday, be sure to pre-book because cut-throat shaves are to groomsmen what mani-pedis are to bridesmaids and brides!
Dancing Eating in the street
Hungry? Go straight to Jimmy Fox at Noosaville. Order the pulled pork tacos (if they’re available). Do not pass GO. This cute little cafe also serves up mean burgers on fresh house-made buns, great coffee and tasty refined sugar-free treats! Everything here is made from scratch and you can taste the difference. It’s laid-back, no-fuss and eco-friendly fare that’ll keep you going all afternoon.
3pm: I’m on a boat!
There’s no better way to see another side of Noosa than hiring one of Malu Os’ gondala-esque electric boats and cruising the Noosa River, checking out the waterfront real estate and pulling over to your own private beaches along the way. BYO nibbles and a bottle of wine and cue that seafaring playlist!
8pm: Put your fancy pants on
If you only have one dinner out while you’re in Noosa, be sure to make it at Noosa Beach House. SBS cooking show chef Peter Kuruvita is behind the A-class menu and this is one of those dining experiences you’ll salivate over long after dessert (sadly) ends. The spiced duck with oat crumble, medjool date, cavalo nero and dehydrated grapes is a winner if you’re looking to surprise your tastebuds. And if you hate making decisions, book in for the degustation – five courses for $100 (or $160 with matching wines).
8am: Enjoy your digs
If you’re staying beachfront, somewhere like Seahaven, you’ll definitely want to leave some room in the itinerary for some serious chilling. The ground-floor rooms here have the added benefit of beach access, just a few short steps from your outdoor sun lounge. Life’s really tough sometimes.
10am: Ice-cream for breakfast
Stroll across the road to 10 Hastings for a fresh acai bowl and a coffee, while you flick through the Sunday paper and contemplate the day ahead. They’ve got great cold-pressed juices and freshly baked cakes and muffins, too.
11am: Alright stop, market time
If you’re in town on the first or third Sunday of the month, drive 10 minutes south to Peregian for their beachfront markets. With everything from fresh fruit and veg, organic tea and spices and plants through to beach towels, hammocks and concrete pots for your succulents, they’re the perfect spot for some retail therapy or gift-buying.
1pm: On guard!
Take a short drive into the hinterland and go back in time, to the 1100s to be precise, at The Imperial Lionheart Hotel in Eumundi. This veritable icon recently went through a makeover of knightly proportions to become a castle filled with quirky King Richard I-themed decor, while upstairs the breezy Green Room occupies the wide Queenslander verandah. Grab a schooner of your favourite craft ale and a $12 burger on Sundays.
3pm: Be a bookworm
Berkelow Books in Eumundi is one of those places you can just lose yourself in for hours. As well as new tomes and loads of quirky gifts, they have over 100,000 secondhand books and a secret stash of rare, out-of-print titles. If you’re travelling with someone who’s not so into pithy prose, send them into the adjoining coffee shop while you browse.