A Visitor’s Handbook To Exploring Noosa

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By Bianca Licina | 14th May 2024

Every year, Brisbanites flock to our coastal neighbour of Noosa. A stroll down Hastings Street, a hike up to Hell’s Gate or a splash in the clear blue bay will remind you why Noosa is the ultimate escape. 

Welcoming more than two million people every year to its sunny shores, it’s hard to deny that it’s one of Australia’s most popular destinations – and for good reason! Not only is it the home of one of the world’s best beaches (number 8th in the world to be precise), but it is host to a number of top-notch restaurants, bars, cafes and shops that are alone worth the trip up north. Blending the authentic Aussie beach culture with a Hampton-style flair, Noosa is a hit for families, couples, international visitors, and die-hard surfers alike, making for the place to be any time of the year. 

From spicy Asian fusion eateries to five-star hotels, we’ve curated a guide on where to eat, play and stay in Noosa. 


Locale Ristorante Bar

Anyone who frequents Noosa would tell you that Locale is an institution when it comes to elevated dining, Run by Amanda and Rio Capurso, this sleek eatery draws on traditional Italian recipes and offers a seasonally changing menu. Tucked in at the end of Hastings Street, Locale offers a relaxed yet sophisticated experience, perfect for both an intimate date night or a lively family dinner. Dishing up a seasonal menu and impressing with local ingredients, you can expect to find all your Italian favourites made to perfection. 

Bang Bang Noosa

Spice up your vacay with a visit to Bang Bang Noosa. Hailing also from Byron Bay, this ultra-cool eatery dishes up Southeast Asian cuisine with a modern twist. Indulge in their punchy flavours washed down by their delicious cocktails, whilst surrounded by lush greenery on Hastings Street. 


If fine dining and oceanfront views are what you’re after, then Sails Noosa is a no-brainer. The definition of a long, lazy lunch, you’ll find Sails not more than two steps from Laguna Bay, where elegant dishes paired with their impressive wine list are served. Think white tablecloths meets coastal cool – it doesn’t get more Noosa than that. 


Alterior Motif

Time to get out of the sun? Pop into Alterior Motif, the women’s clothing and lifestyle boutique sitting pretty on Hastings Street. Stocking the latest women’s fashion from cult-favourite brands like Silk Laundry, P.E. Nation and Blanca, prepare to do a little damage and leave with a heavier suitcase than the one you brought – trust us, it’s hard to resist!

Clo Studios

Nestled in quaint Noosa Heads you’ll find a carefully curated selection of homewares and interiors inspired by the global travels of mother-daughter duo, Trudy and Cghloe Tozer. Here, you’ll find bespoke wares of Australian makers such as Bonnie and Neil, Rachel Donath, and the Sunshine Coast; ‘s very own, Amanda Shadforth. We dare you to try leave empty-handed. 

Bow & Arrow

Stocking the uniform of a quintessential beach babe, Bow & Arrow is your one-stop shop for the ultimate summer wardrobe. From Senso, to TJ Swim and Araminta James, you can find all the latest and greatest clothing, jewellery, footwear, swimwear and accessories in this Hastings Street Boutique. 


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Ah, the serenity. Poised along the Main Beach boardwalk, wake up to ocean views at Seahaven. Luxurious, idyllic, and serene, these beachfront apartments epitomise the true essence of Noosa. Lounge away your day in ultimate luxury in one of their heated pools or spas, and enjoy its prime location just a few steps away from Hastings Street. Whether you’re booking a family trip, honeymoon or just a little me-time, experience true relaxation in one of Noosa’s most luxe resorts. 


Luxury is waking up to sea vistas before enjoying a hot coffee and buttery croissant from the adjoining cafe – heaven. Welcome to Netanya, Noosa’s premiere beachfront resort boasting ocean views, coastal design and all-round great vibes. Speaking the language of laid-back luxury, kick back and enjoy Noosa in all its glory in Netanya’s prime Hastings Street location. Not to mention, just an elevator away awaits Providore on Hastings, the charming eatery stocking gourmet groceries, artisan produce, coffee and fresh meals. Dine in or bring it up to your room to enjoy your goodies with a view!


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At Tingirana, experience the seamless blend of Hamptons’ sophistication and Noosa’s relaxed elegance.  Sitting pretty on the prestigious Hastings Street, Tingirana grants exclusive beachfront access, immersing its guests in mesmerizing views from its expansive apartments. With a stay that promises to be unforgettable, this luxury hotel delivers an iconic Noosa experience like no other.

By Bianca Licina Certified shopaholic, Bianca is happiest in her favourite pair of jeans with a piccolo latte in hand.




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