Beautiful Noosa, Queensland

Beautiful Noosa, Queensland

I can’t believe it took us this long to discover Noosa – what a gorgeous place! We recently visited this beautiful beach town located about an hour and half North of Brisbane and we loved it. Plan your trip there now – gorgeous!

Getting there:

The closest airport is the Sunshine Coast airport – which is about 30 minutes away. Since we were using points and there aren’t as many flights to Sunshine – we decided to fly into Brisbane Airport, rent a car and drive up. If you do decide to drive up from Brisbane – you can visit a few spots along the way that were recommended to us. We actually didn’t visit any of these (because we were severely hung over – oops!), but we absolutely meant to ūüôā

Where to Stay:

We stayed at the Sheraton Noosa. Though it was pricey, it was in a perfect location and the hotel was awesome. Rooms were beautiful, great pool with a swim-up bar, close to everything and steps from the beach. We had some friends that were staying in a serviced apartment down the road that they liked so as long as you stay in that area – you should be good.

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Our room at the Sheraton Noosa

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Check out the view from our hotel room at the Sheraton Noosa.

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View of the pool while lounging in one of the orange tent chairs...

 What to do:

There isn’t much honestly…which is exactly why we loved it. What we did in no particular order –

  • Went to the beach several times a day
  • Lay by the pool
  • Went for morning hikes in the nearby national park to some of the secluded beaches (check out Tea Tree beach – adorbs!)
  • Had dinner out every night (see where to eat below)
  • Rented a boat for a few hours and coasted around the Noosa River to ogle the riverside mansions and hang out at the sand banks. I highly recommend doing this. I’m not 100% sure, but I think we rented from T-Boat Hire (no prior boat driving experience necessary. You could walk faster than these boats which is kinda why it’s fun).
  • If you like to surf you should check out Sunshine Beach. Huge beach with great waves. Also has a dog-friendly portion of the beach if you’ve got your pup with you!

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Our Rental Boat

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A kite surfing Santa we saw #onlyinaustralia

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Playing ping-pong on the sand dunes

Where to Eat:

There aren’t that many restaurants, but there are a few standouts either for an amazing beachside location or that went beyond just being a great view and had some amazing food –

The Noosa Surf Club – Have lunch here because its location is absolutely perfect – right on the beach! Get a bucket of prawns and some oysters.

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Fresh Oysters

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Bucket o Prawns

Restaurant and Bar at Noosa Heads Surf Club on Urbanspoon

Bistro C – make a booking in advance to have dinner here. Food is lovely and also directly on the beach. Get the Seafood Pasta – amaze.

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Seafood Pasta for One (could definitely feed two)

Bistro C Beachside Restaurant & Bar on Urbanspoon

Sails Restaurant –¬†This was…hands down…the best restaurant we went to during our time in Noosa and rivals even some of the best restaurants in Sydney. A must-try if you are in the area.¬†The service is IMPECCABLE. Our server didn’t let us over order, attended to our every need and picked out an amazing wine for us.¬†The ambiance is wonderful – right on the beach. See if they can seat you at one of the beachfront tables.¬†Fabulous wine list and amazing food. Must try the Smoked Salmon Butter. Definitely make a booking.

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Dinner at Sails

Sails Restaurant on Urbanspoon

Honourable Mentions:

Check out the restaurant at the Sheraton – Noosa Beach House Restaurant. The bar area ¬†is a beautiful place to have lunch – nice drinks and nibbles. Miss Moneypenny is a new place that recently opened. Has great potential – cute space, nice menu, perfect for people watching while having a drink, but the service was terribly slow. Perhaps needs a bit more time? We also heard that Embassy XO and Wasabi were nice restaurants, but didn’t get ¬†chance to visit.

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