A food and wine lovers guide to Noosa
If your taste-buds drive your travel decisions, let them steer you right into Noosa.
While most people come here for its coastal beauty, beach lifestyle and lush hinterland, leading chefs and food lovers know that behind its golden coastline, Noosa has award-winning restaurants, cafes and bars waiting for you to taste and try. Not to mention, it’s home to one of the biggest food and wine festivals of the year.
MAKE A RESERVATION AT…
Noosa Waterfront Restaurant & Bar
Love Italian food? Well, the chefs at the Noosa Waterfront Restaurant & Bar have a reputation around here for creating the finest Italian dishes. And it’s located beside the river, so you can dine and let nature spark the romance with an amazing water view sunset.
If that isn’t romantic enough, impress your date and arrange for your private gondola to pick you up from right in front of the restaurant.
You’ll find the jubilant Rococo Bistro amidst the hustle and bustle of Hastings Street.
Serving delicious contemporary cuisines and vintage wines, it’s easy to see why it’s an award-winning restaurant. You’ll only need to skim the menu to know that any dish you order will send your taste-buds on a journey.
And while you enjoy your meal, you’ll be entertained by live music. Rococo is known for treating their guests to live musical performances, from jazz to cabaret.
You can’t visit a coastal town and not try the local seafood. So, indulge your senses and try the freshly shucked oysters at Season Restaurant.
Overlooking Noosa Main Beach, this local favourite serves up freshly caught seafood, including Mooloolaba prawns.
Open for breakfast as well, this is the perfect spot to grab your morning coffee and get your day started.
Psst! You should try their buttermilk pancakes. They. Are. Phenomenal.
ENJOY A DRINK AT…
The Locale Noosa is neatly tucked away near the first roundabout on Hastings Street.
It’s a trendy little bar and restaurant and their mixologists can conjure up an array of signature cocktails. So, if you’re looking to try a new drink, this is where you’ll find it.
Prefer wine? Their bar is stocked with bottles of fine wine including a selection of local and imported whites, reds, rose and champagne.
The Boathouse Sunset Bar
Open from 4pm every day, the Boathouse Sunset Bar will give you serious feels.
Picture this: you’re standing on the roof-top bar, listening to live music, watching the sunset, and the best part that is you’re sipping on your favourite cocktail!
When you get peckish, order a share plate of salt and pepper calamari to complete your sunset drinks experience. Yum!
GO WINE TASTING AT…
Flame Hill Vineyard
Head into the Sunshine Coast Hinterland and up to the highest point in Montville where you’ll find the Flame Hill Vineyard; a property proving that there’s so much fresh produce on the Sunshine Coast.
Truly encompassing the paddock-to-plate style, their estate wines are 100% hand-harvested from vines on the property. And, you can make it your mission to taste your way through a selection of their finest bottles.
Bring your camera, because the scenery is picture-perfect. And while you’re up there, explore the gorgeous Kondalilla Falls.
Maleny Mountain Wines
If you’re up for a wine tasting adventure, take a day trip south of Noosa to Maleny Mountain Wines.
This rustic, country themed winery is hard to miss on your drive into Maleny. In fact, you’ll spot ‘The Big Barrel’ from a mile away.
Inside their 8-metre high showroom, you’re bound to find a wine that suits your palate. Their range includes reds, whites, fortifieds and even sweet dessert wines.
WHEN TO VISIT NOOSA
The best time for food lovers to visit Noosa is in Autumn when the Noosa Food and Wine Festival is in full swing.
Running over 4 epic days from 17-20 May 2018, this event celebrates what makes eating out in Australia great. From fresh seafood to hand-harvested wines, it showcases the very best food, wines and culinary talent from Australia and around the world.
The festival kicks off with an opening cocktail party on Noosa Main Beach where you may even get a chance to rub shoulders with your favourite celebrity chefs.
From daily Yoga and Pilates sessions to winery tours and long lunches, this gala extraordinaire gives food and wine enthusiasts the chance to partake in over 30 events.
FESTIVAL EVENTS TO LOOK OUT FOR:
The Festival Village
The heart of the Noosa Food and Wine Festival will give festival-goers a chance to relish, relax and explore. From the Courier-Mail Producers Pavilion to the stylish Pimm’s Garden Party, you can meet chefs, taste local produce and enjoy fine wines, ciders and craft beer.
A Seafaring Adventure
Let Noosa chef Andy Davies take your taste-buds on the ultimate seafood adventure. Together with local fishermen, they’ll share their favourite fishing stories while serving fresh seafood straight from raw open bars, fire pits and wood ovens.
The Long Table Lunch
Be there when Hastings Street transforms into the dining event of the century. They literally shut this iconic street down for an afternoon of feasting.
It’s the only event of the festival where Noosa can dine together at one long table. This three-course feast is prepared by leading chefs and matched with King Valley wines.
With Noosa Main Beach on one side and the lively Hastings Street on the other, your stay at Netayna Noosa will be anything but dull.
They boast a Guest Cellar and their lobby provides easy access to Providore on Hastings, a gourmet deli and fresh produce market where you can dine in or gather ingredients to cook in your apartment.
The Rise Noosa
If you prefer staying somewhere a little more relaxing and intimate, trade the nightlife for quiet evenings at The Rise Noosa.
Don’t worry, you’ll still have easy access to restaurants and cafés with Hastings Street being a 5-minute stroll from your front door. Think of it as your chance to fit in a little bit of exercise between grazing periods.
Peppers Noosa Resort & Villas
Stephanie’s Ocean Spa inside the resort offers the ultimate relaxation experience for couples. This includes a private massage, Vichy rain therapy treatment and a detox steam room.
ADD THESE TO YOUR MUST-DO LIST:
Noosa Hinterland Tour
Take your love for food and wine on the road with a tasting tour with Noosa Hinterland Tours. Starting in Mapleton, this tour is off the beaten track and the best part is you can be picked up, and dropped off back in Noosa.
The Everglades are Noosa’s best kept secret. Tucked away in the Noosa Biosphere and protected by the Great Sandy National Park, it’s one of only two everglades in the whole wide world. Although your holiday is all about tingling your taste-buds, the Noosa Everglades will tingle all your other senses.
Noosa Coastal Track
Take advantage of Noosa’s access to the ocean and explore part (or all) of the 5.4km Noosa Coastal Track which stretches around the National Park headland.
The best views and photo opportunities are at Boiling Point and Hells Gates Lookouts. So, don’t forget to pack your walking shoes.
HAVE YOU HAD A FOOD & WINE HOLIDAY IN NOOSA?
This post was originally published in 2017 and was updated on 28 March 2018.