There’s something pretty special about Noosa. From the high-rise free coastline, to the lush national park and abundance of great eateries, you’d be hard pressed to find something not to like. And better yet, it’s all within cooee of Brisbane city.
And while this itinerary is full of things to eat, see and do, once the chilled vibe of Noosa takes over you may just want to kick back at the beach – and that’s ok too!
But for those who’d like to make a go of it and explore the best of everything the beachside haven has to offer, here’s our guide to how to spend 48 hours in Noosa.
6PM – ARRIVAL
After a 1.5 hour drive up the coast, check into your room at Netanya Resort. Set on Main Beach, this resort features ocean-facing balconies and the perfect pool for people watching. Check out your room and drop your bags, you’re ready for dinner.
7pm – DINNER
Keep it local and go for one of the restaurants on Hastings Street. After a long day at work followed by the drive, you don’t want to venture too far from being able to horizontal at a moment’s notice (i.e. bed). Bistro C is an oldie but a goodie, and with a menu that makes the most of the best local produce and seafood, it’s a sure bet.
9pm – DESSERT
Everyone knows the best place for an ice cream in Noosa is Massimos. Hand churned and made daily, the flavours change to reflect the best seasonal fruits. There’s pretty much always a queue though – but the wait is worth it.
9am – SURF’S UP!
Wake up early, grab a snack and hit the beach with a surf lesson at Learn To Surf. A two-hour group surfing lessons costs $65 and are coached by former Australian and World Pro Am champion Merrick Davis. With gentle waves, warm water all year round and Merrick’s fun approach to lessons, it’s the perfect place to learn.
11am – BRUNCH CLUB
All that surfing will have you starving, so after you’ve rinsed yourself off, hotstep it to brunch for a hearty feed. A Noosa institution Café Le Monde were pretty much the pioneers of importing Parisian style people watching and dining into the Queensland dining scene. Around since the mi 80s, this place serves up brunch until 2pm daily, so if you decided to sleep in and give the surfing a miss, you’ve got plenty of time to try their chilli spanner crab omelette.
2pm – SHOPPING
Hastings Street has had a mix bag of stores over the years, from the very expensive boutiques to chain stores, and some that have had pride of place for more than 20 years. Check out Bow & Arrow for clothing from home-grown designers like Alice McCall, Karen Walker and Sancia as well as international labels. You’ll smell Signature on Hastings before you see it, but this perfectly curated homewares store is a feast for all the senses. Stocked to the brim with candles, cushions, coffee table books, it’s a great place to pick up a unique gift or something for the home that’ll always remind you of Noosa. For a really special gift, Isabella’s Fine & Antique jewellery has some really stunning pieces. If your budget doesn’t stretch to making a purchase, a peek in the window display is pretty special too.
4pm – HIT THE BEACH
Once you’re sufficiently fed, head back to the hotel to chill then make sure you’ve lathered up the sunscreen, grabbed a hat, and a good book and find a spot on the sand in front of the resort. If you’d like to swim between the flags, head a little further to the right along the boardwalk for the patrolled swimming area. The beach isn’t particularly shady, so pack a shade cover or umbrella, or sit up under the pandanus trees if seeking refuge from the sun.
5:30pm – PRE-DRINKS
It’s time for a shower, a shave and a shift of locations. Head up to Eddie Cheebas at the junction – it’s about a 20-minute walk from Hastings Street. Noosa’s not known for its bar and club scene nor it’s reasonable prices, so since opening in March this brand new bar has been a hit. Serving up beer (via taps that hang from the ceiling), wine and street style Asian food in a casual setting, it’s a good choice for a laid-back drink and nibbles.
7:30 – DINNER
If you haven’t filled up on the street eats at Eddie Cheebas, head back to Hastings Street and stop in at Miss Moneypennys. The menu is expansive, with everything from pizzas to Mediterranean and Middle Eastern-inspired modern Australian dishes. They do some ripper cocktails here too, so be prepared to feel a bit dusty if you find like what you see on the menu.
8am – BREAKFAST
The Noosa Farmer’s markets is worth a visit, and opens from 6am every Sunday. For those who’d like a sleep in, they’re open to 12 and there’s usually still plenty of food available by 10. Start with coffee, then make your way through the stalls – there’s plenty to eat and drink with tasty smoothies, local produce sampling (helloooo halloumi) and tasty breakfast wraps worth wrapping your lips around.
10:30AM – Noosa National Park
This park is truly a breathtaking spot. Take the Coast Track to Hell’s Gate as it wraps around the stunning Noosa coastline. Watch the surfers making the most of the morning sun, take in the lush rainforest scenery and marvel at how lucky we are to live in such a beautiful part of the world. It’s a 2.5 hour easy to moderate hike, but absolutely worth it, so take some water, snacks if you really must – and make sure to give way to the runners.
12:30 – LUNCH
For a long time, Noosa was all fine dining and very little casual eateries. Back in the 90s the only place you could get a cheap feed close to the beach was Betty’s Beach Burgers serving up $1 burgers. This closed down in the early 00s, and for a while, there was limited causal options on offer. Then in 2014, with no association to the previous store, a Betty’s Burgers cropped up at the far end of Hastings Street. While not as cheap as the former namesake, taste-wise, they hold their own. A Betty’s classic burger, side of fries and a beer will set you back about $23.
1:30 – ICE CREAM
Since you’re up that end of the street anyway, you might as well quickly duck into Massimo’ s Gelataria. It wouldn’t be a trip to Noosa without multiple visits here anyway.
2:00 – TIME TO SAY GOODBYE
Well, that’s it. It’s time to head back to your room, pack your bags, and sign up for ‘well-paid jobs in Noosa” notifications on Seek before solemnly making your way back down the freeway. Until next time!
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