My current position as The Handbook’s official Aus-plorer gives me a whole host of bragging rights and enviable insta posts. However, I’m also sharing with you my blossoming knowledge of the hottest spots down under. One such hot spot is Noosa, Australia’s east coast capital of chic ‘n bougie beachside hospitality. So, without further ado, here is your very own, very official guide of what to do in Noosa :
Eat – a given, but hear us out…
Eating at 10 Hastings is an absolute must. This boutique restaurant offers some of the most delicious food in Noosa, with tapas that melts in your mouth, cocktails and vino that simply slide down your throat and puddings that smell so divine its impossible not to order one. The vibe of this foodie heaven is definitively Noosa-esque – boho sophistication with a lot of live acoustic guitar thrown in for good measure. Check out my official review of this joint here.
These three shops are my Noosa top picks for the average shopaholic. Wardrobe, nestled on Hastings street, is my idea of (linen) heaven, full of gorgeous floaty numbers in delicious hues that will set you up well for an evening of bougie beachside revelry.
Stitch Piece Loop is where you must go if you want to find gorgeous Noosa inspired gifts. You will genuinely want to buy everything in this beautiful emporium of clothes, crafts, bath essentials and much much more.
CLO studios is one of Australia’s best secrets, an interior design studio brought to life by creative mother and daughter duo Trudy and Chloe Tozer. Effortlessly Australian, elegant yet relaxed, this is the place to find everything your home needs.
A beachside bar for a sundowner is just common sense. Bistro C is the perfect spot to sip on a Sauv Blanc (or one of their many bespoke cocktails – think chilli and coconut margarita or salted caramel colada) and watch the waves roll by. Alternatively check out Noosa’s Surf Lifesaving Club, where you will feel part of the beach action and there’s a high chance you’ll catch a live gig.
Cafe Le Monde is a well known Noosa favourite, serving everything you could need to a top standard. It turns out they brew a magnificent coffee too, particularly their cold brews that cool you down and wake you up (essential after a heavy night) all in one go. The staff are lovely and they even offers $1 oysters if that’s up your street…
Have you really visited Noosa if you didn’t hop on a surf board? The good news is this is the ideal place to practice your board moves as a beginner. Surf lessons from ex-pros are great value and brilliant fun, if you’re a natural (like me) you will be standing and turning before you know it. I recommend Learn to Surf Noosa, the guys are a laugh and great teachers.
Noosa’s cherry on the cake is its stunning National Park. It’s not the most visited national park in Aus for no reason. With endless trails, brilliant beaches and the possibility (inevitability) of spotting dolphins, koalas or whales, a walk around the park is a must. Don’t forget water and sunscreen as you can loose yourself for hours if you’re not careful.
Noosa is known for its bountiful and beautiful beaches and there sure are a plethora to choose from. Sunshine beach is magnificent and dog friendly but for safer waves and more of a buzz head to the Main beach. If you’re looking to find a pristine beach all to yourself, head into the national park where there are hidden coves ready for you to explore.
Head to Noosa Charters to find your own boat and head out on a day of deep sea fishing. Alternatively see what you can catch on a river safari boat – the options for those who enjoy rod action are endless!
All in all, Noosa is without a doubt one of the hottest spots to check out when you’re next cruisin’ up Australia’s east coast, and now you will know exactly what to do when you’re there, www.visitnoosa.com.au
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