Just over an hours drive north of Brisbane is the gorgeous Sunshine Coast and the very popular Noosa Heads.
Amazing all year round, we decided to venture up for a winter weekend escape. We chose to stay at the Mantra French Quarter. It’s very well located at the National Park end of Hastings Street, however not being on the beach side of the road, is a lot better priced while still enjoying the prime location. Newly renovated pool area is really good. Lots of space and the service from staff at the hotel was exceptional.
There are so many great activities to do in Noosa. We chose to spend a day with the girls from Kayak Noosa. Erica, Jane and Robyn all have national level experience with Kayaking so combined with their local area knowledge, they took us on an adventure around the National Park, stopping for morning tea at Tea Tree Bay. Was so much fun. Highly recommend this.
Easily one of our favourite (and definitely popular with tourists) things in Noosa is its National Park. A short walk from Hastings Street, you can walk for as little or long as you like along the pathways with views through the tress to the gorgeous beaches below.
We would definitely recommend to make time to stop and have a swim at one of the many beaches or the rock pools in the National Park. They are just amazing.
Of course one of the great things about Noosa is that nothing is too far away. Once we arrived at our hotel, we parked the car and pretty much did not need to use it again. Hastings Street is great for wandering through all the quirky shops or having coffee/lunch/dinner at one of the many cafes or restaurants. There are plenty to choose from, all in a range of prices from cheap take away to amazing restaurants where you can spend a lazy afternoon. The main beach is also just on the other side of Hastings Street – The Mantra offer beanbags for hire that you can take to the beach and relax for the day.
Some of the restaurants we visited and loved were:
Cafe Le Monde – one of the longest running restaurants – and for good reason. Great for breakfast, lunch or dinner, very relaxed style and good food and coffee
Bistro C – on the beach so beautiful setting. Great food featuring local produce
Noosa Heads Surf Club – again on the beach so great location, cheap food and great for a sunset Champagne on the balcony
El Capitano Pizzeria and Bar – upstairs from Cafe Le Monde – great pizzas and cocktails
And finally, you cannot visit Noosa without taking in at least one sunrise or sunset for the many amazing locations of course with a picnic blanket and a glass of champagne. Our favourites were here at Noosa River, Laguna Lookout off Viewland Drive, Noosa Heads Main Beach, or if you are adventurous, take a walk through the National Park to the point at Alexandria Bay and looking back down Sunshine Beach – this one is best for sunrise